Proposed Amendment to the Constitution: All Acts of War Must Be Put to a National Vote … and People Voting Yes Must Register as Volunteers for Service in the United States Army

Given that war hurts the economy and the little guy,  and that just about the only people who promote war are the oligarchs and their toadies, I think we should bring back the following constitutional amendment proposed in 1916:

All acts of war should be put to a national vote. Anyone voting yes had to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army

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  • jadan

    Second the motion!

  • diogenes

    A national referendum before a declaration of war is a great idea. It was proposed by proposed by progressives both before and after the First World War. However, it’s so obvious that proposals for a constitutional amendment lead directly to oblivion that it makes one question the intentions of the proposers.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Put the army registration form right next to the “Yes” box.

  • ClubToTheHead

    Things could have been different if this Amendment had been ratified, but the rats that ratified the Constitution thought this was beyond reasonable and didn’t fit in with their plans for Oppression and Tyranny.

    Amendments Offered in Congress by James Madison June 8, 1789

    First. That there be prefixed to the Constitution a declaration, that all
    power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people.

    That Government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of
    the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the right
    of acquiring and using property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining
    happiness and safety.

    That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to
    reform or change their Government, whenever it be found adverse or inadequate
    to the purposes of its institution.

  • Daisee

    To include the politicians of course.

  • stephen frank g

    great idea but even if i voted no……..and everyone else yes i still would not put myself in a position to kill others

  • Mar 7, 2009 Ron Paul on The Unconstitutional War Powers Act and an Agitated James Baker

  • 09/05/15 LaRouche: Wall Street Is Hopelessly Bankrupt; Institute Glass-Steagall Worldwide Immediately

    LaRouche spelled out, “We must preemptively close down Wall Street and
    force the issue back to the Presidential system. That means immediately
    reconvening the U.S. Congress to act on legislation already presented in both the
    House and the Senate to reinstate the FDR Glass-Steagall bank separation,
    precisely as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did it in 1933.

    “We have reached the point where the United States can no longer survive if
    we continue to tolerate the existence of Wall Street.

  • sellinpitchforks

    Sounds more like an admission that representative government isn’t working. All you get to vote for is the next sellout. Bring on direct democracy and just let the public yea/nay legislation online.

  • Brockland A.T.

    A referendum on war, sure. That should always be done where possible, like when one’s country is not being invaded and really has no reason to go to war.

    Demanding voters for war automatically enlist, no way. People have to be free to judge the need for war on its own merits.

    Oh wait, maybe the article was facetious.

    • berger friedrich-wolfgang

      Every “WARMONGER” automatically should be “Privileged” , to “PERSONALLY” “Stand Their GROUND” !!!

      • Brockland A.T.

        Trained as a real soldier!? They’d just get in the way of the real ones, while gaining combat knowledge no reasonable civilian would want someone like that too.

        Sure, if you could set up chickenhawk and thugtrooper brigades to clear minefields and keep opposing machinegunners busy, great. It never works out that way.

        Warmongers just become the military’s REMFs and internal enforcers.

        • berger friedrich-wolfgang

          My Wars take Place on the “CHESS-BOARD” !

          • Brockland A.T.

            Those who have only seen war from the aggressor’s side, the imperialist side, may mistakenly assume warmongering is a choice freely made and all warriors warmongers.

            Its not so. The fact that the peaceniks ‘no’ to wars warmongers really want, go nowhere but to flatter the pretense of being morally worthy, should be proof enough. The victims of pantomimes of noble failure also give testimony to their curious impotence.

            Honest soldiers have been and always will be the intelligent response to warmongers. Peacenicks and their supposed disdain of war, who likewise prosper alongside their more violent bethren from the spoils of war, are the warmongers balm and prosocial mask of the sociopath.

          • berger friedrich-wolfgang

            Do You Really think your Apologetic REPLIC is of any Interest for Innocent CIVILIANS Annihilated in Aggressor – Caused FIRESTORMS ??? Your “NOBILITY – Babbeling” are Simply an AFFRONT against Murdered VICTIMS !!! — And Trying to “JUSTIFY” the “SLAUGHTERS” , by Citing “Honest” MERCENARIES , you Undervalue Your READERS !!!