Under the Thumb of the Corporate-Military Complex

The truth is plain and simple. Special interests have destroyed our nation. Americans live in the new era of rule by a huge Corporate-Military Complex and it has crippled our constitutional government.

Powerful members of the corporate sector, protected by our U.S. military, determine and dictate American political, social and economic policies that directly benefit their own agendas and increase their generally tax-free bank accounts.

From gas and oil concerns to policies of illegal immigration, wealthy special interests have “bought the best government money can buy.” Wealthy lobbyists have made and continue to make huge contributions to legislative campaigns; consequently, the lives of most Americans are falling apart financially and we are losing our rights and freedoms. The constitutional government founded by our forefathers rapidly is diminishing. The majority of Americans, individuals and families, are paying for the insatiable profits being made by special interests. We are paying via higher taxes, the loss of our jobs, rights and freedoms, and with our children’s lives in special interest wars overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The middle class is becoming extinct and we are reverting back to more feudal times.

The America we once knew and loved has lost its way. It has been overtaken by the improper meshing and immense greed of the merger of wealthy corporations and military might. President George Walker Bush and his administration are destroying every aspect of kind, honest, hardworking, caring American lives.

Knowing the possibility of such a conglomeration of military and corporate might and interests, in his farewell address on January 17, 1961, former President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to warn all Americans by stating,

u201CThe total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government……..The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.u201D

Eisenhower knew then that influential men of government and industry often are weak and may become significantly guided by their lust for greed, and that “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present…. and is gravely to be regarded.” What Eisenhower called the industrial division during that time has evolved into the corporate sector.

Obviously our current leaders (of which most profess to be Republicans as was Eisenhower) did NOT heed Eisenhower’s concerns and advice. As a retired general, he knew that peace was a more urgent priority than war and that the good of the American community must overshadow the insatiable human lust for greed. However, the Corporate-Military Complex is in power and will stop at nothing to ensure greater profits.

Consequently, it is up to the American people to determine the direction of our once great nation. Many already believe it is too late to correct our nation’s current and irresponsible path. Many lives overseas have been destroyed as well as those of thousands of American families, who have found it impossible to meet their daily living expenses. Those daily living costs increase daily – food, clothing, gas and oil, electricity, health care, education, insurance, mortgages, etc.

In addition, many Americans have lost their jobs while many of those jobs have been outsourced overseas or remain here for cheaper and/or illegal labor.

Currently in order to fulfill their destiny, our leaders are changing the laws of our Constitution and unless the American people join forces and rise together as a giant tsunami of public outcry against the selected myopic path by the Corporate-Military Complex, the United States of America no longer will exist.

So, it’s up to each and every one of us to do whatever possible to correct our current plight. If nothing else, we must communicate our outrage publicly to our legislators and news media. Those of us who are complacent, passive or prefer to remain apathetic already are enslaved, for to do nothing is to lay down and die as Americans.

April 26, 2006