Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Please Write your Representative

Yesterday, Republic Representative Walter Jones (NC) introduced a resolution, H. Con. Res. 107,  to "classify initiating war without congressional approval as an unconstitutional, impeachable offense."  Please email your representative and urge them to support this resolution.
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      In light of President's Obama flagrant violation of the War Powers Act during the US led NATO intervention in Libya, on which Congress was not allowed to vote, and recent comments by Secretary of Defense Panetta that an intervention in Syria would follow a similar path, Representative Jones has deemed it essential that the decision to wage war must rest with the Congress, as mandated by Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.  An imperial presidency leads to an imperial foreign policy, and the most shameful act the U.S. could commit would be to start another Middle Eastern War without so much as a congressional vote.
       Jones himself is a remarkable figure.  A Republican in a North Carolina district with a heavy military presence, Jones was originally a vocal supporter of the Iraq war, famously sponsoring legislation to rename the French Fries sold in government cafeterias as "freedom fries."  But then, beginning in 2005, Jones began to turn against the war, and became one of the most vocal Congressional critics of the U.S.'s militarist Foreign Policy.  Despite, or perhaps because of this turn, Jones maintained his popularity in his district, home to the Marine Corps Camp Lejeune and the largest military presence of any district in North Carolina.

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