Congress must decide on going to war

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As war with Iran threatens all of us, it's good to see the U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR1274, reasserting Congress' Constitutional authority on the use of military force. James Madison wrote that history has shown the executive is the branch of government most prone to war. He concluded, "The Constitution has with studied care vested that power in the legislature." 

The decision to commit American lives to such actions must be a collective one — not made by the executive branch alone. Military action risks the lives of our loved ones in this country, and the lives of many in other countries. The Iraq conflict has forewarned us that attacking Iran risks dire and destabilizing consequences, many of which we may not be able to foresee. Members of Congress in both parties are skeptical; Japan and our European allies feel more evidence is needed before they can support American military action in Iran. 

The bill now moves on to the Senate. We need to tell our U.S. senators that now is the time to reassert Congressional control over the power to make war.

Ralph Strohl 

Oak Park 

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: July 12th, 2019 3:54 PM

Well I agree Ray, I certainly don't trust AOC or Maxine Waters. And I find it ironic that the likes of Mr. Strohl is suddenly concerned with fidelity to our Constitution. Where was he during the terms of the longest war President in our nation's history? Oh that's right. Mr. Obama (can you say Libya?) was not Mr. Trump. So it was all good. And if by chance my speculation is incorrect - I apologize. But in fact that is not the issue. The issue is fidelity to the law of the land: the Constitution of the United States. It is clear - explicitly so stated - that the power to declare war lies within the legislative branch ... not the executive branch. Just like I have revulsion with the liberal progressives of the world picking and choosing amongst the Bill of Rights - specifically trying to deny the people's rights under the 2nd - I find it equally disturbing picking and choosing other parts of the Constitution that you - or I - may find inconvenient. I don't know if legislation is an appropriate means - its been done before - to restore Congress's war making power -the power that it irresponsibly abrogated to the executive branch. But I do know the original intent - for obvious reasons - was to empower the Congress and not the executive with the ability to declare war. We are governed by a Constitution; not a king. As such it would be wise to remember what Madison said: "No nation can preserve it's freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

Ray Simpson  

Posted: July 12th, 2019 1:47 PM

WW2 was the last time they had the spine to do that! Do you trust Maxine Waters and AOC to stand with the United States? I sure don't

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