Which American President took us to war with forces from Libya and suspended the Constitution?
Grant J. Kidney— America’s past is revered by many a ‘libertardian’, upheld as some kind of utopia that was eventually lost.
On the Internet, one will hear much chatter about how wonderful the founding fathers were- and that they’d be rolling in their graves if only they were aware of the injustices of today. The problem with the folks on the Internet who utter such nonsense is that generally speaking, they are totally misinformed if not outright ignorant of history.
Question- what does Barack Obama have in common with, say…. Thomas Jefferson? Armchair libertardians would be the first to dismiss such a question. The reality of the matter however is that both presidents essentially fought forces from Libya (as well as surrounding territories), and suspended the Constitution outright (or at least to some degree).
Before I continue, I’d like to define some terms as well as to lay some ground work so as not to confuse potentially new readers to this website.
First off, this is an author who abhors state and corporate power outright thus essentially bunching me up with the libertarian crowd. The word ‘libertarian’ is a wholly generic as well as a wholly flexible term. HBO’s Bill Maher considers himself a libertarian- yet many a time the outrageous host will echo statements that will cause other libertarians great displeasure.
A ‘libertardian’ is a lock-in-step, sheep-like idiot who listens to and believes every word coming from the mouths of certain conservative-leaning Internet political talk show hosts and/or rhetoricians.
Thomas Jefferson Vs. the Barbary Pirates
For the longest of time, pirates from modern day Libya and other North African states (alongside the Barbary coast, hence, ‘Barbary pirates’), terrorized European powers and their colonies to the extent that major nations were forced to appease these malicious Johnny Depp wannabes else face one headache after the next.
When America was just a baby-state protected by the mighty British empire, colonists were well protected from pirates. However, after the Americans had won their independence, the Barbary pirates became a force to be reckoned with.
In 1785, two American ships were captured by Barbary pirates. The Africans had then requested a ransom of $60,000. Thomas Jefferson, who was not yet President at the time, advocated intense military action against the pirates rather than pay the ransom.
Concerning the intense naval action to follow, Jefferson stated,
The object of the convention shall be to compel the piratical States to perpetual peace.
In other words, Jefferson advocated what we anti-war folk today would term, ‘bombing for peace’.
It is also interesting to note that Jefferson even went so far as forming an international coalition to crush the pirate threat. Today, such co-joining of military forces for some kind of joint exercise is either handled by the UN Security Council or by NATO- which begs the question, would Jefferson, if alive today, approve of such wicked institutions?
Read more about the Barbary pirate incident here.
Thomas Jefferson’s Anti-Freedom Ensnarement of Half a Continent
Whilst President, Jefferson did what many would ascribe to actions taken by the wicked, corrupt planetary elite of today- Jefferson enslaved over half a continent.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, America consisted primarily of its original, founding states with territorial pursuits heavy in mind.
The Spaniards, and then later the French, owned a huge chunk of land which now belongs to the United States. That land was comprised of what are now fifteen U.S. states (and two Canadian provinces). For approximately $15 million ($233 million in today’s standards), Thomas Jefferson coordinated the ‘Louisiana Purchase’.
In Jefferson’s mind, the folks living in the newly acquired territory were not yet deserving of the same rights and privileges enjoyed by Americans on the east coast. Therefore, President Jefferson established a temporary, autocratic form of government over the lives of some American citizens. This act enraged a great number of people and delegations were even sent to Washington to protest this wholly dictatorial political maneuver.
Despite some actions taken by Thomas Jefferson, we must never forget that this was a man who also said things like,
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny imposed upon the mind of man.
To be fair, the context in which the fight against the Barbary pirates took place was one of national security purposes. The pirates did pose a legit threat against the people and the economy of the United States. Now compare this micro-war to Barack Obama’s military excursion in Libya. Libya posed no threat whatsoever to the United States, yet still, Obama marched our soldiers off in to harm’s way.
Nevertheless, war is still hell- and bringing up the Barbary pirates incident only goes to show that from America’s inception, it has been engaged in a form of ceaseless warfare.
When it comes to the Louisiana Purchase, this is an author who can find no justification for Jefferson’s setting up of a temporary dictatorship. If the United States were under attack by space aliens or if a giant earthquake had torn the country in half, then I could see the immediate benefits of autocratic rule for the purposes of maintaining the social fabric. But the acquisition of new territory, full of good, honest folks who were just as deserving of freedom as those on the east coast, was by no means an excuse to establish absolute rule on part of President Thomas Jefferson.
In a similar, yet even more nightmarish power-grab, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in to law which grants him the unwavering authority to kidnap, torture, and execute any American citizen. Passing one executive order after the next, Obama has established himself as ruler supreme over a dumbed down, idiot population that would otherwise march right off in to the gas chambers if ever ordered to do so.
War, Tyranny, & Aberrance Wrought by a Shoddy System
The founding fathers were by no means perfect human beings. As many are well aware, America’s most revered of historic personages dating back to the founding of the country were in fact wealthy slave owners who found Great Britain’s tax a bit too restrictive of their incomes.
Jefferson presided over an ancient system based upon scarcity and wealth inequity just as President Obama does today. As products of our environments, each of us- including heads of state- are subjected to the prevalent social atmosphere in to which we are born. Unfortunate as it is, humanity has yet to build a true system of equality- devoid of a primitive exchange medium (money)- where every man, woman, and child on Earth might experience abundance, good health, and longevity.