America has been at war for most of it’s existence, for over 200 years in total in fact! Think about that for a moment… Now, according to John Locke, (a political philosopher our American forefathers heavily relied upon to develop the Constitution) the reason why government was formed was to create a “social contract” between the governed to literally “govern” our behaviors and actions so as to reduce the conflict resulting from or arising out of the anarchy found within “a state of nature” if without government. But with that said, if America has been at war most of it’s existence, then our “social contract” is not functioning properly. Why? Our capitalist economy has used it’s influence and wealth to corrupt politicians and the military into making unethical decisions counter-intuitive to the goals and aspirations of America’s citizens. They have adopted political warfare as a major and successful tool for gaining and growing wealth, and use our own money, servitude, and blood for their own selfish objectives. This realization, coupled with the Edward Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance of domestic (and international citizens) without probable cause (in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment), should help bring to light and perhaps even revitalize the concerns of former five star General Dwight D. Eisenhower (our 34th President of the U.S.). In his Farewell speech, he gave the American public this final warning:
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” Read more at (http://www.brainyquote.com/).
Thus, it is my contention that Eisenhower’s dire warnings of “the disastrous rise of misplaced power” has already occurred, and I believe the NSA is just one tentacle of the “monster” of “misplaced power” and “unwarranted influence” that has been exposed from the dark depths of our own military-industrialized “Leviathan” (see Thomas Hobbes). So now more than ever, it is time to expose the truth as Snowden has, and shine sufficient light on the real problems, so perhaps more citizens can grasp the truth, organize, and be moved into political action by it. In other words the goal of this article is to inspire others to engage in political activism, to battle against our Federal government’s continued expansion, increased influence over every aspect of our lives, and negation of the Constitutional safe-guards that has historically served to protect our liberties. Progress on meaningful political, economic, and perhaps even military reforms need to happen now both domestically and internationally to counter the threat of fascist imperial government, organized standing armies, and multinational corporate interests colluding in morally bankrupt schemes to further their own selfish interests at the detriment of those who they were supposed to be representing, defending, or providing excellent products and customer service (instead of inferior products at the cheapest price, and dangerous working conditions).
I’m sticking my neck out for speaking on such political issues in a public forum being monitored by the very beast I speak of, but such are the lessons of the “Allegory of the Cave” expounded upon by Socrates more than 2000 years ago, and documented within Plato’s “The Republic.” If it comes to that, perhaps they will allow me the courtesy of Hemlock as well, rather than a bullet in the back of the head. But I digress… onward, and upward!
For anyone who may not know, if you look at the research, it states the following: “the Military–industrial complex, or military–industrial–congressional complex, is a concept commonly used to refer to policy and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the military industrial base that supports them. These relationships include political contributions, political approval for military spending, lobbying to support bureaucracies, and oversight of the industry. It is a type of iron triangle. The term is most often used in reference to the system behind the military of the United States, where it gained popularity after its use in the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 17, 1961, though the term is applicable to any country with a similarly developed infrastructure.
The term is sometimes used more broadly to include the entire network of contracts and flows of money and resources among individuals as well as corporations and institutions of the defense contractors, The Pentagon, the Congress and executive branch. This sector is intrinsically prone to principal–agent problem, moral hazard, and rent seeking. Cases of political corruption have also surfaced with regularity. A parallel system is that of the Military–industrial–media complex, along with the more distant Politico-media complex and Prison–industrial complex.
A similar thesis was originally expressed by Daniel Guérin, in his 1936 book Fascism and Big Business, about the fascist government support to heavy industry. It can be defined as, “an informal and changing coalition of groups with vested psychological, moral, and material interests in the continuous development and maintenance of high levels of weaponry, in preservation of colonial markets and in military-strategic conceptions of internal affairs.” An exhibit of the trend was made in Franz Leopold Neumann’s book Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism in 1942, a study of how Nazism came into a position of power in a democratic state.” (Wiki).
This research adequately helps to better explain why the “war pigs” need fresh new sacrifices of America’s youth every generation to keep their “war machine” well lubricated. The blood of America’s youth, has been sacrificed at the alter of patriotism much too often! For far too long, often for very questionable motives, Americans have been asked (or have been compelled) to go to war so their unworthy “leader’s” drunk on political mandates, corruption and greed could/can grow fat off the “spoils of war” made from their ultimate sacrifices. They have built an Empire on those sacrifices, bigger than anything the Aztecs or the Maya could have ever conceived.
IT ALL WENT TERRIBLY WRONG WHEN RELIGION FAILED US, AND THEY TRIED TO MAKE GOVERNMENT OUR GOD! Government is not our God, nor should it ever be, it is far too inefficient to ever be deemed holy. But fascism, socialism, communism, and democracies run by tyrants attempt to get their citizens to become servants of their belief systems just as sure as any religion does.
Don’t support the military-industrial complex’s agenda, don’t be a lamb led to the slaughter, compelled to do so out of a false sense of obligation, patriotism, or duty to a Nation led by murderers. They come into your communities, your schools, and into your homes, and recruit you and use terrorism (or the threat of terrorism) repeatedly displayed over various mass-media sources as an effective propaganda tool to stir-up your emotions, cloud your minds, and mislead you so as to gain your financial, political or voluntary support for a false cause you may even be required to give your life for, (or the life of a son or daughter). If you don’t believe me, ask yourself, just how many American wars over the last 100 years were absolutely unavoidable? Could “calmer heads” in power using diplomacy have prevented any of the conflicts that readily come to mind if profit was not the primary cause of war in America?
In at least one of my previous professions I had to hold my tongue regarding my own political opinions on this subject, but I am under no obligation to do so in this venue. Thus, I can say without hesitation that I am against war, unless it is for defensive purposes after America has been attacked on it’s home front. So if I have offended anyone who is or has a family member actively serving in the Armed Forces, or who has made the ultimate sacrifice for their country (and my ability to exercise my First Amendment rights now) by defending our country from foreign aggressors, then I wish to apologize to you or them, and thank you and them for your and their service. My only wish is that they had wiser, more ethical, and less covert leaders, who truly valued a soldier’s potential, and who avoided needlessly sacrificing soldiers for profits. All American citizens have too much value and potential to be sacrificed for increasing the profit margins of a select few.
If we had listened to President Eisenhower’s dire warnings, and had made concrete political efforts to stymie skyrocketing deficit spending when times were good, and to thwart political-military-industrial collusion whenever it arose, we could have better ensured our “inalienable rights” would not have been stolen from us (supposedly for our own good) by our own government during a moment of crisis. But ever since a growing, educated, and affluent middle-class started questioning authority, and attempting to alter the status-quo power structure, the war against citizens who use drugs arose from the ashes of Prohibition, then 9/11 turned the war machine further in-ward.
Whether 9-11 was real, or a staged “false flag” operation to create an unjustified “rally around the flag” effect for pushing through the passage of the unconstitutional Patriot Act, a preemptive war with Iraq, secret prisons with enhanced interrogation techniques, NSA monitoring of all citizens foreign and domestic, a war in Afghanistan, drone strikes, etc. we may never know for sure. But one thing is certain, ever since that highly televised event, our government has been using taxpayer money to spy on American citizens, and to combat those who would sacrifice everything to restore America to her former glory. ” I guess some might call them, the Occupy Wall Street crowd, Hippies, Beatniks, Bohemians, Environmentalists, strict constructionists, Libertarians, the Reform Party, the Tea Party, or just true American Patriots. We run the political spectrum, divided in many ways by specific political differences, but united in our desire to fight against the two parties that have been co-opted by the military industrial complex to thwart our civil liberties and inalienable rights, supposedly for the express purpose of combating domestic and international threats they themselves generated with their lack of governmental restraint!
Whatever political group you affiliate yourself with, if you believe in America, and believe in the traditional American values of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and a citizen-constrained limited Federal government, then join us in taking back our country from those immoral few who would readily violate our Constitution, bankrupt our country, manufacture war, destroy the middle class, and tread on our most sacred of civil liberties, to consolidate their power, maximize their war profits, and further diversify their global investment portfolios.