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GENE ROBERTSON: Decisions regarding Syria should hinge on will of the people

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:33 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In a democracy, the highest determinant of government behavior should be the will of the people.

While the administrative branch might have been given the power to act on impulse in rare timely instances of perceived immediate threat, i.e. The War Powers Act, humanitarian intervention, the window of immediacy has been closed and the will of the people has been expressed in no uncertain terms.

It is now incumbent on the executive and the legislative bodies to follow the will of the people. Discussions and decisions on Syria ought to occur with that priority given the highest consideration. As much as we all are sickened and repulsed by the use of chemicals in Syria, our response to it ought not risk our behaving outside our democratic principles and protocol after the window of immediacy has been closed.

Both the executive and the legislative branch ought to behave in accordance with the will of the people at this stage of the Syrian dilemma.

 


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Ed Lane September 11, 2013 | 11:35 a.m.

This so-called administration is short on heeding the will of the people. That shows the narcissism of the administration and the president.

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Skip Yates September 11, 2013 | 4:41 p.m.

Never thought it would ever happen! For once I agree with Mr. Robertson. I will hold caustic comments on the Obama administration.

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Michael Williams September 11, 2013 | 5:38 p.m.

The US is NOT a democracy. Mr Robertson should know better and so should the editors at the Missourian.

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Skip Yates September 11, 2013 | 8:34 p.m.

@Michael: C'mon, Mike, be easy. It is MU you are talking about and the concern of the day isn't accuracy in academics..its gender neutral housing...

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Michael Williams September 11, 2013 | 9:38 p.m.

Skip: What's neutered gender housing?

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Ellis Smith September 11, 2013 | 10:15 p.m.

Skip & Michael:

I believe the reference is to the popular practice of no longer having separation by sex in university student housing; hopefully they don't intend to physically neuter any students. :)

Academics? You must be talking about Washington University, Truman State University or possibly even MS&T. In Columbia it's football season (Redneck Conference), so who has time for academics?

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Ellis Smith September 11, 2013 | 10:39 p.m.

The United States of America is a republic. How many of its citizens are even able to recite the pledge allegiance to our flag (which says we are a republic) from memory? The terms "democracy" and "republic" are NOT identical.

It's easy to conclude that recent generations of American students have been taught little of value about their country and its heritage. That is sad.

On the other hand, our educational system today seems good at promoting indolence as well as racial, ethnic and class hatreds.

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