I don’t usually use Facebok as a measuring stick for anything, let alone something so important as going to war with Syria. But, I do see Facebook as a good example of how good, intelligent people can beat themselves up—over and other again—making the case for or against a United States military action in Syria.
But, the cold hard truth is that I doubt there is a single right or wrong answer. None of us mere mortals—the ones lacking top secret security clearances anyway—has all the information we need to make a decision based on fact and judgment. The best we can do is use our sense of morals and the rightness or wrongness of the actions we chose.
But, even that isn’t enough. We continue to be torn trying as hard as most of us can (at least the liberal side of Facebook) to support the President with all our might. And, at the same time, have no stomach for another military action even as we decry the use of chemical weapons.
With Syria, I’m watching something unfold I’ve never seen before. It’s almost as if we—the American people—are actually voting and making the decision on whether or not to strike.
Congress feels otherwise, invoking the the Constitution and the War Powers Act that a Declaration of War can only come from them in this situation.
Forcing us—the mere mortal Americans with no security clearance—to Google stuff like the Constitution and the War Powers Act. And, then link to articles that support our opinion so we can post them on Facebook first.
So, now I come to second thing that I’ve never seen before—Congress is actually paying attention to what we’re feeling and thinking on the matter. Yep, it seems, at least on political television talk shows, the mighty Members we’re emailing and calling are actually polling us and using it as talking points. Which to me, is just as good as paying attention to what we are saying.
Maybe that’s why I see so many people on Facebook grappling—trying so hard to not be wrong on this. It’s not everyday we’re led to believe we actually have a say in what’s decided upon in Washington, D.C. Even as we know the President has said the decision is his—we really feel like the powerful elite are actually going to listen to us and do what we collectedly want.
That’s what makes this potential conflict so unique. That’s why Syria is so important. It’s not all about the dead children or about the horrid chemical weapons as hard as we try to believe otherwise. It’s about our being asked to participate in the decision making process. And, frankly, I’ve never seen that happen before. It surely must be snowing on this cold day in Hell.