Trump makes the threats. Democrats vote to back him up.

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Donald Trump stood before the nations of the world at the UN and threatened to destroy another country.

But just the day before, Democratic Party Senators in Congress joined with the Republican majority to pass a $700 billion defense bill, larger than Trump has even asked for.

The 1,215-page bill includes a wide range of provisions, such as a 2.1 percent military pay raise and $8.5 billion to strengthen missile defense, as North Korea conducts nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

Democratic Senators voting with the Republican majority included Senate leader Chuck Schumer and Illinois’ Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.
Sanders voted no. Elizabeth Warren voted yes.
If you rob a bank and I hand you the gun, aren’t I complicit?

16 Replies to “Trump makes the threats. Democrats vote to back him up.”

  1. in the mid-60’s, the Viet Nam War was just getting nice and hot. The myth of patriotism was being peddled hook-line-and sinker, to Americans of all ages. Many young teens like me had Dads who were WW II Vets. The feeling was, “If my Dad was man enough to serve, then it was now my time”. I remember some of the guys a little older than me had enlisted. Either before they left, or right after basic training, many of these enlistees were invited, regardless of their age, to have a complimentary brew or two with some of the neighborhood WW II Vets at the corner pub. It was a symbolic right of passage into manhood. These brave young men were about to kill Communist “gooks” and preserve democracy for America and our allies.

    I wanted so badly to take that early step into manhood. As a 16 year old sophomore, I asked my parents to allow me to drop out of school and join the Marines. Parental consent, I was told, was necessary in order to enlist at that age. My Dad said he wouldn’t sign for anything like that until I had a HS diploma. I now have a feeling that deep down inside my patriotic father knew about the evils of war, and perhaps the corruption of government, as well.

    Anyhow, when I finally graduated I changed my tune. One of my closest friends died the summer after I graduated. He enlisted right after graduation, went to basic, and headed to Viet Nam. He was dead within 10 days. Within that year 3 or 4 more also died in that terrible war. I listened and watched as Mohammad Ali relinquished his heavyweight title, and Olympic gold medals, in protest of this war. I remember him saying that he had nothing against the Viet Cong. At that point, he was my new hero.

    Today we find ourselves in that same phony position as Trump taunts and insults North Korea with threats. It makes one wonder “what we don’t hear” on the nightly news. There are still enough young people drinking the patriotic kool-aid and thinking “We’ve gotta stop those North Koreans before Democracy is truly threatened”. With very few decent jobs available, having enough enlistees is not going to be a problem. On the other end of the spectrum, politicians and corporate big wigs are salivating at the thought of profits from their corporate investments in the military industrial complex should a war actually take place.

    God bless America!

    1. You are so right in your comment. I also remember when I heard we were going to have an all volunteer army, thinking; no jobs, poor people’s army. Then the hypocrisy sets in. Politicians saying we need to grow jobs(fewer taxes for the rich & less regulation)for our men that served(that are left after suicide)who served because there were no jobs. Nice system we have in place.

      1. Sig, when I was drafted they were taking everyone and anyone…check it out…some had choices…jail or the service!!!!! today that does not fly. They need educated people to run and use the systems in place. Not so in Vietnam…give them a rifle….they were 11Barvo!!! Listen to the documentary on this evening. 10 part series…will open your eyes to our government…R and D sides…both not thinking of us.

      2. Nope. They weren’t drafting everyone. Not rich college kids. Not the kids of those who could clout their way into the national guard. Don’t need Ken Burns to explain it to me. I was there.

  2. Yeah, the other guy drew a line in the sand in Syria, never a peep from anybody.
    He shouldn’t have said he would destroy them, no question. (Kelley looked like he wanted to crawl in a whole) I’d settle for dropping an ICBM down his shorts. but somebody has to call these people out, whether it’s the UN, NK or hypocritical left wing nuts.

  3. Get real Fred, how much of that billions of $$$ will end up in the pockets of Illinois companies, or wait and see what Dickie votes for in the near future.
    Has nothing to do with what is right, or moral or anything else. $$$$$

  4. Thanks for the information. I sent an email to Senators Joe Donnelly (D) and Todd Young (R) from Indiana.
    ……………….
    I’m ashamed of you. How can you back Trump’s plan for more military money when people in this country are dying because of lack of money for food, lack of decent healthcare [forget the most recent bill that will cause millions extreme hardship), poor housing and lack of clean drinking water. Our infrastructure is falling apart and our roads are crumbling. Schools are in need of repair and public schools are underfunded. Shame on you for ‘more money for the military’. We have killed and destroyed way too many in the name of ‘liberty for all’. It is past time to bring these troops home and spend money where it is needed.

  5. “It’s not something that lends itself to an easy solution,” Mr. Obama said. “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals. But aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, Republic of Korea.”
    So, Obama was making a statement about why he couldn’t destroy North Korea. Meanwhile what was it Trump said?
    ………………….
    “If it is forced to defend itself or its allies,” Trump said, “We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself, and for his regime.”

    Obama: Why we can’t destroy. Trump: Why we have no choice but to destroy. Sanders: There’s no difference.

    Not. The. Same. Policy.

  6. Thank you for your post, Jacek. War is big business, with no concern whatsoever for lives lost or ruined.
    We were supposed to be out of Afghanistan by 2017, but Trump recently sent more troops, and it continues to be a huge honey pot for the defense industry. It has brought them $100 billion since 2007, according to a Business Insider article from August. The number of defense contractors there is more than double the number of troops stationed there, which I think is close to 11,000 now.
    We really have no idea just how out of control the military-industrial complex is, and that’s a scary thought.

  7. A little-known provision within the General Assembly Retirement System, or GARS, gifts massive pension payouts to state lawmakers who have been in office the longest – the very men and women responsible for the state’s pension crisis, and who refuse needed reforms.
    When she steps down, Currie will start drawing a six-figure pension after one year.
    That’s because GARS allows lawmakers who were elected before 2003 to hoard pension “spikes.” After serving 20 years in office or turning age 55, whichever comes later, these lawmakers bank a 3 percent boost to their eventual pensions each year.
    Currie has been in the House since 1979 and is now 77. Therefore, she has been collecting 3 percent boosts every year since her 20th year of service concluded at the start of 2000.
    When she retires as majority leader, her salary will likely stand at over $91,000, including her base salary and leadership bonus. That means her first-year pension payment will be more than $77,000.
    Then the spikes kick in. Her second-year pension will total more than $121,000, according to GARS rules.
    Look at this people!!!! What is your friend Mike going to pull in????

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