Wednesday, December 10, 2008


18th Century American Philosophy:

"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
-Thomas Paine for his pamphlet "Common Sense"

21st Century American Philosophy:

"Bring'em on!" - George W. Bush

and its fruits....

18th Century American Philosophy:

"He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death."

-Thomas Paine for the pamphlet "Common Sense"

21st Century American Philosophy:

"But the risk of doing nothing, the risk of the security of this country being jeopardized at the hands of a madman with weapons of mass destruction far exceeds the risks of any action we may be forced to take."

- George W. Bush, President Meets with National Economic Council, White House (2/25/2003).

and it's fruits....

States Bear Billions in Iraq War Costs Total Economic Costs of the Iraq War 2003-2017

Decide for yourself which version of America you would live in.



Ed said...

For me it's a simple matter of survival. If we can't learn to settle our disputes without resorting to violence we will become extinct. We won't be able to do this without removing the barriers of race, religion and nationalism that support us.

I am not a pacifies. When we are attacked we need to defend ours selves. However, the more we are able to reach out with understanding, help our neighbors when we can, the less our neighbors are likely to attack us.

To settle disputes through peaceful negotiations, not war, requires trust. Without breaking the barriers that separate us we are unlikely to build that trust with our neighbors.

Anonymous said...

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. -John Milton, poet (1608-1674)