Conscientious Objectors

Opposing the War of 1812 killed the Federalist Party. Democrats should tread carefully

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The burning of Washington, D.C., by British troops during the War of 1812 on August 24, 1814.

Congressional Democrats are struggling to find the right formula for ending the war in Iraq. "This is a campaign," said New York Senator Charles Schumer, looking forward to a series of hearings and resolutions. "We are going to continue this discussion ... and we believe the more [the war] is debated and discussed ... the less flexibility the President will have in maintaining his course." Why not just try to pull the plug? Maybe Schumer has read about the War of 1812.

One of the first, and bitterest, campaigns against a President's course in wartime was mounted by the Federalist Party....

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