Support the war powers resolution

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With the assassination of an Iranian military leader in Iraq recently, the U.S. has come close to expanding the war in the Middle East to Iran. Washington needs to hear voices like that of Florida state Representative Anna Eskamani, who is of Iranian descent and has family members in Iran, who notes, "War is no guarantee of a democratic Iran, but it is a guarantee of innocent people being directly impacted." 

We thank Senator Dick Durbin for supporting S.R. Resolution 63, Sen. Tim Kaine's Iran War Powers Resolution, in the U.S. Senate, which states that, under the Constitution, only Congress can approve U.S. participation in armed conflict. Senators are trying to force a debate and vote on this to prevent increased armed conflict in the Middle East. 

We ask everyone to contact Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth to ask her to sign on to the war powers resolution.

Ralph Strohl, Garnet Fay, David Kelm, Jan Mullen, Martha Zuelke, Mary O'Kiersey and John Cabral

Oak Park


Editor's note: Sen. Tammy Duckworth's press office told the Journal Wednesday that Duckworth signed on to this legislation on Jan. 7.

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 10:39 PM

William Dwyer Jr. Mighty Mr. Michael Bloomberg has the most likely chance to change some of the supporters of Tiny T with his billion's of dollar's, a clean business man from humble beginning's, and has had political experience. Unfortunately, this is not the time to try Biden, Bernie, Warren, and Buttigieg. They all have good qualifications and idea's although this is a matter of winning and restoring our Country, and Tiny T, must feel resentment when some one has a 20 times more money. That is a chink in the armor that none of the other candidates can do

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 10:04 PM

Ray Simpson You read me wrong thinking I have a visceral hatred. I think you are overwhelmed or willing to go with a group in fear that you will be saved from all of the teasing. It is the basic of caveman survival instincts. I do not have a sign saying hate has no home here since you know only hats with MAGA on them really make a difference. It is a sense of belonging. I do not think there is any family history of Mr. Bloomberg's parent's or grandparent's being refused entering into Germany, such as Tiny Trump's grandfather was. This may be the cause of such hate against allowing others into our Country. Your kind wanted a business man, and you do not get it. Mr. Bloomberg is a business man and the mere tiny billion's the Trump claims to have since he won't show income tax because he told you it is to complicated for you to understand, although lets say he is worth 2 or 3 billion. That is a tiny Trump amount compared to Mr. Bloomberg, who has given that much away and still has 20 times more money. Hate is not a word that I work to not carry against anyone because it is the worst word in humanity, although tiny Trump sure does hate a lot. So people on your brown shirt and maybe tiny Trump will not bother you, for now, although eventually he is going to want your gun's and that is what is the most important thing to you, although some day, if you live to an old age, you will not even be able to lift one so you will not be able to protect yourself from all of your fear's

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 9:16 PM

I still have my concerns, but I'm slowly warming to Bloomberg. And I gotta say, if he can win the nomination despite not competing in either Iowa or New Hampshire, and help pound stakes through the hearts of those two arrogant little lilly white state "primaries," all the better. I'm currently 14 time zones away from Chicago, and so have watched very little of the coverage so far. So it's a shock right now to be watching the Iowa process and be reminded just how asinine it is. Thought it was stupid when I was there on the ground in 1988, and think it's stupid now. It's not a primary, it's a freaking' circus.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 8:54 PM

@ Tommy McCoy - I get it you have a visceral hatred for President Trump. I hope you don't have one of those silly "Hate has no home" signs on your front lawn. Do I sense that you are on the Bloomberg team? I support the second amendment and Bloomberg is a reason the founders recognized the right to bear arms. If your guy spends thousands to promote a town hall and attracts 45 people He sure isn't setting fire to the Democrat field. Bloomberg would fit right in here in the sterling example of progressive insanity we call Illinois. I am not sure I see the relevance of wealth. FDR was filthy rich, Kennedy was awash in Scotch whisky largess. Johnson was wealthy. Your arguments seem small and petty to me and out of touch with actually doing a job. I guess you have found a home in Oak Park where tolerance is promoted so long as you agree with the establishment. I sure don't anticipate any invitations to your garden tea parties so don't let it bother you that someone might judge you as being intolerant!

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 2:58 PM

Ray Simpson Trump continues to deflect by teasing. You know that Lying Hillary, is not relevant other than for distraction and fuel his fan's. If you want to go back in history, during President Clinton's year's, the economy was fantastic and lots of money made in the stock market and he left office with a surplus. During the Oklahoma bombing, people said it was another country that attacked us, Clinton said lets check in to this. That is called rational behavior and you know the rest of the story. Fake news created by Trump, so he could control news.So lets move on to who would be better. The answer is, anyone. Trump's thinking projected outward to create followers is he is the greatest at everything. That is not true. His rich father backed him when the bank's wanted to close him down. Mr. Bloomberg, did not come from a rich family and now is a very wealthy man. Trump has something about size. He talked about his hand's, his knowledge, his height, his money, his women, and everything else that could be related to size. When it comes to giving away money, Mr. Bloomberg has given more money away then Trump has. Now that puts things in perspective with size when Trump said he is really rich. Not true compared to Mr. Bloomberg. Lets have someone else who is a real businessman. I can not imagine Mr. Bloomberg lowering himself to third grade teasing and not reflecting the values a person who holds the position of President, would ever do. Read the interview in the with Mr. Bloomberg on how he would about what he will do for current member's and Veteran's. I will say that if some one wore a MAGA hat in Oak Park, that person may be chased by an angry mob with pitch fork's which if true, is not a reflection of what democracy is about so if those are the people you are referring to, those are not the type of people I would associate with although Trump thrive's on it and so does his follower's

Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 1:37 PM

@ T McCoy You miss my point! If you don't stand FOR something you stand for NOTHING! You go to great length to define what you hate without any meaningful positive alternatives. BTW your 401K is doing a whole lot better than 4 years ago. Yes I do believe that President Trump is worlds better than a President Hillary Clinton.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 10:53 AM

Ray Simpson I can understand that you stand strong in your belief that Trump would never say anything bad about people. He would not call Mr. Michael Bloomberg, "Mini Mike", although he has, and he has called plenty of people name's so he can instill it into your mind. Trump was said to be elected because he is a business man. Trump is all about comparing size, so you must know that Mr. Bloomberg had a much bigger bank account than Trump. Mr. Bloomberg has 20 time's as much money as Trump. That make's Mr. Bloomberg a great business man, and after all, you do want a great business man as the next President. So jump off the Trump train and get aboard the Bloomberg express

Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 7:39 AM

So, the congress has not declared WAR on anyone since Dec 8, 1941. The closest we came was the Tonkin Bay resolution that was based upon dishonest information and given to President Johnson. That one was bastardized and abused for a couple decades. If you don't support the President, work to defeat him/her at the next election! This stabbing the president in the back is un American and just goes to prove that you have NOTHING to contribute toward the betterment of our nation. Remember that 63,000,000 Americans voted for him in 2016 and it looks like that number will get larger in 2020. You hate what we have but offer nothing equal to or better than President Trump!

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