As the world is coming to an end…well at least according to the Mayans, civil unrest continues on amongst nations, internally and against one another. War has always been a part of our culture, as one group has tried to establish its dominance over the other using brute force. There has been a shift in military strategy over the years from soldiers marching into one another to the use of bombs and other high-tech devices. The improvement in weaponry has made it possible for small countries to achieve a lot of casualties without the need of a big army.  There have been a few benefits which were a direct cause of war, such as helping United States to climb out of the Great Depression, but in the long run war has caused nothing more than casualties and excessive spending on the military Branch.

My proposal is not to eliminate war because in certain instances war may be the best answer, but what I suggest is before United States enters any war, it should be up to the people to decide whether they think it would be worth sending our soldiers overseas. Polls are constantly conducted to attain the opinion of the public to get a sense of how they really feel about our current military operations overseas, but the actions of the White House are never reflective of the people’s opinion. I think if it was up to the people to decide if war was necessary, less outbreaks would occur worldwide (that is if the same voting process was to occur globally). The way that this system would work is the government would issue a warning to the people letting them know that there might be a need to go to war with a nation. The public would be given 3 days to cast their vote, and depending the way the majority voted that would determine if we would end up going to war.  Let the people be heard!

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6 responses »

  1. Hannah says:

    I think it might be somewhat hard to have an honest vote on whether or not to send our soldiers overseas. I also think that sometimes war is the only reasonable answer to a crisis, but there are always going to be those that will vote no against war every time….even if we were just attacked by terrorists or something.

    I do agree though and don’t think it is right that our voice and opinions are not taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to declare war and send soldiers overseas.

  2. brookeparker16 says:

    Although this sounds good in practice, do you realize how many stupid people vote. I know I am not being politically correct and this sounds harsh, but so many people are largely swayed by what the news stations say and not by hard facts. I would be hesitant to leave it in the hands of uninformed voters to make this type of decision.

    • Tomas Smaliorius says:

      If you think about it, those same uninformed voters, who are easily swayed by the news stations, still get to vote, except in today’s case for our president. But I completely agree with you, and I actually realized the same thing as I was writing the post last night that I am sure small coalitions across the U.S. would form (lobbyist like) that would try to influence and persuade individuals to vote one way or another. Essentially ruining the basis of my idea.

  3. Cheryl says:

    This is a very interesting idea, though I do agree with Brooke’s comment. I’m in no way favoring war or anything, but it’s true that many people vote without actually knowing what’s going on. This is not an issue that can be taken lightly, and not all average people are capable of making this decision. Also, I believe all facts and information are hidden from public for national security, so for general public to have a comprehensive knowledge of everything will mean risking the safety of the nation.

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