by Tim Kelly, November 11, 2011
Veterans Day honors those citizens who fought in the U.S. government’s wars — wars supposedly waged to preserve Americans’ liberty. Most Americans uncritically accept this last part, and believe they owe the U.S. military a debt of gratitude for their freedom and independence.
This belief is so widely held that it has become a tenet of the country’s civic faith. However, it is just that — an article of faith — for there is scant evidence in history to support it. The unpleasant truth is that Americans have been continually led into unnecessary wars — wars that have actually infringed on American freedom and prosperity — by generations of duplicitous and megalomaniacal politicians.
This truth may be difficult to accept, especially for veterans who understandably want to believe their military service has been for a noble purpose. Nevertheless, concern for their feelings should not override the truth.
War entails confiscatory taxation, crushing debt, inflation, government management of the economy, regimentation, and infringements of civil liberties. War is big government on steroids.