Sunday, April 8, 2012

"Against all enemies, foreign and domestic"

Is a military coup to oust a rouge president an unwritten last resort to save America? An argument can be made, under certain circumstances, the military has a constitutional duty to remove a rouge from office.
The topic of an American military coup has been suggested as a topic for Don and Doug, and I think we're up to the challenge.
Don's already sent me a few thoughts on the subject:
Sure, the military works directly for the president as commander in chief but the oath all officers take is unambiguously to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." 
So they work for the president but their official contract is to the Constitution. The assumption of the Founders was that the president and military would always be aligned by the Constitution. But, it was also another very clear and clever case of distribution of powers because it clearly places a restraint on the president to adhere to the Constitution or break the contract with his military enforcement arm.
It's not a simple topic, we'll dig deeper on our next show. Join us Thursday,  April 12, at 1:00 pm EDT for Don and Doug on

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