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What would you add to the Constitution?
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If we could add another amendment to our Constitution, many ideas come to mind, but none more important than fixing our country's war powers.

There are seldom times, if any, when violence is the answer. Collective violence, powered by U.S. ingenuity and tax revenues, is an awesome force of kick ass. Unfortunately, this powerful force has been abused, misused, and prostituted to enrich thieves, keep the oligarchs in power, and destroy hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.

Our country had a very clear path to war, while not perfect, it remained valid until sometime after 1948. Since that time, our country in the name of rhetoric, false evidence, or blind ambition, has waged foreign wars or proxy wars, almost constantly for the past 70 years.

That's a really long time to drain tax revenues, for wars of choice. It's also a very long time for a population to be under the oppression of war, both physically and psychologically. War fatigue is growing in this country, it's not only because we are currently waging two wars of choice, and two proxy-wars; but because most of us are sick and tired of war itself.

We have an awesome military, to protect our borders, and to prevent an invasion, not to unilaterally violate foreign lands in the name of this or that. Since our politicians no longer care to understand that fact, it's time to introduce, the War of Choice Amendment, to the United States Constitution.

It's a simple amendment, without the need for lawyers, there are only three provisions to this new amendment, and they are easily understood by all.

  1. A majority vote in both the House of Representatives and Senate, are required, to enact wars fought on foreign lands.
  2. All citizens, 18-28, must enter a mandatory draft, without exemption.
  3. A mandatory 10% tax raise will be enacted every year the war rages, and five years after the war's conclusion, without exemption, for every taxpayer.

That's it. Three simple, yet extremely effective measures to make sure a war waged on foreign soil, is our last and only option left, as it should be. After all, the blood of innocent civilians shed in our wars of choice, are the burden of our entire population.

Let us not forget the sanctity of all life, especially of those, innocent and peaceful, who never got to say good-bye.

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