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August 19, 2007

Help from my brilliant audience

I’ve got some questions. Maybe you can help me by calling my one hour, Sunday radio show, the Downsize DC Conference Call at 1-800-259-9231.

Why is it important to declare war instead of pass an authorization to use force? Candidate Ron Paul has insisted it’s important. But an observer on C-SPAN recently accused him of being a “demagogue” — the authorization of force was good enough.

I disagree. I think I have some answers to this question.

But I have another question for which I haven’t gotten satisfactory answers. Once the President is given either a declaration or an authorization, either one (keeping in mind that the latter is unconstitutional), is it an eternal power? Here’s what I mean: Bush has said he would veto any attempt by Congress to withdraw the troops. But this is a Congressional power! How can he do that?

This is a smart audience. So if you have intelligent analysis to offer, please help me! In addition to calling 1-800-259-9231, you can email me at CALL at DOWNSIZEDC dot ORG (we write that out “long-hand” to stop spam harvesters from snagging this address).

And you want to miss this episode! Depending on how busy our phones are, you’ll also hear . . .

* How Dick Cheney agrees with Downsize DC (or is it Downsize DC agreeing with Dick Cheney?),
* Possibly very exciting news in our attempt to repeal the temporary, warrantless surveillance of American phone and email communications,
* And, of course, I’ll acknowledge my stalwart show co-sponsor, with a Gun Owners of America update.

The show airs at 4:06 PM Eastern (3:06 PM Central, 2:06 PM Mountain, and 1:06 PM Pacific). It’s on a few stations, but the best way I can recommend listening is on the web.

Happy Listening,

Jim Babka
Downsize DC Conference Call

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