Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Just a passing thought...

The same commentators who decry that "the right to privacy" and "separation of Church and State" are not found in the original construction of the U.S. Constitution have absolutely no qualms about finding some inherent absolute power for the Presidency in foreign affairs, even onto, it seems, the ability to assume full powers of a war-time CiC without the U.S. Congress having actually declared a war.

Indeed, these same supporters of the imperial presidency seem to find implications in the Constitution's text that the presidency is not bound by law at all -- yet the text cannot be construed to say such without contortions that a Byzantine theologian would blush at.

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