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Shouldn’t the US Return to Its Constitution? – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 13, 2018

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/02/laurence-m-vance/shouldnt-the-united-states-return-to-its-constitution/

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…In a speech at his alma mater—the University of Texas— on February 1, ahead of a five-nation Latin American tour, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson declared that many people in Latin America “still live under the oppression of tyranny.” He then singled out the regime in Venezuela:

Tillerson took some questions after his speech. A senior studying government asked a question regarding Venezuela:

So a commonly proposed solution to a lot of the problems in the country is the removal of President Maduro from power. In your opinion, is this removal necessary, and what could the U.S.’s role be in the possible regime change, especially considering the turmoil that could surmount from such a change?

Here is Tillerson’s response:

Well, President Maduro could choose to just leave. I mean, that would—(laughter). That’d be the easiest. We have not advocated for regime change or removal of President Maduro; rather, we have advocated that they return to the constitution. We do not recognize the constituent assembly as legitimate, and they need to get back to the constitution and follow the constitution.

We—I think there will be a change. We want it to be a peaceful change. Peaceful transitions, peaceful regime change is always better than the alternative of violent change. In the history of Venezuela and in fact the history in other Latin American and South American countries, oftentimes it’s the military that handles that, that when things are so bad that the military leadership realizes they just—they can’t serve the citizens anymore, they will manage a peaceful transition. Whether that will be the case here or not, I do not know. Again, our position is Maduro should get back to his constitution and follow it. And then, if he is not re-elected by the people, so be it. And if the kitchen gets a little too hot for him, I’m sure that he’s got some friends over in Cuba that can give him a nice hacienda on the beach, and he can have a nice life over there.

Five times in his remarks, Secretary Tillerson insisted that Venezuela or its president:

  • return to its constitution
  • return to the constitution
  • get back to the constitution
  • follow the constitution
  • get back to his constitution

Good advice. But shouldn’t the United States return to its Constitution?

  1. If the United States returned to its Constitution, the war on drugs would be ended.
  2. If the United States returned to its Constitution, the DEA would be abolished.
  3. If the United States returned to its Constitution, the Medicaid program would be ended.
  4. If the United States returned to its Constitution, the WIC program would be… The list is long…MCViewPoint Be seeing you be seeing you
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