What does this mean? (Constitution)

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    Article I Section 8 POWERS OF CONGRESS

    What does the part I have emphasized actually mean?
     
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    Technically, it means such unused money (like that ever happens) must return to the Treasury unless a new spending bill is passed, in reality it means nothing.

    Congress has been loathe to cut off funding to our troops at war ever since they sank the Republic of South Vietnam in 1973.
     
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    It means that Congress cannot fund a standing army for more than two years.
     
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    Where else would it go?


    My source doesn't cite any amendments (that I see) changing this- yet we clearly keep a standing army at all times, now. Was there an amendment ratified changing this, or is maintaining our army (in the rare instances we are not at war) technically illegal? Also, does this mean it must be disbanded, or that it is for two years at a time and may be renewed every two years, by congress, if needed?
     
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    I was in the military during war, it is ALWAYS SPENT. But should Jesus come down and angels herald out of his ass riding on the backs of butterflies ending war before such money is spent, the money would return to the Treasury as I stated.
     
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    So, THAT'S why they're always so hellbent on finding something to spend it on :lol:
     
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    It is technically unconstitutional to maintain a standing army. The framers did this because they believed that there was too much risk of the federal government becoming tyrannical if it always had a standing army at the ready. They preferred the decentralized state militias to defend them.
     
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    Abe Lincoln had other ideas Kevin.

    They don't call him "Honest Abe" for no reason.

    "Apey Abe" never really caught on.
     
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    I think "Dishonest Abe" is a more apt description of Lincoln.
     
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    He also suspended habeus corpus and ruled like a tyrant because America was at war in her own streets. A lot of people hated him in both North and South. It was future generations who made him into a hero, whereas he was very controversial in life.
     

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