A Rogue State and Failed Social Visions

Michael S. Rozeff

September 14, 2013

In mid-June of this year, Obama “authorized” sending weapons to Syrian rebels. Thoseweapons are now arriving. Obama’s “authorization” is worthless because he doesn’t have any legal authority to take the U.S. into this war. He’s actually violating both the Constitution and the UN Charter, signed by the U.S.

There are hundreds and thousands of such illegalities parading around in America as lawful, because they have been given a patina of approval by the Supreme Court. And, if it came to that, the Court would probably say that Obama isn’t violating the Constitution by joining the war against the Syrian government.

A “rogue state” is defined as “a nation or state regarded as breaking international law and posing a threat to the security of other nations.” Obama heads up a rogue state.

There is no getting around it. The federal government is a lawless regime.

While a rogue state has numerous ill effects, that’s not even the worst of it. In my reckoning, the worst of it is that the government is constantly adopting new social visions and then enacting them into law. It has been doing this from its inception. We are always getting New Freedoms, New Frontiers, Fair Deals, New Deals, Square Deals, Wars on Drugs, Wars to End All Wars, Wars to Make the World Safe for Democracy, Global Wars on Terror, and Wars on Poverty. We are always getting social visions enacted with names like Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Defense of Marriage Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Iraq Liberation Act.

There’s no getting around it. The feds continually devise new social visions and enact them into law. They have no authority to do so except by misinterpreting the Constitution in the broadest possible ways. The U.S. is a rogue state domestically as well as in its international affairs. These are two sides of the same belief system.

The government and the people are operating on the assumptions that there can be and should be one social vision for everyone in America. There is the belief that making it real by law will actually improve America and Americans in certain ways. There is the belief that the government can identify these good visions and then carry them out effectively.

All these assumptions are false. The evidence is overwhelming that every one of these social visions fails miserably. Historians can be found who tell us of these failures, but no one listens. What we need to learn is that no single social vision should be forced on everyone.

The last 15 years of wars have comprised the enactment of one of these social visions. It was the neocon vision of “benevolent global hegemony.” This vision has totally failed when placed into practice.

William Kristol and Robert Kagan called for worldwide dominion of the U.S. They thought that the U.S. was predominant and they wanted that supremacy to be enhanced further. World rule was the objective, and they thought this would strengthen America and its security. The very opposite occurred. The sequence of wars destroyed one foreign state after another, causing immense devastation to the peoples of several countries, while putting nothing in their place except disorder and exacerbated rivalries among religious, sectarian and ethnic groups. The U.S. encountered successive defeats. Its moral standing declined sharply. It began to use torture, kidnapping and assassinations as tools of state. The country itself began to approximate a police state.

This is only the most recent example of a failed social vision.

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