TOM HASTINGS – The unraveling of US democracy continues as the third branch of government, contaminated by Republican dirty tricks, confirms the trend of voter suppression laws designed to prevent entire groups of people who tend to vote Democrat from actually being able to vote.
DONNA PARK – Most Americans who either support or accept the large amount of money spent on the U.S. military probably do so because they think it makes our nation secure. But does it really?
LAWRENCE WITTNER -Maintaining the U.S. status as â€œNo. 1â€ in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. That price is not only paid in dollarsâ€”plus massive death and suffering in warfareâ€•but in the impoverishment of other key sectors of American life. After all, this lavish outlay on the military now constitutes about two-thirds of the U.S. governmentâ€™s discretionary spending. And these other sectors of American life are in big trouble.
DAVID SWANSON – â€œPeaceâ€ clubs in U.S. schools are likely to teach that a local bully is afraid and in need of help. They are much less likely to teach that about entities involved in the actual subject of peace (meaning the absence of war), such as â€” to take the example momentarily most prominent in U.S. propaganda â€” North Korea.
FINIAN CUNNINGHAM – The monstrous US military budget is a classic illustration of the proverb about not seeing the woods for the trees. It is such an overwhelming outgrowth, all too often it is misperceived.