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A tale for every American

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Mark TwainKurt Vonnegut“I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate… We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to … let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way; and so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”

Sound like today’s news? In fact, it is Mark Twain, writing in 1906.

DemocracyNow, in honor of the passing of author Kurt Vonnegut, recently played a recording of Vonnegut reading Twain’s response to President Theodore Roosevelt’s congratulations to the commanding general over the 1906 massacre in the Philippines. Twain is quoted in Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

I wish every American knew the story. We consent with such naiveté when government begs to go to war. Vulnerable through ignorance, we are charmed into faith in a national goodness, then shocked when horror and folly result.

This incident burst upon the world last Friday… Read the rest of this entry »

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April 13, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, on war: words for our times

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Smedley Butler, USMCSmedley Butler was one of the very few Americans awarded the Medal of Honor twice. In the first half of the 20th century, he was the most decorated Marine alive – and is possibly the most honored Marine of all time.

He wrote a short book about war some years after his retirement. You can read the entire short book online here (this link’s at the bottom of the page, also). And just below is an excerpt from a speech he gave in 1933.

This is one of the truly important documents about the motives of warfare in American history. I hope you’ll ponder and save these words.

Smedley Butler on Interventionism

— Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.

Medal of Honor War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. …

The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Politics, Terrorism

Reclaiming America from Illegal Immigrants

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Illegal immigrants cartoon

Found this dandy cartoon posted by Curtis over at Can’t See the Forest. Thanks, Curtis! I like it!

BTW, now how many illegal immigrants – and their descendants – live in the USA? See, there’s always somebody who was there before you. And the guys with the biggest guns write the rules that declare some “legal” (Oh luck! It’s us!) and others not.

They’re not right, Lord knows; they’re just the ones with dry powder and few scruples.

Suppose we post-Europeans will ever shake loose from thinking we own the world and call the shots?

Doesn’t it seem just a little barbaric? Medieval? Check out the related posts, just below.

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Related posts: Christ in the Migrant, “But they broke the law”, “Christian values”, Sermon: Citizens of another nation , Sermon: Jesus’ preference for the poor, The Pope’s beautiful “insult”
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Written by Monte

February 1, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Posted in Immigration