For example, would it have been more fair if America was allowed to vote on whether or not to invade Iraq? Or is the fact that the majority voted for Bush enough power for him to make the decision on his own/with Congress? Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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1,082 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think the decision to go to war with a country should be put in the hands of the populace?
For example, would it have been more fair if America was allowed to vote on whether or not to invade Iraq? Or is the fact that the majority voted for Bush enough power for him to make the decision on his own/with Congress?


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16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/18/06 - 6:38:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
completely!
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/18/06 - 6:39:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
The reason we elect congress and the president is so they can vote for stuff like that. So either we need to completely redo the entire government or just accept that it's ultimately not our choice.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/19/06 - 12:58:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, in fairness, a declaration of war can only be passed in Congress, which is a much better representation of the population than one man, certainly. Do I think the people should be allowed to vote? I suppose so, but I don't think that'll ever happen.

Besides, if we did vote on when war should be declared, chances are we'd vote on when the war should end as well. What do we do in that case? Just vote every month or what?

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/27/06 - 12:06:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, that doesn't make sense. we're a representative republic. the whole point of that is we elect ppl in positions of government to represent us.

and on top of that, ppl will be clouded by how they feel about war. not if it's best for the country to enter the war. sometimes war is necessary. and sum ppl dun' see that...

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 5/31/06 - 1:31:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/18/2006 6:39:53 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
The reason we elect congress and the president is so they can vote for stuff like that. So either we need to completely redo the entire government or just accept that it's ultimately not our choice.

The reason you elect a congress and president is because it's impractical for the population to vote for every single decision.

However that doesn't mean the population can't vote for certain major decisions.

I think it's an interesting question. I don't really know how I'd answer it.

15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 7/26/06 - 12:40:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have no idea how to answer that. Going to war will always end badly, no matter who sends you.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 10/28/06 - 5:05:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
This a completely ridiculous idea. The American public is too stupid to see the bigger picture. They would never vote for war because of the liberal bias this country has. Democrats need to learn to see that you can not have peace without war and grow up.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 10/28/06 - 5:10:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/18/2006 6:39:53 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
The reason we elect congress and the president is so they can vote for stuff like that. So either we need to completely redo the entire government or just accept that it's ultimately not our choice.

15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/29/06 - 2:15:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
"Or is the fact that the majority voted for Bush".......

it's a shame we'll never know if that's true. sigh. :(

15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/29/06 - 8:03:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think we elected our government to lead, so, let them lead.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 10/30/06 - 3:29:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
If so, this war we're in might not have happened. They would find a way to get around what we think, a do what THEY feel like doing.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/3/06 - 8:40:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Most people wouldn't care to vote, and those people that didn't vote would be all angry and wha-wha cry babies if they did go to war.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/3/06 - 8:45:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think the people who will be fighting should decide.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/3/06 - 11:18:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/28/2006 5:05:49 PM nat_gurl87 wrote:
This a completely ridiculous idea. The American public is too stupid to see the bigger picture. They would never vote for war because of the liberal bias this country has. Democrats need to learn to see that you can not have peace without war and grow up.

However war should be fought at the right time.

Countries like the UK really should have had a referendum it was that Blair knew he would lose it and you never have a referendum if it goes against what you want to do

15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/23/06 - 9:56:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it should.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/12/07 - 7:38:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
I definately do for important things - it would be worth the bother of having to vote if we all had more say.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/24/07 - 12:25:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd be nice to have everything be a direct election. I'd be a slow process though.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/6/07 - 10:05:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
what is the point in voting for a president if you have to vote to make all the decisions for him?
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 6/29/07 - 7:08:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, this is a democracy, not anarchy or socialism.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/14/07 - 8:22:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, simply because if someone is able to be President, s/he would probably be a bit more "mentally gifted" than the majority of the population.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/15/07 - 7:23:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ You have GOT to be kidding.

Bush, more 'mentally gifted' than the majority of the population?

14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/3/07 - 1:06:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
^But wait.... most Americans supported the war at the time of the Iraq invasion. I wonder why? Is it because the general public that is predominately interested in consuming goods will be easily misinformed and therefore it is dammed if it does and dammed if it does not?


14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/3/07 - 1:15:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
for everyone who says "yes" to this question, I urge you to vote for the National Initiative for Democracy!!
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/3/07 - 1:20:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.
As on many other issues the 'populance' can very easily be manipulated in emotional situations (and I'd consider going to war to be one). I'd rather have some people who I elcted because I believe they have the professionality to deal with the issues of my country in a rational way make such a decision than 'the blood thirsty revanchist mob'.
That's a very simplyfied version of my thoughts on this issue, of course.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/3/07 - 1:28:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is no way that the general population can be knowledgable about all the 'top secret' intelligence that goes into a decision to go to war. We elect our representatives to cast their votes in accordance with the best interests of our country.

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