The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons.
Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages. You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may disclaim it, but you cannot divest yourself of it. As in all the arts, a romance with the material must be well under way.
They also believe in Life After Death, but that is a privilege and you have to earn it by spending the interim in guilt-ridden misery. That means even if you're a one-in-a-million type of guy, there are still a thousand guys exactly like you.
Even in the freest countries our property is subject to the control and disposal of our partners, to whom the laws have given a sovereign authority.
Deprived of a voice in legislation, obliged to submit to those laws which are imposed upon us, is it not sufficient to make us indifferent to the public welfare?
If he doubts this, let him go to Egypt, and there he will find the fields swarming with mice begot of the mud of the Nylus, to the great calamity of the inhabitants.
Terence, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough; There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer.