Our Republic Died in 1950
S. Truman was able to drastically increase defense spending by "scaring
the hell out of the people." In 1950 it wasn't a hard task. Following the
double whammy of Depression and world war, the Republic was ready for the kill.
Since that disaster cooked the country until today, the only bright spot for liberty has been the Civil Rights movement. Born in the back of a bus, history will remember America for this accomplishment if for nothing else.
"An Unjust Law is no Law at All"
"I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
T. S. Eliot has said: "The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason."
Dump the Military/Industrial Complex
complex needs perpetual war to assure steady profits. They make many fine
weapons hot on world markets. However, they could channel much of this
sophistication and expertise into alternative energy projects. The USA lags the
rest of the world badly in most energy developments. The markets for these
products dwarf those for armaments.
I won't bother you with a laundry list, but this is a no-brainer similar to single payer health insurance.
Firms like Boeing and Aetna are far too entrenched individually and collectively to take them out by conventional means. Quarreling among ourselves making intellectual talking points is a useless endeavor.
We need to get out of our box to think clearly. Let me give you a start. Why have the Taliban beaten us militarily and the Chinese economically?