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The invasion was not just reckless. It was unconstitutional.
It is time to set the record straight. The United States Congress never voted for the Iraq war. Rather, Congress voted for a resolution in October 2002 which unlawfully transferred to the president the decision-making power of whether to launch a first-strike invasion of Iraq. The United States Constitution vests the awesome power of deciding whether to send the nation into war solely in the United States Congress.
My brother’s recent comments spurred me to find the article linke above about the unconstitutionality of the Iraq war. It’s an interesting read.
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The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Our Not-So-Free Press
Generally, it’s China and Zimbabwe that are throwing journalists in prison, while the U.S. denounces the repression over there.
But now similar abuses are about to unfold within the United States, part of an alarming new pattern of assault on American freedom of the press. In the last few months, three different U.S. federal judges, each appointed by President Ronald Reagan, have found a total of eight journalists in contempt of court for refusing to reveal confidential sources, and the first of them may go to prison before the year is out. Some of the rest may be in prison by spring.
This is not good. This is not good at all. Damn it! I wish the American people would wake up out of thier fog!
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t r u t h o u t – ‘Fired Up’ Kerry Returning to Senate
Democrat John F. Kerry plans to use his Senate seat and long lists of supporters to remain a major voice in American politics despite losing the presidential race last Tuesday, and he is assessing the feasibility of trying again in 2008, friends and aides said yesterday.
I’ll vote for him again. At first I wasn’t very excited about Kerry, but I grew to really respect the man. His views are my views. I honestly think he would make an excellent president, and, looking around, I can’t see anyone better for the job. Everyone is throwing around Barack Obama’s name. I think he would be great, but not in 2008. Give him a few more years experience in the Senate, or make him a running mate to Kerry in ’08. I honestly hope Kerry goes for it. The fact that he is picking himself back up and going back to the Senate to fight harder makes me like him even more.