American Praetorianism

by Will

Liberty Minute October 15 2014

Writing more than twenty years ago in Parameters, the journal of the US Army War College, retired General Charles Dunlap warned that the United States was witnessing a slow-motion military coup. Projecting outright military rule by the early second decade of the 21st Century, Dunlap observed that as public disaffection with the government has grown, "The one institution of government in which people retained faith was the military."

Even as the public has lamented the corruption and profligacy of Big Government, it continues to exhibit nothing but bottomless respect for the military, although its recent performance suggests that it is ill-suited to fight and win wars against genuinely formidable opponents. More ominously still, the military has become integrated in law enforcement, emergency response, education, and even social work.

One telling illustration of the extent to which American policy is militarized is provided by Washington?s response to the African Ebola crisis. The Obama administration deployed 3,000 troops to Africa. At the same time, the Communist government of Cuba, which rules a tiny, financially broken island nation, dispatched several hundred doctors to treat Ebola patients.

We still call the USA a constitutional republic, when the behavior of our government is increasingly better suited to a banana republic, or even a communist ?people?s republic.?

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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