Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) pens op-ed about The Constitution Project’s resident scholar Louis Fisher's story earlier in the week weighing in on the War Powers Consultation Act of 2014.
Lou Fisher, TCP's Scholar in Residence, discusses pending Senate legislation (S.1939) that would shift the war power largely to the president and a 20-person legislative committee. The result would undermine the constitutional role of 515 other members of Congress and the duty they have to represent the interests of their constituents, Fisher argues.
TCP scholar-in-residence Louis Fisher weighs in on the likelihood and potential outcome of a modern-day Constitutional Convention.
A reliance on the state-secrets privilege is enabling the government to draw a cover over its mistakes so that no one can fully understand when it is at fault. Like all human institutions, governments make errors and injure innocent individuals. Why not admit error and demonstrate integrity, honesty and fairness, and at the same time build public trust?
As with any human institution, federal courts (including the Supreme Court) make errors. What happens if they are not corrected? Why should they continue to guide courts, the eleceted branches, and scholars? No matter how often repeated, an error remains an error and should not serve as a legitimate precedent.