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A Modern Example of National Madness

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Some herbicides are deadly to amphibians like frogs and toads.   There has been evidence that one herbicide causes the feminization of frogs turning them into hermaphrodites.   In one study by Cornell University it was found that another common herbicide causes cancer in laboratory animals in their liver, kidneys and spleen.


It appears that the U.S. government and many Americans often err on the side of questionable safety in herbicides and pesticides just as they err on the side of compulsive optional wars from Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan at enormous cost in resources and lives with only the vaguest assertions of their benefits to our national security and safety. Herbicides are used in parks and gardens to eliminate the dandelion, which tries to stand tall with its bright yellow flower beckoning the sun which it tries to resemble.  


Let us not talk of the madness of war or our modern leaders who embark upon war with apparent ease, despite their talk of its hardship, which they do not endure.   In fact, after they leave office they profit immensely from their empty books and speeches.   The president who opted for the Vietnam War had the profitable foresight to purchase a television station in concert with initial legislation for television stations.  


Freedom and safety for our elected leaders in the executive and legislative branches of government have enshrined in history that no optional war is too large a burden for the nation to sacrifice, including trillions of dollars of expense.   The country has elevated the highest elected official to such heights that his judgment in matters of war and peace are sacrosanct, for Congress has never neglected to fund an optional war. They embrace optional wars like neighborhoods embrace the dandelion war.  


Remember the dandelion standing upright and closing itself at night as if to sleep.   Remember, the dandelion's nobility and grandeur exceeds our modern leaders who have led the nation to make us safer with their optional wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan.   


The war against the dandelion has made grass lawns neither safer nor more stunning.  

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Henry Pelifian has written many columns and articles on government and current events. He has published a play THOREAU based on the life, works and words of Henry David Thoreau, a war novella and short stories based on his years overseas called (more...)

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