In his "Column Left" editorial, Richard N. Goodwin states that
"in their zeal to divide power among branches of the federal
government, the craftsmen of the Constitution neglected one
possibility -- a Congress that would willingly, even gladly,
abdicate its authority and responsibility...The issue of war and
peace is clearly for Congress to debate and decide. The
Constitution says so. But they simply don't want to do it. And
so decision is left by default in the hands of George Bush."
However, such an eventuality must have been
considered during the birth of this nation. The founders of the
United States had been deeply influenced by that great 17th
Century English philosopher John Locke, who (among many other
things) wrote: "Whensoever...the legislative shall...by
ambition, fear, folly, or corruption, endeavor to grasp
themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute
power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people, by
this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put
into their hands...and it devolves to the people...[to
undertake] the establishment of a new legislative (such as they
shall think fit) [to] provide for their own safety and security,
which is the end for which they are in society."
It is "we the people" who bear the ultimate
responsibility to exercise our rights, as to free speech, to
oppose any unnecessary risks to our "lives, liberties, and
estates" imposed by our elected representatives in the
legislative and executive branches, such as the current headlong
rush to war in the Middle East (As long as our naval blockade is
in place, Iraq will never get one petrodollar's worth of oil
out onto the world market -- like it or not, they will
eventually have to behave in a civilized fashion, or end-up
living like savages).
We must never forget that freedom really isn't
free: We must use it, or lose it!