The Watchdog Is Alive and Well
It was good to be back in Europe, if ever so briefly, last week. Of course, Bush & Co. remain scornful of any European government that responds positively to its own constituents (France, Germany, Spain, et. al.). Rumsfeld once condescendingly referred to these nations as “Old Europe.” New Europe consists of GOP pompom-wavers such as Britain and Poland. Personally, I prefer the Old to the New. The preemptive, unconstitutional war against Iraq that has drawn our military into an impossible guerilla war is nothing less than a betrayal of the Jeffersonian ideal of “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations.” Thankfully, the anti-American sentiment that is apparent in so many nations of Europe has not spilled over into Africa (as far as I can tell).
How things might have been different had Americans paid attention to their own Constitution on November 2. The home page of the Constitution Party website has this to say:
The platform of the Party goes on to stipulate:
These are principles I can live with and uphold. And I am sure that they are also principles that our candidates, Michael Peroutka and Chuck Baldwin, will continue to work for tirelessly. Running for political office does not begin with filing with the election commission, despite what many people may think. People’s basic convictions are the bedrock upon which they will build their candidacy. For most politicians, the purpose of running for office is to win, pure and simple. Few will run for office due to a commitment to represent and implement the platform of the party they represent. Thankfully, Michael and Chuck are men of principle who ran for one reason – for the glory of King Jesus and the reestablishment of limited constitutional government under God.
The party that fails to win an election – and this includes the Constitution Party – does not escape responsibility in a Republic like the United States. It still has an important watchdog role to play. Let us, therefore, remain vigilant in this fight to return our great nation to her biblical and constitutional foundations. Let us continue to oppose undeclared wars that cost our nation thousands of lives. Let us continue to oppose the interventionist policy of both Democratic and Republican Parties. And let us continue to demand, with greater urgency than ever, that no United States troops will ever be employed on a foreign battlefield without a declaration of war by Congress, as required by the Constitution.
Michael Ledeen, the leading architect of American neocon military strategy, once said, “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business” (quoted in Jonah Goldberg, “Baghdad Delenda Est, Part Two: Get on with it,” National Review, 4/23/02).
I prefer the philosophy of the Constitution Party and Michael Peroutka:
And you can bet on it: here is one party that intends to keep its word.
November 23, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com.