The parade of extreme right-wing groups is destroying America. And they parade more often now, and with more confrontational assertiveness, more guns, more religious overtones, etc. Our nation is being stolen from us. There seems to be a right-wing joy today in preventing legislation, giving us religious sermons, demeaning our President, lies, deception, and support for the military-industrial complex. Not only do the greedy individuals and corporations benefit from this warped loyalty, they are making puppets and stooges for the wealthy and the war corporations. Tax the poor, reward the rich. Sad.
The American form of fascism has us believing that we need war, we must prepare for war, we need to give tax breaks to the military corporations, and we need to "protect" the rich. And it is bathed in patriotism. The following quote is especially aimed at those religious nuts who confuse and co-mingle the Bible with their political ideology. When you parade around about the Bible being God's word, consider the following:
"And ye shall judge among the nations . . .and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into prunninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." -Isaiah 2:4
If you want to get viewpoints from military leaders and our Founding Fathers, consider these:
"There never was a good war or a bad peace." -Benjamin Franklin
"War is at best Barbarism. . .Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is Hell." -General William Tecumseh Sherman
"War, like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few. . .The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit." -General Smedley Butler, twice awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor
"There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword." -Ulysses S. Grant, United States General and President
And about war generally and the people who most support it, consider a couple of great minds...
"Old men declare war because they have failed to solve complex political and economic proglems. They then send young men to go fight them. Of course, the old men have to make up patriotic and emotional rationalities to justify their stupidity." -Arthur Hoppe
"The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is...the source of all religious fanaticism." -Reinhold Niebuhr
And for the sure-fire patriotism and war-mongering by the right-wing, I still hold out some hope...
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." -John Wooden