I’ve gotten a little political here on the electronic pages of Chicken Scratch. I will be talking about the usual distractions and trivialities soon enough; however, I couldn’t just let this one go. Long story short, I don’t like war. Especially wars with no constitutional reason to be declared. I don’t like the loss of life, credibility (mostly domestic but foreign too), or sanity. We have no business butting into a ghastly civil war in Syria. None. We’re pulling out of Afghanistan and it would be a good thing to bring soldiers home instead of putting them onto another front line that we have not been asked to police. President Obama has said that he had the authority to declare war on Syria. He does not. To do so the motion must be brought to Congress and they have to say, “Yes, we would like to participate in a useless war that will be paid for with American dollars and blood. Sign us up!” To not go before congress is unconstitutional. Not that the Constitution has been at the forefront of attacks from within recently (you read me NSA & FBI? Loud & clear? Good).
Look, war is a dumb idea. Here is a petition: http://dontattacksyria.com/. Now I don’t know Congressman Alan Grayson (the man who is sponsoring this) from Adam but I agree with him on this issue. I can say, in no uncertain terms, that I signed the petition and that I encourage you to do the same. War is dumb. War for no reason is even dumber.
Instead of lobbing cruise missiles into Syria here is another alternative: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/refugee-crisis-in-northern-iraq/?utm_source=SPFacebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=m_Y000-SOCM_SocialMedia. I’ve seen Samaritan’s Purse work up close and personal with my own eyes. They do good things; regardless of religion, nationality, or heritage. War is dumb – civil war even dumber. There’s nothing civil about war anyway. Needless to say, war churns out refugees by the millions. Samaritan’s Purse is doing something for the people who are in crisis through no fault of their own. I’m not made of money, I work two jobs and I may have a third on the way. These are tough times. But, relatively speaking, I am fortunate that my country is not being torn apart by some ridiculous civil war.
So there you have it, Gentle Reader. My anti-war, help the refugee rant. Sign the petition and, if you can, help out the people who are really in crisis. Never forget, war is dumb.
God help us all.