Monday, June 11, 2007

History Lesson

Watching Ron Paul (R-TX) during the GOP debates offering the other Republican candidates (who were practically stepping over one and other to offer the most pro-torture anti-science platform) in vain a foreign policy based on fact, reason, and the lessons of history, got me thinking about what the Republican party used to be (they love to say "the Party of Lincoln" but never "the Party of Hoover and the Great Depression") before the influence of corporate money and Christianist ground troops that comprise its base today.

Before it's all said and done, George W. Bush's occupation of Iraq will have cost us a trillion dollars, which he's paid for almost exclusively through borrowing. The industrial war machine is the sole glue holding together the economy he's destroyed, shipped over seas, and tax-cut back to the wealthiest one percent. My generation, for what it's worth, are the ones footing the bill.

What follows is a brief clip of former President Dwight Eisenhower, as well as an excerpt from a speech he gave on April 16th, 1953:

...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. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

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