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  •  Make it harder for the Pres to continue a war. (0+ / 0-)

    Iraq War II made it painfully clear that the President has nearly unilateral authority to declare peace. Short of defunding the entire military, the Congress has no power to end wars once they start. Shorten the length of Presidental terms or require annual reauthorization of sustained conflicts and drafts.

    Spring has sprung and Occupy is not to be found. The predictions have proved false. Game over.

    by DeanObama on Sun May 06, 2012 at 12:02:00 PM PDT

    •  Rotation on the SCOTUS (0+ / 0-)

      We need a way to prevent justices from retiring when a particular type of President is in office. As it stands, liberal judges try to retire under Democratic Presidents, conservative judges try to retire under Republican Presidents. We need a way give both political wings a chance to rule the court.

      ... or, require a 2/3s majority to confirm an appeals court or SCOTUS nominee. Presidents would have to appoint moderates who can command the overwheling majority needed obtain confirmation.

      Spring has sprung and Occupy is not to be found. The predictions have proved false. Game over.

      by DeanObama on Sun May 06, 2012 at 12:08:47 PM PDT

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    •  Congress can end wars (0+ / 0-)

      and it can end funding without ending funding for the entire military. It has repeatedly done so in the past.  One reason for requiring bi-annual reauthorization of all military appropriations was to force Congress to give its assent to continue wars at regular intervals.  

      Here again, the problem is not the Constitution but how we've (mis)understood it.

      Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. @DavidKaib

      by David Kaib on Sun May 06, 2012 at 12:44:19 PM PDT

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