Monday, March 9, 2015

Look Who's Dusting Off The Constitution

By Chris Rossini

The U.S. Constitution declares that Congress shall have the power to declare war. The last time that Congress has actually exercised that power was during World War II. It's been so long, that every Joe American believes that Presidents decide when to go to war...and since the 1940's, that has been the case.

It makes sense as to why Congressmen have shirked their constitutional responsibility. Wars are largely unpopular with voters and politicians don't want their names attached to the ever growing list of U.S. foreign policy failures. It also works in their favor that the President is largely viewed by the government-educated public as having messianic powers. So they let El Jefe decide when wars are fought.

It goes without saying that El Jefe has enjoyed this arrangement as much as Congress has. Placing "freedom fighters" all over the globe definitely stokes the "leader of the free world" ego.

That the U.S. has been at almost constant war since World War II should come as no surprise. And while these WARS have been fought, Congress hasn't worried about The Constitution.

Well, in the very near future, a possibility of PEACE with Iran has a chance of breaking out.

Guess what a group of 47 U.S. Senators (or "Gang of Predators" as Lew Rockwell calls them) have done? They've sent an open letter to the leader of Iran.

The letter states:
It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.
The Senators are dusting off the Constitution!
Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.
So for the last 70 years, Congress has done virtually nothing to prevent WAR, but they will certainly stand up and prevent the possibility of PEACE!

**Note: As someone who believes in a society rooted in Liberty, I don't believe that Congress (or anyone) should have the power to declare war (i.e., mass murder). The above is just an observation on the supposed "constitutional republic" that is in place.

1 comment:

  1. Chris,
    In this vein, you and your readers might be interested in this brilliant take on the current state of the constitution.