Tuesday, April 17, 2007

HIJACKED

The Republican Party has been hijacked. I was raised a Republican during the Eisenhower administration. It was Ike who warned us to beware of the “military industrial complex.” He was just one word short. He should have warned us about the religious military industrial complex.

The Republican Party I believed in was dedicated to small government, balanced or surplus budgets, protecting the Constitution of the United States and strengthening the middle class. The Republican Party today has abdicated all of those positions, and no abdication has been as devastating as that of handing over political power to the religious right.

It’s history now, but Mr. Bush declared the sanctity of life and called for court intervention after championing a law in Texas that would have put the courts in charge of the Schiavo decision because of the family’s conflict. What about the sanctity of over 1500 young Americans and countless Iraqis who at that time had lost their lives in a war waged on false premises? (Well over 3000 now.) Tom DeLay preached to us about the sanctity of life after having decided to pull the plug on his father and needing to deflect attention from his own ethical deficiencies. Both men plus most of their party members in Congress forced the Schiavo case into federal court in contradiction to constitutional law and then complained that the courts are corrupt because they did not find in their favor. Such hypocrisy.

And the most egregious act of all – the doctrine of pre-emptive warfare – a concept which, by the way, goes against our agreement with the United Nations and thus is illegal according to our own statutes. While shrilly proclaiming the U.S. to be a Christian nation, the Bush neo-cons have moved us from the long held position that we would go to war only as a last resort – we were slow even to enter World War II – to being rushed into a war that is now justified, not by any of the reasons originally given, but only by the fact that it succeeded in deposing a vile dictator who was no real threat. Would Christ have approved this war? Would Mohammed? Would the Buddha? Would you?

Time and time again, this neo-conservative, Christian Right, pseudo-Republican administration proves that it will tell us anything and do whatever it pleases. The Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower and the party for which I used to vote would never have led us into this war, taken us from huge surpluses to bigger deficits, championed worldwide corporate rule, and sought to upset the Constitutional balance of power as this administration has done.

Sadly, the Democratic Party’s main strategy seems to be to imitate the Republicans. Both parties need to go back to their true roots, and someone must stand up for the common man. We, the people, need to follow the leadership of Thomas Jefferson and rebel against political power being wielded for personal gain. We have become a nation of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Only the wealthy can run for national office for either party. The level of corruption and the lack of understanding or concern for the needs of the common man now endemic in Washington, D.C. are unacceptable to anyone who can see beyond the thirty second television sound bite. Demand government of the people, by the people and for the people from both parties. Take back our hijacked political system, and for God sake get us out of the infighting in Iraq.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. – M.K. Gandhi
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix

2 comments:

RoseCovered Glasses said...

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

Politicians make no difference.

We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

For more details see:

http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/inside-pentagon-procurement-from.html

BR said...

Rosecoveredglasses, you are absolutely right about the MIC's apolitical existence. I just hope someone will still be around with enough power and integrity to manage the implosion to positive effect. As our entire economy is based on the MIC, what will hold us up after it falls?

However, while you are right that the present administration did not conspire to create the MIC mess, they are the best manipulators of it to come along in history, and their goals are antithetical to what I've always believed America should stand for. They conspire to make the most use of the complex to advance their own goals, but their conspiracy is real and not even very well concealed. In fact, it is written for all to see at www.newamericancentury.org/rebuilding america's defenses.

Thanks again from a fellow vet for the comment. I hope everyone who reads this blog will follow your references.