Wednesday, November 26, 2008

O'er The Hills and Far Away...

Please keep in mind while reading this post, I do not intend to offend any of my dear Christian brothers with the following.

I merely seek to explain to ya'll my reasons for why I can not support the war in Iraq, even though I completely support the troops who are being sacrificed on the country's alter, in the name of bringing "Liberty" to a country that cannot understand Liberty because they reject Christ as a culture.

A popular song among the British during their campaigns in the 1700s went:

Here's fourteen shillings on the drum
For those who'll volunteer to come
To list and fight the foe today
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

When duty calls me I must go
To stand and face another foe
To the battle we will always stray
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

So fall in lads behind the drum
With Colours blazing like the sun
Along the road to come-what-may
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

If I should fall to rise no more
As many comrades did before
Ask the pipes and drums to play
Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away.

This fairly sums up the the attitude that I've witnessed among many folks in relation to the situation in Iraq, Patriotic, yet sort of a Imperialistic approach to America's Foreign Policy and willing to do whatever "King George" or the RNC asks of them.
But is this what the men who founded this country had in mind when they fought our first war?

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution, AKA "The War Powers Clause" reads:

"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 defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years; ...."

The founding fathers did not want another king, but a constitutional republic.

James Madison once said of the clause, "In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found, than in the clause which confides the question of war and peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department."
However, Congress in effect "Sold their birth right" and voted to cede this power to the President (an unconstitutional act allowed by an unconstitutional resolution, the War Powers Resolution), thus making George Bush practically a king, able to declare war on any country at his leisure.

It seems if Congress voted to do so, another violation of this same section could allow the President to levy taxes, the American people would have no representation, what was it the Patriots of the American Revolution used to say?
Something like"No taxation without representation".

So why did Bush decide to declare war on the sovereign nation of Iraq?

Ask your average "Conservative" and they'll tell you "To protect us from WMDs that Saddam would use against us" did we ever find these WMDs?


I'm not saying that he did not have them, but if we invaded a country in which we would lose 4207 soldiers (and counting) you would think that the great US of A would have found at least a few.

But in his address to the American people, what did "King George" have to say about why we invaded?

"To disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.

peace of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you. The people you liberate will witness the honorable and decent spirit of the American military.

Saddam Hussein has placed Iraqi troops and equipment in civilian areas attempting to use innocent men, women and children as shields for his own military, a final atrocity against his people.

I want Americans and all the world to know that coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm.

And helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment.

We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people.

Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly, yet our purpose is sure.

The people of the United States and their friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. We will meet that threat now with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities.

We will defend our freedom. We will bring freedom to others. And we will prevail.
May God bless our country and all who defend her."

It seems to me that Bush talks more about securing freedom for the Iraqi's than about protecting his own people; the people he was sworn to defend.

He accused Saddam of the "use [of] innocent men, women and children as shields for his own military", yet Bush has sent thousands of Women's Husbands and Children's Mothers to die for his dream of a one world order so that we can "bring freedom to others", I want my freedoms as an American!

That's the reason why Dr. Ron Paul was leading in the polls among the troops for such a long time, they realize that this is a war we cannot win, we are not fighting against Terrorists and Insurgents, but against Islam itself.

The Republican party has hardened its heart against our Veterans; we already know that many of them have PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), but the Republicans want to stay in Iraq and the Democrats want to cut spending on medical assistance for our Veterans, so it seems our government is trying the "Patton therapy".

I think far to many people who call themselves Conservatives have hardened their hearts as well, they know that the Liberals are against the war because Bush, a Republican, started it.

If Gore had won in 2000 and then went on to make the exact decisions that Bush did, I'm sure that the majority of Democrats would applaud the war and the same number Republicans deride it.

It's called politics boys.

And in all of this, who is left out in the cold, being shot at by crazed fanatics who dream of Crusaders and Saracens?
The American Soldier.
Who is separated from his loved ones, forced to tolerate mandatory inoculations, wage a war for he knows not what, sit in a desert until he is shipped home in a C-130, alive and laughing or silent in a box?
The American Soldier.

Who is thrown around by power hungry politicians who view him as a number, a statistic, a bartering piece for their own "glory"?

I could go on and on and on, but instead let me say that the average American Soldier has more of the founding fathers in him than 90% of the men in D.C.

I hope what I've said has made sense, I love the laws my country was based upon, but I fear the men who lead her do not.

Columbia commands and we obey, over the hills and far away.

God Bless,


Stephen Boyd said...

Great Post Mike!

I was just listening to Little Bear Wheeler. (Despite his unionist philosophies, he has some good things to say.) He mentioned that our government was originally set up for the ratio of standing army to militia be 10/90. My, how times have changed!

And it wasn't until recently watching Sgt. York and the Great War that I realized, we didn't have to be involved in WWI! Wilson is probably one of the worst presidents in US History, despite his Southern heritage.

Keep up the good work!

Mike said...

Thanks Stephen!

It's a shame that most people view state or local militias as right-wing "hate groups" when they're an integral part of our constitution.

Sgt. York and the Great War is one of my favorite movies!

Yes, Wilson was a terrible President, not only were many of his policies socialistic, but he was also vehemently anti-Irish, because Irish-Americans strongly disapproved of his League of Nations, the predecessor to the modern day U.N.

He once said,
"I cannot say too often, any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready."

God Bless,

Son3 said...

Awesome post, Mike! I couldn't have put it better.

Wilson was an awful President, he even regretted his mistakes at the end of his Presidency.

There is a quote by him saying so; perhaps I'll write about that in a future post.

Mike said...

Thanks Son3!

I would love to see your opinion of Wilson,I have not studied enough about him other than WWI stuff.

God Bless,

RGM said...

Great post Mike,
Y'all are right about militias and standing armies. The standing army is supposed to be a mere defensive force until the militias are organized together. It is not our right, it is our DUTY as free men to organize militias for our local and state defense. When there are millions of armed men ready to defend their homes, the government might be a little bit less anxious to usurp their authority.

Deo Vindice.


Mike said...

Right on RGM, an armed populace is the best deterent to a renegade government.

Let's first fight them in the political arena and hope and pray that fellow Americans follow, so that it does not come down to physical fighting.

However, as Mr. Boyd says "Keep your powder dry!".

God Bless,

Powers Family said...

Well done Son!

Mike said...

Thanks Dad!

Love Ya'll,

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Ouch. This is something to chew on, though I'm pretty sure of the answer.
"It's a shame that most people view state or local militias as right-wing "hate groups" when they're an integral part of our constitution." Amen Mike.

Mike said...

Thanks Johann!

Anonymous said...

Muslim do not reject Christ. They see him and value him as a prophet, just not as the son of God.

Mike said...


The Word Christ (or in it's original Greek Khristós) means The Annoited One, the Hebrew word Messiah is comparable.
Since Muslims reject Jesus as The Son of God they reject Him as Christ.