The Constitution allows us to put down insurrections, too

While doing a little research for another post, I reviewed Article I Section VIII of the U.S. Constitution. It reads as follows:

“Congress shall have power to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.”

Interesting. Fortunately for us, our national value system would force us to consider other options versus firing on our own people, which this clause in the Constitution allows. The question is, why are we attacking the government of Libya for actually executing policy that we have in our own Constitution?

Loss of life is tragic, but Libya is not Rwanda. Initiating an attack on Libya with the aid of the international community because of remorse for Rwanda and Darfur was poor judgment.

Denying the government of Libya the right to exercise the very policy our republican form of government allows is hypocrisy.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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2 Responses to The Constitution allows us to put down insurrections, too

  1. Dave Prizio says:

    It is only hypocracy for us to interfere with Lybia’s right to put down insurrections if you believe that the Lybian government is legitimate. Our legitimacy is rooted in and inseparable from it deriving from the consent our citizens. The Lybian government derives its power from the barrel of a gun, which is in no reasonable sense legitimate. If you read the Declaration of Independence, in there you see that when a government becomes destructive of the rights of the people, then they are perfectly justified in revolting against that government. For us to aid a revolt against an illegitimate government is therefore no hypocracy.

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