Congressional candidate Tom Cotton and the illusive concept of “sacrifice”
July 4, 2012 17 Comments
Tom Cotton perfectly represents the Republican view of “sacrifice.” The elderly, disabled, veterans, poor families and children make the sacrifices and the top one-percent gives up nothing. It may be that Mr. Cotton will win election. I won’t lose a minute of sleep worrying about it. People get exactly the government they deserve.
Arkansas Times covered this in some detail and I will only highlight Cotton’s sorry excuse for an Independence Day greeting.
Liberty Demands Sacrifice Today we celebrate not only our independence, but also our brave men and women who sacrificed in service of country. May we continue to fight for liberty at home, as so many have done and continue to do overseas.
May we all hold dear the liberty we have. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
God bless the men and women in uniform who endure so much in service to this nation, and may they be so respected and cared for once they return home. Rest assured that, when Republicans take control of the federal government in November, veterans will be among those hit hardest by the brutal budget cuts to be imposed by the party of “fiscal restraint.” Anybody who has been wide awake know that this bunch would bring the entire federal government to its knees before even restoring the Bush tax cuts.
Cotton is nothing but another cut out of the same mole Republican. This is a party that does not know the difference between personal insults and policy, whose only vision of the future is a land that nurtures the wealthy while working Americans struggle to pay their bills. The real Republican objective is a nation of third-world status, crumbling infrastructure, and cheap labor.
Let’s talk about the military. Since when is limitless “defense” spending a useful policy? Once upon a time, the Tom Cottons of this world would have needed a few more years to develop a mature worldview, even in the Republican Party. To substantiate this, let us turn to this address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower “The Chance for Peace” delivered before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16,1953.
This world in arms in not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
One cannot absolutely guarantee that Democrats will always do a better job on Pentagon spending. Historically, there is plenty of guilt to go around. The priority should be to look out for the those in uniform and the veterans. In the present situation, Republicans are determined to favor the industrial interests that benefit from big weapons programs and privatized military operations.