Brad Miller

Best way to support the troops: End the Wars

In True nature of the State on August 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

The best way to save a soldier’s life is not to buy new body armor, or procure more Mine Resistant Vehicles or build better helicopters. The best way to save a soldier’s life is to end the wars and bring them home. With the death of 26 Navy Seals recently in Afghanistan many are scrambling to help their families by donating money. The best way to help military families is to not send their brothers, sons, and husbands to war to be killed and maimed.  

Anyone who truly wants to “support” the troops should demand that the 5 wars that  the U.S. military is fighting be ended immediately. Troops as well as civilians are dying and being maimed on a daily basis in 5 wars around the world.

Check out http://antiwar.com/casualties/ for a list of U.S. killed and wounded in the wars going on overseas. The loss of so much  blood and treasure and for what?  

John Quincy Adam foresaw the dangers of foreign adventures when he famously said

“America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.”

Life, Liberty and Property are destroyed in every war. Not only on the battlefield but also on the home front. Our income is stolen to support the war effort, the free market is distorted due to trillions in military spending, trade is interrupted overseas, and productive individuals are killed or maimed in combat, family life for thousands is disrupted and destroyed.

“War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society  these irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” Randolph Bourne

When the current president started bombing Libya without a declaration of War from Congress people demanded that he was going to war without the consent of the people.

But since most Americans stayed silent he actually did get the consent of the governed to continue the war. Only a few Congressman (Ron Paul and a few others) objected and after a few weeks it just blew over. No huge protests no lengthy diatribes by talking heads about how the president lied or was a criminal, no one seems to care, or if they did it doesn’t last.  

Maybe it’s because there is so much coming out of Washington on a daily basis that its hard to keep up with. Most Americans are all too comfortable with comprising principles on what they see as smaller issues because larger issues seem to demand their attention. But all the actions the Congress and president take are rooted in small compromises compounded over time.

Small compromises on principle open the flood gate for huge violations of Liberty. Look at the income tax as an example. It was sold to the public as a tax on only the super rich. The promise was that it would never be levied on the middle class. That was a lie. And the debate has been moved so far away from the Constitutionality of the Income Tax to merely how much of your income the government can steal. 

This is what is happening with the deployment of  the U.S. military today. No longer do we debate even if the military should be deployed overseas sexcept by Ron Paul and a handful of others in Washington. The debate now is  where to send them and who to have them kill. 

If you want to support Liberty demand that the wars are ended immediately.  If you want to save  lives, bring the troops home.  I am an advocate for Peaceful relations and Free Trade with all Nations and subsidies for none.

Everyone has a right to Life, Liberty and Property. But no one has claim to another man’s Life, Liberty and Property to defend his own.

And that is my take.

Bastiat1776

AdvocateofLiberty

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