Today is Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's time to reflect on America's priorities

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To the Editor:

When better than now, especially with the coming New Year and election transition, to reflect upon America’s bent priorities?  

Currently there are millions facing bankruptcy, needing life-saving health care, homeless and hungry, while the U.S. spends trillions more on the military than all the rest of the entire world put together. 
Going without question Americans have a cultural mindset with outsized ambitions and infatuation with military power. War and planning for war are seen as exemplary and common place and its ready acceptance abandons even the pretense of fighting defensively or viewing as a last resort. This can be readily seen by the White House, the Pentagon, the news media and religion in the falsified war upon Iraq (planned long before 9/11).       
Simply put we’re engaged, “Silence in the face of evil is always on the side of the aggressor” with those at the top in actually making reality that persecute “the least of them,” not unlike the slaughter of the Palestinians, the people of Darfur, the long suffering people of Somalia, Haiti, Burma and so without end or purpose. For it was Karl Rove, Bush’s chief advisor and strategist the last eight years, who said… “we’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” And this arrogance was never questioned. Even Pat Robertson said the 33 million strong religious right elected Bush, not once but twice.
No doubt the U.S. is an empire with military bases all over the globe, but empirically throughout history empires selfishly fail. Then let’s strive to try to change ourselves and to maintain the new administration in a way that gives justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
Robert Knowles


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