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It’s not exactly a revelation to say that liberal myths have been ingrained in the minds of the general public for decades, and one of the greatest of those myths is that Republicans are war mongers and Democrats are doves. Don’t get me wrong. A couple of Republicans have also taken us to war during the past hundred years, the latest being George W. Bush.
But, while revenge (for his father’s failure to take out Saddam Hussein) or a naive sense of world justice are among possible motives for Bush’s ill-advised forays into Iraq and Afghanistan, I don’t believe he invaded those countries to increase his personal power over the citizenry. (Calm down – I am not saying that Bush does not believe in big government; he does.)
However, the left – particularly the far left – is another story altogether. Its members are genetically programmed to seek power over others. The far-left folks are perpetually angry humanoids who are, at heart, hard-core fascists.
Think environmentalism and “global warming” … think anti-gun fanaticism … think annihilation of free speech … think “pro-choice.” Think of anything that underscores their addiction to causes that result in taking more liberties away from individuals and giving more power to government.
That said, I’m sorry to have to be the one to puncture a longstanding myth, but the facts clearly show that over the past hundred years, Democrats, by and large, have been the party of war: Woodrow Wilson, World War I … FDR, World War II … Harry Truman, the Korean War … JFK, a “police action” that became the Vietnam War, which was executed by LBJ.
Through the centuries, wars have served many purposes for many different factions. Obviously, they are loved by those who finance them and those who manufacture ammunition, bombs and various kinds of weapons.
But for a political leader, one of war’s most useful purposes is to divert attention. Had World War II not presented FDR with a ready-made crisis, he would have kept the U.S. in the throes of the Great Depression through never-ending, economy-killing government make-work programs and draconian taxes on producers.
But the war changed everything for FDR. War “brought us all together.” It made us feel good about America and ourselves. It took people’s minds off their economic misery and refocused them on patriotism. Thankfully, FDR croaked early in his fourth term, and along came the baby boom and 50-plus years of the power of capitalism fending off the relentless assault of American progressivism.
Fast-forward to 2008. Economic reality finally exposes artificial prosperity in the U.S. for what it is – artificial! – which causes millions of Americans to think, “Gee, if Republicans are going to act like Democrats, why not just vote for real Democrats?” And, by golly, that’s what they did. They voted for some vague notion of change they thought they could believe in. The only trouble was that they had no idea what kind of change was in the making.
As we now know, of course, the change turned out to be, among other things, a total disregard for the Constitution, massive redistribution-of-wealth programs, attempts to silence free speech, government spying on private citizens, attacks on gun ownership and, above all, nonstop bashing of the free-enterprise system.
Now, millions of Americans are wondering, “What’s next?” Well, the truth is that no one knows for sure, because the oligarchy in Washington is thrashing about so wildly in an effort to “not let a good crisis go to waste” that things are spinning out of control.
Of course, history has seen all this before. And all too often the solution for a president is to play the Attention-Diversion Card: war. This is what is front and center on Barack Obama’s mind.
The reason he has been stumbling and fumbling around on the Syria issue like a grade-school kid who needs to get to the restroom post haste is because his sole focus is on what is best for his imperial presidency. He has zero interest in the human suffering involved in Syria’s civil war.
The truth be known, war is really the X factor in the economic chaos the progressive fascists in both parties have wreaked upon us. As a result of the successful implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy over the past five years, the lives of most Americans – not to mention their children and grandchildren – are guaranteed to get much worse in the years ahead. Practically speaking, there is no way to avoid this reality (though, in theory, the pain could be somewhat reduced if the right people were elected to power).
But even if a miracle happened and Republicans managed to maintain control of the House and gain control of the Senate in 2014, it would still take years of fiscal responsibility and deregulation to undo the damage that has occurred. And that presumes that conservatives would have the political courage to 1) roll back the massive spending programs that would already be in place, and 2) silence hard-core liberals in their own party.
In the meantime, it’s a mistake to allow the media to get us wringing our hands and taking the “humanitarian crisis” in Syria seriously. Syria represents nothing more than another excuse to go to war. Our real focus should be on the concept of war itself, because even if we pass on invading Syria, the asylum’s inmates on Capitol Hill and in the White House will search for another reason to go to war in yet another Third World country.
With the invisible depression becoming ever-more visible by the day, a nice little situation like Vietnam would be just what the doctor ordered to distract people’s attention from their economic misery. So, Syria or no Syria, look for a phony international crisis to magically appear in the near future.
Maybe we’re destined to become like the mutants in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” with our rulers inculcating us into worshiping a nuclear bomb. As we’ve seen since 2008, anything’s possible.