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  •  declaration of war power (1+ / 0-)
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    The power to declare war is a non-delegable responsibility of Congress.  (For an example of how it's non-delegable, see the Supreme Court's correct rejection of the line-item veto from the 1990s.)  The President took us to war without Congress's approval, and he did so in a way that's outside even what the constitutionally questionable War Powers Act allows (no direct threat to the USA).  What are you going to do about that, so that it doesn't happen again?

    It should be Congress that declares war, or doesn't.  No "Authorization for the Use of Military Force," i.e., "Here, Mr. President, we don't want to deal with our obligated responsibility to decide, it's up to you!" either.  We could've been spared Sen. Kerry's 2004 equivocation about supporting the Iraq war decision if he actually had to decide on it.

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

    by Simplify on Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 11:15:23 AM PDT

    •  war power (13+ / 0-)

      I agree with your assessment of the Constitution and the war power.   This is a matter of immense importance and consequence for our nation because we are being dragged into wars, and kept in wars, often without the express consent of the US Congress, as required under Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution.  Additionally, Congress has the power to cut off funds for any military adventure and Congress should use that power.  I am working with fellow members to try to get Congress to step up.

      •  Good, I'll be checking your website (0+ / 0-)

        for updates.  The debate on whether to attack Libya should've been in Congress, not confined to the walls of the White House.  Congress is capable of deciding quickly enough in circumstances like this, and to say otherwise is to give up on representative society.  Of course, perhaps the central problem is that congresspeople themselves don't want the responsibility.  Tough beans, though; all of them took an oath.

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

        by Simplify on Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 11:34:54 AM PDT

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