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    truong son traveler

    In the Authorizations of Use of Military Force, Congress says, "Here, Mr. President, you decide whether to attack. By the way, we don't want to be responsible if this war goes sour." I believe this is an unconstitutional abrogation of responsibility by Congress, a handoff of power to the President not countenanced in the intended structure of out government.

    In the same way, in the 1990s Congress tried to give the President the line-item veto, i.e. the power to edit budget bills, but the Supreme Court struck it down, and rightfully so.

    Note that John Kerry used the exact argument above during his 2004 campaign. He said he gave Bush 43 the power to go to war but didn't mean for him to use it so enthusiastically. That was what "for it before I was against it" was all about. Perhaps if Kerry and the rest of Congress had to actually, formally, and publicly decide on whether to go to war, a majority would've voted no, and we wouldn't have spent a decade destroying Iraq.

    Process does matter.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:17:24 PM PST

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