Do They Hate Trump More Than They Love Peace?
"Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."
Former US President Dwight Eisenhower
"We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel—ships, planes, missiles, fortifications—and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching..."
Former Mormon leader Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, 6-1976)
In the book, "1984" the character Winston eventually finds out that the constant wars between his supra-national side and that of the other world powers are basically manufactured to keep the people in poverty and subjugation. In my own novel "The Destiny of Our Past" (check link at the end of this article) the earth's antediluvian/pre-flood civilization uses the threat of war with a competing nation to justify a tightly-controlled surveillance state; and to vilify a renegade scientist from the ruling class building a giant boat in the wilderness. Is this merely a topic of dystopian fiction or is it a reflection of America today?
A great deal of antagonism from various quarters has come against Donald Trump in regards to alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 elections. Yet one can ask if the barrage of criticism against him has a deeper agenda. Now of course the left in the USA would capitalize on any issue to attack Trump since they do not like his basic social and economic policies; although it is hilarious to see them suddenly become huge supporters of US intelligence agencies. However, what most people fail to realize is the power of the military-industrial complex and why they are threatened by someone like Trump.
US military spending dwarfs that of nations such as China and Russia. Much of the American economy is based on military spending, be it building fighter aircraft to supplying the vast energy needs to maintain a world-wide reach. This huge framework extends way beyond the more recognizable aspects of the defense industry empire; into entertainment, media, university research projects and even into artificial intelligence. And one might note that working with the media is crucial as it must be maintained that we are under constant threat. of course, if one throws in the intelligence agencies that are competing with each other for expanded pieces of the federal budget pie then we can see why it is almost taboo to question the idea that maybe, just maybe, we can cooperate with nations like Russia in making the world a better, and safer, place.
Did I just use the word "cooperate?" What might that do? Well, for one thing the state of fear might decrease and people might start asking why the US has a deteriorating infrastructure that hampers our economic possibilities but yet we spend so much on weaponry. You see, we have to keep people scared or else they might feel our priorities are a bit off. And one of the biggest ironies is that most of the people who benefit from keeping the scare alive is that their children do not regularly join the military. That job is left to working class/middle class patriotic youth who wish to serve their country but also be able to get a good education, which is economically out-of-reach for many today.
And what if one does question any of the assumptions of the current state-of-affairs? Well, it seems that the trendy thing now is to label either left or right wing alternative media as "agents of Russia" or accuse people on social media who question the dominant paradigm as being "Russian bots" or "trolls." It is an untrue accusation but the corporate media appears unwilling to point that out. Would not want to help those who question what it turns out, now would it? And it appears that the powers-that-be are pressuring social media to shut down those who have taken the torch of exercising democracy and freedom of speech to cyberspace. And expect things to get worse for those who do not wish to conform and share stories from the dominant media or make kitty cat videos.
So what can people do? Well, in regards to social media the best way to fight back is re-double efforts to reach others. If half your posts are reduced in reach then double your posts. And send off some letters to representatives complaining about how unfair censorship is from these huge platforms. The last thing those making a fortune off our participation want is for the government to start the process of regulating them, or even breaking them up using laws designed to combat monopolization of a product or service. Ultimately the USA may have a huge amount of political and economic power concentrated in the hands of a few but in order to make sure they do not remake the nation in their image people need to take action. The price of not doing this is too high to even entertain.
Link to my book, "The Destiny of Our Past." https://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Our-Past-Michael-Cross-ebook/dp/B01MY4WASN