“A long habit of not thinking a thing to be wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” So wrote Thomas Paine in his famous work “Common Sense”, in 1774.

The same thing is true of something that is unconstitutional – that is – unlawful. A long habit of not rejecting it, leads us to wrongly consider it as acceptable.

For example, since Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution vests the authority to declare war in Congress, it is unlawful – illegal – for the president to send American troops abroad without such a declaration by Congress.

But no American president has followed the law since WWII and therefore, today, we tend to accept actions by Barak Obama (and others) that we shouldn’t accept since they are blatantly lawless.

At one time in our history, we could depend on the members of our military branches to object and to resist and to refuse to obey unlawful orders. This is because at one time, our military officers and men understood and respected the Constitution as the rule of law in America. Today, however, it seems that most commanders and rank and file military personnel have succumbed to the temptation to obey unlawful orders rather than their oath to the Constitution, which they made before God.

We respect our military and we urgently desire to support them. But they are only worthy of honor and praise and support when they follow the law.

When they blindly follow the unlawful orders of a lawless commander-in-chief, how are they any different from those who were convicted at Nuremberg?

Michael Anthony Peroutka
Michael Anthony Peroutka
A Christian and an attorney, Michael Anthony Peroutka is co-founder of Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland. He is a graduate of Loyola College (now University) in Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. The Constitution Party’s candidate for President in 2004, Michael had a platform which sought to honor God, protect the family, and restore the Republic. The platform came to be known as “The American View of Law and Government,” and inspired the name of his website, TheAmericanView.com. Michael travels around the country, graduating classes from IOTC’s course on the United States Constitution, in addition to teaching classes in IOTC’s Pasadena, Maryland classroom.