Thomas Woods’s forbidden questions cover a variety of topics, but a common thread in his answers unifies the book: Throughout American history, the federal government has been the principal enemy of liberty. Within the government, a powerful president stands as the foremost danger. Under our constitutional system, the defense of states’ rights and strict construction offers the best prospect to preserve liberty.
The present Iraq war, with its appalling malfeasance and misconduct, entirely confirms Woods’s thesis. President Bush, the self-proclaimed “decider,” instigated the war; Congress did not declare it, as the Constitution requires. (It is one of Ron Paul’s many merits that he protested this act of gross usurpation.) But here opponents of a powerful executive must confront an objection. Has it not been the case, that in hundreds of cases, the president has sent troops into battle without prior approval by Congress? FULL ARTICLE