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If it AIN'T about the CONSTITUTION, it AIN'T AMERICA

We lost the day we chose aggression

Posted by justjoe on January 1, 2006

This is a letter I wrote to an old, new-found friend from my Navy days in response to a letter from a PFC Marine who supports George Bush with anecdotal nonsense that I will not repeat.

Hello John;

Well, we are, I see, on opposite sides of this issue. For myself, the uninvestigated “crime” of 911 was just that-a crime, not an act of war by some other nation. Unfortunately, the rule of law and convention was thrown out to facilitate the mob rule of revenge, to which the first casualty is ever and always the truth. Just as with Viet Nam, it begins with, not one, but a series of lies leaving this young man distant from a real conversation.

The truth is:

  1. 58,295 young soldiers lost their lives in Viet Nam,
  2. Around 2 million Vietnamese and 1 million Cambodians were slaughtered with Weapons of Mass Destruction (and we call Saddam Hussein a butcher.)
  3. This slaughter of Cambodian people brought about the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
  4. This brought about the slaughter of at least 2 million Cambodians thought to support the United States.
  5. Which created greater profits for manufacturers and purveyors of those weapons.

Countless are the injured and maimed on both sides, and the beat goes on.

I could go on with the destruction of fledgling democracies since World War II by CIA coups and interventions.

  1. the first of which was Iran in 1953, followed by:
  2. Guatemala in 1954,
  3. El Salvador, with 2 billion dollars worth of weapons from the US to the ruling junta/dictatorship pointed at its population that was seeking self-determination
  4. Allende in Chile, and on and on. For what?
  5. The multinational corporation profits such as Dole fruit or GE, or Rand or Westinghouse, and now, of course, Halliburton, Brown and Root, and so on.
  6. Of course now it is even more apparent, and yet we either, through fear or blood lust, stay blind to the truth that we are being played for fools for the profits of others.

Teddy Roosevelt, a great republican, was quoted as saying:

“To announce that there should be no criticism of the president,
or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American people.”

to which I say Amen!!!!

We lost the day we chose aggression, and I don’t just mean the conflict, but our Nation, its purpose, its being, its soul and its survival.

No matter how powerful you and others might feel we are, the world in which we live will not suffer our arrogance much longer.

  1. George Bush’s father told him not to do this,
  2. Gen. Norman Swartzkropf was on CBS warning of terrible consequences if he did this,
  3. Brent Scowcroft said “no,” and on the list goes,
  4. and now if you compare the reports from journalists in Iraq, they report the exact opposite of what Bush/Cheney and company will report.

Well, this is my country, and I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America and my oath “to preserve and protect it against all enemies foreign and domestic”.

Well, the enemies of my country are in Washington, and they are owned by corporate and special interest organizations.

I cannot, and will not, allow this intolerable circumstance to continue unchallenged, and so I shall run for US Senate in Utah in 2006.

My Senate race is my effort as a veteran to try and bring it back from the abyss of ignorance and blind allegiance that so many are willing to apply themselves. Democracy and secrecy are incompatible, and an unquestioning, servile citizenry is the real threat to our country.

For it is an unquestioning devotion to an individual with complete disregard for the requirements and conventions of the offices of “our” country that challenges all hope for a safe and secure country

We have followed the traditional themes of going to war:

1. Theorize

2. Demonize

3. Victimize

4. Terrorize

5. Rationalize

Which is where we are now.

  1. All of the theories have proven false, and I mean all of them.
  2. Through the demonizing process we have
  3. victimized 10’s of thousand of women and children with death and maiming to the point where we are no better than the disease that existed before we went into Iraq,
  4. leaving the Iraqis terrorized (I forgot that is what we are trying to stop.)
  5. So now we rationalize by proclaiming to be building a democracy and that we removed a terrible dictator, none of which was ever discussed or mentioned prior to this illegal and immoral conflict

What is even worse, we will now probably be there for decades, by which time Saddam would have been dead. Had we stayed our hand and applied our passion to truth, the rule of law and strict adherence to international treaties and laws that we wrote, signed and consigned to other nations, we would have lost no lives nor bankrupted our national treasury.

So now we have the top 5% of our population, the “Piggy Culture,” reaping banner profits in massive “tax breaks” (a $27,000 tax on each child born this year), billions of dollars of giveaways and subsidies to corporations and “War Profiteering,” (a most treasonous and treacherous act,) while tens of thousands of human beings are being maimed butchered and murdered.

To add insult to these massive injuries; seeds of distrust, fear and disdain for my country, its leaders and we the people are taking root all around the world and bearing a bitter fruit of anger.

Lest I forget the assault upon the very foundational principles upon which we even exist. Our Constitutional liberties so hard fought for are being assailed at every turn while chaos rules supreme.

I could go on but I tire. Please do not fall sway to this agenda to destroy our country for that is truly what is at hand

Sincerely,

Joe

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