The Fourth of July is a good time to recommit ourselves to peace as the first priority in politics. If we read the papers, if we follow the political candidates, D and R, liberal and conservative, established and ‘outside’, if we fill out the questionnaires supplied by our representatives to poll us on the Important Issues Of The Day, then we have the impression that questions of war and peace are irrelevant. They are not part of the mainstream discourse. There’s not enough of a constituency to make it worth talking about.
Bombing civilians. Sending drones to kill ‘terrorists’ that land up in wedding parties. Embargos that deny medical care and food to millions of children. Hundreds of military bases spread all over the world. 15,000 nuclear weapons at the ready, together with anti-missile technology that tempts our military and our president to try using them first, in the hope that we can destroy Russia’s arsenal and China’s, and prevent retribution.
Bernie Sanders is the biggest disappointment. Hillary Clinton is on the wrong side of this issue.
Maybe we have to tell our politicians we won’t talk about anything else until America’s military exploits come to an end. (We did this once in the 1980s, putting the nuclear arms race on the political map at a time when neither news organs nor politicians wanted to talk about it.)