On Declaring War

One of the great weaknesses of totalitarian governments (and government wannabes such as ISIS) is their tendency to think that free societies are run as theirs are.

One of the Nork’s diplomats has gone on record saying that President Trump has declared war on them. While Rocket Man has the authority to declare war, the President of the United States does not. According to Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 11 of the Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war.

The President hasn’t and can’t declare war or North Korea. However, he does have the general authority to order our forces to act in self-defense. Further, if presented with a violation of the 1953 Korean armistice agreement, he probably has the authority to carry forward the UN police action prosecuted by Presidents Truman and (briefly) Eisenhower.

Having a Life

Jon Gabriel has a post up at Ricochet called Red Team? Blue Team? Start Your Own Team. It deals with last weekend’s Twitter storm between multimillionaire politicians and multimillionaire sport celebrities—and how Gabriel opted out of caring and lived his own life instead.

Politicians are just temp employees we hire to do our bidding. If they suck, we fire them. They aren’t gods we bow to or team owners issuing orders. We’re Americans, dammit.

Celebrities are court jesters we pay to amuse us. When they get too mouthy, we kick them out of the dining hall. That’s the beauty of capitalism.

So, if any of our so-called elites want me to join their team, no thanks. I simply have better things to do. Today I saw one of my daughters dominate a cross-country race and my other daughter played me a song on her guitar. I took them out for lunch, listened to a cool podcast, then decided to write for a while.

In other words, I left the football stadium and started my own pick-up game. If the Twitter warriors want to join me, cool. If not, that’s cool as well. I just hope they consider setting down the phone for a while and starting their own thing.

Read the whole thing.

President Trump at the UN

President Trump spoke at the UN yesterday. The usual suspects—The Washington Post, the New York Times, Senator Feinstein, Venezuela—have all expressed their disapproval of his remarks, but Claudia Rosett has a more favorable assessment over at PJ Media. Venezuela’s foreign minister compared Trump to Ronald Reagan. He said that is if it were a bad thing.

But the bottom line is that for the first time in years, an American president went before the UN and in plain words spelled out some vital truths about America, the UN, and the world. Whatever the UN General Assembly might make of it, once it recovers from the shock, that’s a good thing for the world, and a very good thing for America.

Read the whole thing.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

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