Monday, November 19, 2018

Where the Criminal Must Not Make Its Way In

Quote from a conversation between Robert Sheer and Jeff Cohen~

RS: I certainly agree that it’s important to fight the good fight. But we’re doing this on, well, being done from a public radio station. And it’s being done, we’re recording at a university. Our job here is to actually think out loud. Because I think the game is rigged now to such a degree that what we need are some naysayers out there. And I think of Martin Luther King, and when I was the editor of Ramparts we published him when The New York Times denounced him in an editorial, when he at Riverside Church, a year before he was killed, said the United States, my government, is the major purveyor of violence in the world today. That was not a statement that a careful politician would ever even think about; you would be denounced. Yet the United States, today, is the major purveyor of violence in the world today. It has a military budget that is growing all the time, supported by Democrats and Republicans; it intervenes everywhere in the world. And yet, if those good candidates that you’re talking about dared to say, my government is the major purveyor in the violence of the world today, they wouldn’t be treated—you know, let’s cut to the chase here.

JC: Yeah, I agree. But let me respond. You’ve raised the most important issue that liberals won’t talk about, which is U.S. militarism. When Martin Luther King says the U.S. is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, if he were alive he’d be saying it, as you’re saying it, today. We have 800 military bases, $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2019. And Schumer’s office, and Pelosi, sent out statements about how they were working with Trump to get him the money for our quote defense, unquote. Most Democrats, even progressive ones, on their websites—check out the issues I’m running on—they’ll mention gay rights, they’ll mention health care, they’ll mention environment. They don’t mention the military. They don’t mention endless war. We’ve been involved in war since 2001. It’s the longest war in U.S. history, and they won’t talk about it. But here’s the good news. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Rashida Tlaib, who’s the new congresswoman, a Palestinian-American from Detroit; Ilhan Omar, the Somali refugee, is the new congresswoman from Minnesota; Ayanna Pressley, she beat a 10-term Democrat in the primary, she’s from Boston. On their websites, they talk about cutting the military budget and using that money for social good. If you don’t cut the military budget, how can we provide free, public college education? How can we provide the kind of healthcare that the country needs? So you’re right, you’re right—it’s the biggest issue that the mainstream media won’t talk about, MSNBC doesn’t talk about it. But some of these—obviously, Truthdig talks about it, Truthout talks about it, Democracy Now! talks about it. MSNBC—they don’t talk about, there’s no such thing as U.S. militarism or U.S. imperialism on those stations.

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