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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Obama's Intentional "Mistake"

Sadly, I watched President Obama's speech lecture to the nation last night and I came away with a couple reactions I would like to share.

Mixed in with all the talk of going to war vs. not going to war, "pinprick" attacks, nauseating diplomatic details, and lecturing on morality, I was struck with a important flaw in our Apologizer-in-Chief's word choice.

About a third of the way into the speech, he began to explain why he believes we must act, and why it is incumbent upon him and the United States especially to take direct action. Here's what he said:

The purpose of this strike would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime's ability to use them and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use. That's my judgment as commander in chief.

But I'm also the president of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. So even though I possessed the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, to take this debate to Congress.

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 Did you notice the serious flaw?

Anyone with a basic understanding of American government could tell you that we are not a democracy, but a republic - specifically a constitutional republic - and a republic is very different than a democracy.

How could a former alleged constitutional law professor and president of the United States, with teams of speechwriters and advisers, make such a serious error? Call me crazy, but I don't think it was simply an oversight. I think it was a calculated statement, designed to further instil in the minds of naive Americans that we are a democracy, and in a democracy, the majority rules - no if's, and's, or but's.

But in a republic, the majority rules only when selecting representatives to represent the interests of segments of the population in regards to the whole. To be clear, a republic form of government rests upon democratic principles; however, democracies can easily break down into "mob rule", whereas republics are founded upon the firm ground of the rule of law. I doubt that Obama and his liberal-progressive cohorts don't understand the difference. In fact, I think they understand it far too well.

In closing, I know most everyone else will focus on the subject of the speech: Syria, chemical weapons, and our response. But American's already knew the gist of the situation. Obama's speech lacked vision, purpose, direction, passion, and most importantly moral clarity. Without a doubt, chemical weapons are horrific tools of death and their use should rightly be condemned. However, I would not be surprised to see inaction and disinterest if the same number of people killed in the chemical attacks had died instead from gunfire.

So, Obama's argument for a response does not rest so much on the fact that killing occurred, but how it occurred. If that is the basis of our nation's moral argument for going to war, then our nation's time of collective moral superiority has long passed.


  1. I think there may be an even bigger problem with the part of the speech you pulled out. When Pres. Obama says that he needs congressional approval because there is an "absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security". If there is no imminent threat to our national security then I'd argue there is no authority under international law for the United States to unilaterally attack the sovereignty of another nation. This is especially true in light of the lack of international support for such an attack. I agree with Pres. Obama that he must have congressional approval, because under our Constitution only Congress may declare war, and without authority under international law to make an attack on Syria, this would be an act of war.

  2. Your point is profound and well stated...on the business of the chemical warfare, the US govt used chemical gases on 76 of our own citizens in Waco, TX, including women and children!! We have no authority to reprimand Syria! yes, our nation's time of moral superiority is LONG passed.