Mr. Scahill understands the danger of privatizing government. I’ve posted before about Grover Norquist and his wanting to destroy the federal government. The current occupants of the White House want not only to do that, but to replace it with total corporate control.
Think for a moment what that would mean. Every day we see increasing reaches by corporations. Read your cell phone agreement for instance, I guarantee that part of what you agreed to was a thing called arbitration. Arbitration uses private parties that are favorable towards the corporations to resolve disputes. You are contractually denied usage of the court system in the U.S. when settling disputes with telecom carriers and even credit card issuers.
Then of course there is the document that George W. Bush calls “A god damned piece of paper…”, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. With no federal government that evaporates. No free speech, no freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures, no more right to plead nolo contendre, etc. Think about it.
And regarding Blackwater, they’re owned by the Prince family. These are people who are being given billions to spread their neo-Christian views.
So if you wonder why I’m so vociferous about the dangers of the Christian-military-industrial complex, you know. Just read the PNAC documents and you’ll see exactly what they’re trying to do. I for one do not want to live under the thumb of corporation, nor do I want to live under a theocracy.
These quotes in particular demonstrate the point:
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
~ John Maynard Keynes
Keynes for those who haven’t had any economics courses, was part of FDR’s circle of advisors. His policies helped lift us out of the depression, and he gave FDR a healthy dose of cynicism regarding big business. Of course big business fought back and most of the reforms that FDR put into place were rescinded. But look around some day and see the good that the Works Progress Administration did.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Yes, Ike warned us what was going to happen but he did so on his way out of office. I give him credit though, at least he said something. Today we have people like Colin Powell, who completely disgraced himself in front of the United Nations to push a false pretext for war. I remember watching the speeches that Powell gave and it was clear he was uncomfortable. Yet he could have been a true American hero instead of a relatively obscure player ground up into little bits by the Bush administration.
Part 1, ignore the blogspam at the end if you wish.