I love you man, but you sound just like the right-wing radio station that broadcasts around here.
I did not earn a Phd in Political Science, I earned a "No-Respect Degree". I state a simple fact and people say something, like, "Well, I don't have a degree, have never read the constitution or a newspaper except for the sport pages, and slept through civic's class, but I sure know what I believe". This is why Bush could shoot down a 3 year old on the White House lawn and still have a 30% approval rating.
There is a conspiracy, a conspiracy of money and established governmental bureaus and agencies. Our constitution was designed to prevent the official establishment of centralized power. To accomplish this there were built in "points of access". These are spots in the adoption of legislation and governmental action where someone can stop something cold. The power structure in this country is not official, and it's based on money. There are institutes and associations and they control the flow of money to candidates. If you don't play ball you don't get their money, or you find the other guy very well funded. Just look at what happened to Howard Dean. He started talking populist and "boom" the Kennedy crowd is busy behind Clark and the Clinton Republicans are behind Kerry. Look at how much legislation has been passed that favors the wealthy. It's a conspiracy so big that it IS the system, the real government. And hey, no insult to W Virginia, it's just that they have the highest percentage of people over in Iraq, and if those poor buggers can tell me why they're over there I'd be interested to hear what it is, because it sure wasn't to fight terrorism.
I did my time in Vietnam, my father was decorated at the battleof the bulge, and someone from my family has fought in every lousy war this country has put on. Willingness to fight isn't a rubberstamp for governmental policy. I went to Vietnam to get out of the house and earn the GI Bill. I was nothing more than a mercenary, and I am none too proud of my service, because I sure as heck never believed that we were doing any good. War is the biggest waste you'll ever see. It turns a switch in you that isn't possible to turn off. Von Clauswitz said that war was just an extension of political policy. He was wrong. If you go to war it had better be for something worthwhile. Rich old men sending the sons and daughters of the poor to bleed so some company can make a boatload of dough doesn't qualify even if the soldiers kiss the flag and yell patriotic slogans, and "really believe in their mission". Hell, your officer tells you to say that before any journalist gets close to you. The reality is blood up to your elbows, wearing your friend's brains, killing women and kids, and reading hate in every civilian face that doesn't have it's hand out for money.
Edited by Markway, 11 September 2006 - 03:51 PM.