Last Updated on August 20, 2022 by Constitutional Militia
President’s Constitutional Role as “Commander in Chief”
On the very face of the Constitution. the President is not the “Commander in Chief” of the Nation as a whole in the manner of a German Führer or Italian Ducé whose iron hand reaches out to everyone, whether a member of the country’s armed forces or a civilian. Rather, the President’s authority in that capacity extends only to actual members of the Army, the Navy, and the Militia in the performance of their duties in those establishments.
Source: United States Constitution, Article II, Section 2, Clause 1.
The Title of “Commander in Chief”: Limited Window of Authority
America suffers from her own peculiar form of Führertum. In this “Führer System”, everything is said—and as much as possible is made—to depend upon the personal promises, policies, performances, and even proclivities of the individual occupying “the Office of the President”. Not withstanding his “Oath or Affirmation” of office and the very few powers and duties the Constitution quite explicitly delegates to him, this individual is presumed to hold in his own hands essentially all conceivable executive (and no little legislative and judicial) authority to affect political, economic, social, cultural, and even religious matters throughout this country (and ever increasingly throughout the entire world). In keeping with das Führerprinzip (“The Leader Principle”), Congress abjectly subordinates itself to the President as a mere rubber stamp for his administration’s program; and the judiciary almost never dares to interpose itself against the abusive exercises of his supposed “inherent executive authority”.
Thus, around the Presidency has grown up a veritable cult of office, coupled with a cult of personality of the particular individual who gains control of that office, that together undergird a Führerstaat the raw destructive power of which have caused Hitler to drool with delight. Especially, because unlike Hitler’s regime after 1933, America’s Führerstaat is politically well camouflaged by the complex charades of “” and “free elections”, carried to behind the facade of an ostensible “two”-party system which actually consists of but a single party with a pair of deceptive faces. Akin to Hitler’s régime Führerstaat employs massive machinery for dispensing propaganda and agitation through the sycophantic big media—the only missing element in this latter-day Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda being the identifiable central figure analogous to Dr. Joseph Goebbels. Worse yet, America’s Führerstaat is now fast a-building and deploying a national para-military police-state apparatus centered around the Department of Homeland Security—the capstone of this new Reichssicherheitshauptamt already complete with a public official analogous to Heinrich Himler.
The powers of the President as “Commander in Chief ” are narrowly defined, and therefore limited: to wit, “[t]he President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States”. The President is “Commander in Chief” of nothing else, and for no other purposes.
To fully understand the extremely limited authority inherent in the President’s status as “Commander in Chief”, one must recognize that the term “Commander in Chief” does not denote a separate expansive authority to the boundaries of which no clear limits can be assigned, other than the will of the President himself. That the term “Commander in Chief” is followed by the phrases “of the Army and Navy of the United States, and the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the United States”  belies any such theory.
In the Founding era, no patriot dissented from the admonition that “standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty”. No less than George Washington himself, America’s first “Commander in Chief”, advised his countrymen to “avoid the necessity of those overgrown Military establishments, which under any form of Government are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty”.