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    for the Executive to proceed alone.
    If the Executive had taken the decisions to Congress, it's possible, though not certain, that some of those decisions would not have been made. And in at least one case (Vietnam) our country would have been far better off if they had not been made.

    To answer your other comment here, the President's ability to unleash our military force, which at this point is incomparable, is a power arguably unlike any other; or, to put it more accurately, the power of the Executive Branch to kill, whether through war, non-war military actions, or kill lists, is the most dire of its powers and the most necessary to restrain if one is interested in maintaining a country that obeys the rule of law and respects the rights of all citizens (including those who have little power).  The Founders knew that. It's one of the points on which they and I--and apparently, a majority of our citizens, even in this dark time--agree.

    The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:47:33 AM PDT

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