Greetings once again to all.
I have a great history lesson I want to share with all today. This is a n article by Mr. Gabriel Kolko at the Counterpunch web site dated 14 May 2012. Here is the link;http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/05/14/why-america-is-doomed-to-one-disaster-after-another/. Mr. Kolko, a very good historian, shows how recent developments (like this past weekend) are going to have a possibly great negative effect for not just the US, but the rest of the world as well.
He points out the failure of the US military to actually "win" a war since 1945. Yes, we all know this to be true, Mr. kolko just restates the fact and adds some insight into the why. The US military planned for a war with the Soviets to be fought mainly in Europe. What we did instead was to fight in Asia,that is to say Korea, Vietnam, and now Afghanistan and Iraq. We have not fought a standing army since 1945 with the exception of the Chinese during the Korean war in the later stages of that war. We have been fighting the "home team" in our wars, as happened in Vietnam and now Iraq, Afghanistan and the other wars "we" are fighting today. The weapons and weapon systems the US military has are not designed for counter insurgency wars. Again, the US military has planned and bought weapons to fight large standing armies such as Russia and China.
Mr. Kolko also tells us what we know, that a war with China would be beyond stupid. In fact, it could mean the end of human civilization as the Chinese have nuclear weapons. A war with China might lead to the use of nuclear weapons if one side or the other thought it was not going to "win". Nuclear war would be the end of us all, as even the folks at the five sided puzzle palace know and have known for decades.
America cannot maintain its world wide empire. We are so deep in debt, yet what passes for our leadership continue to act as if the US were going to remain THE dominate force for the foreseeable future. How in hell can "we" pay for such stupidity? Where will the money come from? Even if the clowns in D.C. cut ALL social spending to the absolute bare bones, or even if they were to eliminate ALL social spending, we could not afford the empire. Who would "loan" us the money to fight a war with China? Wall Street cannot find that much money even with their derivatives scams and other "off the books" cooking. Again,it would be national suicide to go to war with China, as sooner or later, somebody would use the nukes and that would be the end.
The people are getting very restless, and not just here in the US. In Germany, Ms. Merkel's party lost the election recently in the largest (by population) state in Germany. Look at France, say "good night" Mr. Sarkozy. Greece is close to an all out revolt over the "austerity" measures that have been "prescribed" by the European Central Bank and the German financial masters. Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland are close to open revolt as well. Will this unrest spread to the US? Maybe if the Occupy movement gets rolling, who knows what the future will bring us.
In my opinion, this is way past time. I personally think that the working class and the poor have had to bear the brunt of all the tax increases and empire for far too long. I would hope that the working people in the US would finally get past the falls "differences" they think(?) they have. Actually, the working class should be in solidarity with each other as the supposed "differences" they have been taught that they have are totally artificial, manufactured to keep the working class divided. Yes sir, keep the rubes separated, all the better to rule over them. As Howard Zinn has stated, he even used this as the title of a book he wrote that I am currently reading, if the working class ever put aside their supposed "differences" we would have "A power that governments cannot suppress". There you have it folks, toss off the bull shit, made up from whole cloth "differences" and we CAN become a real power that government would have to pay attention to. We have it in our own power to be the force that we should be. Imagine, if we were to finally get rid of the false, manufactured "differences" we have been taught that we have, no government could ignore our needs and desires. As the song by John Lennon says; "Imagine". Yes, imagine how nice life could be. National health? No problem, ALL people would have access to decent, affordable health care. A good education and decent prospects for a decent wage job? Again, no problem. Add to the jobs deal, those jobs would be making products that would be useful to ALL people. We already have more than enough weapons to defend the country with, we do not need more and more "new" weapons and weapon systems.
Here is another "radical" idea. How about we eliminate our standing Army. Keep the Coast Guard, they do preform a vital need for ships and sailors on waterways that are vital for trade and recreation. Instead of standing armies, we would have a "well regulated militia", as in the National Guard. We could do like Switzerland, all men from age 18 to 65 would be issued a rifle and ammunition. Once a month, they would meet to practice their readiness to respond to emergencies and show their proficiency with their rifles.
America must give up the foolish idea of empire. We cannot afford it. The world is way too large for any country to rule over.
So many in this country claim that America is a Christian nation. Well, if so, then how about we act as one? How about as a nation we start to treat ALL as we wish to be treated? Any takers for that idea? How about it Christians? Does that sound like a good idea? Is it something the churches might get behind? If not, WHY not? After all, that is what your Christ told his disciples to do. The famous; "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Why can't we do that as a country? It should be quite easy in my opinion. Toss out the false bull crap of "American exceptionalism". It was and always will be, a total lie. NO country is "indispensable". Never was such a country, never will be one. It is just another lie we have been taught, just like those false "differences" we supposedly have. It is time, long past time actually, for all of us to throw that old garbage in the trash and start acting like decent adult human beings. Stop allowing the politicians and "celebrities" of the various media from keeping us divided. The next time some clown tells you that you or your group are "special" or "better than" another group, call them out for the bull shit they peddle. ENOUGH! Enough of the damn fool wars of choice. Enough of all the manufactured divisions that keep us so divided. Time to grow up folks, put aside the childish notions of our "differences" and act like adults.