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

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

WAR


Long ago America’s foreign policy, became an insidious force around the globe.  Marine Corps officer, Major General Smedley Butler was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice for separate acts of outstanding heroism.  In 1933, he delivered a speech stating: “War is just a racket.  A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people.  Only a small inside group knows what it is about.  It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.”

Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini’s opinion of war was different.  He claimed: “And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace... War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it.”

Not unlike Mussolini’s Italy, America’s wealthy elite covet the assets of weaker nations and historically have used our military to gain an economic stranglehold on the natural resources of weaker nations.

Instead of money going to serve the needs of our nation’s middle class and poor, it flows into the coffers of American corporations.  We had the highest standard of living on the planet as a direct result of imperialism, but on 9/11, we paid the price.  Unfortunately, many Americans only learn to hate on that day, and nothing else.

Do you still considered Iraqi oil more valuable than hundred of thousands of dead Iraqis and the lives of brave Americans who sacrificed so much for the benefit of American corporations?  Is it really one’s patriotic duty to serve the interests of corporate America?

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