war money — the beginning

Bush got the money he wanted from Congress. That’s $79B. Don’t ask how many schools could have used that money–that would mean you’re not supporting the troops.

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2 Responses to “war money — the beginning”

  1. 0xdeadbeef Says:

    “Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

    sigh. I’ll leave the attribution as an exercise to the reader. Suffice to say: history repeats…
    :)

  2. Big John Says:

    To 0xdeadbeef:

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    “But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.”
    —————–

    Pardon my French, but Bullshit!

    Maybe a Saddam can “drag the people along”, but in a democracy it is the people that control the politicians. What planet do you live on? Virtually ALL politicos cravenly cowtow to the desires of the majority, at least in major decisions like war.

    —————–
    “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
    —————–

    We were not ‘told’ that we were being attacked, we WERE attacked! More than once. Also, I believe all peoples should live in democratic freedom, and I consider the very existence of totalitarianism to be a clear and present danger to that freedom. Tyranny, not democracy, is the natural condition of human society. Only constant struggle has allowed democracy to emerge and grow in the modern world, and it is in jepoardy at all times.

    We fight and sometimes die so that our decendants will not taste the bitter fear that the Iraqi people endured so long. You have never felt this fear. What the hell do you know about it?

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