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Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If, to-day, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, "I see no probability of the British invading us" but he will say to you, "Be silent; I see it, if you don't." The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. 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 Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood. Abraham Lincoln

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Allow

the

President

to

invade

a

neighboring

nation



whenever

he

shall

deem

it

necessary

to

repel

an

invasion



and

you

allow

him

to

do

so



whenever

he

may

choose

to

say

he

deems

it

necessary

for

such

purpose



and

you

allow

him

to

make

war

at

pleasure



Study

to

see

if

you

can

fix

any

limit

to

his

power

in

this

respect



after

having

given

him

so

much

as

you

propose



If



to

day



he

should

choose

to

say

he

thinks

it

necessary

to

invade

Canada



to

prevent

the

British

from

invading

us



how

could

you

stop

him



You

may

say

to

him



"I

see

no

probability

of

the

British

invading

us"

but

he

will

say

to

you



"Be

silent



I

see

it



if

you

don

t

" The

provision

of

the

Constitution

giving

the

war

making

power

to

Congress

was

dictated



as

I

understand

it



by

the

following

reasons



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

Convention

understood

to

be

the

most

oppressive

of

all

Kingly

oppressions



and

they

resolved

to

so

frame

the

Constitution

that

no

one

man

should

hold

the

power

of

bringing

this

oppression

upon

us



But

your

view

destroys

the

whole

matter



and

places

our

President

where

kings

have

always

stood



Abraham

Lincoln



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