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Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists — Here’s Why
June 22, 2017 at 11:25 am Written by Alice Salles

source/credit; Murica Today

(ANTIMEDIA) — One of the few elected Democratic lawmakers with an extensive anti-war record, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has combined forces with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to push legislation through both the House and the Senate that would bar federal agencies from using taxpayer-backed funds to provide weapons, training, intelligence, or any other type of support to terrorist cells such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other group that is associated with them in any way. The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is so unique that it’s also the only bill of its kind that would also bar the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries that support (directly or indirectly) terrorists such as Saudi Arabia.

To our surprise — or should we say shame? — only 13 other lawmakers out of hundreds have co-sponsored Gabbard’s House bill. Paul’s Senate version of the bill, on the other hand, has zero cosponsors.

While both pieces of legislation were introduced in early 2017, no real action has been taken as of yet. This proves that Washington refuses to support bills that would actually provoke positive chain reactions not only abroad but also at home. Why? Well, let’s look at the groups that would lose a great deal in case this bill is signed into law.

Military Homeland Security Companies, Lobbyists, And Lawmakers All Profit From War

With trillions of tax dollars flowing to companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and even IBM, among others, companies that invest heavily in weapons, cyber security systems, and other technologies that are widely used in times of war would stand to lose a lot — if not everything — if all of a sudden, the United States chose to become a nation that stands for peace and free market principles.

For one, these companies have a heavy lobbying presence, ensuring that lawmakers sympathetic to their plight are elected every two years. When the possibility of a new conflict appears on the horizon, these companies are the first to lobby heavily for action.

But this dynamic isn’t a secret. We all know that the crony capitalist system that thrives in Washington, D.C., is the very bread and butter of politics in America. After all, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation in his farewell address in 1961 that “an immense military establishment and a large arms industry” were becoming the great powers behind U.S. politics, and that if we weren’t wary of this influence, we would risk living in a perpetual state of war.

Still, we allowed it to take over. And there isn’t one industry powerful enough to counter this destructive authority.

With the support of an army of well-established and connected millionaire lobbyists, the war machine operating in Washington is so powerful that anything can be turned into an existential threat.

Any conflict abroad that has absolutely no importance or that poses literally no threat to the common American is inflated to become a threat to the American way of life. They hate us “for our freedom.” Therefore, we must show them what democracy looks like.

Without the same kind of powerful and wealthy team behind the cause for sanity and peace, this army of big money and big lobbyists has single-handedly put us and many generations to come in debt over Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and now Syria. And as the marketing machine behind this kind of lobbying effort taps into the social justice trend that has infiltrated every aspect of our culture in recent years, these organizations have learned that they will get even broader support from the public if they add feminist, anti-poverty, and pro-equality messages to their pro-war efforts.

As you can see, even if Gabbard and Paul managed to use all of their time to force the Stop Arming Terrorists Act through Congress so it could get to President Donald Trump’s desk, the powers at play in Washington would do their best to sweep this effort under the rug. Not because individuals involved in pro-war lobbying are, perhaps, thirsty for war per se, but because the system under which they operate allows for bad incentives to produce a great deal of wealth and influence, tilting the balance toward evil.

Without a state that can be bribed, companies would be left to fend for themselves and stay afloat by making customers… happy. And you can’t make customers happy if all you have to offer is war.

SUMMARY

Should people be VERY AFRAID of terrorists, or not? The fear of dying is based on very real risks, so let's take a look at the risk of death from a terror attack. In the US, here are the risks of death from various causes, according to the White House, and CDC statistics.

How AFRAID are you of all of these causes of death? 


Why would a mass media hype up the fear of terrorism, when so many other causes of death are actually much bigger risks? Why does the mass media IGNORE and DENY the largest causes of death, which also happen to be associated with huge advertising income that they receive from these industries? 

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MASS MEDIA MOSTLY DENIES/IGNORES THE ABOVE HUGE EPIDEMIC OF DEATHS EVERY YEAR, ALMOST NEVER A CRITIC OF MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, AS IT HAS NEVER MET A WAR THAT IT DID NOT LIKE? WHY IS THAT? 

The fear of terrorism is hyped and built up by the mass media, which profits from war. The mass media has never met a war it did not like and support. Anyone opposing war, and the never ending war on terror is shunned, ignored, denied, and suppressed, because it is not PROFITABLE. The mass media and military industrial complex is built in FEAR and HATRED, so those two things must be hyper focused on daily, and repeated attacks on the favorite target of the day must be done to build up and maintain support for non stop war. 

There is a price to building up a nation into little more than the military industrial complex and war. Trump is a symptom of this focus on building up monopolies like the military, fossil fuels and nuclear, via lies, deception, fear and hatred. As the US keeps on descending into the darkness of fear and hatred, it also builds up a fascist empire. 



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Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists — Here’s Why
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