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  •  I don't accept the idea of an either/or argument (0+ / 0-)
    Either you think government is tyrannical and must be eroded of its ability to militarily suppress its populace, or you think a well-armed government is a benevolent force for world peace.
    I don't think that Uncle Sam is tyrannical, but I sure as hell don't think that he's a benevolent force for world peace.  I'm not sure that the diary argues that those are the only 2 available options, but I am sure that I support a "Third Way" viewpoint there.  Opposition to a standing military establishment in peacetime, which dates back to the Founders, essentially became moot in 1946. Opposition to body scanners in airports, massive electronic surveillance, and drone strike diplomacy is now, sadly, becoming equally moot.

    I thought that the question of armed militias rebelling against Uncle Sam became moot in 1865.  The philospophy of today's militiamen is little different than that of the secessionists of 7 score and 10 years ago.  Besides, I'm still not sure how my owning an AK-47 would prevent my cell phone calls from being monitored.

    On the other hand, however, I'd like to see final w/drawal from Afghanistan started tomorrow, the Pentagon budget slashed to, say, 2005 levels, and drone strike programs seriously curtailed.  Admittedly, my hopes are as fanciful in the current climate as those of the militamen.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:39:08 AM PDT

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