We are constantly encouraged to support the U.S. military because they’re “fighting for our freedoms”.
That’s a nice idea but, as I’ve said for some time, Name two of “our freedoms” that’ve been threatened or attacked by the the people of Afghanistan or Iraq. If the U.S. military is currently fighting for any “freedom” in the middle-east, it’s our government’s “freedoms” to print a fiat currency and to arbitrarily invade countries and kill thousands for no apparent reason.
If our government is going to ask or order our young men and women to fight and perhaps die, those soldiers deserve an honest explanation of why they are fighting. Using lies to deceive American soldiers into fighting, killing and risking their own lives dishonors every soldier, the U.S. government, and the American people. There can be no honor–and no real “Medals of Honor”–in a war fought for lies. Insofar as our government relies on lies to motivate American soldiers and Americans in general, it’s evidence that the government regards the American people as adversaries and enemies to be deceived and used rather than served.
I.e., why did we supposedly invade Iraq? A: To find and destroy Saddam Hussein’s WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction). But there were no WMDs. We invaded Iraq and ultimately caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents for no more reason than the WWII Nazis had to invade Poland.
When it was clear that there were no WMDs did we leave Iraq? Hell no. We stayed and continued to slay an innocent nation rather than admit we were behaving exactly like a pack of Nazis. Did we apologize? Nope. Did we say, “Oops”? Hell no. We continued to kill Iraqi’s because some of them had the audacity to fight back against the US military’s unwarranted invasion of their country.
Our military will be leaving Iraq and Afghanistan in the next year or two. But that’s not because we’ve won, or killed all the “bad guys”. We’re killing because we’re killing. But we’ll be leaving because the U.S. economy is in a tailspin and we’re going broke. If we weren’t going broke, we’d probably still be killing Iraqi’s without reason for another decade.
So, whenever someone claims that we should thank the military for our “freedoms,” I wince. I view those claims with contempt. They’re stupid. Our military hasn’t engaged in any “hot” war against any adversary that’s threatened “our freedoms” in my lifetime. Not once.
If you disagree, name any two of “our freedoms” that’ve been threatened by Korea, North Viet Nam, Dominican Republic, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya. Can you name even one such “freedom” threatened by those foreign countries? I cannot.
In my lifetime, there’s been only one government that’s persistently threatened–and taken–America’s “freedoms” and that’s our own federal government. Thus, I’ve said for some time that if the U.S. military ever wanted to really fight for “our freedoms,” they’d invade Washington DC.
Here’s a video that reports that something very much like an “invasion” of Washington DC may be about to take place: a mini-invasion of Wall Street–our gov-co’s boss or at least co-conspirator. It appears that one or more Marines, dressed in uniform, may be coming to Wall Street to protect the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters from further abuse by the NYPD. This potential support from a handful of Marines could grow to the point that hundreds or even thousands of U.S. military might come to the aid of peaceful demonstrators.
Wouldn’t that be a spectacular moment in American history? American military standing up against the American police state? An event like that could trigger enormous change. An event like that would bring tears of pride to millions of Americans.
I’ll believe it when I see it. I’d bet that anyone who is still on active duty has been warned that if they don’t want to spend the balance of their career as a private or in Ft. Leavenworth, they’d better not express any political opinions in public. But we might still see retired military men show up in uniform for these demonstrations. If they appear in uniform, that will be enough to make the point.
So, if I do see just one member of the U.S. military standing up, in uniform, to defend the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the NYPD, I’ll be proud to say that I’ve seen the U.S. military–at least a bit of it–actually fight for “our freedoms” in my lifetime. If just one soldier will truly fight for “our freedoms,” he may inspire others to do the same. Such demonstrations of support for freedom might even mark the beginning of the end for the American police state.
Here’s a 00:01:28 video of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, complete with imagines of the Wall Street rich drinking champagne as they watch an mock the demonstrations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PiXDTK_CBY
Here’s a 00:00:40 video of the police state abuse in defense of Wall Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moD2JnGTToA&feature=player_embedded
Here’s an article by the BBC with an embedded video that describes the continuing protests. It looks like a return t the “Hippie Days” of the 1960s and 1970s. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15143509
And, finally, inspired by the 40-second video of police abuse, here come the Marines. Maybe. video 00:01:56
It’s more than a little interesting that a 40-second YouTube video of police abuse of a handful of female demonstrators might be enough to cause a handful of Marines to appear to defend the protesters, which might be enough precipitate a moment in history that begins the end of the police state.
If the Marine’s don’t show, or if this “moment” doesn’t occur this week–it’s only a question of time before another 40-second video precipitates a reaction that shakes or even topples the police state.
We are watching something very important develop in New York City. This just might be the spark that pushes the police state into retreat. Or it might be the spark that causes the police state to become more overtly violent. A great drama may be building in NYC.
PS. JP Morgan Chase is reportedly “one of the oldest, largest and best-known financial institutions in the world. The firm’s legacy dates back to 1799 when its earliest predecessor was chartered in New York City.” JPM’s global HQ is at 270 Park Avenue–just a hop and a skip from Wall Street.
Here’s something from the JP Morgan Chase website at http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/article/ny-13.htm:
“NEW YORK CITY POLICE FOUNDATION — NEW YORK
“JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.
“New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing ‘profound gratitude’ for the company’s donation.
“‘These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,’ Dimon said. ‘We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.’”
It appears that JPM bought the NYPD. Perhaps those kinds of purchases are necessary to ensure police loyalty in the event of massive public demonstrations against big-time, Wall St. bankers.