Military hurts nation instead of helping us

LaceyMay 27, 2013 

Every place the U.S. military attacks, it kills innocent civilians. This provokes their families, friends, neighbors and countrymen to hate us, creating even more enemies. Our bipartisan foreign policy continuously promotes more wars in more countries. Rather than make America more secure, rampant militarism is making us less secure.

Endless wars are bankrupting our nation. Half of the federal government’s discretionary budget is spent on militarism — as much as all the world’s other nations combined. The U.S. is No. 1 in military spending and No. 1 in killing people in other nations. But Americans’ life expectancy, infant mortality, educational outcomes and other indicators of well-being rank far below people in dozens of other countries that spend less on the military and more to meet human needs.

The U.S. has sacrificed our people’s well-being on the altar of the idol of militarism. Besides endangering our security, excessive militarism wastes hundreds of billions of our tax dollars.

For decades, mainstream U.S. news media has gullibly publicized militaristic propaganda at face value, even when alternative media and peace organizations were trying to publicize the truth. Both of the big, dysfunctional political parties have failed the American people, because they are trapped in mindless militarism and in debt to the weapons manufacturers that fund their campaigns.

The military does not solve problems. Militarism is the problem. Congress and the president should slash military spending and fully fund human needs.

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