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If America goes to war on non-American soil, should citizens have the right to v

  1. mattforte profile image91
    mattforteposted 6 years ago

    If America goes to war on non-American soil, should citizens have the right to vote an immediate end

    Most of America has disagreed with several wars in recent history. We have no power to change them, and soldiers have no option to not fight a war they don't believe in. Of course not all believed this, but we live in a democracy. Should citizens be able to veto a war through a vote?

  2. profile image0
    Gusserposted 6 years ago

    Aboslutely NOT. We do NOT live in a democracy. THIS is a major failing of our public school system. It's a Constitutional Republic. We elect those who vote in our behalf. If you don't like these wars, vote for another to represent you.

  3. MilesArmbruster profile image61
    MilesArmbrusterposted 6 years ago

    No. (Of course, it would require a constitutional amendment to make this happen.) Of course, what you are really asking is whether we should have a referendum on everything the government does. I can't think of the last major law that was passed by the federal government that I supported. At the same time, I guess you are asking whether a "pure" democracy would or could work. Is there reason to believe that the simple majority is "right?" I have neighbors who own houses who don't know the first thing about international relations or government economics or much of anything the government does. They also have no knowledge of history, or the constitution. Nothing wrong with them, their interest lie elsewhere. (Football, as it turns out, nothing wrong with that either.) But, much as I like them as people, I am not sure that they would be competent to vote on government spending. I am not sure that I am competent to vote on government spending. I don't think that there have been many of our representatives who are really competent to discuss government spending. Politicians are experts at getting elected.
    I would have loved to vote down hundreds of things our government has done over the past few decades, Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." I am not sure that going to a system where uninformed and incompetent voters overthrow uninformed and incompetent elected officials would be any better than just letting the elected officials maintain the current system.

  4. swordsbane profile image60
    swordsbaneposted 6 years ago

    The citizens of the country should not govern how we conduct a war.  We can't even pick our leaders correctly and you want to trust our judgement in a war?  You're nuts.

  5. glmclendon profile image60
    glmclendonposted 6 years ago

    No,No, No. What do you think we will do with the vote we have to elect people on our behalf?

    1. swordsbane profile image60
      swordsbaneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Think about thisWe have doctors who are not allowed to try to save a single human life unless they are certified by other doctors, and then we have politicians who can kill people by the thousands or even by the millions, who only need to be popular.

  6. Express10 profile image89
    Express10posted 6 years ago

    I too must say no to this. The people of America have the ability to vote for their leaders and voters need to research the records of those they vote for. This being said, if Americans can't get this right I doubt we should have the ability to vote an immediate end to a war. And once on this slope, some people would want the right to vote to start a war. I would imagine that it would only get messier.

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    Old Empresarioposted 6 years ago

    So where have you guys been for the past 70 years? The Congress is thoroughly corrupt and under corporate control. They will almost always vote for war. We can't leave that decision to Congress anymore. If the American people had been allowed to vote in referendum on war, we would never have gone into Vietnam. We would never have gone into Central America. We would never have gone into Iraq or Afghanistan. And even if we did, the wars would have been formally declared for a change. There's a novel idea! Do you honestly believe the myth that a member of the House of Representatives is smarter and could run the country better than you could? I'm not saying US citizens should run the war once it starts. But they should be allowed to declare the war in a public referendum. I just voted, by the way. I voted all of you down.