Memorial Day 2016 – Our Military Are Dying for What?

The USA is pretending to honor its dead Military personnel this weekend but its leaders are not worthy of the sacrifices the dead and their loved ones have made.

The US Congress is a Chamber Of Cowards. They have run from their responsibility of deciding when the Military should be sent to war. Congress is supposed to protect the people from Presidents who want to improperly or immorally drag our nation into military conflicts.

Congress is a Chamber of Cowards

From Cornell University Law School, Legal Information Institute we get a clarification of how this nation is supposed to get into wars with other nations: see https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/war_powers

War Powers

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war. The President, meanwhile, derives the power to direct the military after a Congressional declaration of war from Article II, Section 2, which names the President Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. These provisions require cooperation between the President and Congress regarding military affairs, with Congress funding or declaring the operation and the President directing it. Nevertheless, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Presidents have often engaged in military operations without express Congressional consent. These operations include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the Afghanistan War of 2001 and the Iraq War of 2002.

Military Recruiting to Military Cemetaries - small vertWhy has Congress avoided its Constitutional responsibility to decide when the nation’s military people when are to be exposed to the dangers of war?

Why has Congress provided funds for so many undeclared wars and hidden behind the Presidents who started those wars?

The Answer: Political Cowardice.

If you don’t get caught with your name supporting a YES vote for a war it is easier to lie and say you really did not support it. You can also profit from taking “perks” and donations from war contractors who get richer supplying these wars. This is true PUNK-ASSED BITCH behavior.

No US military people should be sent to war without their leaders accepting responsibility for exposing these people to the risks. Congress is supposed to be the decider of when the USA is at war, NOT Presidents.

If the President decides the nation is in immediate danger and orders the military into action against a perceived enemy how long does it take to call Congress into emergency session to vote on a Declaration Of War as required by the Constitution? All members of Congress could be in their seats within 24 to 72 hours. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it took 1 day.

Ask your Senators and Representatives if they have shirked their responsibility to Declare War in our current global conflicts. The last Congressional Declaration of War was made on December 8, 1941

There should have been a whole lot of them since that day.

Article by Stephen Maddox Sr.

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I am a former teacher, marketing representative, labor negotiator and small business owner. As a black man born and raised in New York City I learned how to survive in the "neighborhood" and in business. Hearing about and witnessing the trials, tribulations, hopes and fears of my extended family and the people in their lives helped mold my life. Helping others with their own life journeys is my goal.

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