Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What Are We Doing Now?

With the death of Osama Bin Laden on , we have started seeing headlines like "Pakistani Taliban Promising Tougher Fight". This isn't about more soldiers going to war. What we obviously need is more preemptive strikes like the one the Navy Seals launched on the compound that Osama had been living in, in luxury for 6 years. I wish to add here that he was there for four years under the Bush administration. I don't ever again want to hear that anything they did, including torture, ever did anything but compromise our security and create more unrest in the Middle East.
Now that Bin Laden is gone and most of the major funding players are getting worn down, it is time to launch a preemptive strike against the people who are threatening MORE. No more sending young men into a meat grinder at the cost of their own lives, is what I want to say. But, considering the amount of people that our military employs, we don't have an alternative. If the U.S. Military branches, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, etc. were disbanded, the government would have almost two thirds as much money as it needed. What most U.S. Citizens don't realize or even think about is, that these people are supported by our taxes. If we really wanted to cut spending, this is the first place we could start. But when our military police operations involve the amount of effort that they do now, we can't really say much. Do we really think Korea or Germany really need watching now? But, where would these military personel find work when those jobs are no longer available. Part of our overpopulation and job security problems can be linked to one thing that most people don't like to talk about. We now have a volunteer army and NO DRAFT. During war time before this era, we always had a draft.
Am I saying that we should reinstate the draft? No, I am saying that we should either limit the amount of military waste, including over spending on personel in countries we don't really have tense political problems with OR, reinstate the draft.
I am a Buddhist, also. I believe that peace in our lifetimes is possible. But, it will take dialogue and negotiation. I agree with the Dalai Lama that war is an outdated concept. Conventional war is unnecessary in an age when we have smart missiles that can be aimed and fired from a battle ship or somewhere in Kansas like someone playing a Nintendo game. We have made peace agreements stating that we don't want nuclear war. I fully concur with that. I believe that because of two things, Oil and Christian Conservative Values that some people think we need to control in every country on earth and be a part of their success or failure on an ideological basis that even the majority of our own citizens don't understand or care to understand, is wrong. In recent history, the Natural Gas Act is about to be passed into law. This will limit our need on foreign oil. I think we need to limit our use of petroleum to making asphalt and plastics. Using it for unsafe, costly, and increasingly less plentiful supplies of fossil fuel has fueled a nation, but cost us an environment. It has raped our nation financially and brought us most of our inflationary times. Every time the cost of gas doubles, our country goes into a financial slump and it is always blamed on housing costs, rising food prices, and the good ole' "Cost Of Living Increase" which we wouldn't be experiencing if shipping costs due to oil prices rising incurs. Our nation knows that the oil companies have been unscrupulous and down right scandalous over the years, including the ones who put their children in government in order to continue to war profiteer, pillage, and plunder the United States. Between the oil companies, the insurance companies, and the health care industry, we are being systematically gouged for coming anywhere in orbital contact of these pirates.
When will it stop? When we demand it at the level of government. The lobbyists will scream socialism, and call it anything from lack of "free market" to "job killing tax and spending", but what it comes down to is we, as a nation need to demand common sense from our government and stop them from allowing certain industries to run unchecked, at will, creating another depression. Economists have been talking about this for years, but we weren't faced with the future in which some people think right to life and lack of contraception is normal instead of overpopulation. The planet is getting more crowded as we go and there has to be a limit. Some day in this country, people will need to get a permit to give birth. That is inevitable since we can't trust some people to be responsible.
The death of Osama Bin Laden and the beginning of the passing of the Natural Gas Act will usher in new possibilities and green technology, home farming, etc. will be the wave of the future. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, read the articles about Michael Reynolds and the "Earthship" technology that they have started manufacturing and then watch the videos entitled "Garbage Warrior" that explain the new way we will be able to live in the future without a water bill, electric bill, and will grow our own food, raise our own meat, etc. Communities are already employing these techniques and those of us who are thinking in terms of "someday" will be left behind before long. The next century will be full of smart people and wasteful, ignorant, uneducated, and uncaring self centered people.
Go to YouTube and watch Garbage Warrior part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, and part six.

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