President Trump, Syria, Congress: We the people vs. we the war people
WASHINGTON: The war world of Washington wrecks the so-called checks and balances not only in the Constitution but in the soul of the old Union. And the “we the people” concept is forgotten. Since 1946 (after WWII) over 100,000 Americans have died in combat without a single declaration of war being passed by Congress
Article I, Section 8 is clear that it is the responsibility of Congress to declare war.
It is also clear that the president is not routinely the Commander in Chief; and certainly not the Commander in chief of the Country.
On Tucker Carlson Tonight (10-18-19), Carlson reveals the common cowards – Marsha Blackburn, Adam Kinzinger, Lindsey Graham, Richard Blumenthal, Mitch McConnel and Mitt Romney – who stood before the cameras to berate President Trump.
Their fervent cry was for the US, the President, to defend the Kurds against the Turks.
This fervent intensity is supported by the vast majority of both Democrats and Republicans so as not to single out the aforementioned camera hogs. They think Trump should do this “defending” while they sit on their constitutional butts and cheer like glory hogs.
Congressional “brave hearts” are demanding that the president do the job of Congress.
Meanwhile, they preen before the cameras with little flag pins pinned to their chest doing everything short of breaking out in marching tunes ala John Phillip Sousa.
Mitt Romney, aka Pierre Delecto, even went so far in his comments as to claim American honor had been stained by not supporting the Kurds. Presumably, his several Viet Nam deferments were less stained once he received a low enough draft number (300 of 365) to avoid the draft. (Mormon church obtained Vietnam draft deferrals for Romney, other missionaries – Boston.com – June 2007)
Mitt certainly should understand the stained “honor” of a low draft number. This current “stained honor” he claims, apparently should be attributed to Trump for removing a handful of troops from Syria.
According to Carlson, even Mitch McConnel crawled into the denouncement of pulling troops from Syria with an op-ed in the Washington Post.
Constitutional War Powers
The first article of the Constitution is the most important article because it represents “a” congress of the individual states with the concomitant “we the people” (as per preamble) within those states. It clearly states who will bring this republican union into hostilities with enemy states. That duty falls clearly to Congress. (Power to Declare War | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives )
That is, the sovereign states at the time; now only a single united, states. C’est la Vie the original republic.
Nevertheless, it is the business of Congress and not some fictitious, omnipotent “Commander-in-Chief” who is purported by political rubes as “The Most Powerful Man in the World.” Donald Trump is the president. He is the chief executive what was once a republic union of states. A republic who is morphing by war and courts into an amalgamation of single national (not federal) state.
He is not Charlemagne. He is the top executive under Article II.
But whatever has changed, as a government, the people as represented by Congress, not a single man – not even the President – have the power to declare war.
As a guest on the same evening with Carlson, retired Army Colonel MacGregor with a straight-in-the-eye pronouncement that the country is changing. “People are tired of this,” MacGregor said.
MacGregor also knows that undeclared wars along with American troops scattered across the world in 177 countries (200,000 troops) are a mixture in a bubbling cauldron of poison that Eisenhower warned of in 1961
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”
So when Lindsey Graham or Mitt Romney or Chuck Schumer or Mitch McConnell or any number of the professional politicians says in one paraphrased version after another: “We cannot desert our allies,” who is the “we”? Is it we the Pentagon quislings and lobbyist profiteers? Or is it we the people of the United States?
For those who were young during the end of the Viet Nam era, they thought the real “light at the end of the tunnel” was the light of bringing the troops home and having no more undeclared wars.
They forget the first rule of politics: Politicians lie!
The second rule of politics is: Politicians lie.
Lead Image: President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, addresses his remarks Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)