Almost, But No Cigar

The Libertarian Party actually moved back a bit toward reason. I’ve always thought that the grassroots was much more reasonable and freedom loving than the Intellectual National Committee. The convention this week confirmed that for me. The delegates unexpectedly nominated Michael Badnarik. He has a war plank that is much more reasonable than the National Committee:

Congress has not declared war. Instead, they have attempted to delegate their authority to the Chief Executive by suggesting that if the President wants to go to war, then Congress would not stand in his way. That is not an acceptable substitute! Congress was not given the authority to pass the buck. The founding fathers gave the power of war to Congress explicitly so they WOULD stand in the way of a blood thirsty President. The members of Congress should either step up to the plate by declaring war, or they should admit that they do not have the courage and integrity to uphold their oath of office, followed immediately by tendering their resignation!

There is still a more important issue than whether or not Congress has declared a war that has been inevitable for more than a year. In addition to the extremes of universal peace or an all out war, Congress has the option to choose a less drastic middle ground. Clause 11 (above) grants Congress the power to issue “Letters of Marque and Reprisal”. Movie fans of the infamous James Bond character know full well that the double zero in his identity refers to the fact that he is “licensed to kill”. Does such a license really exist outside the studios of Hollywood? The answer is yes. Instead of mobilizing our entire military force in order to decimate large numbers of innocent civilians, the President could easily grant members of our Special Forces the authority to sneak into Iraq, and come back only after Saddam Hussein has been “terminated with extreme prejudice”. I know this to be true because I have personal friends who performed exactly that type of mission while serving in Vietnam.

My reading of that position is that if Congress would issue a declaration of war, he would prosecute that war to the best of his ability. That is what I want to hear from a presidential candidate. In addition, he is saying that he would fully support the issuance of Letters of Marque, something else that I want to hear from a Presidential candidate. (The Vietnam bit bothers me, because the vast majority of those claiming to have carried out “extreme prejudice” missions are flat-out liars, and I have yet to see one confirmed. Ask Jug Burkett. It bothers me that his personal friends are probably blow-hard frauds.)

Unfortunately, it is too little, too late. I’m not voting Libertarian unless the National Committee makes a turn back from the anti-American camp.

Update: Having read one of his speeches I see that he is advocating an immediate withdrawl from Iraq of all troops. I can’t support this on any level. I’m glad that I wasn’t planning to change my vote from Bush anyways.


  1. Not a bad idea

    I found this entry over at The Everlasting Phelps. (That name always reminds me of Willy Wonka. A really really smart Willy Wonka.) I’m an amateur student of Constitutional Law, and that entry mentions something that had eluded even me,…

  2. Neil says:

    Damn it to hell. I want a Letter of Marque. I would make good freakin’ use of a liscense to kill on an international scale. Good bye Kim Jong Il. Where can I apply for that?

  3. Phelps says:

    It takes an act of Congress.

    No, really. It’s not just a cliche.

  4. Jokes says:

    The CIA had an opening for an assassin. After all of the background checks, interviews, and testing were done there were three finalists – two men and one woman. For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.

    “We must know that you will follow your instructions, no matter what the circumstances. Inside this room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. You have to kill her.” The first man said. “You cant be serious. I could never shoot my wife!”The agent replies, “Then you?re not the right man for this job.”

    The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about five minutes. Then the agent came out with tears in his eyes. “I tried, but I cant kill my wife.” The agent replies, “You dont have what it takes. Take your wife and go home.”

    Finally, it was the womans turn. Only she was told to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one shot after another. They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls. After a few minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman. She wiped the sweat from her brow and said, “You guys didnt tell me the gun was loaded with blanks. So I had to beat him to death with the chair.”