Here I discuss my book (co-edited with Murray Polner) We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now. So many of us will say the government is incompetent and even sinister, but make an exception for this particular government program. Time for some fresh thinking.
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My conservative friends think I’m too liberal; my liberal friends think I’m too conservative…clearly I’m on the right track! It seems so simple to me, we are a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Therefore, our government should be limited to the powers granted to it by the Constitution. This doesn’t mean that we are always going to be comfortable with the results but it does mean we will always be free.
Sometimes freedom will make liberals angry (re: 2nd amendment) and sometimes freedom will make conservatives angry (re: gambling et al.). Why even have a Constitution if we aren’t going to follow it? The Constitution says that gold and silver shall be used as legal tender. Why do we use Federal Reserve notes as legal tender? The Constitution says that we only go to war with a decleration of war by Congress. Why did we go to war in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Iraq again without Congress delcaring war? Continue Reading →
Few decisions are more serious than the decision to send our nation’s young men and women off to kill and be killed in the name of our country. Since it is the everyday people whose sons and daughters are sent off to war, our nation’s founding fathers made sure that the power to make war and end war rested in the hands of we the people and with that power it is we the people who bear the responsibility for their fate. A covenant has thus been made.
The founders put provisions into our Constitution to first require a Declaration of War, as voted on by the people’s representatives in Congress, before engaging in war. The Constitution also put the power of the purse into the hands of the people and, since war can only go on for as long as it is funded, it is when we the people decide that a war should end that a “No” vote for continued funding of the war should be cast by our representatives in Congress.
Sadly, too many Americans still don’t understand that it is the U.S. Constitution, to which our soldiers make their oath to support and defend … with their lives if need be … against all enemies foreign and domestic, which provides for we the people to be the “deciders” and not the President or members of the military itself.
In his January 1961 farewell address, President Eisenhower warned the American people of the powerful lobbying influence on members of Congress by the Military Industrial Complex. In the 50 years since, the ownership of the armaments industry, the banking industry, big oil, and the corporate media has been consolidated into the hands of a small number of powerful interests. Their influence on members of Congress through election campaign contributions and other favors has in turn increased even more.
IPS, a news agency, reported in April 2008 that 171 members of Congress, both democrat and republican, had personal financial interests in companies profiting from the wars … something the Truman Commission during WW II considered treasonous. How do you think those members of Congress will vote on continued funding of the wars if not seriously confronted by we the people?
We the people have a responsibility to pay attention. We made a covenant. When it becomes evident that there is not enough justification to continue a war, then it is incumbent upon us to actively and strongly call for our representatives in Congress to end the war by refusing the President’s request for additional war funding. For us not to do so, and therefore keep our troops engaged in war any longer than they need to be, is unconscionable.
There were no WMD’s or ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq, and thus no reason to be there. Osama bin Laden is still not wanted by our FBI for the crimes of 9/11/01. The decision to militarily attack Afghanistan before the end of October 2001 was made on August 2, 2001 (5 weeks before the 9/11 attacks) when the Taliban leaders rejected the U.S. State Department’s ultimatum concerning pipeline construction rights. Yet we the people to this very day allow our representatives in Congress, and the Military Industrial Complex to which they are beholden, to keep the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan going.
Our president is currently asking for an additional $33 billion to further fund the wars. The telephone number to reach your member of Congress is (202) 224-3121. Ask for him or her by name. It’s time to end the wars. We have a covenant to keep.
Andrew Napolitano, Jacob Hornberger, and columnist Eli Lake discussed the overwhleming similarities between the foreign policy approaches of Bush and Obama. (h/t Matt Hawes)
Robert Higgs, Independent Institute Senior Fellow, economist, and author of the book Depression, War, and Cold War, discusses war, taxes and economic crises.
Whether the war is in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan or the many places our government decided to interfere with, there is only one known. INNOCENT PEOPLE are always hurt or killed. I will repeat that again since people always tend to forget, INNOCENT PEOPLE are always hurt or killed in war.
Conservatives and liberals alike can be blamed for this. Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike can be blamed for this. Ignorance and discrimination are the root cause of this. All in the name of peace or God. All in the name of right or wrong, or good verses evil. It is an eternal trap that society can not escape.
Every time an innocent person is killed on one side, someone wants revenge. Every time that person or group seeks revenge, more innocent people are killed on the other side. The cycle never ends.
I wish Americans would stop for a second and ask why we are always at war. Ask yourself are you more free or more afraid? Some people demand more security to protect us. This security directly conflicts with personal liberty. So now even more innocent people are caught up in destructive path of war.
Most Americans see war as a place we send our troops off to and never have to see first hand what goes on. However, the destructive power of war always hits home and leads to a society that is less free and less prosperous. Our economy is robbed of resources that could be used for the production of goods and services. Instead resources are wasted on bombs.
So why do people support war if it has so many negative effects on society. Why do people not care about the loss of our liberties, or wealth? How can people justify killing innocent people for the sake of revenge? Why do Christians, Muslims, and Jews overlook their moral obligations to respect life by destroying it. Why would anyone embrace such destruction? Please ask yourself the next time your government tries to incite more military action.
Liberty can only be achieved by respecting the individual lives around you. Please bring our troops home!
While doing some research for an article that I was planning on writing about gun control – both domestic AND foreign – I came across an article that I feel sums up the position quite nicely.
Here’s Scott Lazarowitz at LewRockwell.com in his recent article, The Conservative Nut That’s Hard To Crack:
A few months ago, National Review’s Andy McCarthy questioned the US’s presence in Afghanistan, and NR’s Mark Levin responded with Not So Fast. Perhaps that should be “Nutso Fast,” because clinging to Big Government whether it’s in the name of preventing the spread of Islamism or the spread of communism, or for “spreading democracy” through military force, is irrational and counter-productive. For many years, such debt-increasing policies of military socialism have required huge sacrifices, and, while the costs of “protection services” have risen, the quality has declined to such a degree that such policies are making us more vulnerable.
Most conservatives agree that, domestically, the biggest enemy of freedom and prosperity is government. If only they could see that government is also the enemy of our security and safety, and that our government is destroying our country more than terrorism ever could.
The principle is simple – Conservatives so often (and rightly so) rail against government programs in health care, regulation, and the like – but those same principles go out the window when it comes to trying to do much of the same in some foreign country. Cognitive dissonance reigns supreme, I guess.
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