Nov
24
2009
1

Obama’s Afghanistan Decision

You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew. – Albert Einstein

What is Obama saying when he commits another 34,000 troops to Afghanistan while talking about an exit strategy in the same breath?

“We haven’t killed enough of our children.”
“We haven’t traumatized enough of our young men.”
“We haven’t stolen enough from the citizens.”
“We need to placate the morally sensitive.”
“We need for people to forget about Iraq.”

The contradiction between committing more troops and announcing an exit strategy is rather startling. How is it that an escalation of violent force is going to cause the violent response to decrease? Has that ever happened in the history of mankind where one or both sides did not end up dead?

I have no idea exactly what would happen if the troops were withdrawn, but I can tell you this: adding bodies will only add to the ever-increasing cost of this war. I’m not talking about the money that’s been stolen (past, present, and future) but the even greater cost of children who must grow up in a household with an adult who has been paid for murder and who almost certainly has not received any sort of counseling as to why they landed in the military in the first place or even to what they’ve participated in as part of the bloody machine.

Violence cannot be used to solve problems that arose from violence. It has never worked, it does not work, and it will never work.

Written by James Pyrich in: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , ,
Feb
15
2009
2

The Biggest–and Oldest–Government Program

While I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day, I saw the latest Newsweek magazine, which had several headlines.

On the top, there were, right next to each other:

“THE BLACKBERRY PRESIDENT” “QUITTING THE THUG LIFE”

The main headline, underneath a blue hand clasping a red hand in a handshake, was:

WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW
THE PERILS AND PROMISE OF THE NEW ERA OF BIG GOVERNMENT

The first two headlines are kind of funny in terms of juxtaposition. The first thought that comes to my mind is that they’re saying the president is no longer a thug, look how civilized he is!

But of course… even presidents cannot escape reality. If you’re the leader of a gang that shakes people down, you are a thug, it doesn’t matter how many gadgets you have or how many flowery speeches you make.

In any case, the main headline was even “better”. They’ve put this story on the front page as if it is a serious debating topic, or a serious thought-provoking article.

However, there truly aren’t any serious thoughts that get provoked in the course of this article, and there really isn’t anything to debate. Big government as a way of solving social problems has failed again and again and again throughout human history, and it has killed hundreds of millions of people even in this current century.

Blame is never put on the fact that the system has its roots in violence. It’s always that the wrong people were at the head of this system, which means that the populace chose bad leaders. Or, that the masses are too greedy, too stupid, too lazy, too whatever, to make the system work.

You never hear anyone in the media say, “The system is failing because, at its core, it threatens people with imprisonment and death if they do not comply.”

That is the biggest government program in existence.

Finally, they use the expression “new era” in the headline, as if now that Obama has been elected, something has fundamentally changed in the government.

The only things that are changing, however, are those which essentially are maintaining the status quo of expanding government power more and more and more. It’s not a real significant change for the mafia to demand 25% of your profits when, in the past, it demanded 20%.

No, this “new era” is nothing more than a dry continuation of the old–one that has been around for millennia.

The oldest government program: threatening people with imprisonment and death if they do not comply…

Or, in a word:

War.

Jan
25
2009
0

Change? Really?

Do you still believe that Obama is all about change?

President Obama ‘orders Pakistan drone attacks’
Obama joins the ranks of cold-blooded murderers

He’s not been President for a week yet and he’s already ordered the murder of almost two dozen people.

Written by James Pyrich in: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Nov
11
2008
2

War

As a society, we like war. We like murder. We love the violence and destruction.

We don’t like to admit it–in fact, we run from admitting it, we fog, we evade, we cover-up, we do everything short of admitting that we really, really like to solve social problems by pointing guns at people.

We like to dress up children in uniforms, give them guns, and tell them it is good, right, just, and moral to kill. We like to complain to our leaders about how our chains chafe us, and we beg and grovel for the chains to be loosened just a tiny bit, oh please, just a tiny bit.

We like to attack those few daredevils who cause us to feel anxiety when they talk about living a voluntary life on the grand scale. We like to shame them, as we once were shamed.

We like the violence.

We like to attack our children, filling them with rumors and lies and deceptions about the nature of reality, saying to them that what they see is not truly what they see, but that invisible things are real, and good, and just, and moral.

We like the violence.

Why do we have war?

We like the violence.

Written by James Pyrich in: Politics | Tags: , , , ,
Nov
11
2008
0

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