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Syria

34 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Make Opposition to Unconstitutional War a Litmus Test for Washington

To end the persistence of unconstitutional war, we must make it a prerequisite of being President of the United States or a Member of Congress that one has to regularly swear unbreakable allegiance to the Constitutional idea that Congress, not the President, decides when to use military force. The best way to prepare for this task is to do it, and to keep doing it, continuously, through the 2018 primaries, through the 2018 general election, through the 2020 primaries, through the 2020 general election. Every candidate for President, every candidate for Senate, every candidate for the House, must pledge allegiance to the Constitutional idea that Congress, not the President, decides when to use military force. Many things divide Americans. But we all share the Constitution. There isn’t one Constitution for red states and another one for blue states. There’s just one Constitution for all of us. A key way to make sitting Members of Congress pledge allegiance to opposing unconstitutional war is to make them vote on it, including by invoking the War Powers Resolution to force votes on unconstitutional wars. Whether we’re talking about unconstitutional war in Yemen, or in Syria, or in Ukraine, a fundamental idea is that opposition to unconstitutional war is a litmus test. Members of Congress who pass the test with their votes, their signatures, and their statements will be praised and supported. Members of Congress who fail the test with their votes and with their silence will be sanctioned and have support withdrawn. When 44 Senators voted in March to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen, it was the first time in three years either house had voted up or down on that war. It was also the first time in three years that either house voted up or down on any current war, Constitutional or not. Ending unconstitutional war would not end all war. But it would end a lot of war. It would save a lot of lives. It would stop the diversion of a lot of resources to war. We have to start somewhere. Let’s start with the wars that are indisputably unconstitutional.  According to Section 2c of the War Powers Resolution, which is the law of the land, “The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” Urge your Senators and Representative to do all they can to make opposition to unconstitutional war a litmus test for Washington by signing our petition.

Just Foreign Policy
4,062 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Join Bernie, Mike, Chris, Rand, Tim, 88 Reps: Trump Has No Legal Authority to Hit Syria

On March 20, 44 Senators took a stand against unconstitutional war when they voted in favor of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen. Now, President Trump is threatening to attack the Syrian government without Congressional authorization, in flagrant violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Some of those 44 Senators who took a stand against unconstitutional war on March 20 have taken a stand now. 88 Democratic and Republican members of the House have also taken a stand. Senator Sanders said: “President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility.” He also said: "If President Trump believes that expanding the war in Syria will bring stability to the region and protect American interests, he should come to Congress with his ideas."  Senator Lee said: “As news reports continue to indicate impending U.S. military action against the Assad regime in Syria, I again implore President Trump to consult with Congress before engaging our armed forces. The Russian government has stated that it will not only seek to strike down our missiles, but also fire upon the source that sends them. Using the 48-hour notification window in the War Powers Act is not enough when the U.S. or our service members are not in immediate danger of imminent attack.” He also said: “The use of chemical weapons absolutely requires a response from the United States. But if that response is going to include military force, the president of the United States should come to Congress and ask for authorization before military force is used." Senator Murphy said: "We're a nation of laws, and we have a Constitution that says very clearly that it's Congress who gets to decide who the United States can fight wars against. The president can take military action without congressional permission if the U.S. is attacked or is at risk of imminent attack — but that's not what happened here. If the president thinks he found a loophole that lets him attack other countries without authorization, he needs to show that justification and make that case to the people." Senator Paul said: “Promising war by tweet, insults not only the Constitution but every soldier who puts their life on the line.” Senator Kaine said: "Without congressional authorization, any military action President Trump takes in Syria that isn't in self-defense is illegal." He also said: “He’s a president, not a king, and Congress needs to quit giving him a blank check to wage war against anyone, anywhere. If he strikes Syria without our approval, what will stop him from bombing North Korea or Iran?” In the House, 88 Democrats and Republicans wrote to President Trump, pressing him to seek Congressional authorization before using military force, as required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Stand with these patriotic Members of Congress who meant what they said when they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Urge your elected officials in Washington to protect and defend the Constitution by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
4,799 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives

Sign @RepZoeLofgren-@JustinAmash: @POTUS must get authorization before striking Syria

Under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, Congress, not the President, decides when the U.S. will use military force. President Trump is threatening to use military force to attack the government of Syria. But Congress hasn’t authorized President Trump to use military force against the government of Syria. If President Trump were to attack Syria without Congressional authorization, he would be violating the Constitution. That’s an impeachable offense. As the Congressional Progressive Caucus has stated, "President Trump does not have the power to authorize military force in Syria -- he must come to Congress first." As Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie has stated, "There is No congressional authorization to strike the government of Syria." California Democrat Zoe Lofgren and Michigan Republican Justin Amash are circulating a bipartisan letter to President Trump, insisting that he seek Congressional authorization before striking the government of Syria. In August 2013, two hundred Democratic and Republican House Members wrote to President Obama, insisting that he seek Congressional authorization before striking Syria. That’s why Obama backed down from his threat of unilateral action and chose diplomacy instead. Defend our Constitution and oppose endless war. Urge your Representative to sign the Lofgren-Amash letter against unconstitutional war by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
6,835 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stand with @SenMikeLee: @POTUS must get Congressional authorization before striking Syria

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee – lead Republican sponsor of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy bill to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen – is saying that there must be a vote in Congress before President Trump takes any military action in Syria in response to a recent chemical attack, alleged to be carried out by the Syrian government. The Hill reports: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is urging President Trump to get congressional authorization before he uses military force to respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. “The use of chemical weapons absolutely requires a response from the United States,” Lee said in a statement. "But if that response is going to include military force, the president of the United States should come to Congress and ask for authorization before military force is used." Senator Lee is right. Under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, Congress, not the President, decides when the U.S. will use military force. The Hill notes that Trump said he would decide on the U.S. response “over the next 24 to 48 hours," even though the U.S. doesn’t yet know for sure who did the attack, even though the organization that monitors the chemical weapons convention is still investigating the attack. In August 2013, unconstitutional U.S. military escalation in Syria was stopped when two hundred Democratic and Republican Members of the House wrote to President Obama, insisting that he seek Congressional authorization before striking Syria. Urge your Representative and Senators to stand with Mike Lee in defense of the Constitution and against unauthorized war by signing our petition. 

Robert Naiman
8,865 supporters