Monday, January 11, 2010

Ben Cohen's Oreos.

You've probably heard of Ben Cohen. No? New York Super Fudge Chunk? Chunky Monkey? Cherry Garcia. Karamel Sutra. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Ben & Jerrys, that amazing ice cream that none of us eat anymore because of cholesterol (but keep a pint on hand for emergencies).

Ben Cohen is a progressive business person. He made this video along with a group named True Majority. Here's their link: The video was made a few years ago, but the basic information remains true. Actually, it's much worse today. We spend an obscene amount of money on wars. The country is broke, but the war spending continues, the war profiteering keeps making corporations and politicians rich.

The people who profit from wars are the defense industry, paid mercenaries and assassins like Blackwater, "support" corporations like Halliburton, and every single politician in the national government who receives enormous bribes and kick-backs from the "military-industrial complex."

When Dwight Eisenhower was in the military he was in charge of D-Day, a General, a courageous man greatly admired throughout the world. Then he became President of the U.S. And when he was about to step down, he gave a speech to the nation warning about a "military-industrial complex" that was trying to take over the government. Well, they've succeeded, and unfortunately we have few politicians in federal government willing to speak out against them.

This whole war stuff is just bullshit. We have no jobs. We have people being thrown out of their homes. Our schools are deteriorating, our states re bankrupt and are auctioning off the assets of the states, and they tell us that we cannot afford healthcare for our own people. Can't even afford to provide healthcare for our nation's children.

These war profiteers make blood money off of the deaths of our young people, generation after generation being sent to die on foreign soil for no good reason at all. The war profiteers steal most of the money from this country and use it to make toys. Death toys. Toys that kill. Like the predator drones we keep hearing about. Some techie sitting in a room "thinks" he sees "dangerous" people somewhere so sends out an enormous bomb to kill them all. Often the bombs are being dropped on villages, blowing up normal people. Innocent people. Techies Kill. The Serial-Killing Geek Squad. Billion-dollar toys of no use to anyone except the people who get the contracts to make them at enormous profit.

We need to beat our swords into plowshares. The Democrats are just as hawkish as the Republicans are, and they take just as much money in kick-backs and bribes. We, the people, need to demand that our politicians shut down the hundreds of military bases we have around the world, end these wars for oil, bring the troops home, and use our money inside our country to help our own people instead of killing others.

Here's Eisenhower's farewell speech to the nation in which he warns the citizens that they must not let the military industrial complex take control of the government. He was a Republican and a General, but he had no time for the war-profiteers in the U.S. industries. Now he's dead, and the war-profiteers run everything.

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