He is partnered with a Marxist activist who calls for the dismantlement – “brick by brick” – of the U.S. capitalist, free enterprise system.
He is associated with a George Soros-funded group that openly lobbies for more government control of the news media and Internet.
But John Nichols, who identifies himself as a progressive writer, cites deep concern for the U.S. Constitution when it comes to President Obama’s approval of air-strikes targeting the regime of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
Nichols is one of scores of far-left figures to oppose U.S. involvement in the international coalition striking Libya.
“Anyone who takes the Constitution seriously should have a problem with the fact that, once again, the United States is involved in a war that has neither been debated nor declared by the Congress of the United States,” writes Nichols in The Nation magazine.
Continues Nichols: “The penchant of presidents of embark upon military adventures without consulting Congress is now so pronounced that it is barely noted anymore that the Constitution says ‘Congress shall have power to … declare War.'”
Nichols adds, “Of all the checks and balances outlined in the Constitution, none is more significant than the power to declare war.”
Nichols most recently helped to lead the pro-union protests in cash-strapped Wisconsin in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal there for most state workers to pay 12 percent of their health care premiums and 5.8 percent of their salary toward their own pensions.
Nichols co-authored four books and a number of major articles with Marxist activist Robert W. McChesney, founder of the Soros-funded Free Press.
McChesney has called for the replacement of the U.S. capitalist system with socialism.
“In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles,” wrote McChesney in a 2009 column.
Free Press, which has demonstrated close ties to the White House, petitions for more government control of the news media and Internet.
WND previously reported Free Press published a study advocating the development of a “world class” government-run media system in the U.S.
WND also previously reported Free Press issued a report recommending the Federal Communications Commission investigate talk radio and cable news for “hate speech.”
In the report, Free Press claimed media companies were engaging in “hate speech” because a disproportionate number of radio and cable-news networks are owned by non-minorities.
Nichols is one of several “progressive” personalities to point to the Constitution in opposing the war in Libya.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, declared last week that “Congress should be called back into session immediately to decide whether or not to authorize the United States’ participation in a military strike.”
“If it does not,” continued Kucinich, “the action of the President is contrary to [the] U.S. Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution clearly states that the United States Congress has the power to declare war. The president does not. That was the Founders’ intent.”
Over the weekend, Rep. Charles Rangel , D-N.Y., declared at a Times Square anti-war protest that Congress was not consulted before the military strikes. He said he was undecided on whether the military action against Libya was justified.
“Our presidents seem to believe that all we have to do is go to the U.N. and we go to war,” said Rangel.
“Going to war is not a decision that presidents should make,” he insisted.