POL 343 Research Paper Proposal

POL 343 Research Paper Proposal - Nathan Hoch POL 343-Fall...

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Nathan Hoch POL 343-Fall 2010 George Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality (1793) In 1793 France declares war on Great Britain. George Washington is president at this time and feels America is too young and weak to aid either nation in the war. He therefore makes a proclamation declaring neutrality for in war, and states that if any citizen of the United States aids either nation, they will be punished. It is seen as Venture Constitutionalism because the constitution does not directly grant the president power to decide if the nation is going to be neutral in a war. The Constitution also does not directly grant the president power to create laws concerning citizens dealing with foreign affairs without the Congress’ approval. This short proclamation is a very interesting case of Venture Constitutionalism because it is a form of both Type Two and Three Constitutional venturing. The proclamation is a form of Type Two because it was made to promote American security, clearly by making sure the United States would not
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