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    • okilove

      Yes, the President would need Congressional approval to “start a war”. However, he does not need Congressional approval to provide immediate defense or to issue an operational decree. For instance, commanding troops to defend Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1945 was allowed even though war was not declared until the next day. In current times, Operation Desert Storm or Operation Iraqi Freedom, etc… are good examples. Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) would not qualify, because Congress voted to go to war against the Taliban in 2001. Iraqi Freedom has been contested since it did in fact turn into a war, but I’m not here to argue that point, just to provide an example for you. I hope this helps. Also, I would cite, but the best citations I found were on wikipedia, which should speak for itself.

    • okilove

      These teenagers are absolutely outstanding individuals. They have taken a series of “traditions” and evolved them into something new and better, something that can bring an entire community, even an entire state, together. They did not prey on the race issue, they did not holler for equality, but pressed for unity. They did not want attention, spotlight, or press, just enough word to get around to help fund their prom. They were modest and prudent when others took up their cause as a political ploy. We adults could learn a lot from today’s kids; they are facing race, discrimination, and social issues in a very different fashion than did their parents and grandparents, and instead of shouting from the rooftops, they are quietly effecting change one prom, graduation, party, or interaction at a time. The best part? They ignore the people who don’t stand with them instead of engaging them in pointless arguments. Maybe the social transformation of tomorrow doesn’t have to involve pitting individuals against one another, but instead bringing them together to effect change. I wish them the best of luck, and I hope by next year the prom committee has enough money to keep this new tradition going strong.

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      I thought of two more afterIwrote this.  “The Perks of BeingaWallflower” by Stephen Chobsky …Iread this book for the first time whenIwas in 9th grade andIhave read it nearly every year since then, (that was about 15 years ago) and every timeIread it,Itake something else away, another lesson learned,anew perspective gained. It really is one of those books that transcends time and takes you back to another time in your life.  “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker. One of my favorite novels ever. If you haven’t read it, go find it now.

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      I think the author of this article was trying to go for books that one would not necessarily be assigned inaclassroom environment. Also, while traditional authors are incredibly important, and many of their works incredible, this list is geared toward lesser known authors, and well know modern-day artists, or people that the average person can relate with or at least wants to know better.