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The immorality of ‘humanitarian’ warfare

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Bruce Fein
Constitutional Lawyer
Samantha Power, President Barack Obama choice for next UN Ambassador, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, after the president made the announcement. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Benign motives are suspect. They intellectually disarm, when they should trigger heightened scrutiny. As Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis elaborated in Olmstead v. United States (1928): “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent … The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”

Rand Paul revives the Fourth Amendment

2:04 PM 06/18/2013

To borrow from the British sage Samuel Johnson, Andrew McCarthy expounding on the Fourth Amendment is like a dog walking on his hind legs. It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all.

Newt Gingrich’s constitutional heresy

10:07 AM 01/09/2012

Newt Gingrich is to the Constitution what the Renaissance popes were to the Bible.

God is alive, due process is dead

2:02 PM 01/05/2012

Nietzsche stumbled.

An execrable ancestor

8:51 PM 12/28/2011

The execrable ancestor of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) is the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Frederick Douglass protested, “Under this [Fugitive Slave] law the oaths of any two villains (the capturer and the claimant) are sufficient to confine a free man to slavery for life.” Under the NDAA, the suspicion of the president is sufficient to confine an American citizen to military detention for life without accusation or trial. The twin laws make for an alarming tale.

Newt Gingrich: Tribune of tyranny

3:05 PM 12/26/2011

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich champions presidential tyranny, not constitutional government enforced by judicial review. He would have sided with King George III against the Founding Fathers on making judges dependent on his will alone. In the Oval Office, Gingrich would coronate himself emperor like Napoleon, and scorn subordinating the presidency to the rule of law. If you adore Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, you would love a President Gingrich.

Levin and McCain are deaf to Madison’s warning

4:41 PM 12/09/2011

James Madison warned that “the means of defense against foreign danger historically have become instruments of tyranny at home.”

Billions for defense, but not one cent for empire

9:56 AM 12/06/2011

When it comes to deterring and preventing wars of aggression against the United States, no candidate for the presidency is more hawkish than Ron Paul.

Ron Paul’s irresistible budget plan

10:43 AM 10/20/2011

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s proposed FY 2013 budget, which was released on Monday, slashes federal government extravagance by more than $1 trillion. The budget honors the vision of limited government and individual liberty enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the United States Constitution. As Thomas Jefferson lectured in his First Inaugural Address: “Still one thing more, fellow-citizens — a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

Balanced budget or empire? You can’t have both.

11:02 PM 10/02/2011

The defense of an annual $1.2 trillion bloated national security budget mounted by Jamie Fly and Robert Zarate (9/29/11) was reminiscent of a dog walking on its hind legs. It was not done well; but it was surprising to see it done at all.

Weinstein is wrong about defense spending and Ron Paul

11:37 AM 09/20/2011

With the same confidence President Bush had in Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Jamie Weinstein has asserted that the nation’s bloated defense budget is not fueling the deficit crisis. With similar confidence, Weinstein also seems to believe that Ron Paul’s foreign policy arguments are “fallacious.”