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"Indeed, the rage of theorists to make constitutions a vehicle for the conveyance of their own crude, and visionary aphorisms of government, requires to be guarded against with the most unceasing vigilance."
     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Monday, June 02, 2003

Emperor Misha I on the obligations laid upon the Federal government by recruiters' promises. There are none. It doesn't matter that the result is unjust; the courts cannot cut checks from the Treasury unless Congress passes a law specifically authorizing the payment.

Hmmm, seems like we're on a military theme, here; I made reference in the last post to my being a Navy brat. Among other things, my childhood was peppered, from long before I understood the discussion, with overheard conversations about recruiters' lies, and what their promises are really worth; that's probably the single biggest reason why I never gave any serious consideration to joining the military. At the end of the day, all that counts is the signature on the enlistment; the man who signs on the basis of those promises is a fool. And if he is a fool who relies upon a recruiter's promise, that anyone who knew anything could have told him was worthless, what does that make him, who relies upon the honor of Congress in that same regard?

-- posted by Clayton 6/02/2003 09:37:00 PM

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