LETTERS

Wisdom of these wars?

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To the Editor:

Hillary Clinton represents everything that is wrong with the political class. "The Donald" represents everything that is wrong with American society. The Washington war party of corrupt and babbling fools represents the moneyed interests.

We send people to Washington and expect them to "promote the general welfare." Is that what they have been doing? What are the results of their economic "Globalization" initiatives: A depression of wages and a competitive race to the bottom, deindustrialization, outsourcing, speedups, increased unemployment, "deaths of despair," the destruction of unions and a flood of desperately poor and war-torn migrants.

And what has been the results of their financial deregulation, tax cutting and corporate subsidization schemes: A near collapse of the economy, a doubling of the national debt, an increase of the power and parasitism of the financial sector, an unprecedented transfer of wealth and income from labor to capital, and social and economic inequality not seen since the Gilded Age.

The only unanimity in Washington is for more wars and weapon systems, and "reforming" social programs to pay for them.

We have been continuously at war for 17 years and it has been normalized by the political elite and the servile and sanitized media.

Why is it that we never see or read anything from our "representatives," or the "incisive" commentariat, challenging or even questioning the wisdom of these wars and the suffering and carnage they've produced?

They are provoking and preparing for a wider war and only the American people can stop them.

John St Lawrence

Johnston

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RISchadenfreude

...and Sanders represents the idiocy of Socialism. One need look no further than the workers' paradises of Cuba and Venezuela to see how well it works- somehow the unintended consequences and perverse effects of the Left's policies are never addressed before they're initiated and rammed through.

It's an indictment of our public education system that young people have been led to believe that he's their new messiah.

I understand he's got a new book out...it's free, right?

Monday, August 14
JohnStark

Not sure where Mr. St. Lawrence is going with this. He starts clearly enough by degrading both Clinton and Trump, but quickly descends into the requisite bemoaning of all that is capitalism: "Globalization", increased unemployment (simply wrong, but why quibble), 'economic inequality', and "...an increase of the power and parasitism of the financial sector." Huh? The Financial sector currently represents only 14% of the market cap of the S&P 500, much LESS of a proportion than in years past. Curious that Mr. St. Lawrence avoids missives directed at IT, which dwarfs the Financial sector in terms of market cap. But never let facts get in the way of a good Workers' Paradise manifesto. Perhaps Mr. St. Lawrence should just take his 20% run up in the S&P, GDP growth, and historically low unemployment since President Trump's election and simply say Thank You.

Wednesday, August 16
davebarry109

Please tell me Mr. St Lawrence, what is the answer to Afghanistan? Abandon it and all who died/were injured there? Have it return to the sanctuary that gave us 9-11? Same in Iraq. Obama pulled out to abruptly to appease his base. He left a void. A vacuum. We know that the evil world abhors a vacuum. ISIS marched in and undid much that was won through blood and treasure. No one likes these wars. But George Bush was right. 9-11 was a game changer. We will be fighting the scourge of this Islamic Terrorism for decades more.

Tuesday, August 22