Good morning, and happy almost-Friday!
On Chat About today, we’re having a couple folks from Bemidji Area Schools discuss Bemidji High School’s Career Academies, a really exciting opportunity to help students find their passions! That’s on Chat About, at about 12:15 p.m.
For McDonald’s Morning Trivia, I am continuing my series of civics questions.
What branch of the government is the only branch that can declare war? The answer is the legislative. Collectively named Congress–the House of Representatives (two year term for each representative) and the Senate (six year term for each senator)–whose members are responsible for making all laws, regulating interstate and foreign commerce, controlling taxing and spending policies, in addition to its ability to declare war against another nation. The executive branch, which includes the President, has the power to direct troops.
According to the War Powers Act, the President must consult with Congress before sending troops to “hostilities” without a declaration of war. President Bill Clinton called the War Powers Act constitutionally defective after he directed airstrikes, etc., in what used to be known as Yugoslavia. Just a few years later, President George W. Bush was given the authority by Congress to use any means necessary against those that committed the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Today, Jan. 16, 2020, marks 100 years after Prohibition was enacted in 1920. I remarked that this came shortly after women received the right to vote on Aug. 18, 1919 (exactly 100 years before my daughter Brigid was born), when many women in those days were tired of abusive and often drunk husbands, and with little means of leaving those situations, sought to make alcohol illegal.
Prohibition did not work, as it was repealed about a decade after it was ratified, and new federal health statistics show Americans drink more now than they did prior to Prohibition. Just before alcohol was banned in those days, teens and adults in America drank just under two gallons of alcohol each year. Today, that amount is 2.3 gallons each year, amounting to nine drinks a week. Public health experts agree that America has a drinking problem.