Eric Brakey, former state senator from Maine and current spokesman for Young Americans for Liberty, talks about the efforts to get Defend the Guard bills into state legislatures. The Defend the Guard movement is an attempt to force congress to uphold its role in declaring war by making sure states retain control of their own national guard troops until an official declaration of war, as the constitution outlines. Of course, congress hasn’t declared a war since World War II, and is unlikely to do so with any of the current terror wars, meaning that in practice the national guard troops simply wouldn’t be available to serve overseas. Brakey is joined by Reed Cooley, Vice President of Communications at Young Americans for Liberty.
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Eric Brakey was a member of the Maine State Senate from 2014 to 2018. He has also been a candidate for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Brakey is now a senior spokesman for Young Americans for Liberty. Find him on Twitter @SenatorBrakey.
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