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  •  From Smedley Butler's (26+ / 0-)

    War is a Racket

    WELL, it's a racket, all right.

    A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.

    The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. One month before the Government can conscript the young men of the nation – it must conscript capital and industry and labor. Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our munitions makers and our shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted – to get $30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.

    Let the workers in these plants get the same wages – all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers –

    yes, and all generals and all admirals and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders – everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!

    Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds.

    Why shouldn't they?

    They aren't running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren't sleeping in muddy trenches. They aren't hungry. The soldiers are!

    He only earned two congressional medals of honor so obviously he is a Hitlerite/Stalinist/Fascist/Communist traitor.

    That is one million percent truth-n-fact, moonbat!

    by calipygian on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 04:19:13 PM PDT

    •  yes, and the coup WOULD happen if (3+ / 0-)
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      bablhous, corvo, kraant

      these laws were ever passed.  The rich control, the poor submit.

      Won't ever change.


      "You cannot leave the rapist with the victim to serve as the therapist" - Iraqi journalist

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 04:27:57 PM PDT

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    •  Why can't this be a law? (0+ / 0-)

      This is a country by the people and FOR the people.  If we as a nation must go to war, then we must all suffer and sacrifice to do it.  

      Other countries would know that if they declared war on us, it would result in a nationwide response of the people.  The active duty armed forces could be scaled back to comparable post ww1 levels, but with larger reserve forces.  Maybe make serving in the reserves a way to get a free college and grad school education.  

      And we would have to have a DAMN good reason to ever choose to start a war.  

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