Originally Posted by listopencil
Yes, true. When considering slavery versus the human rights guaranteed by the Constitution, legislators weaseled out of the issue by considering slaves to be less than human. As I recall the issue was brought up at the time and abandoned for political expediency.
Sometimes, things take more time to change. It was a thousand year practice. Yes, it was expedient, but the alternative was no Constitution either. That's just the facts. We don't live in a perfect world. Yet cosmos, made an argument based on perfection.
“The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.” ~ James Madison, Father of the Constitution
“We do not believe in aggressive or preventive war. Such war is the weapon of dictators, not of free democratic countries like the United States.”~ Truman, Sept 1, 1950