Category: Constitution Posts

Constitution Post: Article I, Section 2; Clause 12

The Congress shall have Power To …raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years….

The clause we’re going to look at today, the Army Clause, is fairly straightforward!  Here we see two things: 1) that the Constitution gives the raising and support of the army as one of the eighteen enumerated powers of Congress, and; 2) appropriations for the support of the army would not exceed that necessary for two years.

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Constitution Post — Article I, Section 8; Clause 12

“The Congress shall have Power To …grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal…”

In this week’s Constitution Post, we’re again discussing Congressional power and more issues relating to the war powers.  My conclusions on this regard are largely consequential of my position on the Declare War Clause.  If you haven’t already read my last article, “Constitution Post — Article I, Section 8; Clause 11,” I would encourage you to do so!  You can read it here.

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Constitution Post — Article I, Section 8; Clause 11

Hey Everybody!

This week, we’re looking at the eleventh clause of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, commonly denominated the “Declare War Clause” or “Declaration of War Clause.”  One’s interpretation of this clause will have a significant effect on his/her view of current military events, such as the “war on terror.”  It reads:

“Congress shall have Power… To declare War…”

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Constitution Post: Article I, Section 8; Clause 10

Hey Everybody!

In this week’s Constitution Post, we’re looking at Article I, Section 8; Clause 10.  This Clause is known as the Define and Punish Clause, and it reads:

“The Congress shall have Power To …define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations…”

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