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The Recorder - War is big business

Published: 8/19/2020 4:01:48 PM

Modified: 8/19/2020 4:01:37 PM

Thank you to Rutherford Platt for remembering the anniversary of the death of the intrepid and inspiring peace activist Frances Crowe, who lived to be 100. She spent most of her adult life seeking to end our country’s massive addiction to nuclear weapons.

In our country’s origins, it only took the Pilgrims a few years before they began to slaughter the Native people who lived here. When our country was young we inspired to world to seek freedom with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, but slavery was built into the economics of our country. These two sins, genocide and slavery, have never been dealt with in a fair and just way, and until we do, we’ll continue to live in a racist and violent country.

Take It To Wall Street highlighted how the wealth of the One Percent has always been central to our history. We’ve always been ruled by the One Presenters, first by the British and then by Americans, led by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

When I was young, bribery was considered both illegal and immoral, but the United States Supreme Court now tells us bribery is ok; it is “free speech.” This is both sick and disgusting. Long ago, Bob Dylan said, “Money doesn’t talk, it swears.”

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 we haven’t had a real enemy, but the House of Representatives just passed the biggest war budget we’ve ever had: $741 billion, up $ 52 billion over last year. Why? War is big business. As a country, we have the world in a choke hold, which is fundamentally corrupt.

There is also a newfound collective willingness to entertain the idea of change. If we’re going to restore our ability to inspire the whole world, we need to rehabilitate this country. The never-ending blank check that’s been given to the pentagon since World War II needs to be redirected to human needs. The powers that be are going to resist, mightily, but the time has never been more right, and ripe. Black, brown, Indigenous people, and women need to share in the power if we’re going to have real change.

Douglas Wilson is a resident of Rowe.

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