The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has requested that President Donald Trump go before Congress and obtain their blessing before “raining hell fire” on Kim Jong un and North Korea, should the dictator make an aggressive move but there are some who believe that the words and actions of Kim have already gleamed his intent.
As Written by Jazz Shaw for Hot Air:
Somebody at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has clearly been brushing up on the Constitution since they noticed President Trump hinting about raining hellfire down on Kim Jong-un’s head one of these days. They’ve issued a call to the President to go before Congress and get their blessing before any bombs (conventional or tactical) begin falling on Pyongyang. (The Hill)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned President Trump on Tuesday that only Congress can authorize a military strike on North Korea, as tensions with Pyongyang continue to escalate.
“The American Civil Liberties Union strongly urges you to uphold the Constitution, and the fundamental principle of separation of powers, by recognizing the sole authority of Congress to declare war — and to refrain from the use of force against North Korea in the absence of explicit congressional authorization for the use of force,” the group wrote in a letter to Trump on Tuesday.
“This drumbeat of threats over the past several weeks has raised concerns across the country about whether you will abide by the check on the president’s power that is fundamental to the Constitution’s separation of powers on war authority.”
While I certainly agree with the ACLU in principle and have for a very long time now, I’m sorry to say that this ship has pretty much sailed. When was the last time Congress actually declared war on another ……..
While I certainly agree with the ACLU in principle and have for a very long time now, I’m sorry to say that this ship has pretty much sailed. When was the last time Congress actually declared war on another country? (I’m not counting resolutions of authorization to use military force here.) I’m pretty sure it was in 1941 when a flurry of them went out for very good reasons. But since then, and particularly since the passage of the War Powers Act, Congress has pretty much abandoned their duty on that front.
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