Thursday, December 08, 2005

This is NOT a war time President and we are NOT at war

Only the U.S. Congress has the right to declare war as enumerated in the Constitution:

Article I

Section 8.

The Congress shall have power....

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;


http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/co...i.html#section8

A resolution allowing the use of force is not a decleration of war.

The right wing have usurped the power of the Congress in effect making the Republican party the defacto legislative branch on this issue.

It's repugnant.

2 Comments:

Blogger halcyon67 said...

There are certain ways to get around the true declaration of war. The War Powers act would be one. But I dont' think that Congress took advantage of their perks in relation to the War Powers Act.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Kenny said...

Actually Sam Congress can approve a resolution allowing the President to use force. But, a declaration of war is a far different thing. A War Powers Act is an act that gives he President sweeping powers during war time. The power to suspend free speech, to control the economy, to ration goods and services...etc..

My point here is that without a declared war and without a war powers act there is no special "war time" Presidential power. We have retained our right to free speech and the right is wrong when they claim we should defer to this "war time" President.

8:55 AM  

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