It is my considered opinion that the United States of America, the marvelous nation that held out such great promise for the entire world, is in a state of decline. Some of the signs are obvious to everyone, some are not as obvious. The most serious threat to the U.S. is barely on the radar screen, but it has grabbed hold of American thought, American budgets, and American destiny. I am refering to the take-over of the U.S. by what I call "war corporations" or "greed corporations." Those that have followed my writings, speeches, and media interviews through the years know of my use of these terms. Today they are not only real, they are now dominant masters. These corporations and the influential individuals related to them have taken hold of our elections, our media, and have forged the very thought process of the American people. We have now been convinced that we absolutely have to be on a war footing at all times.
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. . . . known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." -James Madison, "Political Observations," 1795.
Robert Romberg [robertromberg.com] sees the emergence of war as a primary activity in society as contrary to Christian principles. We are so focused on the war-like actions of Islam, we look past 2000 years of the most horrid Christian violence, terror, war, and brutality.
"During the first 300 years of the Christian Church all of her leaders said the use of violence, and serving in the military, or police forces, was a sin.
"I am always stunned to meet people claiming to be Christians who believe that military service, or police work, is acceptable to God. There are over 50 Scriptures in the New Testament stating that Christians are never to use violence. [from the quotes attributed in the Bible to Jesus himself:]
"In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brothers, ye have done it unto me." -Matthew 25:40
"I say unto you love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use and persecute you, that you may be children of your father which is in heaven." -Matthew 5: 44-45
"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." -Matthew 5:19
"Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth." -Matthew 5:5
I am not a devout follower of Christianity, but those who seem to be the most ardent pushers for the war corporations like to parade around in their Christian vests. The most violent proposals for American asservtive military activity are often Christians, or people posing as Christians to make their point ...or to make their profit from war. Personally I believe in a strong military and adequate police force, but I do not claim to be a dedicated follower of Christ or that I live my life as a Christian. This should make it ever more clear to us that the terrorists may claim to represent Islamic beliefs but they absolutely do not. There are equally as many references to Mohammed's sayings in the Koran about peace.
Let's hear from a military leader who is one of the most decorated veterans in the history of the U.S., General Smedley Butler, twice awarded the Medal of Honor. He served for over 3 decades in the Marines. No one can question his knowledge of military service or the value of fighting the enemy.
"War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses of lives."
"I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism."
"War, like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few. The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit."
"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious."
"Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts.l I operated on three continents."
"My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military."
This is not about right or left, Republican or Democrat. Both parties and their members are bought and sold by the war corporations. War has become more important to them than ever. Corporations have broken the back of labor, and threaten to move elsewhere if they do not get what they want. Corporations making huge profits still want more. The conundrum they face is that they are producing products that the shrinking middle class in America is unable to afford. War is therefore the answer. War raises all big corporation ships. Profit numbers then become beside the point. If you question these profits you will be labeled unpatriotic, or even sicker, you will be labled unChristian. Yes, it is goofy. Yes, it doesn't make any sense. But, yes, it is what is happening in the United States of America today.
From a review of the new book "Ape House" by Sara Gruen:
"Bonobos and humans share 98.7% of their DNA. We're all members of the ape house. ...when it comes to the best human qualities -- empathy, good humor, the ability to adapt, loyalty -- the apes win easily"