Template talk:U.S. Congressional opposition to war

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1812[edit]

The War of 1812 was the most divisive war in American history, worse than Vietnam. The New England States came close to leaving the union because of trade restrictions and the destruction of their economy. The Feralist party oppossed it, see Opposition to the War of 1812. That page says (emphasis added) "The Federalist Party in Congress was united in opposition to the war as soon as it was declared. A document called 'An Address of Members of the House of Representatives... on the Subject of War with Great Britain,' signed by 34 of 36 House Federalists, was widely circulated and put forward Federalist views on the subject. It argued that the parliamentary procedures used by Democratic-Republicans to launch the war were anti-democratic and hostile to 'Representative liberty'; that 'war upon the land' as a response to attacks against 'commerce upon the ocean' was not justified or effective; that the war would involve a dangerous entanglement with France, then fighting Britain in the Napoleonic Wars; and that with the U.S. unprepared for war and militarily weak, a disaster might result - 'a war of invasion may invite a retort of invasion.'" This deserves to be included in the template as it shows Congressional war dissent is not a modern invention.

--Wowaconia 19:13, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

I add a link in the template.--Wowaconia 19:26, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Please add your work to War of 1812, it is wonderful. Travb (talk) 11:35, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

This doesn't feel right[edit]

The existence of this template doesn't sit right with me. The subject matter doesn't seem to be what you'd typically expect to get made into a navigation template. The fact that the Iraq resolution appearing last in the template was passed just two days before the template was created certainly has the appearance of political commentary, trying to imply that the resolution was part of a long and storied congressional tradition. If I'm the only one feeling this way, fine - I just wanted to get that out there. -Joshuapaquin 01:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

I'm sure you know the phrase "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." In this case, you would do well to bear in mind that "Appearance is in the mind of the beholder." The template wasn't meant to imply anything in particular -- in fact, that neatly reverses the relationship between it's creation and current events (i.e. the Iraq resolution). It was, however, inspired by current events, which I'm sure has been the case with much of the contents of Wikipedia. Hope that helps. Cgingold 13:57, 5 March 2007 (UTC)


Missing Resolutions[edit]

Where are the resolutions demanding surrender to Serbia that passed in the 90's? There were plenty of Slobo lovers in congress back then that couldn't wait for America to lose.