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Posted by mqbush in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Dec 03rd 2009, 01:44 PM
Now and then, an idea pops up that changes things radically for generations. Who knows when the momentous day was that the right stumbled upon their sure-fire gimmick to perpetually control US foreign policy, the US economy and budget? History has been distorted since then.

JFK didn’t want to invade Cuba. He thought it would be a mistake to get into Vietnam. LBJ was sure that escalating our involvement in Vietnam would be a mistake. Both of them did what they did out of fear of right wing “gotcha” assertions of weakness. Can you believe that? Decisions that killed 58,000 Americans and one to three million Vietnamese were dictated by a political gimmick!

At the time we were told that Vietnam was a necessary war that we absolutely had to win. Later we asked what the heck was so necessary about it. Now we’re told yet again that the war du jour is a necessary war that we absolutely have to win. As will tomorrow’s war be absolutely necessary, and today’s will be yesterday’s “whoops not so much.”. Since we’re never not at war, the right never loses control of all the big decisions.

So long as we are in one or more necessary wars, the decision on whether or not to fund these wars is not really debatable; it would be weeeeeak to not send as many trillions into these wars as it takes to finish the job…jobs…neverending jobs. And so therefore we can never afford to repair our crumbling infrastructure, can never afford to invest in renewable energy, can never afford- in the richest country in the world- to alleviate the gut-wrenching worries that illness could send families into homeless poverty.

One gimmick has controlled the course of American domestic and foreign affairs, at hideous cost, for generations. That’s unconscionable and unacceptable and has to stop. But how can it be stopped? Ideas, anyone?
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