... never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.Think about this phrasing above. Where did it come from? Does it seem familiar? If you guessed that this is the guiding principle of today's politicians, you would be correct. If you want to know the origin, keep reading.
If you look back over the history of this country since the end of World War II, you will see a dramatically different country than anytime before. In prior years, the Executive Branch of the government was limited and was held in check by the US Consitution. Wars fought by this country were done with a rapid ramping up of war services and armies and shortly after hostility ended, the war machine would switch back to peace-time levels. After World War II ended, this all changed.
If you were born from the early 1950's until the late 1970's you probably don't have any idea what I am referring to. You have always known about Defense spending. The Cold War was a big part of your life, and the Soviet Union was the enemy of freedom. If you were born even a decade later, Communism was for the most part a topic in history class, not real life. What didn't change though was the Defense spending of the US government. How did this happen?
Let us explain by using an example. A young child that is given a dollar as a gift will find a way to spend that dollar as soon as possible. You can ask them if they would like to save some of that money for later and you will get a blank stare. If they have it, they spend it. Many adults find themselves in this situation as well. What happens if you have all of the toys at your disposal that you could ever want? Wouldn't you want to play with them? That is the current US government. A often forgotten US Senator from the middle of the 20th century put it this way:
If in the great field of foreign policy the President has the arbitrary and unlimited powers he now claims, then there is an end to freedom in the United States not only in the foreign field, but in domestic policy too; one simple result is that war is more likely. Robert A. Taft, A Foreign Policy for Americans (New York: Doubleday & Company, 1951), 21-23.Since 1941, no US President has gone to Congress asking for a formal declaration of war. You might say to yourself, that can't be right since I know people who fought for our country overseas. Technically, our military has fought in numerous locations throughout the world since 1945, but never as a true war declared by our government. Korea was a Police Action. Vietnam was for the support of our allies in South Vietnam. Iraq was for the removal of WMD's. None of these received congressional approval for war, but they did receive congressional funding approval. We had a draft in this country for Korea and Vietnam even though congress never declared war. Especially during the Vietnam era, men went to prison for avoiding the draft. Think about that for a moment.
Because we have a government bloated with "toys", eventually someone will try to use them. In our case, we use them often as a way to force our will upon the rest of the world. We here at Political Dogma favor protecting our country and our interests, but not at the expense of a constant state of war (declared or undeclared). Having the means to wage war translates into waging war at the slightest provocation. Should the government require a longer time to ramp-up war production and military spending, those in power might not be so quick to commit our money and our troops to a prolonged or ill conceived military campaign.
As a citizen of this country, you have a right to know what is being done in your name. You have a right to ask that those in charge of making decisions in this country are required to abide by the laws of this land just as you are. Make your voice heard by reaching out to all of your representatives at every level of government. The constitution is the overriding document that determines our actions in this country, and it begins with "We the People ..." not "just a few individuals".
If you have read this far, then you probably are wondering where the quote at the beginning derived. The original text is from the Office of Strategic Services report referring to Adolf Hitler in 1941. That's right, our politicians are utilizing the playbook of failed dictator to control the masses. More food for thought.
Public domain artwork World War II Patriotic Poster titled We have just begun to fight!, published by the United States Office of War Information in 1943 and Printed by the U.S.Government Printing Office; USA American Patriotism Poster copyright free public domain image, Patriotic Symbols from United States of America WWII U.S. history; these WW1 patriotic propaganda posters are, copyright free images, public domain artwork, public domain graphics, art works in the public domain, copyright free pictures; This poster shows a painted image by an unknown artist of a soldier carrying gun with bayonet, facing left with one arm in the air as if leading a charge. Heading Reads We have just begun to fight! Previous battles are listed: Pearl Harbor, Bataan, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Bismarck Sea, Casablanca, Algiers, Tunisia