“The Killings Have Nothing to Do With Our Rights and Freedoms
This weekend is the Super Bowl, which means that viewers will be treated to the standard line about the troops — that they are over there protecting our rights and freedoms here at home. The sports broadcasters might even intimate that the reason we get to enjoy the football game is that the troops are over there killing people.
The notion that overseas troops are protecting our rights and freedoms is another one of the U.S. government’s most successful indoctrination programs. With the exception of libertarians and a handful of liberals, most everyone in America is convinced that the killings in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere are for the purpose of keeping us safe and secure here at home, enabling us to continue enjoy sporting events, attend church, conduct business, and enjoy our lives.
The indoctrination even extends to church ministers, people who one would expect to be somewhat more immune to political indoctrination given their primary devotion to God and religious principles. Yet, every Sunday in churches throughout the land, ministers exhort their parishioners to pray for the troops for protecting our rights and freedoms.
Rarely does one hear about a minister asking the congregation to pray for the people whom the troops have killed and are attempting to kill. The reason for that is that the mindset of the ministers is the same as that of the sports broadcasters — that the U.S. government has to be in the right and that the people whom the troops are killing have to be in the wrong.
That is, there is no independent evaluation of whether the government is doing something wrong. That possibility simply does not enter into the mind of the indoctrinated person.
The truth is that all too many Americans, including ministers, have elevated the troops to the level of an idol or god, one that can do no wrong and one that should never be questioned when it comes to killing people overseas.”