Syria Airstrikes, Flip Flops, the Constitution and Capitalistic Rollback

James Madison and his creation the US Constitution
James Madison, 4th POTUS and US Constitution author; “What are you doing, 45th POTUS!?”

James Madison must be wondering if Trump ever learned the Constitution

Syria and the Donald. What’s weirder, readers of mine. My opening three words, or Trump’s act against Syria without regard for the constitution? Basically, many if not most of Trump’s fans are divided on the legitimacy of Trump’s action. However, it is most worth noting that just in 2013 he was demanding Obama to only act against Syria with permission by Congress. Plus, I am going to break down the fine details of what’s eating the Syrian people. I’m also breaking down three cases.

One for caring about principles in place of feelings and in place of party affiliations. Next case’s going to be for a Textualist approach to the Constitution. However, you need not worry for I’ll show you what the word means right here. Basically def 1 out of the two given there. Lastly, I am going to make the case for replacing tyrannies with free-market economies with exactly Zero monopolies each.

What’s Eating the Syrian People?

Basically, the Syrian Civil War erupted in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring. Gradually it became a four sided conflict. The ISIS team sponsored mostly by Saudi Arabia [1], the Kurdish & American team [2], the Turkish-backed Syrian revolt [3], and the Syrian regime team [4]. However, there was also a six-year history, so far, of Team 3 of those I mentioned being taken over by Team 1. Iranian-born Cartoonist turned citizen of France, Mana Neyestani, summed up the revolt’s fate in this political cartoon.

Principles Matter. Feelings do not, Partisans do not.

So what is the necessity of principles? Basically principles, aka core values, are the bricks that build the house that is a philosophy. Partisans are just political parties vying for electoral controls. However, I don’t think I need to tell you what feelings are, I will explain what’s wrong with identity politics instead. Identity politics is the poison of tossing around labels in order to preserve feelings. Issue politics, on the other hand, is about citing science, history, and/or just plain old English definitions of words to argue for and against certain laws. Basically; labels, partisans, and feelings are birthplaces for hypocrisy in the topic of politics.

However, principles are about thinking critically about everything, and then brewing a worldview with the principles as the ingredients.

Why is the Constitution Relevant to this topic?

Legions of people I witness, mostly on social media sites, act like the American Constitution is irrelevant. Which is partly why I cycled to my local 7-eleven one time (the Cheshire, CT store) and bought a lifelike copy of the Constitution. In short, the power to wage war belongs to the Congress and not to the Executive branch. Basically Trump is not acting within his authority by launching missiles against Syria. Which is why it is important for us to be textual literalists regarding the Constitution.

I am not going to go into the Bill of Rights as that’s not the relevant part of the Constitution to American actions on Syria. Instead, I am going to speak of the List of Enumerated Powers. This lists the powers of federal government, to be exercised only by the Legislative. On Syria and on any foreign policy issue, Congress is who is to debate how to defend individuals against violence. Specifically, clause 10 says only Congress can take ‘Law of Nations’ (laws of UN that UN has no respect for) into American hands. Clause 11 says only Congress can launch wars or issue death marques against enemy entities. However, people will throw the Executive Powers Act at me.

And my reply is to say that’s only for retaliations against tyrannies who are directly threatening the American People, whether latently or imminently.

What’s Capitalistic Regime Change & Why’s it Good?

Before I answer this last question, I will define capitalism here. Basically it is an economic doctrine of individual ownership of items and talents for sale. Sale on a supply and demand basis.

Now that this is out of the way, let’s talk about Capitalist Peace Thesis, to ease the mind into knowing what Capitalistic Regime Change is about. And I will make a map-based case for CPT, too. Basically I must compare the Fraser map of economic freedom and Transparency International map of regime corruption. For the most part, there is a strong correlation from economic freedom to government integrity. Basically we can prove Capitalist Peace Thesis to be neither purely true nor purely false, but mostly true, by the maps.

Also, the act of rollback is the act of radically reshaping a nation’s political climate. However, this is not an endorsement of unprovoked wars of capitalistic rollback. If anything, I say America should deal with tyrannies who pose no threat to us by unilaterally lowering their economic regulatory and taxation burdens to utterly nothing. Economic action, not military action.

Militarily, we should only do capitalistic regime change to the specific tyrannies that do terrorism or genocide to individuals. Or who threaten to do either to individuals. Otherwise, I say stick to economic means and away from military means.