portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting united states

imperialism & war

Congress DOES have the POWER

Congress controls the Purse
George controls the sword

The answer should be clear. Since the President is adamant about pursuing his failed policies in Iraq, Congress has the duty to stand up and use its power to stop him. If Congress doesn't stop this war, it's not because it doesn't have the power. It's because it doesn't have the will.
"The following is the text of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold's opening remarks this morning to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Good morning, and welcome to this hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee entitled "Exercising Congress's Constitutional Power to End a War." We are honored to have with ..........."

and latter in the article....

....... Our founders wisely kept the power to fund a war separate from the power to conduct a war. In their brilliant design of our system of government, Congress got the power of the purse, and the President got the power of the sword. As James Madison wrote, "Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper or safe judges, whether a war ought to be commenced, continued or concluded."

You can read full article here: -->

 http://www.fdlreporter.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070130/FON0101/70130043/1985

Congress has the power and lacks the will 30.Jan.2007 21:29

HR

Congress has the power to cut off funds for the imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Congress aslo has the power and legitimate case for impeachment of Bush, Cheney and Rice. The will to do so must come from the people making their voices heard loud and clear.

Dictatorial powers, like signing statements, of the presidency will remain in place after 2008. There is nothing to stop Jeb Bush from seizing the White House in 2008.

enough constitution worship 30.Jan.2007 23:53

we think it's perfect because they told us so when we were 6

> In their brilliant design of our system of government,

Doesn't look all that "brilliant" to me. If we had a normal parliamentary system, like the rest of the world, then Senate President pro tem Robert Byrd would be ceremonial head of state, Nancy Pelosi would be new Prime Minister and the war in Iraq would be over.

It's the funding, Stupid! 01.Feb.2007 12:07

nonfunder

Those who have recently apologized here for Oregon Democrats should heed Feingold: "Congress got the power of the purse, and the President got the power of the sword."

Merely de-authorizing the original military green light would do nothing. Bush would claim that he has the Constitutional authority and would (rightly) point to the hypocrisy of those who would authorize the funding but not the occupation. Only by pledging to stop the funding authorization will any Democrat deserve our support.

There's a reason why Earl Blumenauer has refused to support HR 508 or the Kucinich plan, and it's not that he has a better resolution. Ask Earl: why haven't real progressive Democrats like Feingold or Kucinich supported Earl's alternative? And why has Earl not announced, like Kucinich, that he will vote against the coming funding authorization?