Power of Story Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (4 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   4 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

Time to Break the Silence on Military Spending

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Gene Marx       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 3/12/17

Author 37605
Become a Fan
  (3 fans)

Dr King at Riverside Church
(Image by editors@newcoldwar.org)
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -
Fifty years ago next month Martin Luther King, Jr, warned us in his first public anti-war speech Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence that any nation that continues year after year "to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Arguably that led to his assassination exactly one year later. Since the height of the American War in Vietnam, conditions have worsened exponentially, with military spending escalating unchecked. Each new bloated Pentagon appropriation has become the new normal.

Barely a week after his inauguration, President Trump's executive order, as promised, obliterated the limits on Pentagon spending, setting in motion a military buildup to end all military buildups. As if on cue the House of Representatives voted this month to boost funding for more bullets and bombs, as well as some of the most deadly airborne killing machines in the US arsenal. Some weren't even on the Pentagon's wish list, 11 and 12 more F-35 and F/A-18 fighters, respectively. The new $578 billion stop-gap bill keeps the U.S. military operating through September and sets the stage for even more increases to the Pentagon black hole of expenditures, as if budget caps were merely inconvenient work-arounds.


(Image by James Joyner)   Permission   Details   DMCA

- Advertisement -

Predictably, the House of Representatives minority saw fit to ignore Dr King's "fierce urgency of now" plea delivered from the pulpit of New York's Riverside Church in April 1967, lining up instead with Congressional hawks and defense-industry contractors. Come this fall there will be even more at stake. If the GOP majority has its way, housing, transportation, environmental protection, biomedical research, education, and health care would take huge hits to pay for a fiscal 2018 defense measure approaching $640 billion. We will need Capitol Hill representation that exceeds our expectations. Forestalling nay votes in opposition to the unfettered destructive agenda of the Pentagon would only benefit war profiteers and further derail the full potential of domestic achievements for another generation.

MLK, never one to pull punches at the expense of peace and social justice, concluded his controversial, certainly prescient speech, now more a half a century ago, with this forethought: "In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time."

Call your Congressional representatives and keep calling. Remind them once more that in 2017, as it was in 1967, time is still at a premium. Insist, moreover demand, that they oppose any increases at all to military spending.

- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

The author of this piece is Vietnam Veteran and former Naval Aviator Gene Marx. He currently serves as a member of the Veterans For Peace Membership Committee and was the past Secretary of the VFP National Board of Directors. He lives in (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Way It Is

Good Friday Struggle on the Island of Peace

One Overreach Too Far

Journal Entry: Independence Day or Happy Birthday, Pop

Time to Break the Silence on Military Spending

Hate for Hate: Joystick Justice