What Happened to Common Sense?

Wise quotation and a chalk drawing of a bulb on black chalkboard

I got up early on Memorial Day. I was bummed out before breakfast. Why?

I was born just ahead of the Baby Boomers (1946-1964). My childhood was filled with parades, flags, cemetery visits and reverence for those who “protected our freedom”. I proudly joined the Marines at 17.

My children were raised accordingly, special holidays were spiced up with flags and John Phillips Sousa music.

I missed Korea and Vietnam. I attend veteran events to honor those who weren’t so lucky.

My sour mood was triggered by a patriotic post about “Honoring those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom.”

Wikipedia explains:

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

…. It is a day for visiting cemeteries and memorials to mourn the military personnel who died in the line of duty. Volunteers will place American flags on the graves of those military personnel in national cemeteries. Others such as family and friends will also come to lay flowers on the graves of those who died in the US military.”

Jo’s dear friend Carlene does that each year. Carlene’s father, a small-town mailman who owned an ice cream parlor, earned a Silver Star in WWII. He was called and helped “preserve our freedom” in one of the deadliest wars in history.

Wait a minute!

WWI was supposed to be “The War To End All Wars. How many times has congress declared war in the 106 years that followed? Technically once, WWII. What about the wars Baby Boomers experienced?

FDLP explains:

“No formal declaration of war has occurred since World War II.

Since the 1970s, U.S. Presidents and Congress have used the War Powers Resolution for the authorization to use the U.S. Armed Forces for military engagements. ….

It is the purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and ensure that the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations…”

Nothing in the resolution mentions “preserving our freedom.” The Baby Boomer generation has seen gutless politicians send troops to battle while avoiding accountability.

Since 1945, approximately 100,000 have died in battle. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, you name it.

This Watson Institute graphic upset me – a lot:

Veteran suicide graphic

Suicides among service members and veterans are triple the casualties.

With the exception of 9/11 (an attack on our shores) were any other “hostilities” true threats to our freedom in the US? Congress commits troops into battle, followed by politics as usual with much grandstanding. Eventually we threw down our arms, and simply walked away, at a cost of trillions of dollars and over 100,000 lives. Why?

Politicians “collective judgment” is nonsense, devoid of any common sense.

Richard J. Maybury writes the U.S & World Early Warning Report, and is a true expert on this subject, with a great track record in predicting what is likely to come next.

Our recent interview was well received; many readers wanting more. I asked him to weigh in on this….

DENNIS: Richard, thanks again for your time. I’d love your input on a theory of mine.

I had a chance meeting with retired General Norman Schwarzkopf, at a barber shop in Tampa. We spoke for almost an hour; he was a likeable guy and very straightforward.

I asked about an excerpt in his book, refusing to give the Secretary of Defense the Iraq battle plan until they told him the goal. How can you build a plan if you don’t know the goal? It was a lengthy standoff; pinning down the politicians on the objective was a challenge.

If WWI was the “War to end all wars,” it didn’t work. What is the goal of war? One former officer friend said, “To kill people and break things.” God, I hope not.

My theory is the goal should be to:

  • Destroy the enemy
  • Destroy their ability to fight
  • Destroy their will to fight
  • And finally, to discourage any other party from wanting to go to war against us

Richard, I have a multi-part question.

  1. Does this make sense?
  1. Since WWII we have been involved in several “hostilities.” Were our freedoms really threatened by the enemy of the day?
  1. Have we come close to achieving the goal?

RICHARD: Dennis, thanks for inviting me to address your readers.

We must differentiate between the professed goals, and the true, underlying goal. Not everyone shares the same goal.

Starting with the 1898 Spanish-American War, the true goal in all of DC’s wars has been to make the world safe for the DC power junkies to meddle in other countries.

Our founding fathers made human mistakes. For example, the Constitution stops at our border. Inside, Americans have many protections under the Bill of Rights against the DC power junkies. Beyond the borders, they do most anything they please, to anyone, and have been allowed to get away with it.

I once gave my best researcher an assignment – make a list of all the countries in which the federal government does not meddle. His report – one sentence – “There are none!”

I wasn’t surprised, with my military experience being personally involved in training Manuel Noriega and General Rios Montt, who were eventually convicted of war crimes and genocide.

The common sense goal you mentioned hasn’t been achieved because it is NOT the goal of the DC power junkies.

DENNIS: Destroying the will to fight in the Middle East seems impossible. You have done a lot of research and coined the term “Chaostan.” Can you explain to our readers where Chaostan is and what you mean?

RICHARD: I coined the term Chaostan in 1992, for Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2009 Newsweek reported the Pentagon and CIA picked up on the concept and began using it in their strategic planning.

Chaostan - Copyright Richard Maybury

Chaostan means “The Land Of Chaos.” After our 1776 revolution, people in other countries saw America’s great, “System of Liberty,” and the abundance it creates, and began copying it.

But in the mid-1800s socialism came along, and eventually put an end to the spread of that system. Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia – Chaostan – is the principal area that never adopted the system of liberty. War is part of their DNA; they have been fighting for centuries. It remains a bloody mess, and will continue that way.

DENNIS: You’ve continually warned us to stay out of Chaostan. While politicians show no common sense, how would you see us getting out of those entanglements?

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RICHARD: The president should make this announcement:

“In one year, the US will cease being the policeman of the world. Other governments should immediately begin using this year to arrange for their own defense.”

How they do that is up to them, but we recommend adopting the Swiss system of neutrality including a heavily armed and trained citizen militia. The Swiss system is proven to work. Despite being located in the center of the bloodiest part of the planet – Europe – the Swiss have not been in a foreign war for five centuries.

Of course, the military industrial complex would vehemently oppose the idea, it would be bad for business. It would cause a political battle of epic proportions.

As you said, in DC, common sense has left the building.

DENNIS: NATO is now pushing to provide more weapons for Ukraine. China is rattling their sword at Taiwan. What are the chances of the US getting sucked into another major war?

RICHARD: 100% – we are already there.

If you are paying for a war, you are in it. You may not think so, but the enemy does, and acts accordingly.

On March 11, 1941, President Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act, supplying weapons and military aid to Russia, China, Britain, France and 31 other nations. DC was in the war nine months before Pearl Harbor, which led to our country’s last formal declaration of war.

US rulers supply weapons and other military aid to Ukraine, Israel and scores of other nations in Chaostan and around the world.

DENNIS: One final question. A close family member works for a military contractor. He was called in to work on Memorial Day. Apparently, a large shipment of material headed for Israel mysteriously caught on fire. Is there a hidden, subtle war going on?

RICHARD: Absolutely. America’s enemies resort to whatever than can, terrorism, sabotage, propaganda, buying politicians; whatever it takes to further their agenda. While there are no direct Pearl Harbor attacks (yet), it is happening around us. Americans pay for it with lives and trillions of dollars.

DENNIS: Richard, thanks again for your time.

RICHARD: My pleasure Dennis.

Dennis here. Just caught BREAKING NEWS!

Biden, Zelensky sign ‘historic’ 10-year security deal!

…. The Ukraine accord aims to commit future administrations to also support Ukraine….”

If you are paying for war, you are in it!

President Eisenhower warned:

“…. We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence…The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

We’ve wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. Enough is enough!

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On The Lighter Side…

Jo and I are settling into our summer place in rural Indiana. Daytime high temperatures are currently 30 degrees cooler than AZ.

Indiana wheat field ready to be harvestedWe took our first early evening golf cart ride and came upon some spring wheat ready for harvest. I love the smell, and, just like when I was a kid, still pull a sprig or two and chew on it.

"FARMALL" Tractor wall decorWe then joined friends Chris and Steve for dinner at a local restaurant, former general store, for a good-ole country dinner. The building is likely at least 100 years old. Check out the wall decoration….

There is something special about rural America which encompasses much of the land mass of our great country. They are hardworking people, blessed with traditional family values and represent the America our founding fathers hoped for.

Quote of the Week…

Conceptual piece to display the true impact of war - chess pieces chessboard“What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?”

— Ron Paul

And Finally…

Subscriber Robert G. shares some Facebook Wisdom:

  • Stealing someone’s coffee is called mugging.
  • The other day I held the door open for a clown. It was a nice jester.
  • Pasteurize: too far to see.
  • No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
  • Whoever invented “knock-knock” jokes should get a no-bell prize.
  • Energizer bunny arrested: charged with battery.
  • DC – a place where there are too many Democratic Congressmen, too many Republican Congressmen and not enough U.S. Congressmen.
  • If you’re a bird, be an early bird. But, if you’re a worm, sleep late.

And my favorite:

  • I put my grandma on speed dial. I call that Instagram.

Until next time…

Dennis Miller

“Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn.” – H. L. Mencken


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