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Opinion

Partisanship and War


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 29, 2020 - 2:07 PM

Representative Singleton's comment that "war is not a partisan issue..." in the article about the Georgia House's resolution supporting the strike against Soleimani should give us pause.

In our United States, the Constitution states that "The Congress shall have Power...to declare War". In Nazi Germany and in totalitarian regimes, war probably is never a partisan issue. But we are different.

Charles Pinkney of South Carolina, attending the 1787 Constitutional Convention, argued for a "vigorous executive", but "to give the office war-making powers would turn the President into an elected monarch."

Abraham Lincoln wrote that "Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Constitutional Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions and they resolved to frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us."

As a former Marine Corps officer, I have absolutely no sympathy for the likes of Soleimani and Hezbollah, who were probably responsible for the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in 1983 in Lebanon, where I lost Marines I knew and worked with.

However, the principle document we swore to defend is our Constitution and in a free country the decision to go to war and put the lives of our best and brightest at risk and to spend our national treasure should always be a matter for partisanship, whether you are a Democrat or Republican.

David Ingram

Newnan