: ...Turn on Tune in Drop out. I am the Walrus.
You have egg on your face, Eggman. I wish you'd read the posts before subjecting everyone to your juvenile tirades. My John Lennon quote was IRONIC, you cretinous sycophant. The point being that appeals to people's hearts and goodwill and even rationality will do nothing. So, you've taken what we both agree is an overly simplistic and specious sentiment and turned it into a tirade for your entire sociology. The typical "human nature is bad, that's why we need a 300 billion dollar defense budget" BULLSHIT that pervades America's rhetorical landscape.
One thing I can say is that John Lennon, even with his ultimate allegiance to capitalism ("Revolution" is one song that makes this quite clear) is still worlds above you and your reptilian mind. Lennon, for all his posturing and naive polemics, at least had his eyes on changing things for the better. You're just a parasite, and an embarrassingly misinformed one at that.
: : What the "Food Not Bombs!" people, as well as the "You can't hug your child with nuclear arms!" bumper-sticker crowd are missing is the fact that social spending is inherently democratic. People KNOW if they need a hospital in their community and they KNOW what kind. People KNOW if they need a school. They KNOW that forty kids to a class is too many. People KNOW things about what their community should have.
: : But they don't know how to fly an F-1 or F-14 or F-16. Military spending is inherently undemocratic. It gives the bourgeoisie an excuse to rob the poor and pay the rich. That's why America spends so much money on its military.
: : Now, to answer the second question my non-American friend asked me in the cafeteria: Sure, American politicians love war. But I'll betcha there'd be less wars if the rest of the world would would be good little boys and girls, go along with the "free-market" and bow to our capitalist will. Golly, if people would only do that, we could finally have what John Lennon hoped for! That is, if only the other countries would quit fighting America's leadership, we could all give peace a chance.
: This is pretty good for a screed. I admit that I stopped reading half way through though, so I may not be giving you full credit. I stopped reading at the part about the 'thugs' that America deals with, when I realized that you don't know there is a fundamental difference between international relations and personal relations.
Oh, I think everyone is well aware of that. Killing people who disagree with me in my personal life would have dire consequences. As president of the U.S., they'd call me a man of "resolve."
: I'm a product, unfortunately.
Yes, it is unforunate that you have been produced.
(Hyuk, hyuk hyuk! I just cheated like Frenchy does!)