Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Real Reason for War

Why do we have wars? Because it elevates the role of the state in our lives, of course. I mean what better way a tyrant like Carl Levin to increase the pressure of his jackboot on our throats than to help start a war, then use it as an excuse to raise taxes?

Of course maybe we should consider ourselves lucky that all the government wants from us is a figurative arm and a leg; the innocent women, children and other non-combatants on the other end of American bombs will sacrifice those things quite literally.

5 comments:

One Salient Oversight said...

Spending on a war and then increasing taxes to cover it is pretty much in line with the US Constitution.

Spending on a war and borrowing the money (ie Bush 2) to cover it is pretty much stupidity.

Allen Lewis said...

Actually the entire war effort is unconstitutional. Only the Congress has the authority to declare war; the Constitution doesn't provide for Congress to delegate this authority to anybody, including the President.

Of course even if it were constitutional...that would not make it morally right. Wars of aggression always result in innocent lives being taken, and that is an abomination.

Also, the method of funding a war is irrelevant. George W. Bush borrowed the money; Barack W. Obama proposes to tax and print. Either way, innocent people end up dead for no morally just reason.

One Salient Oversight said...

I agree that the Iraq War was unconstitutional... however Congressional silence on the subject probably indicates consent (sadly).

Allen Lewis said...

Ron Paul introduced a resolution of war in an attempt to at least make it a legal war, but nobody voted for it (including Dr. Paul). So technically the House did have a chance to give consent, but refused to do so.

Even if it was legal though I would not support it. It does not even come close to meeting the criteria of the just war theory.

The Dude said...

It was the whole military industrial complex. Those guys are a bunch of reactionaries that have to have a war going in order to sell oil. Come on, guys. Don't you read your history? Or at least watch it?