December 12, 2009
How far we have come since the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of of Rights, and the Constitution. After watching the video above, I am reminded of the Third Amendment. It states that “no Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
This has little relevance today — outside of what happened during Katrina — but it reveals what the founders thought about militarism and standing armies.
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…. [There is also an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and … degeneracy of manners and of morals…. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
Right now we are in a state of “continual warfare” as Obama, who tricked the sheep into somehow believing he was the anti-war candidate, prepares to spread “good” (in an Orwellian sense, i.e. war is peace) to the people of Afghanistan.
It is no mistake the U.S. Navy decided to use the word “global” in this slick propaganda piece. Since World War II our rulers have chewed up thousands of Americans and trillions of dollars in an effort to make the U.S. military a global cop for the banksters.
It used to be we were “over there” to preserve freedom at home from the likes of Nazis and imperial goons. Now it is for an ill-defined “global good.”
Jefferson and Madison feared standing armies because they understood the end result is inevitably tyranny. The “global good” of a high-tech murder machine at work in Afghanistan will ultimately end in evil at home.
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.
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