Sunday, September 14, 2014
Federal Organized Crime and War - A Partial History
1. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution directs Congress to regulate the value of our money. A cabal of mega bankers managed to ram through the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. Under that Act, the Fed Board of Governors assumes the task of regulation of our money's value; essentially, the Constitution was changed without the use of an Amendment or a Constitutional Convention. This is an example of Legislative Absolutism (a term coined by Justice Harlan in, I think, 1901)--- passing laws without regard for the constraints placed upon the Feds by the Constitution. The primary result of the Fed Reserve Act has been the debasement of the dollar. Compared to 1913, the dollar is now worth three or four cents. Meanwhile, mega bankers have become super-rich... "how" is too long a story for this post.
2. President Clinton bailed out Mexico with about $20 billion without the authorization of Congress. He did so to rescue a bunch of mega bankers here in the USA, bankers who were about to lose billions because of investments south of the border. Essentially, U.S. taxpayers bailed out mega bankers. In our system of gov't, spending bills must originate in the Congress, not in the Executive Branch. Clinton didn't bother with having Congress involved at all. This is an example of Executive Absolutism.
3. Clinton also committed our Armed Forces to both Haiti and Bosnia...without the approval of Congress. That also was a violation of Article I, Section 8... the portion tasking Congress with the duty of declaring war. Ever since the end of WW II, presidents have ignored the fact that Congress must declare war before the Commander-in-Chief is allowed to send our Armed Forces into battle. Congress was not in favor of either of those military commitments in 1993 and 1994. So, one might ask, why would Clinton do such a thing? Possibly it was for humanitarian reasons. Possibly it was due to a combination of reasons. Possibly it was because War is BIG Business. After all, "Aw, shucks" Bill is a Corporatist, not a Populist... despite public opinion and propaganda to the contrary. Ditto Hillary.
4. President Dubya Bush, the failed oil entrepreneur, greatly expanded upon Clinton's usurpation of power for the Executive Branch by having his underlings come up with an unconstitutional, crazy theory supporting the idea of pre-emptive war. Forget the Constitution--- we'll just attack and invade a country because its leader is a really bad man and might attack Israel or even the USA. Iraq's oil, of course, had nothing to do with this decision. Also having nothing to do with the decision was the fact that Saddam was on the verge of accepting Euros for oil instead of dollars. That would not bode well for the continuation of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. But it had nothing to do with the decision to invade. Right. Also, once again, War is BIG Biz...especially that war.
5. I won't even get into the greatest heist in American history--- the Bush-Bernanke-Paulson-Obama "Too Big to Fail" fiasco. The total benefit to mega bankers was a bit over $13 trillion...yes, trillion with a T. Now those banks are bigger and richer than they were before the fiasco. Plus, the regulatory "reforms" put in place after the fiasco were not much more than window dressing. Amazing.
6. Finally, we come to King Barack... the greatest violator of the Constitution in our history. He's also the best friend that mega bankers ever had. Yes, it's true that he has fined mega banks billions of dollars. They didn't even blink because that surely beats being prosecuted (which should have happened) and sent to prison. Everyone, including our King, knows that super-rich people rarely ever go to prison in this land of equality. As to the BIG Business of war under Obama, every one of his military actions has been unconstitutional... and a few violate International Law. [Example: attacking inside the borders of a country not at war with us, firing Hellfire missiles from drones at SUSPECTS, with the disapproval of the invaded country (Pakistan) is not only unconstitutional, but a violation of International Law as well.] These thoughts are not original with me, but most Americans may be unaware of opinion in other parts of the world because of the molding of the public mind by the Corporate Media in the USA.
I'm an old dog, and I never thought I'd live to see the day in this land when the Executive Branch could bamboozle We the People into believing that the "Commander-in-Chief" can do pretty much whatever and whenever with American Armed Forces... or the day when Congress convinced the People that laws supercede the Constitution... or the day when the Fed Courts supported soft Fascism here. I was wrong.
Partly just my opinion. Be Well