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Guns for Hire: No, the Government Shouldn’t Be Using the Military to Police the Globe

John W. Whitehead
October 4th, 2019
The Rutherford Institute
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This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute. 

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” — James Madison

Eventually, all military empires fall and fail by spreading themselves too thin and spending themselves to death. It happened in Rome. It’s happening again.

At the height of its power, even the mighty Roman Empire could not stare down a collapsing economy and a burgeoning military. Prolonged periods of war and false economic prosperity largely led to its demise. As historian Chalmers Johnson predicts:

The fate of previous democratic empires suggests that such a conflict is unsustainable and will be resolved in one of two ways. Rome attempted to keep its empire and lost its democracy. Britain chose to remain democratic and in the process let go its empire. Intentionally or not, the people of the United States already are well embarked upon the course of non-democratic empire.

The American Empire—with its endless wars waged by U.S. military service people who have been reduced to little more than guns for hire: outsourced, stretched too thin, and deployed to far-flung places to police the globe—is approaching a breaking point.

War has become a huge money-making venture, and America, with its vast military empire and its incestuous relationship with a host of international defense contractors, is one of its best buyers and sellers. In fact, as Reuters reports, “[President] Trump has gone further than any of his predecessors to act as a salesman for the U.S. defense industry.”

Under Trump’s leadership, the U.S. military is dropping a bomb every 12 minutes.

This follows on the heels of President Obama, the so-called antiwar candidate and Nobel Peace Prize winner who waged war longer than any American president and whose targeted-drone killings resulted in at least 1.3 million lives lost to the U.S.-led war on terror.

Most recently, the Trump Administration signaled its willingness to put the lives of American troops on the line in order to guard Saudi Arabia’s oil resources. Roughly 200 American troops will join the 500 troops already stationed in Saudi Arabia. That’s in addition to the 60,000 U.S. troops that have been deployed throughout the Middle East for decades.

As The Washington Post points out, “The United States is now the world’s largest producer — and its reliance on Saudi imports has dropped dramatically, including by 50 percent in the past two years alone.”

So if we’re not protecting the oil for ourselves, whose interests are we protecting?

The military-industrial complex is calling the shots, of course, and profit is its primary objective.

The military-industrial complex is also the world’s largest employer.

America has long had a penchant for endless wars that empty our national coffers while fattening those of the military-industrial complex.

Aided and abetted by the U.S government, the American military-industrial complex has erected an empire unsurpassed in history in its breadth and scope, one dedicated to conducting perpetual warfare throughout the earth.

Although the U.S. constitutes only 5% of the world’s population, America boasts almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure, spending more on the military than the next 19 biggest spending nations combined. Indeed, the Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.

Unfortunately, this level of war-mongering doesn’t come cheap to the taxpayers who are forced to foot the bill.

Having been co-opted by greedy defense contractors, corrupt politicians, and incompetent government officials, America’s expanding military empire is bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $32 million per hour.

In fact, the U.S. government has spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earns in a year.

With more than 800 U.S. military bases in 80 countries, the U.S. is now operating in 40 percent of the world’s nations at a cost of $160 to $200 billion annually.

Despite the fact that Congress has only officially declared war eleven times in the nation’s short history, the last time being during World War II, the United States has been at war for all but 21 of the past 243 years.

It’s cost the American taxpayer more than $4.7 trillion since 2001 to fight the government’s so-called “war on terrorism.” That’s in addition to “$127 billion in the last 17 years to train police, military and border patrol agents in many countries and to develop antiterrorism education programs, among other activities.” That does not include the cost of maintaining and staffing the 800-plus U.S. military bases spread around the globe.

The cost of perpetuating those endless wars and military exercises around the globe is expected to push the total bill upwards of $12 trillion by 2053.

The U.S. government is spending money it doesn’t have on a military empire it can’t afford.

As investigative journalist Uri Friedman puts it, for more than 15 years now, the United States has been fighting terrorism with a credit card, “essentially bankrolling the wars with debt, in the form of purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds by U.S.-based entities like pension funds and state and local governments, and by countries like China and Japan.”

War is not cheap, but it becomes outrageously costly when you factor in government incompetence, fraud, and greedy contractors.

For example, a leading accounting firm concluded that one of the Pentagon’s largest agencies “can’t account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending.”

Unfortunately, the outlook isn’t much better for the spending that can be tracked.

Consider that the government lost more than $160 billion to waste and fraud by the military and defense contractors. With paid contractors often outnumbering enlisted combat troops, the American war effort dubbed as the “coalition of the willing” has quickly evolved into the “coalition of the billing,” with American taxpayers forced to cough up billions of dollars for cash bribes, luxury bases, a highway to nowhere, faulty equipment, salaries for so-called “ghost soldiers,” and overpriced anything and everything associated with the war effort, including a $640 toilet seat and a $7600 coffee pot.

A government audit found that defense contractor Boeing has been massively overcharging taxpayers for mundane parts, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in overspending. As the report noted, the American taxpayer paid:

$71 for a metal pin that should cost just 4 cents; $644.75 for a small gear smaller than a dime that sells for $12.51: more than a 5,100 percent increase in price. $1,678.61 for another tiny part, also smaller than a dime, that could have been bought within DoD for $7.71: a 21,000 percent increase. $71.01 for a straight, thin metal pin that DoD had on hand, unused by the tens of thousands, for 4 cents: an increase of over 177,000 percent.

That price gouging has become an accepted form of corruption within the American military empire is a sad statement on how little control “we the people” have over our runaway government.

There’s a good reason why “bloated,” “corrupt” and “inefficient” are among the words most commonly applied to the government, especially the Department of Defense and its contractors. Price gouging has become an accepted form of corruption within the American military empire.

It’s not just the American economy that is being gouged, unfortunately.

Driven by a greedy defense sector, the American homeland has been transformed into a battlefield with militarized police and weapons better suited to a war zone. Trump, no different from his predecessors, has continued to expand America’s military empire abroad and domestically, calling on Congress to approve billions more to hire cops, build more prisons and wage more profit-driven war-on-drugs/war-on-terrorism/war-on-crime programs that pander to the powerful money interests (military, corporate and security) that run the Deep State and hold the government in its clutches.

Mind you, this isn’t just corrupt behavior. It’s deadly, downright immoral behavior.

Essentially, in order to fund this burgeoning military empire that polices the globe, the U.S. government is prepared to bankrupt the nation, jeopardize our servicemen and women, increase the chances of terrorism and blowback domestically, and push the nation that much closer to eventual collapse.

Making matters worse, taxpayers are being forced to pay $1.4 million per hour to provide U.S. weapons to countries that can’t afford them. As Mother Jones reports, the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Finance program “opens the way for the US government to pay for weapons for other countries—only to ‘promote world peace,’ of course—using your tax dollars, which are then recycled into the hands of military-industrial-complex corporations.”

Clearly, our national priorities are in desperate need of an overhauling.

As Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Lopez rightly asks:

Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment — ISIS — numbers in the low tens of thousands? If so, it seems there’s something radically wrong with our strategy. Should 55% of the federal government’s discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism? Does California need nearly as many active military bases (31, according to militarybases.com) as it has UC and state university campuses (33)? And does the state need more active duty military personnel (168,000, according to Governing magazine) than public elementary school teachers (139,000)?

The illicit merger of the global armaments industry and the Pentagon that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against more than 50 years ago has come to represent perhaps the greatest threat to the nation’s fragile infrastructure today.

The government is destabilizing the economy, destroying the national infrastructure through neglect and a lack of resources, and turning taxpayer dollars into blood money with its endless wars, drone strikes, and mounting death tolls.

This is exactly the scenario Eisenhower warned against when he cautioned the citizenry not to let the profit-driven war machine endanger our liberties or democratic processes:

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

We failed to heed Eisenhower’s warning.

The illicit merger of the armaments industry and the government that Eisenhower warned against has come to represent perhaps the greatest threat to the nation today.

What we have is a confluence of factors and influences that go beyond mere comparisons to Rome. It is a union of Orwell’s 1984 with its shadowy, totalitarian government—i.e., fascism, the union of government and corporate powers—and a total surveillance state with a military empire extended throughout the world.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the growth of and reliance on militarism as the solution for our problems both domestically and abroad bode ill for the constitutional principles which form the basis of the American experiment in freedom.

After all, a military empire ruled by martial law does not rely on principles of equality and justice for its authority but on the power of the sword. As author Aldous Huxley warned: “Liberty cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government.”

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  1. Kevin2 says:

    Policing the globe implies the superman, “truth, justice and the American way”; the reality is it’s the corrupt cop on the beat owned by globalist international business and banking. When the USSR was a rival the west had to at least attempt to placate the civilian masses in occupied / controlled nations to some degree least they be swayed by the false promise of communism. Post 1991 nations with resources have been systematically destroyed as both Iraq and Libya show. When actions such as this are repeated one has to assume intent. The net result is ungovernable land masses disguised as independent nations unable and hence unwilling to challenge the global system. This is seen in crushing the use any other currency but US dollars in oil transactions. One can look at Wall Street as the mafia commission and the US military as Murder Incorporated the enforcer.

    • Genius says:

      Yet the moronic masses keep signing up for it… FUUUUUUUUU.

      • Kevin2 says:

        Genius

        It’s sad. Over time bad wars become good; Vietnam is a prime example. I cringe when I hear, “We could have won”. First no we couldn’t and second; won what? Another place for Wall Street to get impoverished labor for pennies? Iraq, a bad war predicated over a lie that is forgotten. The people signing up are largely kids. I’de like to see a draft to give the college snowflakes something useful to protest about.

        • The Deplorable Renegade says:

          Kevin2, you nailed it once again. I’d love to see the country do a 180 and stop all the warmongering but I’m not holding my breath. That will be the biggest reason we get destroyed.

          • Kevin2 says:

            The Deplorable Renegade

            If, and I sure hope it is an “if” and not a when, WWIII occurs, it will be the result of US aggression for globalist business and banking interests. No nation will “push the nuclear button” unless it fears its adversary is about to first strike and “push the nuclear button”. Obtaining weapons systems and deploying them that make first strike an option with the expressed intent to intimidate is hubris which the US is well endowed with.

            General Curtis LeMay USAF Chief Of Staff urged President Kennedy to attack Cuba during the missile crisis. Kennedy asked the question, “What will the USSR do when its forces are killed”? LeMay reportedly replied, “Nothing”. JFK then stated, “If your wrong they’ll be no one left alive to tell you so”. Prudently he obtained a direct back door channel to Khrushchev avoiding both nations militaries. The world should be forever grateful for both of them defusing what would have been an Armageddon rubicon.

            Policy’s that make nuclear war more likely rather than less, are insulting to the citizenry of not just the potential initial combatants but the citizens of the world.

            • The Deplorable Renegade says:

              Kevin2, all so true. I wish the neocons behind those policies could be removed from any and all positions of power.

              • Kevin2 says:

                The Deplorable Renegade

                The Neo-Cons are just hired hands and as such there are more where they came from. The money interests, the bankers, the globalist financiers, who George Carlin called, “The real owners, forget the politicians”, are where this emanates from.

        • bb in GA says:

          VN war was quit on plain and simple…by Ds.

          Our, albeit corrupt, clients in SVN were still holding their own when the Ds cut off the money. They collapsed (the higher ups basically left) in relatively short order.

          Remember, the last US combat troops left SVN in August 1972 or March 1973 depending on whose history you believe. SVN fell on 30 April 1975.

          It is conceivable that that we could of had a repeat of the Korean War ending with a permanently partitioned NVN and SVN.

          No guarantees because the SVNs didn’t seem to care quite as much as the SKs.

          But we will never know because of the Ds

          <bb

          • Kevin2 says:

            bb in Ga

            “clients in SVN were still holding their own when the Ds cut off the money.”

            They were “holding their own” against the NVA. The government of South Vietnam never controlled the countryside. A study by the US (Pentagon Papers) came to the conclusion that the insurgency could be kept functioning with 47 tons of supply daily. That was such a small amount it was impossible to stop with a 900 mile border. In 1967 the US study showed that the war goals were impossible to achieve. Louis Walt in charge of the US Marines in Vietnam stated, “Soon after I arrived in Vietnam it became obvious to me that I had neither a real understanding of the nature of the war nor any clear idea how to win it”. Pg 90. The Dynamics Of Defeat by Eric M. Bergerud

            The US focused on North Vietnam as “the enemy” with the non grassroots created South Vietnam and its guerrilla Viet Cong and political NLF (National Liberation Front) a sideshow. The US focused on what it could fight that in reality was just an augmentation to the real war in the villages of SVN which they couldn’t.

            The war was unwindable.

            • Kevin2 says:

              Want to “win” in Vietnam. First establish the goal. If it’s to keep China out that was relatively easy. The Vietnamese had and still have a historic distrust bordering on hatred for the Chinese. Ignore Ho Chi Minh communist leanings and mold him into a Broz Tito of Yugoslavia. Given just a small amount of aid relative to what was spent on the Vietnam War we would have had a terrific relationship. MIC would not get $$$$$$ from that. The military, good at war and usually bad a peace wouldn’t like it. Proposing such a logical endeavor would have been called treason, appeasement by the ignorant. Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist first and foremost. The united Vietnam fought China in 1979 and put and end to Pol Pot’s killing fields and then left Cambodia. So much for the idiots and their “Domino Theory”. What do we have to show for all of this? A wall in Washington DC.

          • Kevin2 says:

            LBJ had a brief cognitive thought regarding Vietnam when he said, “I don’t understand why their Vietnamese fight better than our Vietnamese”. Unlike Korea Vietnam was predicated upon nationalism. The reunification election scheduled for 1954 was thwarted by the US for one reason. Ho Chi Minh would have been the hands down winner. He was revered for his leadership in the fight against the colonial French. The US screwed up royally in 1945 going back on our word and not just allowing the French return but paying 95% of their war against the Viet Minh. Such is the US leadership that for practical purpose comes out of Wall Street.

            • bb in GA says:

              K2

              You never addressed my point while making other points that I believe are correct.

              After 1972-73, US troops were no longer fighting and dying in SVN. If we had been willing to keep the $$$ flowing, the SVN forces MAY have had a chance.

              We will never know because of the Ds…

              <bb

              • Kevin2 says:

                bb in GA

                I did address it. ARVN was fighting the NVA, a war they could fight but not the real war. The war they could not win, in essence a political cancer, was against the National Liberation Front / Viet Cong. The South Vietnamese government never controlled the countryside while the US was there or after. The VC could be sustained on a shoestring, ARVN required huge expenditures. SVN was going to fall eventually. The problem is that the government of South Vietnam, created by the USA, never achieved popular support and no amount of force would make it so.

                An insurgency achieves victory every day that it exists. It need not “win” to obtain victory just exist. The nation it is fighting, its own, is loosing as long as the fight continues.

                The US and ARVN forces patrolled vast areas and only controlled those areas that its boots were on at the time. Both forces were routinely ambushed by an enemy that disappeared into the civilian population because they were the civilian population. ARVN and US forces were never warned of it nor told where the booby traps were which the civilians damn sure knew the location because they either laid then, assisted or avoided them to do their farming. Interestingly US forces witnessed South Vietnamese ARVN forces fighting each other as ARVN generals had rivalries over the loot.

                The goal was to establish a functioning South Vietnamese government that has support of the citizenry. That was the measure of victory and that was impossible to achieve.

                Korea was an entirely different political animal and being a peninsula quarantinable.

                General Giap stated accurately, “I will loose 10 of my men for every one of yours but you will eventually tire and leave”. “I cannot leave for I have nowhere else to go”.

                • bb in GA says:

                  Again, my point is that the ARVN and their Government was doing the Fighting and Dying when WE (thru the Ds) pulled the money plug on them.

                  US Combat forces were LONG gone (years) when we quit on them.

                  Did we owe anything to anybody in that part of the world for getting involved in their deal ?

                  If you say no, just screw ’em and let them fall into the clutches of those wonderful Commies. That’s what happened and people who served (not ALL were corrupt) were thrown to those wolves.

                  I was against the War from the Right as a young man.

                  When you ask/demand anybody to risk their life for the Country’s needs in war, you must be committed to win, period.

                  My study of military history showed me that Korea was my most recent example of the politicians not committed to Victory.

                  I detected the same BS coming my way and did not enthusiastically participate. They didn’t call my Name and I didn’t volunteer.

                  I agree with all the technical details you have printed.

                  <bb

                • Kevin2 says:

                  SVN was a lost cause that Rand Corp analyzed back in 1967 (Pentagon Papers). They kept sending US kids into harms way because no one wanted to be the administration / president to lose a war. The “commies” were Vietnamese nationalists that were occupied by a foreign power France. Think the SVN government was a pillar of freedom? One side allowed private property much of it foreign owned with a puppet government. The other a better deal in the eyes of the peasant farmer. Neither were any good. Buddhist Monks don’t pour gasoline on themselves and set themselves on fire to protest a good government. Regardless SVN “survived” using B-52s against infantry that had no W/O air power. They were seriously on the losing side. Its not my opinion but obviously the opinion of the Vietnamese that all in all they preferred the communists to SVN. The fighting ability of both tell the tale. Ho Chi Minh was revered by the majority.

                  The US in its blind zeal against communism believing that all of the revolutions are orchestrated by the USSR backed the wrong side. Communists do fight communists and Vietnam will fight anyone that threatens them politics aside. I personally could care less if Vietnam had public or private ownership of the means of production. The place wasn’t worth one US life. It wasn’t worth one Vietnamese life and if the USA, the “pillar of democracy” allowed the 1954 unification election to occur and put its principle above Wall Street’s ambitions 59,000 Americans and a million Vietnamese would still be alive. Oh those “commies” in Vietnam put an end to Pol Pot, not the “freedom loving” west.

                  SVN got its war fighting budget cut by roughly 1/3 from the proposed $1.2 billion to 700 million in 1974.

      • reper sleeper says:

        Good when those son’s of biatches want to collect us then they can be dumped into deep ditches and with some oil and can feel the fires of hell .I’tll be a cleansing thing.

    • Mike Mike Whiskey says:

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  2. charlie says:

    When our expensive drone was shot down by iran , President Trump resisted the urge to attack and invite more acts of terrorism by iran. He wisely continued with the economic sanctions that are severely hurting irans economy. Iran could care less about a few hundred Iranians killed in an air strike but America carers about its soldiers. The president did not fall into the trap set by the mullahs

  3. Is the empire gonna police this?
    Russia announced yesterday that it would no longer be selling oil in dollars in new contracts. They will now be settled in Euros.
    Is this a threat to the petrodollar?
    Russia no longer fears the US empty threats. They are breaking the US Venezuela oil embargo by reselling Venezuela’s oil. President Medeved was in Cuba yesterday making deals to develop their oil and gas offshore reserves and build them nuclear power plants.
    They are going to sell oil in Euros to skirt the sanctions that the US said they will be putting on Rosneft for selling Venezuela oil.
    How will Mnuchin react to this blatant anti-dollar move by Putin?
    Is it time to stock upon popcorn or iodine?

    • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL says:

      -JRS: Potassium Iodate, rather than potassium iodide. The iodide formula had bad side-effects when it was administered to the Russian children after Chernobyl. In all seriousness, this constant poking of the Bear by the useful idiots of the (((Wall Street Banksters))) and other behind-the-scenes (((puppet masters))) will only bring perdition to this morally, culturally, and socially bankrupt syphilitic-thinking country; which was once a Constitutional Republic. When you have time, go to You Tube and watch segments of a 30+ year-old made-for-TV movie titled: THE DAY AFTER. It will give you pause.

  4. rellik says:

    I’m of two minds on this subject.
    #1 War undertaken by our military can only legally declared by Congress. So most our “wars” have been illegal. It is the fault of the political parties that we keep electing criminals.
    #2 You have maintain a high state of readiness because the world is full of bad people. What would Asia look like today had we not opposed Japanese expansion? What would Europe look like today had we not opposed German expansion?
    What would the world look like had the Germans developed a nuclear weapon before we did? They were close behind us in Nuke development and they had rockets that worked.

    Isolation will not work in today’s world. It will kill you.
    We definitely have our noses in places it doesn’t belong,
    conducting activities that are questionable.
    As a rule Democrats start wars and keeps from
    the military from fighting like they are wars.
    RINOs support the good Ole’boy MIC complex.
    We fail ourselves because we keep electing
    these idiots. This a failure of the American voter to
    do the right thing I don’t see a easy solution.
    My quick and simple fix is to obliterate
    large American cities and that isn’t going to happen.

  5. Kevin2 says:

    rellik

    “Our” noses are in places they shouldn’t be for international globalist business not security. The US cannot be invaded due to two oceans and nuclear weapons. These wars are about money not security. “War is politics by other means”. The goals in the engagements post WWII were largely to maintain governments in power that were friendly (under control) of US interests which translates to befriending Wall Street. That has been shown to be impossible if confronted with an armed indigenous population that doesn’t want to be controlled. You could kill everyone in North Vietnam and still faced an insurgency in South Vietnam a nation without grass root support. If you kill everyone in South Vietnam there is no government to be supported. There are limits to power and the US, with it’s hubris has a difficult time understanding that military power does not translate into political power. If the Emperor of Japan said, “We will fight to the death”, we would still be facing some level of a guerrilla war with massive political instability today. No one has ever governed Afghanistan outside of the cities.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Bolton is gone, so I like our chances for peace at least in the
    short term. I’m sure there’s a baby Bolton in the wings somewhere. The MIC is keeping him undercover for now.

  7. rellik says:

    “Should 55% of the federal government’s discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation?”

    The last time I read the constitution the Federal government provides for the “common defense”, not building trains nobody wants to ride.

    Technology and Government regulations are expensive. Sorry about that. Ever priced a B777-300 aircraft ? Try and buy a toilet seat for one of those civilian aircraft.
    The author’s implication of a chicken in every-pot, a two cars in everyone’s personally owned homes, if occur if we would just quit spending all our money on defense is a little disingenuous.
    In FY2018 ~61.7 percent of the budget was Mandatory spending such as Social security, Medicare, Obamacare, Medicaid et al. ~15.1% is Defense. ~15.9% is NON-MANDATORY spending. Lastly ~7.6% is debt service.
    source:
    ht tps://www.freedomworks.org/content/almost-62-percent-federal-spending-2018-baked-budgetary-cake

    There is a lot of waste in the DOD. There is a lot of waste in the entire government. Why does virtually every federal administration need its own police force eg. the EPA, HUD, BLM, IRS, et al?
    Lets gore some Democrat administrated agencies also, if you want to complain.

    • The Deplorable Renegade says:

      Rellik, the waste in government is only one reason I’ve always said that the system is beyond redemption and would have to be scrapped and start over from scratch. Another reason is the criminals from both parties but especially dems. I’ll bet if 75% of govt. regulations were scrapped the economy could skyrocket. Especially do away with the civil rights crap like quotas, set-asides, etc. Let businesses be their own judge of who to hire or not to hire. Scrap the freeloader programs. Especially clean up the DOD and the procurement programs. No telling how much that one action could save. And scrap ALL federal law enforcement agencies, especially considering their anti-public mentality. [SIGH] Oh well, a man can still dream, can’t he?

  8. Shadow says:

    I’ll boil this down for you in simple language that everyone should understand. We’re f*cked. It’s only a matter of time before the shtf. There is no white knight gonna save us.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Law enforcement will have additional officers at some theatres due to the Joker movie. At the taxpayers expense. I wouldn’t pay a dime to fund the Hollywood hive. Send the law enforcement bill to the movie studio and let them foot the bill.

  10. Anonymous says:

    47% of Americans are shareholders
    51 million Americans have a 401k
    Thats why war protesters have gone extinct.
    The MIC has many tentacles.

    • Kevin2 says:

      “Thats why war protesters have gone extinct.”

      War protestors went extinct when the draft ended. Snowflakes have no fear of induction, they have no “skin in the game”.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wrong K2
        The Vietnam Moratorium Committee sought the support of “respectable” groups like the civil rights movement, churches, university faculties, unions, business leaders, and politicians.

        • Kevin2 says:

          Without the draft to obtain numbers of demonstrators the movement had no power. Regardless the Vietnam war, predicated upon lies, was a criminal travesty.

          Let there be a draft and watch the anti war movement develop.

          • Anonymous says:

            An article in Time remarked that the Moratorium had brought “new respectability and popularity” to the anti-war movement. In various locations all over the United States, over 15 million people took part in marches against the war on 15 October.The success of the Moratorium marches was due largely to avoiding the violence that many Americans associated with the New Left and the hippie “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” sensibility that was widely considered to be anti-social.
            Middle America….where are they now?
            They have hitched their wagons to the MIC via wall street ….thats where.

            As of July 7, 2018, there have been 2,372 U.S. military deaths in the War in Afghanistan. 1,856 of these deaths have been the result of hostile action. 20,320 American servicemembers have also been wounded in action during the war. In addition, there were 1,720 U.S. civilian contractor fatalities. Cost in USD $ 1 Trillion.
            CRICKETS

  11. Clown World says:

    During the fall of Rome, in order to cover the costs of the entitled, the peasant class would be locked into their professions, leading to serfs being tied to the land (or to whichever profession) under Medieval feudalism.

    We are now giving our vagabonds a choice between crisis housing or jail, either of which involves sweatshop labor and limited freedom of movement.

    Remember, these people were considered a social problem.

    All of our institutions, including that of war, are human and have been archetypal — universal, throughout time.

    There is a kneejerk answer, that we learn history so as never to repeat it. (Santayana) We repeat it, because it’s still the most efficient answer.

  12. Anonymous says:

    During the fall of Rome, in order to cover the costs of the entitled, the peasant class would be locked into their professions, leading to serfs being tied to the land (or to whichever profession) under Medieval feudalism.

    Reagan and Clinton both wanted to see 100% of Americans invested in the market….skin in the game so to speak.
    All of this juvinile political drama that we witness on a daily basis is fodder for the masses…courtesy of the one party system.

  13. Germany was Christian.
    Communism atheist ***

    Hitler begged England to “come to their senses, to reason”.

    Had Germany won, I doubt that America would have an immigration problem with millions of foreigners streaming in across the border. I doubt that our infrastructure would be in disrepair. I doubt that our cities would be full of homeless drug addicts.

    Ya, Hitler was bad for the bankers, but he was a leader who took the bull by the horns and got things done. Just maybe, we would be better off if he had won.

    .

    • Montana Guy says:

      Honeypot, your wild assumptions aside, you are suggesting that Americans might be better off today under global government controlled by evil. Wow… Maybe I’ve been in Montana too long but count us out.

      • Son of patriot says:

        Secessions are the only way away from the Democrat Devils. The Bible tells Christians to “seperate themselves from the unclean and evil”.

        Since Christians are hated by Democrat Socialists, we need to seperate from them. No good can come to our families and futures by trying to reason with them. It’s like sheep arguing with wolves about what to have for dinner.

    • Anonymous says:

      Had Germany won, I doubt that America would have an immigration problem with millions of foreigners streaming in across the border.

      That would depend on …if you count German Nazis as foriegners.

    • Clown World says:

      I think that H!tler was as Christian as the other Caesars, so long as their bust would be front-and-center in the pantheon of idols.

      As his views evolved, he seemed to have rewritten Bible stories to be more triumphalist, then would segue back into the old paganism.

      • Clown World says:

        h said, “Had Germany won, I doubt that America would have an immigration problem with millions of foreigners streaming in across the border.”

        Rather than storming off, H!tler seems to have shaked Owens’ hand, then moved to South America, in some revisionist versions of history. Some kind of honorary status was even conferred upon 3ews, with Aryan features. And, Asians were praised, thoroughly.

        Was the j/q actually religious?

  14. Montana Guy says:

    With the failure of civility today we limit our socializing organizations such as the Elks, VFW, Legion, Moose, Eagles. Inevitably the bands crank up Lee Greenwood. I look around at the sight. It is frightening; reminiscent of Nazi Germany. I know many of these folks are Vietnam War families. What the hell did they learn?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep its Germany 1939
      The door to door searches start next and the people you described are unwittingly responsible.

    • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL says:

      Montana Guy: They have learned NOTHING. The one downside to living in Kootenai County, ID is dealing with the absolute slobbering adulation to veterans and cops. And yes, I am a VN vet and a 30-year Peace Officer. When the younger people find out and say: “…thank you for your service.”, I will explain that I had five choices: The Draft, enlisting, Canada, C/O status, or federal prison. I then explain to them the stark reality of what this country was really founded on, once Hamilton and the (((Banksters))) got control of the rigged Constitutional Convention.
      Sadly, our syphilitic culture either does not want to hear it or is too dumbed-down by “Public Education” to grasp the notion of tax slavery. They have their bread and circuses. The only thing which will change their collective minds will be when the Debtbuck dies. That is all I am trying to prepare for now.

      • rellik says:

        You have been invaded by liberals, what do you expect?
        Lake Coeur d’Alene, Hayden lake, and Spokane right next door. I know a few people from the area.
        As for the “Thank you for your Service”, is better than getting spit on or having girls refuse to date you( I never went in-country). Agreed it was an “Illegal war” as Congress had not made a declaration of war. It was just some Democrat’s “resolution”, and Democrat politics. A waste of American life for no real gain.
        Aloha.

  15. aljamo says:

    Returning war veterans are killing themselves out of shame. “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

  16. reper sleeper says:

    And those who want an easy way out are worthless. You signed up…. now deal with it.

  17. Clown World says:

    I was at the stage of testing myself, according to your study guide from the library. Seriously, how many of my classmates could tell you that. Just the word, library.

    When *conspicuous quota case recruiters…
    h ttps://i.makeagif.com/media/5-16-2015/2SP68V.gif
    …came to my social studies class, I asked fairly basic employment / placement kinds of questions.

    The teacher yelled at me, and recruiters avoided me, on campus. (Reading is a trick.)

    I am a literal person. I could handle a frank answer. But, this goes against praetorian culture.

    A fk’d up mix of pink swastika and seppuku, in spite of the tradition against standing armies.

  18. Mike says:

    My sons will NOT die. Or loose their legs and balls to ied, so that spoiled, thieves, rich, liar, deceptive, cowardly, politicians and defense contractors can make piles of money.

    My Sons and Daughters will not fight and die in “wars” that no one cares about. I will do EVERYTHING in my power to keep them out of it.

    I want them to HELP humanity. Not murder, kill, maim, or loose their limbs, or sanity. War is for fools. War in Death Destruction Misery. There is nothing more demeaning a human being can do, than to be a cog in the wheel of the war machine.

    My grandfather knew first hand.
    My father knows first hand.
    I know first hand. My dead brothers knew.
    My wife knows first hand. She stopped me from bleeding out.

    We are now DONE with your wars. We are through being lied to and being decieved. Our children will NOT “serve”. We will be allowed to live in peace or we will move, run, hide. We will fight for NO ONE. For NO “good reason”.

    Evil LIAR Theif Politicians and greed filled corrupt defense contractors, scum bag bankers, can fight future wars their selves. My family is DONE. Forever.

    Smedley D. Butler got it right. “War is a Racket.” Too bad it took my family so many generations to figure that out. Read his book.

    UN Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, look it up.
    Look up: “Rosa Koire. Agenda 2030 Exposed”

    Comments like this are censored on ALL web sites.

  19. Frank Thoughts says:

    I think the president has to be bolder at calling out the very large presence of Muslim women journalists in the mainstream media, particularly British and Canadian. These ‘black widows’ inevitability push more war in the Middle East and further involvement of mostly white men and women in these useless never ending wars. The president should be clear: no white person in uniform has any obligation to risk their life to protect Muslims caught up in interminable tribal and factional conflicts.

    He needs to also ask how the media suddenly became so filled up with Muslim women journalists and whose interests are they serving (I suspect these ghoulish war mongers are getting cash from the arms industry)?

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