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  •  Thoreau made the same point somewhat earlier (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Gooserock
    The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.
    . . .
    Witness the present Mexican war,(2) the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for, in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.
    the opening paragraph of On Civil Disobedience, 1849
    •  thanks petral (0+ / 0-)

      war for the sake of war,

      arms for the sake uncountable arms,

      seems like a "solution" in search of a problem.

    •  Mexican War Resistance Cast an Unending Shadow. (1+ / 0-)
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      An anti-war poem published at the time became a minor hit of a grim Protestant hymn, quoted leading to the concluding remarks of Martin Luther King's greatest speech, "Beyond Vietnam."

      Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
      In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
      Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
      And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.
      We always sang it a little faster. More a warning than this lament.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:42:43 PM PST

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