We must not waste these 2 years before the most important election in the history of our nation in 2016!

We have been betrayed by both political parties, and must not allow this deceit to continue. Both parties have lied to us over and over again. Our children are being killed in wars that should never have begun.

Our so called representatives have failed to even vote on whether the President had and has the power to run wars without our consent. Our government is running lawlessly into one war after another- and it is using our tax dollars to pay for their killings. Poll after poll has indicated that the public does not want to be involved in all of these killings. But the President and both corrupted parties ignore us and continue to kill people all over the world. It is too dainty to use words like waging wars. We must recognize that our government is authorizing the killing of many people every day, and most of the wounded and dead are not soldiers, they are civilians. Bombs do not choose persons. Bombs kill groups of people on the streets, in their homes, in schools, in hospitals. Everywhere! Our taxes are paying for these terrible killings.

Is that why we pay taxes? To kill innocent children, to kill families, to kill people in their beds with nightly raids by our soldiers. That is what we are doing. We are dropping bombs from unmanned drones on people’s houses because someone told us a bad man was inside. The operator of our drones drops these bombs no matter if there are civilians inside or not. And the operator of the drones also drop a second bomb to kill the people running to help the injured people. And since we are dropping bombs in large numbers, how do we know if the list of targeted killings provided to us by different governments includes terrorists or political opponents or business competitors or enemies?

The population of America is only 5% of the world’s population! Why are we fighting wars for the other 95%? Did we vote for these wars? There are people in our country who want us to dominate the world. To have an empire. Does killing people make us friends?

How would you feel toward England if they dropped bombs on your house and killed members of your family? And when neighbors ran toward your house to help you, the English  dropped a second bomb on your concerned neighbors! Yet, that is what our government is doing to people in many countries today, tomorrow, and until we stop this insane killing.

Even one of our Generals admitted that the bombing is producing hate, not love for us. Are we safe with a growing hatred from our killings? Is this so called “ war on terrorism” giving us more or less security? Morality is absent in the halls of our governments’ chambers.

Our politicians vote for more and more funding for these wars for 2 reasons: One, they get huge donations by defense contractors to vote for wars. And two, they are afraid to vote against any war because they might be labeled soft by their opponents in their next election. Their priorities are shameful and they are not deserving to serve in our government.

We have over 1,000 military bases around the world! That is our tax dollars building forts on other nations’ soil. How would we feel if Russia decided to build a Russian military base in Kansas? And another base in California? That is what we have done to other countries. It is wrong, and it is not contributing towards our security either.

These trillions of so called defense dollars could be paying for free health insurance for every American. This money could give every child free education through college and through graduate school.

Our country’s infrastructure is collapsing because of our using this money to kill people all around the world. We now need 3.4 trillion dollars, that we do not have, to fix the bridges, school buildings, roads, etc that have been ignored by our corrupt government!

These phony wars were pushed upon us by those who profit by wars, and those who yearn to dominate the world.

Back in 1935 a small book was written entitled, “WAR IS A RACKET.”  This book was not written by a civilian. It was written by the most decorated soldier in the US Military! His name was Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler. These words were written by General Butler on the cover of his book, “I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism.”

It is too bad not more people have read this book and learned the truth about what our government is doing. All this talk about security is BS. We are getting farther and farther away from security with our flawed foreign policies. You cannot expect people to shake our hands when we are killing their relatives and their friends. For decades our governments have been meddling in other nations’ elections. We talk “democracy” one minute, and then manipulate elections of other nations. We have been fed a lot of baloney by Special Interests who profit by wars and do not care how many people are killed.

Now, with so many nations owning nuclear weapons, it is high time we all learned how to get along without wars, before we blow up our planet!

America needs candidates for office who value Peace over War. The clock is ticking. We, Americans, must be the first to abandon our nuclear weapons, our drone carrying bombs, our 1,000 military bases, and bring all of our military home for good. We must elect people who we can trust and who care. And I mean care for not only Americans, but care for all people: black, tan, yellow, red and white. We do not need to spend most of our tax dollars on security.

We only need to declare Neutrality, and promise to never meddle in other nations’ elections again.

Both of our major political parties are too crazed with taking more and more money from Special Interests to consider what we, the voters, need. Bribery is rampant in our capitols!

We need to create a Labor Party that will protect our jobs from ruthless CEOs who do not care about us. They, alone, have taken  away our security- by outsourcing our jobs, cheating us out of livable wages, preventing us from having Medicare for All Americans, crushing our unions, and hiding trillions of untaxed dollars in foreign banks, resulting in less and less money for schools, infrastructure maintenance, and social programs for the poor, disabled, elderly, and unemployed.

I invite you to visit my web site and learn how we can escape poverty and gain prosperity, by regaining control of our government. http://www.BoldThoughts.org

Howard M. Greenebaum is the author of books and newspaper columns that include solutions!