"War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the denomination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the forces of the people. . . No nation could reserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established. They are read in every page which records the progression from a less arbitrary to a more arbitrary government, or the transition from a popular government to an aristocracy or monarchy" hmm, they say Richard Nixon was furious that Congress enacted the War Powers Act. Seems Madison planned for Congress to keep the Executive in check, and that what Congress did in the 1970's was what Madison ("Father of The Constitution") would have wanted. hmmmm Wanna kill these ads? We can help!