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Not stopping there, we (Dredd Blog readers and I) wondered whether there were other motives or surreptitious reasons for the demented behavior of T-party nuts posing as adults that are competently governing federal matters on behalf of all Americans:
The talk in McTell News circles, generated from the scripts they have been given to read (as good "journalists") is all about what they have stupidly named "the sequester."(ibid). A noted economist and previous cabinet member is also expressing himself along those lines:
They would have done better to name it "the sequel" because it seems like an ongoing bad TV Show.
I have been wondering "why are they doing it?", because I have been reminded of the statement made by the military, following years of preparation, about how they would be used to battle with the public once the economy got so bad people took to the streets ...
An old friend who has been active in politics for more than 30 years tells me he's giving up. "I can't stomach what's going on in Washington anymore," he says. "The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life."(Their Real Goal, by Robert Reich, emphasis added). Before we get a bit more into it, let's remember that the fundamental core, yes, let's remember what those in Washington, D.C. who are doing this nonsense mean, as well as what they do not mean, by their use of the word "government."
My friend is falling exactly into the trap that the extreme right wants all of us to fall into -- such disgust and cynicism that we all give up on politics. Then they're free to take over everything.
First, note that the congress is polling at very low popularity numbers, while the military is polling in a very high regard:
In the first post of this series, we pointed out that most Americans polled in an annual Gallup Poll think that the military is the most competent institution in America.(Stockholm Syndrome on Steroids? - 2). Second, note that Dredd Blog has for a long time seen what the warmongers think, as evidenced by their manic behavior in the current "debt ceiling", "government shutdown", and "austerity" propaganda.
In that post we perused Gallup Poll figures from 2009, as shown on the graphic to the left (red lines added).
Today in 2011, the military is still seen as the most competent American institution, according to this year's Gallup Poll, even though the wars they are prosecuting are not at all popular.
Let's take a look for reasons and realities as to how it is that the military, once considered the lackey for the tyranny of the tyrants, has come full circle to invade and occupy the hearts of a once freedom loving people.
Dredd Blog has long known that the neoCon right-wing-nut mania is against "ObamaCare" because health care has been said, by military people, to be the number one economic threat to the military.
This will be specifically pointed out later in this post, as well as the fact that their anger over health care is that it is a challenge to the military budget:
We spend more on the military than the other nations of the world combined, so perhaps if we brought it down to half that, such a line in the sand would make more sense, even though even at that level it is still a bloated military budget.(Entitlement Wars - Guns vs. Butter). In fact Dredd Blog has for a long time pulled no punches when it comes to discerning the reality that your health care is considered to be their real enemy:
Thus, the common welfare requires a fair military and a fair populace who share the wealth of the nation in a manner that does not do damage to the nation.
The democrats, it seems to me, have brought on a flanking manoeuvre by passing the Health Care Reform legislation.
They knew they could not take on military (MOMCOM) entitlements directly, because the populace has been filled with fear by MOMCOM security propaganda about the monsters under their beds.
So the democrats seem to have done a flanking motion going around and behind the propaganda.
Even if Health Care Legislation is flawed, still it signals a change in direction from mindless, endless warfare that saps the nation of its strength, toward a kinder and gentler nation that actually has compassion and other normal humane considerations for its own.
There are so many things that happen these days that when I tell people about them they will say "I can't believe that".(Your Health Is Their Number 1 Enemy?!). The apparatus is in place to "fix the problem" if and when "they're free to take over everything", as Dr. Reich stated in his quote near the top of today's post.
The issue of health care reform is only one of many issues where I can make the case.
Let me make the case by telling you that military thinkers believe that the number one enemy the military should fear is health care!
Now, unless you have researched this, you will exclaim "I can't believe that".
Let's look at what military scholars say by revisiting a Dredd Blog post from last March that focused on this issue:
Pentagonia, capitol of Bullshitistan, well aware of the current political climate, has declared who its greatest enemy is, believing it is health care:(Deja Vu - Guns v. Butter Election Looms). I can't believe that either, but there it is, written in military white papers for all to see.
The U.S. military keeps searching the horizon for a peer competitor, the challenger that must be taken seriously. Is it China? What about an oil rich and resurgent Russia?(The Enemy the Pentagon Should Fear Most: Health Care, National Defense Magazine, emphasis added). We have been pointing out this very strange ideology for a while now, using "MOMCOM" symbolism to isolate the militant energy fighting against the middle class and poor in the United States.
But the threat that is most likely to hobble U.S. military capabilities is not a peer competitor, rather it is health care.
We know what that "fix the problem" dynamic will look like:
A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.(Will The Military Become The Police - 4). They don't want Americans to have health care like the other modern nations (ObamaCare: Good Foreign Policy) but they do want their warmongering generals to lead the feudal lives of vassals and kings while the serfs suffer:
“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report.
The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S.
Then-defense secretary Robert M. Gates stopped bagging his leaves when he moved into a small Washington military enclave in 2007. His next-door neighbor was Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, who had a chef, a personal valet and — not lost on Gates — troops to tend his property.(American Feudalism - 3). There is an overwhelming abundance of evidence showing that, as General Clark said, a coup has taken place (A Tale of Coup Cities - 4).
Gates may have been the civilian leader of the world’s largest military, but his position did not come with household staff. So, he often joked, he disposed of his leaves by blowing them onto the chairman’s lawn.
“I was often jealous because he had four enlisted people helping him all the time,” Gates said in response to a question after a speech Thursday. He wryly complained to his wife that “Mullen’s got guys over there who are fixing meals for him, and I’m shoving something into the microwave. And I’m his boss.”
Of the many facts that have come to light in the scandal involving former CIA director David H. Petraeus, among the most curious was that during his days as a four-star general, he was once escorted by 28 police motorcycles as he traveled from his Central Command headquarters in Tampa to socialite Jill Kelley’s mansion ...
The commanders who lead the nation’s military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites befitting a billionaire, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir.
The elite regional commanders who preside over large swaths of the planet don’t have to settle for Gulfstream V jets. They each have a C-40, the military equivalent of a Boeing 737 ...
President and once General Eisenhower would agree with General Clark:
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.(Wee The People - 2, quoting President Eisenhower). Thus, the warmongering neoCons in congress mean that "government" is anything that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people" (The Common Good), while they fund the military as if it is the solution to "government" problems.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Let's hope we are wrong about this appraisal (She's Come Undone), and that instead they will come to their senses.
The previous post in this series is here.