Does this behavior sound familiar? Could this happen to America? Could the United States follow in the footsteps of so many nations that endured this scenario? After all, we are a democracy. Some politicians are telling us that we are not a democracy; we are a republic or a representative republic. After all, the political parties are supported by the people, and it is the people that determine who comes to power. Political parties were mentioned in George Washington's farewell address. This is what the father of our nation said about political parties;
However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
Cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion. Could this happen here? It already has. The words "How did we let this happen?" continue to haunt me. I see the Armed Forces glorified on television. The history channel doesn't let a day go by without hours of American military power focused on protecting the American people from outside threats. The mantra from people that served or are still serving is that "Freedom is not free". We are told that our citizens in uniform are "Protecting our freedom".
How did invading Iraq protect our freedom? Did killing one million Iraqi's protect anyone of us? Now the people in government tell us quietly that the war in Iraq was based on faulty information. Bullshit. The faulty information we acted on was scripted by the government in power right here in America. I can't accept their "faulty information" excuse. A civilized nation doesn't kill a million people based on sketchy intelligence. We wanted to invade Iraq, our government sifted through pieces of intelligence and cherry-picked anything that sounded suspicious. Information that didn't support military involvement was tossed and covered-up. We know that now, yet this administration does nothing to hold those accountable for perpetrating that horrific war that left so many Iraqi people dead and left so many soldiers scarred for life, both physically and mentally.
Since September 11, 2001, those in power, then and now, have used this "War on Terror" to advance what they call "Full-spectrum Dominance". In civilian talk that phrase means "Control of the Planet". The truth is right there for all to see. What else could "Full-Spectrum Dominance mean?
According to a Department of Defense document first revealed in the 1998 US Space Command document - Vision for 2020. Later released in 2000 as DOD Joint Vision 2020, it called for "full spectrum dominance" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any adversary, including with nuclear weapons preemptively. http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289
I wish that somebody would tell me exactly why we need to defeat "any adversary" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems. Do we really need this? I mean really? Are we prepared to invest trillions of dollars to defeat enemies that might be a threat in the future? When will this paranoid delusional behavior end, more importantly how will it end? We are building new weapons frantically. The question I would like to pose is this; Have there ever been weapons developed that have never been used? Does anyone actually believe that? If we could devastate any adversary on the planet, would we then control the planet?
We can't even govern this country effectively. We have over one million people incarcerated, the highest percentage of prisoners per capita on the planet. So how is this working for us? Are we so gifted in governance that we could govern the world? Would we ever want to? If there was money involved, the powers that be will be right there insisting on it.