America’s War Party
by Stephen Lendman
America is a one-party state with two wings, each virtually identical to the other, differing only in style and rhetoric.
They’re in lockstep on issues mattering most - notably supporting endless wars at the expense of peace, equity and justice.
America’s so-called war of independence changed little, afforded no benefits for “we the people,” did nothing more than substitute new management for old.
Civil war had nothing to do with freeing slaves, everything to do with keeping the nation intact and serving dominant monied interests. War assures huge profits.
19th century wars were waged to steal land and resources from America’s native people, annex Texas, then half of Mexico, followed by Cuba, the Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and other territories.
Peace candidate Woodrow Wilson manipulated public sentiment in office, turned largely pacifist Americans into raging German haters and got the war he wanted.
Senator Robert La Follette/later 1924 Progressive Party presidential aspirant said at the time “(e)very nation has its war party.”
“It is not the party of democracy. It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely.”
“It is commercial, imperialistic, ruthless. It tolerates no opposition. It is just as arrogant, just as despotic, in London, or in Washington, as in Berlin.”
“The American Jingo is twin to the German Junker. If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another.”
Yesteryear’s “Jingo” is today’s bipartisan neocon, the curse infesting Washington, waging endless wars on humanity at home and abroad - risking another global one with super-weapons able to extinguish life on earth.
Socialist leader Eugene Debs was imprisoned for opposing America’s involvement in WW I. Ahead of his ordeal, his Socialist Party called the war “a crime against the people of the United States.”
He said “(t)hey tell us that we live in a great free republic; that our institutions are democratic; that we are a free and self-governing people.”
“That is too much, even for a joke…Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder… And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles.”
During the war my dad was conscripted to fight in, about 900 people were imprisoned for opposing it. Tens of thousands declared themselves conscientious objectors and refused to serve.
True to its tradition, The New York Times supported America’s war party, urged its readers to inform authorities of “any evidence of sedition” instead of denouncing the great war preceding the greater one two decades later.
Endless others followed, raging today in multiple theaters, much more likely coming, possible nuclear war today more threatening than perhaps any previous time.
Monied interests support America’s war party - benefitting hugely at the expense of most others.
Resisting tyranny is a universal right and obligation. We have a choice - resist or perish.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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