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Do You Really Think Your Vote Counts?

• Lloyd Chapman, Huffington Post

President Eisenhower was clearly correct in his 1961 Presidential exit speech when he warned America of the growing power of the 'military-industrial complex'.

"We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex," Eisenhower told the nation as the power of the defense and aerospace industry was in its infancy. "The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Eisenhower's vision of "a disastrous rise of misplaced power" was depressingly accurate.

Today, it doesn't really matter who the President is or who is in Congress because big corporations run our government. To a large degree, they decide who gets elected and what legislation gets passed. Every committee in Congress is controlled by the very industry it's supposed to regulate.


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