MIC: The New Trinity

For a long time now, I’ve been muttering that voting in America no longer matters. The United States of America still has three branches of government, unfortunately the only original branch is the legislative, and Congress is now as suspect as the other two branches, the Military-Industrial complex.

Most everyone has been complaining about the ineffectiveness of Congress and the greed of Industry, but not too many people are paying attention to the military. Their power bothers me too, but the long term effects of the evangelical strain inherent in the military deserves more attention.

Yesterday’s article an “‘Underground’ Group’ of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals” is actually quite old news.

In fact, been around since the beginning, but, for argument here, I’ll say it’s decades old at least. For example, over forty years ago, an extremely bright, highly disciplined, high school classmate of mine dropped out of the Naval Academy because he refused to say he believed in God and his classmates set out to drive him out. They succeeded.

So the current story is just a rerun.

According to an AirForceTimes article, ”

The academy, in a news release, announced that a review of the allegations began in early September and has so far uncovered nothing. The review is being led by the superintendent, senior chaplain and staff judge advocate, spokesman Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt said.

Specific details about the investigation weren’t released because the investigation is ongoing, DeWitt added.

Unfortunately, the odds of anything coming of this aren’t high. The military attracts those with conservative and traditional values, and the Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs, one of thee epicenters of the evangelical movement.

Now might be a good time to rewatch the 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper, beautifully played by Sterling Hayden, was a military stereotype in the 60s.

Unfortunately, the Military/Industrial/Congressional (MIC) trinity has grown increasingly–frighteningly–grim, i.e. real, in the last couple of years. Now, alas, major commentators are starting to sound all too much like me. I commented on an article by Chris Hedges just a few posts ago.

Then this appeared: “Dwight Was Right” by Michael Moore.

I just read something by Paul Krugman that sounded familiar too, but I’ve lost track of that article.

I suppose I should be pleased to have been an early voice, but somehow I was happier when I was part of an easily dismissed minority. I was happier when I was just —

Cassandra

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