Category Archives: Article II

Mr. Madison’s War





President Trump has exercised his Executive authority to call forth the National Guard for the expressed purpose of “doing Military things” to guard the border with Mexico.

Whether or not you agree with his policy, today we ask the question about why it is that the President is calling forth the militia of the several states, when Article I section 8 makes it clear that Congress is supposed to be doing that. 

It’s Constitution Thursday on Plausibly Live…


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The Greater Good?



There has been much ado over the recent District Court ruling that put a temporary restraint on the Presidents Executive Order denying Federal money to Sanctuary Cities. And in that ado, it’s pretty easy to figure out who is on which side of the aisle. The Left is celebrating it, the Right is condemning it.

But the real question is deeper. Did anybody actually read what the Judge wrote?

And if you did, don’t you kinda think that he has… you know… a point?

Of course not, Dave! He’s an Obama campaign money bundler, so absolutely nothing he says can be trusted, Dave.

He clearly hates trump and loves illegal immigration, Dave!

He’s evil, Dave!

I’m never gonna listen to your show again because you’re secretly anti-Trump and probably antifa too, Dave!

Except…. what would I – an originalist and a constitutionalist – have decided if I had been on the Bench? What if it was for the greater good? You know… upholding and defending that Constitution thingee…?

The Vital National Interest



Despite last weeks trip to the PACNORWEST, I have no particular or direct knowledge of US Navy deployments or availabilities. I am not here to be an armchair judge of tactics or strategy. Frankly, I am pretty impressed by the delivery the USS Porter and USS ROSS made last Thursday, April 6, 2017.

I am a historian. At the end of the day I believe in Dave’s 2nd Law – People don’t change. They do the same things, for the same reasons throughout history. And for whatever reasons, it’s odd that nexus dates keep coming up. I’m enough of a science based person that I know that most of them are coincidence, in fact I seriously doubt that President Trump had or has any idea of the significance of that date. If he does, he clearly doesn’t grasp the ideas that went into what happened almost to the minute a century before.

As things stand today, I do not know whether or not it is “in the vital national interests” of the United States to go into yet another war, this time in Syria. I have questions to which answers¬†might salve my concerns. Questions which have yet to be answered. It may in fact be that such a conflict is necessary and is “in the vital national security interests” of our nation. If so, is this really the best way to do it?

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