When Representative Ron Paul Asked For A Declaration of War
by Carl F. Worden

Ladies & gentlemen:

Ron PaulOn 10/3/2002, Representative Ron Paul of Texas made a motion to declare
war on Iraq. Chairman Henry Hyde rejected the motion by declaring:

Henry Hyde"There are things in the Constitution that have been overtaken by events,
by time. Declaration of war is one of them. There are things no longer
relevant to a modern society. Why declare war if you don't have to? We are
saying to the President, use your judgment. So, to demand that we declare
war is to strengthen something to death. You have got a hammerlock on this
situation, and it is not called for. Inappropriate, anachronistic, it isn't done anymore."

--Chairman Henry Hyde, 10/3/2002, in session of House of Representatives,
AGAINST IRAQ", discussing Ron Paul's motion to declare war.

Before you read on, please stop and re-read Chairman Hyde's statement
again, and carefully digest exactly what he said. I'll wait.


Now, this is a high-ranking government elected official who placed his
left hand on the Bible, raised his right hand, and swore before almighty
God his absolute allegiance to the Constitution of the United States --
all of it -- and apparently intended to violate that sacred oath even as
he was swearing it! Think about that, and what it means.

If any part of our Constitution is "no longer relevant" to this modern
society of ours, a constitutional amendment must be passed making it no
longer relevant. Unless and until that is done, every part of that
Constitution of ours is to be strictly adhered to, no if's and's or but's.

Next, the Congress cannot give up its power to declare war unless
accomplished by a constitutional amendment. Article 10 of the Bill of
Rights to our Constitution clearly states that the power not given to the
federal government by the Constitution is prohibited to the federal
government. There is nothing in the Constitution which allows the
Congress (the Legislative Branch) to give away its power to declare war to
the president. (the Executive Branch), yet Henry Hyde clearly states, "We
are saying to the President, use your judgment".

Please correct me if I am wrong, but to my knowledge, there is no
constitutional power given Congress to issue a "resolution" authorizing
the president to use military force at his discretion, and if that power
is not specifically given the Congress, then Article 10 forbids Congress
from exercising that power. The Congress cannot take power which is not
given them by the Constitution, nor do they have the authority to give
away a power assigned to the Congress by the Constitution.

Let's re-examine what Founding Father James Madison had to say on this
very subject when the Third Congress proposed to surrender Declaration of
War powers to the executive Branch way back when :

The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty
by James Madison, August 1793

James MadisonOf all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be
dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is
the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and
debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the
domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the
Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and
emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are
added to those of subduing the force, of the people. . . . [There is also
an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of
a state of war, and . . . degeneracy of manners and of morals. . . . No
nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. . . .

[It should be well understood] that the powers proposed to be surrendered
[by the Third Congress] to the Executive were those which the Constitution
has most jealously appropriated to the Legislature. . . .

The Constitution expressly and exclusively vests in the Legislature the
power of declaring a state of war . . . the power of raising armies . . .
the power of creating offices. . . .

A delegation of such powers [to the President] would have struck, not only
at the fabric of our Constitution, but at the foundation of all well
organized and well checked governments.

The separation of the power of declaring war from that of conducting it,
is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its being declared for the
sake of its being conducted.

The separation of the power of raising armies from the power of commanding
them, is intended to prevent the raising of armies for the sake of
commanding them.

The separation of the power of creating offices from that of filling them,
is an essential guard against the temptation to create offices for the
sake of gratifying favorites or multiplying dependents.


James Madison was the fourth president of the United States.
This is from Letters and Other Writings of James Madison.

Are you with me so far?

Next, if any un-amended part of the Constitution is "no longer relevant",
the entire Constitution is no longer relevant. If high-ranking Chairman
and Congressman Henry Hyde used that revealing and specious argument to
successfully defeat Representative Ron Paul's motion for constitutional
compliance in declaring war on Iraq, then we now have irrefutable proof
that the government of the United States, as defined by the Constitution
of the United States, has been overthrown, and every one of those members
of Congress who voted down Representative Paul's motion for a formal
declaration of war is a craven traitor to the people of the United States.

There is something even more disturbing about this discovery: If the
Constitution of the United States has been made irrelevant by treating it
as a menu rather than the legally binding document it is, then by what
legally binding document is this federal government conducting itself by?
In the absence of a replacement, we are literally being run by a
government that is flying by the seat of its pants, and I have come to the
conclusion that is exactly what is going on right now.

If Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution is irrelevant, and if Article
10 of the Bill of Rights is irrelevant, shouldn't Article 16, the Income
Tax Amendment to the Constitution, also be considered "irrelevant"? It
appears that the only parts of the Constitution that remain "relevant" are
those the federal government will enforce, and you can be certain the
federal government will continue to enforce Article 16 to fullest extent
of the law and well beyond.

I've been having an interesting and lively debate with a legal
professional from Southern California who insisted that a congressional
resolution to use military force against Iraq was just another way of
declaring war, that there is no difference, and that I should stop playing
games with semantics to show there is a difference.

But wait, who really is playing games with semantics? Congress is, not
me! I know what a Declaration of War is, and it is spelled out clearly in
the Constitution by those three words. I again want to take you back to
the infamous words of Henry Hyde:

"Why declare war if you don't have to?"

If a resolution to authorize the president to use military force against
Iraq is the same as a Declaration of War on Iraq, Why did Henry Hyde make
that comment? Hmm?? That comment clearly and obviously proves that Henry
Hyde knows that the two are not the same, and he is in the position to
know; otherwise, he wouldn't have opposed Ron Paul's motion.

They are not the same, and a resolution has no constitutional backing,
which means that my original contention that the war being prosecuted by
the United States military against Iraq is clearly illegal and
unconstitutional. But what is even more disturbing is the full realization
that the government occupying Washington D.C. is in fact an illegal
government as well.

Carl F. Worden

Posted Saturday, March 22, 2003
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