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Voting for War, Again and Again

Paulus Textor Wrote: May 06, 2012 6:35 PM
"War is the health of the State." The State LOVES war; nothing else confers on it such power and such wealth. Democrat or Republican, it makes no difference. If anything, Democrats have been more warlike than Republicans, and that takes some doing.

Ninety-six years ago, when President Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election, two notable things happened: 1) His campaign used the slogan "He kept us out of war," and 2) he won.

It has been a long time since any president could seek a second term while making that boast. Looking at recent history, you would conclude not that the Constitution allows the president to make war, but that it requires him to do so. Modern leaders don't brag about keeping us out of war but about getting us in.

Barack Obama reinforces that truth more than any president of...