During the Bush years, unprecedented numbers of Americans
poured into the streets, oftentimes ignored by establishment media, to protest
the Iraq War. Some of those were not so much antiwar, but rather
pro-constitution people who recognized the fraudulent nature of Bush�s war and
total lack of congressional oversight.
As more time passed and the Middle East body count moved
into the millions, even more Americans joined the antiwar effort, motivated by
revelations of no-bid/cost-plus federal contracts and carnage by taxpayer -unded
mercenaries. 9/11 mania faded and ethical concerns about the nature of
preemptive strikes replaced it.
When W gained a second term, the war resistance REALLY
heated up, with large numbers of demonstrators continuing to gather until . . .
The election of
Barack Obama�s large following was due in part to the
perception of him as an antiwar candidate, despite the fact that he repeatedly
mentioned his support for military action in Afghanistan throughout his
campaign. Regardless of the reality, antiwar activism all but dried up after
November 5, 2009. The word on the streets? That �war is a Republican/Bush phenomenon�
and will go away when Bush and Cheney do.
What a shock it must have been for those falsely reassured
by Obama�s election when reports of unprecedented
drone attacks, costing the lives of women and children, were credited not
to Bush but rather a commander in chief named Obama. Disillusion must have
grown stronger still when reports of atrocities
committed by taxpayer funded Blackwater mercenaries
continued, this time in Pakistan.
Similarities to Bush�s culture of death and destruction
became even more clear as Obama announced the escalation
of war. His decision to send thousands of additional American troops to
Afghanistan flew in the face of analysts who had dubbed that effort futile and
was likely the loudest wake-up call yet for the antiwar community, an alarm
that left no doubt about the continued necessity for resistance to unconstitutional
acts of military aggression.
Obviously, electing a Democratic president is not the answer
for those who oppose war -- Obama even went so far as to keep Bush�s secretary
of defense. Protests did little to prevent the Iraq war in the first place and
are almost useless as long as the establishment media ignores them.
The answer to reigning in unconstitutional bloodshed may in
fact lie in the powers reserved to the states as codified in law by the 10th
Amendment of the Constitution. One implication of the 10th Amendment is the
power of each state to decide where and how their National Guard troops can be
used, except in three specific instances spelled out in the Constitution,
something that may be of particular interest to those in Louisiana for example.
One effort to pursue exactly this tactic is being led by an organization whose
motto is �Bring the Guard Home!
It�s the Law� and already has momentum in several states. (You can find sample Bring the Guard Home
This key principle came under attack last week as President
Obama issued an executive
order that he says strengthens �further the partnership between the federal
government and state governments to protect our Nation.� Partnership? Interesting
choice of words considering that his order only further indicates federal
disregard for the sovereignty of the states.
This latest decree by the president should cast aside any
doubt that President Obama is not only as imperially minded as his predecessor,
but now seeks to mangle the carefully designed balance of our republic in ways
that surpass even George W. Bush. National Guard units are already deployed
overseas in significant numbers instead of fulfilling their intended mission to
protect their respective states, a status which will be perpetuated by this executive
order unless there is some serious resistance by the states.
For Americans concerned with murderous federal imperialism
that lies far outside of our Constitution, it is high time to wake up and
realize that nothing has improved under a Democratic president. This move to
bind our state governors is the latest indication that our American values are
not valued by DC; that our republic is continuing a steady transition from
freedom loving republic to military dictatorship and the only thing that can
stop it is we the people.
Shonka is the state chapter coordinator for the California Tenth
Amendment Center and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He welcomes your
feedback at email@example.com. Follow
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