Why, when the military costs American taxpayers a huge amount, are Republicans fighting to cut spending on NPR instead? Our nation is the world’s largest center industry devoted to inventing and selling weapons capable of tremendous killing power. The corporations that form that industry have a great deal of money to spend, and translate that money into political influence.
President James Madison wrote, in Political Observations in 1795, that “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.”
Profit from war has brought about economic dependence on war, which has birthed a love of war. That love of war has softened our affection for liberty, and has led to a decay of democratic values in the United States of America.
Some hoped that the United States would be an exemplar of freedom for the rest of the world. Instead, we are shipping out weapons used to intimidate, oppress, and kill.