Should Congress Have Issued An Official Declaration of War?

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Should Congress Have Issued an Official War Declaration?

Poll closed Apr 27, 2008.
  1. Yes

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    80.0%
  2. No

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    20.0%
  1. Paulie
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    Self explanatory.

    Please explain why or why not.
     
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    Yes, it was their duty via the Constitution, problem is this usurpation goes back a long ways. Then again, GW should have asked for one, just like FDR did.
     
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    Yes Congress should have declared war. It was completely irresponsible behavior for Congress to pass its authority off to the President. It removed one of the checks and balances of power by doing so.

    The President is the Commander in Chief of the military. He is not the King of the US. Bush has been one of the worst in recent times at grabbing and consolidating power within the Executive Branch. At the same time, Congress has let him do it. The current Democrat-controlled Congress, regardless their boasts, has done little if anything to reverse it.

    I don't remember the last time in my lifetime Congress was worth a shit, regardless which party is in control. I sure as Hell don't recall the last time they actually represented the people of the United States.
     
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    Okay. At first, I didn’t grasp the meaning of the question.

    On the one hand, Congress should not declare war in this case because I don’t see that war was warranted. On the other hand, if we are debating proper procedure, then, if congressmen wanted to have us really go to war, then the answer is: yes.

    At first, I thought that this was a question about whether or not we should have gone to war. If that is the case, congress should not have authorized the president. Nor should it have declared war. Now I see the point. Yes, it was irresponsible for congress to “pass the buck” as it did. If there is a question about going to war, congress should either declare war or not declare war – not pass off the decision to the president.
     
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    Come on dude, it really wasn't a tough question. We're not debating whether or not the war should have happened here. The war happened. All I'm asking is, especially since congress was overwhelmingly in support of it, should they have issued an official declaration.

    Are you the "no" vote?
     
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    Yes, but I want to change my vote. Yes yes yes yes yes - a thousand times yes
     
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    Heh ... this isn't a Democrat primary so you can only vote once.:cool:

    However, you should feel all better now.
     
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    (LOL) Okay, but on the flip-side, thanks for understanding this voter’s intent and letting his vote count.
    :cool:
     
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    When Congress issued the resolution giving President Bush the power to use any and all means necessary to enforce the UN resolutions, they in effect, declared President Bush could declare war when he felt it was needed. So this whole poll is a moot point. Congress did pass a resolution authorizing the war and it passed with an overwhelming majority. And it has not been repealed by anyone in Congress because no one wants to go on record as being against a total victory.
     
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    Against who, Saddam or terrorism?
     

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