The article is especially relevant right now, as our dysfunctional Congress narrowly found a way to stave off the VERY ill-advised defense spending cuts for a little while…hopefully allowing saner heads in the next Congress to permanently remove these kind of stupid deadline-boobytraps from the country’s fiscal situation.
The resources needed for the defense of our country shouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip in a poker game. It is the most ridiculous single thing I’ve seen our so-called “leaders” in Washington D.C. do in my 32 voting-age years of actively watching them.
There are times when you run into such a stellar example of something that it really cries out for a more prominent place in history and teaching.
One of the ongoing broken ideas that constantly circulates is the “Pacifist” ideal. Just refuse to fight and everything will be better. I was crippled by well meaning folks (my Mom, mostly, but also some religious sorts) telling me that “fighting is wrong”. And that “turn the other cheek” was the right way to handle things. That, mostly, got me beat up until most of my way through High School when I decided to ‘try the other way’. A “showdown” followed and, well, I didn’t even have to hit one person. Just making it clear that I was “prepared for war” and, in a way, looking forward to some well deserved “pay back” promptly ended things. NEVER to return.
So I’ve kept an…
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