Monday, July 19, 2010

Once Upon a Time in America (July 20)

On this day in United States history in 1973, Congress passes the War Powers Act.

This resolution gave the President the power to send armed forces into action only if authorized by Congress.

It also stated forbade these forces from staying longer than 60 days, unless there is a formal declaration of war.

This measure was passed over President Nixon's veto.

There has been some question as to whether or not this law is constitutional or not.

Personally, I think that this law goes right in line with the Constitution, which states, quite specifically that only Congress can declare war.

The fact is that too many Presidents have sent troops into armed conflict too many times solely based on the idea that what he was doing was not a declaration of war but instead was something like a police action.

The Vietnam War was never a declared war....so why do we call it the Vietnam WAR? The Korean War was never a declared war....so why do we call it the Korean WAR? Hmmm....?


Interestingly enough, I saw a quote by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Democrat - California) where she actually said..
"We know that the President has the authority to go to war under the War Powers Act."

Uhh...no Mrs. Lee, that is NOT what the Act says. Typical elected official that doesn't even know what the hell she is talking about and obviously has never read the actual legislation. Think (or at least read) before you speak lady!

Hmmm.....who is running against her this year anyway?

The Republicans are running Gerald Hashimoto.

The Green Party is running Dave Heller.

The Libertarian Party is running James Eyer.

Okay, so that last part was a bit off topic but...uh...yeah.....

1 comment:

  1. I tend to think the War Powers Act is wrong, mainly because it has been used in a wrong manner so many times. And what was wrong with the original, Constitutional system, anyway? ^.^

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