Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just For The Record: What does the Constitution say?

In all the discussions about yes or no Syria, yes or no vote in Congress, no one, yes NO ONE has taken their copy of the Constitution out and found out what we SHOULD be doing.

Section. 8.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; .....
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

So technically Congress could, and should, vote on punishing Syria based on the fact offences against the Law of Nations, i.e. the use of poison or nerve gas. It is still not clear who actually used these horrendous, terrible weapons and to what end. But done properly, perhaps we should have punished both sides.  Congress could have done so by declaring War, as specified above and everybody could have been less uptight about the whole situation. Instead, King Barry and his cronies missed a chnace to win over a constituency that they have alienated, by moving back to honoring the Constitution. So much for the "superb" messaging that the White House team is supposed to have under their control.