Haugh: Ferguson inevitable result of militarization of police

Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, said today that events in Ferguson, Mo. are the horrible and inevitable result of the federal government flooding local communities with weapons of war.

“When you give the police military powers, equipment and training, and you fill them up with the war mentality, well you’re just asking for trouble,” Haugh said in his latest YouTube video. “The only enemy they can possibly find to combat here at home is us – the citizens they are supposed to protect and serve.”

“Don’t think Ferguson is an isolated incident,” Haugh warned.” The federal government has been flooding our own streets with the weapons of war just as they have been arming everyone abroad.”

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Petraeus fell for the wrong reason

by Sheldon Richman

David Petraeus has fallen — but not as he should have. Before being disgraced by an extramarital affair, the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director should have been shamed out of public life for his horrendous military record in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Are we talking about the same David Petraeus who is said to have heroically saved Iraq with the famous surge and then salvaged a floundering military effort in Afghanistan?

That’s the one. But those “accomplishments” are merely the products of sharp public relations.

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How did Christians become warmongers?

I never thought I would hear myself say what I’m about to say, but the truth is, the term “Christian” today signifies anything but Christ-like. To many people today, “Christian” refers to some warmongering, mean-spirited, throw-anyone-to-the-wolves-who-crosses-them person, who then has the audacity to look down their nose in contempt against anyone who disagrees with them

After reading this very powerful column by Chuck Baldwin, all I could think was — wow!

The Christian church “was born in a baptism of love and unity,” he writes. While there were differences of opinion, the early church was “a loving, caring, compassionate ecclesia” The New Testament church always attempted to be and teach the importance of being peacemakers.

That doesn’t mean they were pacifists. Early Christians believed they had a God-given right to defend themselves. But they never confused self-defense with warmongering, Baldwin note.

Something has happened to today’s church, Baldwin says. Christians, particularly those who call themselves evangelicals and fundamentalists, have become the “biggest cheerleaders for war.”

Baldwin says the modern Warfare state would grind to a screeching halt of Christians stopped supporting it. He criticizes those religious leaders who interpret Romans 13 to mean that Christian owe unquestioning obedience to civil authority as “obey-the-government-no-matter-what” claptrap.

No man is exempt from the moral laws of God. No man! Not even the President of the United States. And how much guilt do those of us in America who laud and support the Warfare State share when atrocities are committed by our leaders in our name and with our approval? And if none, then what were those trials in Nuremberg all about?

Something to think about on Nov. 6.

Wrights joins Americans calling for an end to U.S. militarism

BURNET, Texas (July 6) – Lee Wrights has joined with a group of eminent Americans from across the political spectrum who have put aside political differences on other issues to send a letter to President Obama and Congress urging an end to U.S. militarism. The letter, spearheaded by Come Home America, cites a combination of events that present a “historic opportunity to redirect U.S. foreign policy down the pathways of peace, liberty, justice, respect for community, obedience to the rule of law and fiscal responsibility.”

“I’m proud to join such distinguished company as Daniel Ellsberg, David Cobb and Michael Badnarik and add my voice to theirs in calling President Obama and Congress to stop all wars,” Wrights said. “That is exactly what my campaign for the Libertarian presidential nomination is all about.”

The letter urges a “fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy away from domination of others through military strength and damaging sanctions.” It calls for the end to “these unconstitutional wars (which) have been justified on false premises … fueling hatred abroad for Americans and undermining the rule of law.”

“I urge everyone to go to ComeHomeAmerica.us and add their name to the list of signers,” Wrights said. “Just as our Founding Fathers pledge their ‘lives, fortune and sacred honor’ to defend liberty 235 years ago, Americans today must pledge today to demand our elected leaders stop all the immoral, unconstitutional and unnecessary wars which threaten our liberty and freedom.”

Go here to read the full letter and add your name to the list of signers.

Wrights 2012 press release