Friday 20th October 2017

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unhinged mental case in the White House

I hate to sound overly critical, but it appears to me, that we have an unhinged mental case in the White House with his finger on the Nuclear trigger. And, he is talking about starting a nuclear war with North Korea, that would doubtlessly involve China on the side of the North Koreans, before it was over. That seems to me, like it would weaken us just enough for Russia to swoop in and conquer us. Trump is seriously unbalanced, and Congressional Republicans know that as well as you and I do. But, they are willing to risk the fall of our whole nation, and a global nuclear conflagration, rather than speak up.

When Nixon went off the tracks mentally, his fellow Republicans admitted it and stepped in to save the nation. But, this current crop of Republicans seem to lack the wherewithal to act. Short of a military coup to depose Trump, bold action by the other Republicans is all I see, that can save us. Yoo Hoo GOP, get your act together and DO SOMETHING, before we end up living in a military dictatorship.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana and I am scared as Hell of this Trump disaster.

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Vietnam War

The View From New Harmony

The View From New Harmony

Up until the Vietnam war America didn't have a large standing Army during times of peace. We maintained a small skeleton force during peace time, and fought our wars with volunteers or draftees. All of these volunteers and draftees were at least somewhat willing to put their lives on the line to enforce America's will on the world. This meant that every American family shared the risk of combat. Consequently, the government could only wage wars that the American public understood and supported. Not so anymore.

In 1973 when the draft ended, I was a Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) with about six years of Regular Army service already behind me and had served 15 months in a combat unit in Vietnam. After the draft ended, I served another 30 months. This gives me some standing to have an opinion about ending the draft.

Our founders gave us a democratic republican form of government, their intent being that the people keep a tight control of government, especially as involves foreign entanglements and wars. The concept of a volunteer and conscripted Army was part and parcel of that republican intent for the people to control the government. A people who may have to send their sons and grandsons off to die in a foreign war are pretty picky about which foreign wars we get involved in.

The all volunteer Army has destroyed that republican safe guard against needless wars. Our professional Army is recruited from our economic under classes with attractive pay and benefits, the upper financial classes no longer bear any of the blood burden of our endless wars. This allows the government to wage wars that are financially profitable to  the upper financial classes and corporations, but morally indefensible. That is why we stopped the draft during the Vietnam war. The Vietnam war had become morally indefensible, and America went into revolt over it. The wrong headed (anti-republican) government was to end the draft to stop the crioticism rather than reining in our insatiable war making. This was a huge shift of power from the people to the government.

Once the draft ended, why would the educated upper financial classes raise any stink about immoral wars? It is good for their stock portfolios, and their children are exempt from being cannon fodder. So now, we are told, that what is good for Monsanto and DOW chemical is good for America.I give that a 10.0 rating on the government Bullshit scale!

Professional Armies are not acceptable in republics. Once a nation maintains a large standing army, it is an oligarchy not a republic.  A truly honest and completely universal military draft would be a big step toward returning control of the government to the American people.  

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Ron-firs-ICON-WE$B-SITE-Cousins-PicNic-IMG_3294 Your government is LYING to you about the causes, results and nature of war. They do this to keep corporate profits flowing. Nothing revs up industry and the stock market better than a good war. A war wherein the the government can spew out trillions and trillions of tax $$ to war contractors and other industry with ALL of the cost in blood and money falling on the ordinary people. Monsanto and Halliburton and Shell Oil and all of the other major predatory corporations NEED war to exist. War is NECESSARY for them. They need war, it is what they DO. 

Honor your dead on Memorial Day, but don't let the money grubbers trick you into glorifying war as you do it.  There is no honor or glory in war. War is obscene and foul. War is a tool of the …………..

Humor me

HUMOR ME

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I am an old man, and not especially well. I am admittedly not very sound of either body or mind, and far past the point where I pose much of a credible threat to  either persons or political institutions. Many very important people, including several in high public offices have agreed, that I am a blathering old nut. (Hello Senator Donnelly and Congressman Bucshon) They paint me as an addle patted old fool who doesn't know beans about anything, a harmless old crank.  Please allow this impotent old crank a few opinions. What damage could it do?  Humor a harmless old fool.

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