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Forum Post: The republican party has become a monstrosity, but you cannot be blinded by this truth.

Posted 6 years ago on May 26, 2012, 2:05 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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"The republican party has become a monstrosity, but you cannot be blinded by this truth. When Obama came into office so many people that before strongly opposed war and the attack on liberty and privacy by the security state went silent, yet 3 years later Congress and the Obama administration have continued or expanded the worst of Bush policies, the patriot act, abuse of the NDAA, wiretapping programs, crackdowns on whistle blowers, even suppression of torture evidence. War has expanded to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, we still have military bases in Iraq, and likely soon Syria or Iran. All of this will continue to happen, with no opposition from the once so vocal democrats." - Neverinex

"A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." - Eisenhower.

As Congress prepares for war with Iran in the new NDAA for 2013 and the Obama administration continues bombing countries we're not at war with... all while the NSA tracks and stores 1.7 billion phone calls, emails, and texts from american citizens every day... and while the TSA pats down children... and the police arrest protesters for using their first amendment right... will you remain silent as corporations steal our democratic process and the government steals our liberties? Are you willing to speak out against both sides for their part in this attack on freedom?

End the wars! We want our democracy back!



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[-] 2 points by Odin (583) 6 years ago

I cannot understand how the American people have not woken up to these terrible injustices that we have caused so many other people to endure. At this point, how can we even consider ourselves a moral people? And all this while our civil liberties go down the tubes. It's astonishing to me. It really is

[-] 3 points by dan1984 (108) from Cumberland, MD 6 years ago

I think most people are afraid. I think the average person is smart enough to see what's happening, but they're afraid. It's like staying on an island with no food or water, or swimming to the other island with plenty of both. Most people would just do it, but the corporations and the government are the proverbial great white shark in the water. Their fear mongering is a tremendous weapon.

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 6 years ago

Yes, i am sure they will go to town with their "fear mongering." What we have to do though is convince people that by doing nothing, there is more to fear. Fear definitely is a powerful motivating factor. Unfortunately, it has motivated us into a complacency with the faux notion that everything will take care of itself. Our problem seems to be that the democracy that counter-balances 'capititalism without a conscience' is no longer there.

So to quote Shakespeare (which i do not often do), "The fault...lies not lies not in our stars, but in ourselves." This proves a democratic country is only as good as its citizens are involved.

I did like your analogy which basicaly implies that no matter how bad things are...it is still somewhat comfortable here, compared to the scary unknown.

[-] 1 points by dan1984 (108) from Cumberland, MD 6 years ago

I agree. And thank you; I was happy with it too. Everyone should quote Shakespeare more often, so I'll steal one from him. I think it fits the movement somewhat: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more."

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 6 years ago

We're in 'there' now. With all of the good dedicated people in this movement, I am sure that the sun will be shining once again.



[-] -3 points by CarlosFenito (36) 6 years ago

I'm willing to speak out against one of the sides! Kick the ones with the "r" after their name out and everything will be fine! These little issues about civil liberties will go away like the wind!

[-] 6 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 6 years ago

You completely missed the point of this post.

Both sides are contributing to the wars and the theft of our civil liberties.

[-] 1 points by CarlosFenito (36) 6 years ago

Sarcasm, Trevor....... sarcasm....


[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago