Monday, November 22, 2010

On the home front, gasoline, food, and other commodities were rationed.  The east and west coasts were blacked out at night.  The ages for drafting men were lowered to eighteen and raised to forty-five, and the physical standards were steadily diminished; towards the end of the war, it was said half in jest, that the only requirements for draftees were that they be able to see lightning and hear thunder.  Over fourteen million American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines were under arms (Rhenquist, William H. All The Laws But One: Civil Liberties in Wartime (New York; Vintage Books, 2000), pg. 188)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mr. David Dudley Field, on behalf of Lamdin P. Milligan, argues, regarding the prerogative power of the president, that:
The oath of office cannot be considered as a grant of power.  Its effect is merely to superadd a religious sanction to what would otherwise be his official duty, and to bind his conscience against any attempt to usurp power or overthrow the Constitution (Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866)).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Civil Disobedience

There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.
-Thoreau, Henry David.  Walden and Civil Disobedience (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company Riverside Editions, 1960), pg. 240.

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