Opinion: Here’s Why We Ended up in This Mess — Iran, Congress, President Trump, and the Constitution

I voted for Trump and will most likely vote for him again in 2020, but it’s shockingly amusing to witness so many people on both sides be blindly partisan and just ignore the historical causes that led up to recent events.

We strongly defend and support the Constitution when the federal government denies/abridges our Second Amendment rights, but few mention supporting and defending the Constitution when neither the legislative branch nor the executive branch follows constitutional procedures for WAR.

Isn’t anyone outraged by the fact that we’ve allowed Congress to ratify federal income taxes and create the Federal Reserve, just so it can use the federal government to endlessly fund the militaristic interventionist foreign policy of U.S. corporate interests and the military industrial complex?

Is no one peeved about the fact that the federal government has been sending our soldiers to die in one undeclared war after another since WWII?

Iran is an unintended consequence of our century-long flawed foreign policy. Since 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been interfering in Iran’s elections, overthrowing duly elected leaders like Mosaddegh, assassinating individuals, performing coups, and so on.

However, despite our 66 years of unconstitutionally occupying and meddling in the region without a formal declaration of war from Congress, we have been unable to honor our false, unrealistic, and unconstitutional promise of establishing peace and prosperity throughout the Middle East.

Reality is the Middle East is more unstable than ever before because we intervened in its conflicts.

But out of ignorance U.S. corporate interests and the U.S. military industrial complex keep pushing both Iran and Iraq away from the United States. In fact, because of our flawed foreign policy of using taxpayer funds and money borrowed from China to buy our allies and pay off our enemies, Iran and Iraq have grown closer to China–you know, the one that was once our friend but is now our enemy.

Not many know this, but our decades-long interventionist foreign policy of meddling in other nations’ affairs prompted the U.S. to subsidize China’s development and oppression. We even helped the Chinese government obtain nuclear technology.

China is where it is today because the U.S. adopted a short-sighted policy of treating the enemy of another enemy as its friend. At the time, China’s proximity to the Soviet Union made it a seemingly perfect choice.

However, in the end, expectations of the dictatorial Chinese regime turning “democratic,” “capitalistic,” and spreading its newfound values to the Soviet Union failed. Everything the U.S. government was hoping to achieve in China for nearly half a century failed.

The story doesn’t end there, though. Blowback manifested.

After the natural collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. maintained its flawed militaristic interventionist foreign policy and continued to demonize Russia’s attempts to build ties with Europe. That eventually forced Russia to strengthen its military and economic ties with China, which China wholeheartedly supports since it fits well into its own plans of replacing the United States as the world’s policeman.

In hindsight, had the U.S. simply refrained from regulating the world and followed the principles of the U.S. Constitution (i.e., no Federal Reserve, no federal income tax, no militaristic interventionist foreign policy), then China and Russia would not be the threats they are today.

Recent events would not have happened (or be happening) had past and current members of Congress simply obeyed the Constitution. This is especially true for events that took place in 1913.

Back then, Congress should have maintained a limited federal government in accordance with the Founding Fathers’ original intentions instead of amending the Constitution so that it could delegate its enumerated powers to the executive branch (like war) and generally expand the federal government’s control over States and their citizens.

Simply put, Congress should not have ratified federal income taxes via the Sixteenth Amendment, nor should it have created a limitless monetary printing press via the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

It’s vital for us to remember that federal income taxes do not help society. We’ve just been brainwashed to believe it does!

Truth is, federal income taxes are merely a form of institutionalized immorality that punishes success and steals from individuals who earn money. The original U.S. Constitution forbade the federal government from imposing un-proportioned direct taxes on the people.

The Supreme Court even concurred in its own 1895 ruling that the “federal income tax” is unconstitutional. However, during the Progressive Era, both Democrats and Republicans amended the U.S. Constitution to sidestep the Supreme Court’s ruling. Hence why the Sixteenth Amendment is such a tragically embarrassing chapter in U.S. history, along with the Federal Reserve and the Seventeenth Amendment.

By not exercising their constitutional right to restrain the federal government in the 1910s, the States failed in their duty to protect the freedoms and liberties of their citizens.

Had citizens and the States done their duty to rein in the federal government, then we wouldn’t be experiencing any of the unintended consequences we have today, especially not from our foreign policy.

Had the federal government failed in collecting funds from taxpayers’ incomes and failed in establishing the Federal Reserve as the nation’s unconstitutional monetary printing press, then it would have also failed in sustaining its militaristic interventionist foreign policy of propping up unpopular regimes in regions thousands of miles away.

Most important, the federal government would have been powerless to cater to U.S. corporate interests and the U.S. military industrial complex, the ones responsible for perpetuating these endless wars and unnecessary recessions.

Having said all that, unlike most 20th and 21st century administrations, President Trump bravely criticized the Federal Reserve and righteously advocated an end to all these undeclared wars. Admittedly, it’s still a work in progress, but the steps he has taken so far are nonetheless commendable.

There’s a slim chance that the Democratic Party will offer us a candidate who won’t dismantle our constitutionally limited republic, who won’t abolish the Electoral College, who won’t abridge free speech, who won’t deny people’s right to bear arms, who won’t force taxpayers to give everyone “free” health care, who won’t force taxpayers to give everyone including illegal aliens $1000 a month…

But let’s be real here: It’s safe to say that when I claim I’ll “most likely” vote for Trump in 2020, it actually means I will vote for Trump in 2020.

If the Democratic Party were to successfully restore Congress’s enumerated power to declare war by requiring the Executive Branch to first seek congressional approval, then of course that’d be great since the federal government would finally be forced to operate under the framework of our Constitution, as the Founding Fathers originally intended.

Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard might be able to achieve this, but she is still a part of the same Democratic Party which wants to impeach duly elected presidents out of spite and to destroy our constitutionally limited republic.

It’s funny to note that in 2019, the Democratic-controlled House hypocritically re-authorized the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows President Trump to launch military action in any country without congressional approval. Yet the Democratic Party has the nerve to express outrage. (shakes head)

Of course, Republicans aren’t innocent as well. They, too, passed the NDAA in the Republican-controlled Senate, with only several members voting no. Senator Rand Paul being one of them.

Both parties have been unsurprisingly eager to appease U.S. corporate interests and the military industrial complex since 1898, which is why they’ve been working tirelessly for over 100 years to expand the federal government’s control over the States and their citizens.

Is it any wonder why, though? Consolidating power in a single body makes it easier to do things that one wouldn’t otherwise be able to do under a constitutionally limited republic. However, our Founding Fathers foresaw this and gave us the Constitution.

We shouldn’t let their efforts die in vain.

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