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There are times the gauntlet must be thrown down. This is one of those times.

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Let's say this unequivocally, the US government, the "deep state", the real decision makers don't want peace in the world. That's the last thing they want.

What they do want is complete hegemony over the world. They will resort to any means to achieve this end; coups, assassinations, NGO's undermining of governments with "color revolutions", wars and occupations, CIA backed mercenary proxy wars and false flag operations, drone attacks and missile strikes, embargoes, economic sanctions, "gunboat diplomacy" plus demonization of a countries leaders with the usual accusations of human rights violations-this self righteous hypocrisy coming from the world's greatest human rights violator, which would be laughable if it weren't so deadly.

To those who resist, Cuba under Fidel Castro, Venezuela under Hugo Chavez, earlier Chile under Salvatore Allende, Iran under Mohammed Mossadeph in 1953, more recently Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine in 2014, there is always relentless demonization, attempts to overthrow or actual coups with leaders overthrown. The US is relentless until it gets its way.

Of course with the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991-the cold war Communist "enemy" since the end of WWII-a new "enemy" had to be found so "miraculously" 10 years later came in the form of radical Islamic "terrorism" with Osama bin Laden being its face accused of masterminding 9/11. Then the invasion of Afghanistan two months later, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to overthrow Saddam Hussein, now since 2011 the attempt to remove Syria's Bashar Assad-only to be thwarted by Russia's Vladimir Putin sending his air forces since September 30 to all but crush the US backed terrorists in the country.

Thus Russia's Putin must be demonized- the "Hillerator" calling him the new Hitler- China accused as threat to navigation in the South China Sea, North Korea with its nuclear arsenal a threat to South Korea, including even the US . So on and on it goes.

Having "enemies" whether real or contrived is necessary to justify to the American people the need to spend a $trillion each year on defense spending, aircraft carriers, the current trillion dollar boondoggle F-35 fighter plane, nuclear submarines, a thousand military bases and outposts worldwide, NSA electronic surveillance of everyone, wars and occupations plus the never ending war on terrorism.

Some 10 or so years ago former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman said, "We need to build two nuclear submarines a year so we don't fall behind". As I recall he didn't mention "who" we were falling behind but it was certainly after the cold war ended with the USSR ceasing to exist and then Russia becoming a friend of the US. What Lieberman failed to mention was those $2 billion each subs were built in his own state of Connecticut yet this unnecessary cold war relic was said to be needed with Lieberman delivering it with a straight face-no wink and a nod necessary-because in the US when it comes to defense spending-no matter how outrageous and unnecessary-the funding is always approved.

Couple all this neo-con provoked endless war with neo-liberalism financial policies provoking indebted countries to accept loan packages tied to severe interest payments bringing further crippling debt-that can never be repaid-along with austerity measures placed on the backs of the people-think Greece now, possibly Spain, Italy, Ireland- and all done to make certain they remain under US diktat thus destroying the country's sovereignty in the process.

Is it any wonder in a 2013 Win/Gallop international opinion poll the US was the country that posed the greatest threat to world peace.

Here in the US, with anti-war protests pretty much a thing of the past, people polled here respond favorably to our drone warfare-presumably because no Americans are killed.

But "things" are hardly rosy in this US of A of ours.

The demise of domestic manufacturing plus the outsourcing of jobs has decimated much of the working middle class. Joblessness, unemployment, low paying service sector jobs, a $trillion in college student loan debt, the awareness of the ever widening chasm between the 99% and the 1% is not lost on people.

Now there's the current presidential election circus with the $billion "sweepstakes" mostly underwritten by Super PACS, billionaires, banks too big to fail, defense industry, fossil fuel, big Pharma, other big corporate largesse and unaccounted for "dark money"-save for Bernie Sanders campaign of small money donors and Trumps billionaire self funded campaign, there is the unmistakable "odor" in the air where people regardless of their political persuasion recognize our democracy has been usurped totally in favor of the 1%.

As I alluded to an earlier article "We need to take our country back" [1] , there is one chance for the current monstrosity to be dealt with and that's get money out of politics.

Money has so corrupted the political process few men, women of conscience consider running for office.

Sure there are enough charlatans and power mongers with no integrity out there that do run, greedily taking the big money underwriting their campaigns so the current corrupt system continues to operate as it does; all to the benefit of the.0001%.

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