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====== FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ======

America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
http://www.AmericaFirstParty.org

Tuesday, 27 August 2002

PLAY BY THE RULES, NO WAR WITHOUT DECLARATION

Boulder, CO -On August 10th, the Founding Convention of the America First Party overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning any "Unlawful and Improper War with Iraq." The resolution states that an armed attack against Iraq is presently unjustified, and calls for the impeachment of the president if he takes this country to war without a constitutionally mandated Declaration of War.

National Chairman Dan Charles said, "Our nation should not be bullied into war by a President who assembled a war-cabinet before he even took office. As talking heads beat the war drums, the White House lawyers claim that President Bush can send our sons and daughters into combat to destroy Iraq because his father was authorized to expel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait more than a decade ago. Our Founding Fathers put the power to declare war solely in the hands of Congress--not presidential whim. The power to take this country to war is an awesome power, and they understood that discussions in the legislative body would shine the light of day on the necessity for a Declaration of War."

Mr. Charles continued, "Iraq is not a threat to the United States. Saddam Hussein is an evil man, but the case has not been made that he is a threat to the American people. However, if he is a threat to us, then an undeclared war is not the solution we advocate. We should secure our borders. We should defend our nation, not preemptively kill the innocent people that Saddam Hussein will place between our tanks and his backside."

Participation in hostilities is costly to the country in life, money, and principles and is a dangerous road to travel without full compliance with the Constitution. It is a decision that must rest on the wisdom and careful consideration of the American people. For this reason, it was the framers' intention that the decision to go to war be made by the people through their elected representatives in Congress.

Press Secretary Romelle Winters said, "It is imperative that all actions taken by the government be in conformity with the Constitution. No elected official should suggest that it is acceptable to disregard our Constitution for any reason. Congress and the President take oaths to protect and abide by the Constitution and should uphold their promise to their constituents and the people of the United States."

Resolution author and National Secretary John Pittman Hey said, "At the present time, we are not convinced that a war with Iraq is advisable or essential for the well being and safety of this country. Just because we can do a thing does not mean we should do it. A formal Declaration of War by Congress is necessary to assure that the American people are committed to a conflict with another sovereign nation. It is vital to the continuation of this country that its basic structure--the Constitution--be upheld. The rule of law should prevail. If President Bush will not adhere to his oath of office, then he should be impeached."

Contacts:
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2

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