Tyranny In Vietnam War

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On August 2nd, 1964, three North Vietnamese Navy Cruisers were “unprovoked”, and fired on the USS Maddox while it was on a “standard patrol” in the Bay of Tonkin.[1] President Lyndon B Johnson proclaimed this event in a speech that provoked the first attack, ordered by him before war was declared on Vietnam. However, that event was most likely a fake created to increase action in North Vietnam.[2] Does the United States Constitution protect the United States from tyranny of the president over the people’s peace like that? The United States Constitution was written to give strength to the failed Articles of Confederation, and to protect the citizens from tyranny. Sadly, it was written in the 1700s. Tyranny is defined when one group or individual…show more content…
Executive orders are where the president can enact laws if they need to be passed quickly and without the trouble of going through congress.[4] Executive orders are found in the clause of the U.S Constitution that says “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” [5] Executive orders are not explicitly stated in the United States Constitution, but it is a power commonly given to the president of the United States. The president is the chief of the military, and he can order troops to battle. Congress can change orders of the president, but to do that, it must be passed through congress. In the time that an executive order exists, or troops movements are made, irreparable damage can be done before the congress can fix the president’s mistakes. An example of this is in the Vietnam War. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered an attack on North Vietnam after three “unprovoked” North Vietnamese cruisers attacked a United States boat on a “standard patrol”.[1] The boat was actually on a signalling intelligence mission far into Vietnamese waters. The United States was forced to go to war after the first United States attack, as Vietnam was planning on fighting back. The Bay of Tonkin Incident is an example of the president having tyranny over the people by leading the nation to war when it was not…show more content…
The constitution does not protect the people from the powers of large companies in the nation, and places too much power in certain officials. However, even though the constitution has it’s flaws, it was a groundbreaking document of its time, and it could not possibly predict the scenarios that arise today. It is a very worthy document for leading the United States, and even though it has some flaws, it shouldn 't be remade entirely. It does need a few amendment to fix the holes in its protection against tyranny. If they ever decide to put it up to a decision in congress, there will probably be some lobbying against those amendments. The United States government is a well functioning system on the outside, but there is still a sizeable amount of corruption of the political and monetary majorities over the minorities that needs to be
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