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  •  The piecemeal approach will not (15+ / 0-)

    help us in the long term.  

    And, if I see one more person whining on TeeVee or a FB post about "poor veterans can't see the memorials or dead soldiers not getting proper funeral funding, etc" I am going to scream:  the veterans and active servicemen/women  (all of them) fought/are fighting for/gave their lives for democracy and our freedom.  This shutdown by the GOP is as far from democracy as can be imagined - it is a party of evil asshats who are a MINORITY, don't give a flying fuck about people having affordable healthcare, having equal rights, voting rights, immigration rights, etc.   The ACA was a pure example of democracy:  passed house/senate, signed by president, upheld by Supremes, and survived a mid term and general election.

    Ok.  My rant is done for now.

    How can the GOP trust a woman to "raise" if they do not trust a woman to "choose".....

    by left my heart on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:52:43 PM PDT

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    •  With respect, must disagree: (0+ / 0-)
      ... the veterans and active servicemen/women  (all of them) fought/are fighting for/gave their lives for democracy and our freedom.
      No, they are NOT fighting for "democracy and our freedom."  The last war the US was involved with for which those ideals were true was WWII.  All the "wars" and "police actions" fought after that have been on behalf of corporate power.

      US military forces were/are in Iraq, Afghanistan, and are drone bombing and carrying out CIA missions in other countries to keep profits flowing to oil corporations and mercenary corporations and to keep the military-industrial-congressional complex in money.

      We do NOT have a legal or constitutional war going in ANY of those nations because US military personnel are only fighting little gangs of criminals like Al Qaeda and other criminal gangs of the same ilk (many are radical religious fanatics who want to set up theocracies in their nations).  [You'll notice more and more that news has referred to the Mideast criminal gangs as being "like Al Qaeda" because now they have other names but there were fewer than 100 AQ members as of an interview a few years ago when Christiane Amanpour interviewed a military muckety muck about a month or less after she was assigned host of the ABC Sunday morning political hack show that George Stephanopolous is now back to hosting.  (She was good, persistent in her questioning of people..., so she was gone quickly.  Little Georgie Stephanopolous lets politicians get by with vague answers and doesn't do any follow-up questioning.)]

      None of those countries have ever been a threat to the US, and the US Congress cannot legally or constitutionally declare war against a criminal gang in another country (hence the AUMFs that were misused and abused by both Dumbya and now Obama).

      There is NO provision in the US constitution to transfer Article I, Section 8 Congressional war powers to the executive branch of the government, so the AUMFs have always been unconstitutional.

      Ergo, none of the US military personnel who fought and died or were wounded in Korea, Vietnam (where I lost friends from high school), or Iraq or Afghanistan (where my youngest nephew served two tours of duty before his national guard enlistment was up and he refused to reenlist during the second tour) have been fighting on your behalf or mine or anyone else in the US.  They've been fighting, dying, or being maimed to "protect US interests" in those countries - which translates to protecting US corporate oil wells or oil pipelines (some of which have not been built yet but US oil corporations want to build them in countries that do not have oil).  Even Hillary, when she was being questioned about Benghazi, said she favored an increased US military presence in Africa "to protect American interests there" - meaning US corporate interests, not government interests - no one in Africa is a threat to the US either.  (What US interests?  Oil wells?  Diamond mines?)

      Whatever positive things can be said of the US military, they are STILL not fighting and/or dying on our behalf or any ideals we hold dear.  They are fighting, dying, and being maimed for the sake of corporate profits - nothing more or less - even as those same corporations are getting tax breaks and sending their money to offshore accounts where they don't have to pay taxes to the US Treasury out of which our tax dollars pay the military to protect those same corporate interests in other nations.

      All of that is why I believe we need to bring ALL our military personnel back to US soil and keep them OUT of foreign nations, and we should not send military weapons to other nations.  If they have no weapons to fight with then they have to resort to fighting wars with sticks and stones which are certainly not as effective as bombs and bullets as far as deadly force on a massive scale is concerned.

      The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
           — Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 29, 1938, message to Congress

      Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
      -- Benito Mussolini

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them.
       -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

      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.
      -- Benito Mussolini

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 04:14:39 AM PDT

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