Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trump’s Budget

President Trump's first budget proposal, which he named "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again," would increase defense spending by $54 billion.  To offset that spending, he’s asking members of Congress to strip money from more than 18 other agencies.

Republican President Eisenhower warned: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Eisenhower pointed out: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  The world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children.”

The outlay of federal funds for 2009, was $2,650 billion.  Fifty- four percent went to our military and forty- six percent went to non-military programs.  Only 30 percent of our total budget was spent on Human Resources such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Welfare, and Food Stamps.

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt has listed the characteristics of fascism.   That list includes: 

“Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, the domestic agenda is neglected, and military service is glamorized.

“The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

“Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws.  The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism.” 


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