Lis­ten to the peo­ple

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

War is peace? Es­ca­late to re­duce? Pre­empt to pre­vent? Mur­der to stop killing?

These are the rea­sons Trump is giv­ing for the mur­der of a for­eign leader.

In our re­pub­lic Congress is given the power to de­clare war. Nowhere in the United States Con­sti­tu­tion is the ex­ec­u­tive granted that au­thor­ity. Only in ex­treme sit­u­a­tions may the ex­ec­u­tive give the or­der to war with­out the ad­vice and con­sent of Congress.

The mur­der of a for­eign diplo­mat with­out the con­sent of Congress is an abuse of power. The pres­i­dent or­dered the killing of a Gen­eral with­out even in­form­ing Congress what he was do­ing. Or ask­ing for their con­sent!

Ever since the sur­prise at­tack on Pearl Har­bor our pres­i­dents have used the “pres­i­dents ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers” to or­der ac­tions that should have been shared with Congress. It is time Congress re­sume its roll in our Gov­ern­ment as an equal and sep­a­rate part of our gov­ern­ment. The Pres­i­dent is not the King.

The peo­ple must be heard.

Ed Galindo Quartz Hill

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