Should President Obama go ahead with plans to attack Syria even if Congress does not authorize use of force?
That question will be examined Sept. 17 as Monmouth College hosts a Constitution Day discussion at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall.
Free and open to the public, the program, titled “Who Represents ‘We the People’ When It Comes To Declaring War?,” is sponsored by MC’s political science department to celebrate the nation’s founding document, which was signed 226 years ago.
Article 1, section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, and Article 2, section 2 declares “The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States.”
Political science professors Farhat Haq and Ira Smolensky will lead the discussion. Audience members will be encouraged to share their views.