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I think that the answer to his question is that some percentage of Americans are hooked on war (warmongers, "Dick Cheney, John McCain").
Others romanticize war (the "war is peace", "my warrior hero" trance).
Or the profits made from war by those who control the weapons and materiel making corporations ("war profiteers, Daddy Warbucks").
Yet, another percentage of Americans have heeded the words of one of the founders; specifically the one who wrote the "Bill of Rights," and the one who is called "The Father of the Constitution."
His words were pointed out in a Toxins of Power Blog post in November of 2009:
An answer from the sages in our past who we are very fortunate to have had, but sages which we have ignored to our great demise in recent times.(The Greatest Source Of Power Toxins?). One would be remiss to not notice how much the empire today is utterly infected with the war germ we were warned not to catch.
An answer that seems today to be totally and completely at odds with the conventional wisdom-hype and propaganda, which is composed of the glorification of the greatest source of the toxins of power.
Our founders were well aware of the question and the answer hundreds of years ago.
They spoke the answer with unmistakable words and with certain clarity:
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. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established.(James Madison, emphasis added). The visionary who made that statement was the 4th President of the United States, Bill of Rights author, Congressman, Cabinet Member, and who was also called the "Father of the U.S. Constitution".
The above quote is from his "Political Observations," April 20, 1795, in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, Volume IV, page 491-492.
Notice, in the quote above, how Madison equated or associated the toxins of power with disease epidemic concepts, saying that the war toxin "develops the germ of every other" anti-freedom toxin.
Other sources of vision saw what would happen if we stumbled into the emotional quicksand of the madness of our more recent leaders:
There were Senators like Byrd, and House of Representative members like Pete Stark, in the year 2002, who had vision.(The Stark Truth). Even some of those who one would not expect to be as politically saavy, the comedians, also got it (The Onion, 2003).
But vision was discounted as a kooky thing, and those that had vision were discounted by the dementia congress was suffering from then, and still is.
Where there is no vision the people perish, and the leaders supplant vision with "excuses" and whining.
The Honorable Pete Stark said this about the "AUMF Resolution" before the Iraq disaster happened:
But, here we are again, with the war whores all lathered up about more war (The War Whores Ride The War Horse - 2).
They are utterly unaware of the invasion taking place on every mile of our national shoreline. or that our national psychology is the same as the Don Quixote diagnosis (Why The Military Can't Defend Against The Invasion, American Feudalism - 3).
Peace has gone extinct from the thinking of the powers that be.
The hunt for invading terrarists: