Millions for Defense
"Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute." —Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
I hear the government is going to send us some money. Is this our Peace Dividend finally?
People rightly warn about Bush’s violations of individual liberties under the guise of saving the country. Even though he has not done anything as extreme and as often as Lincoln did with even less excuse.
The United States could be put on the right track in a moment if one simple idea that was obvious to the Founders were recovered: the purpose of the government is to provide for the common defense—that is, protect the lives, property, and rights of the citizens of the States from foreign attack. However, war always serves the greed and vanity of the well-placed; they get away with it because large numbers of Americans long ago lost all their common sense to pseudo-intellectualism and pseudo-benevolence. Somehow, it was discovered that “we” had a divine mission to remake the world in our own imagined likeness.
If people would only think of defending the actual land and people and not flatter themselves with delusions and shallow thinking about the world-saving mission of “America,” it would all be very simple.
Sensible people rightly complain about Southerners' strong support for the present war and the military in general. We are a backward people and slow to change. We still really believe in national defense—hit back those that damage us so they won’t think they can get away with it. It is not our fault if the appointed leaders are stupid or dishonest in the way they go about it.
Maybe we Southerners are even primitive in our visceral sense of self-defense. We are just not sophisticated enough to think that we kill people out of benevolent idealism. If you listen to the rhetoric of the current president and nearly all the aspirants to his seat, Americans only kill people because we are so much more virtuous than the rest of mankind. Millions of Americans apparently believe this or the politicians would not say it.
Americans are the only people in history so childishly infatuated with their own unique wonderfulness that they actually think that people in other countries should be grateful to them for being invaded, having their property destroyed and their women and children killed.
This is not a new thing. In 1900 the Republican Party platform promised to deal out destruction to the Filipino insurrectionists who had wickedly and unaccountably rebelled against "the best government on earth." These rebels would be handled just like the Southern ones of a few decades before.
Civilised people can only shudder at the moral, cultural, and intellectual shallowness that allows such an “idea” to flourish.
You want to see the future of the United States unless centralization of power is reversed? Think Brazil. Then mix in a ruling class with nuclear weapons and crazed by delusions of omnipotence.
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." —2 Corinthians 11:14