Be Wary of the Three Headed Serpent
Three Headed Serpent
This photo is pretty loathsome, isn’t it? From the Biblical Genesis to the present day, snakes have always struck fear in most people. They are by their very nature devious, stealthy and not to be trusted, striking when you least expect it.
I am speaking about another ‘serpent’ in a symbolic sense. The three heads are composed of false religion, militarism, and greedy commercialism. They are work together to create this beast that has us all in its clutches in one way or another.
False Religion: I do not claim to know the right religion nor proselytize. But any religion that promotes the interests of the other two heads is more than likely ‘false’,
Militarism: I define this as a military buildup in hardware, deployment and personnel far beyond what is needed for defense.
Greedy Commercialism: Goes beyond business transactions, buying and selling of goods and services, but reaches to control vast natural resources, alter the relationship between labor and capital with the balance in their favor. This constitutes a single minded focus on the acquisition of wealth, ignoring any and every other consideration.
Having been a member of the U.S. Military for a few years, I recall those of the officer corps that were chaplains. A chaplain has its own insignia as part of the uniform to identify the religious denomination. It could be a cross for Christianity, a crescent moon for Islam, etc. There just seem to be a contradiction; the true religion must be about peace, not war. Both sides of a military conflict use religion to legitimatize the military mission in the eyes of its rank and file. It just seems ludicrous, like a 50 ft inflatable Jesus. We have all the symbolism, but miss the point. Both sides of a military conflict use this to goad its armed forces to get after the enemy and have them believe that God is supporting their efforts. The idea of justifying warfare as supported by God goes back before recorded time. Would not God be pleased by the fact that you are going to die for your country? Who is going to say that I am a liberal that does not appreciate the fact that freedom is not free? I am not naïve, I am aware that certain conflicts, particularly the Second World War, were necessary. The Axis powers had plans for global domination and had to be destroyed at an incredible cost. But, this was almost 70 years ago, I do not believe that the conflicts that this country has been engaged in since 1945, were of so dire a nature. We have read stories of pressure placed on Air Force Academy cadets to align themselves with certain religious values and principles. Did not Jesus say that those who lived by the sword were to die by it? Militarism takes advantage of the Judeo-Christian background of most Americans to goad them on to fight with the idea that this is consistent with love of God and country. But what is it that we are fighting for in this day and age, is it worth the supreme sacrifice? Let’s have military service and religion stand on its own merits and not be intertwined in this way.
Outside the United States there are approximately 1,000 American military bases. How is this interpreted as ‘defense’? Our garrisons encircle the planet, what ever became of the peace dividend after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War some 20 years ago? The Government says the facilities are needed for national security. Did we not learn the limits of American military power during the Vietnam conflict? This was just one example of ones reach exceeding ones grasp. That much of an American presence around the world is provocative in itself. Who stands to benefit by keeping a new bogey man before the American people on a regular basis? Are we involved in our own kind of global domination? We all, conservatives in particular, like to say that we are exceptional and have no designs of world control. Really, then what are we doing lacing the planet with our installations? Hundreds of thousands of military personnel and their families had employment in jobs that kept the unemployment numbers down and raised few complaints from taxpayers who foot the bill. It also kept the military-industrial complex profitable. Is this country capable of maintaining a full employment economy without the need to rattle sabers? It is a question that the authorities do not want you to ask. Hundreds of these bases are located outside of war zones, so what gives with the national security argument? Perhaps the interests are not solely of a military but more of a commercial basis. Ask the “we know why we are here people” at the Boeing Company. As a former federal contracting officer, I am aware of the tremendous costs associated with military contracting for goods and services; it is a source of revenue for the contractor and a source of pride for the congressional representatives that want to keep in good graces with working people in their districts. But, the big picture is counterproductive, is it not? So while we create this worldwide security umbrella, others prosper and develop their economies not having to deal with this cost, at our expense. W.C. Fields once said ‘never give a sucker and even break’. You may be willing to die for your country, but would you die for the Koch Brothers or to put another dollar into the pockets of those reaping mucho profits in the petroleum industry?
President Eisenhower Warns us of the Danger of the Military Industrial Complex
Ronald Reagan ran up deficits to the moon, one aspect of this was his “Star Wars” defense plan. Orbital based platforms of missiles targeting other missiles. Its cost was to be into the billions of dollars, never mind the fact that a suborbital projectile could destroy much of it at a fraction of the cost. I may not be up to date on military hardware and technology, but I have not heard anything about force fields or the like, have you? There are issues around much of Central America where the military was used to prop up regimes that were anything but democratic, so that commercial interests of American multinational companies would not be impeded. I believe that a lot of that was behind the so called outrage over Fidel Castro and Cuba more than 50 years ago. Who keeps maintaining the animosity between our countries? Castro is a teddy bear compared with some of the tyrants with whom we have allied ourselves. We, today, face much of this ‘walking a tightrope” in the Middle East. We talk democracy, but our history has shown that we were more interested in stability and a clean flow of petroleum products than the aspirations of people. All this is proving expensive and is not justified when so many of our countrymen are experiencing economic hardship. Eisenhower warned us about the dangers of the military industrial complex in January, 1961, has anybody listened? Sadly, although I have supported President Obama, this militarism status seems to permeate both parties and is a ‘given’ as part of Government operation. Although we celebrate on having eliminated Osama Bin Laden, what was the cost? We invest in high technology to destroy people in gopher holes. Since, September 11, 2001, how many lives have been lost? Initially, we go to the wrong target and are eluded by a man for almost a decade that has been definitely operating low tech. I wonder if our leaders really want to check Al Qaeda or, instead, continue an endless conflict that has shown itself not to have a military solution. But if control and power is the goal, we have to continue to let loose the dogs of war, as our very purpose for all this would have to come under question.
So what about false religion and greedy commercial interests? When you check the GOP and/or the Tea Party’s base do we not see an alliance between the corporate interests and Evangelical Christians? We know that corporations are profit driven and are at best, amoral. They are neither interested in country nor morality, yet these ‘values voters’ align with them, why? Corporations will invest in China without a second thought, never mind that it may be contrary to American interests. China has no problem with abortion and the last time I checked still use it for population control. How does light coexist with darkness? Well, I say that it is not so much of a light as it is a glare. As I told a fellow hubber and friend earlier today http://hubpages.com/profile/Sembj (lots of poignant articles, check him out) that in the biblical account Jesus chased money changers from the temple as defilement to true worship. Who are the ‘money changers” today, the corporate power structure? Would Jesus be comfortable having an alliance with this sort? I see churches making money as a major aspect of its existence outside of saving souls. Religion has been used as a crutch for slavery, as the slaveowner said that it Christianizes savages and such. My sister visited the Vatican once and was awestruck at the opulence. Reminds me of the film “Car Wash” (1976) where Daddy Rich (Richard Pryor), is the founder of the Church of Divine Economic Spirituality. This was a classic piece of comedy but I really do not think that the reality is so much different.
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by fellow hubber d.william
I am sorry if I disturbed comfort zones for so many, but I ask people to think a little bit about the choices they make and about who they choose to follow without question. Thank you for your attention.