This thread is in reply to a blog post by flaflwrgrl entitled "Quote of the Day 03/10/2018".
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Mar 12, 2018 1:10 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
It is all too true that even in a democracy, the populace can be easily manipulated into war through fear. The threat of Nazi Germany was all too real and legitimate and the attack on Pearl Harbor was indeed an attack on the US. However, the subsequently manufactured fear of a communist takeover was lacking in substance and soon spread to the justification for our involvement in wars in Korea and in Vietnam, which proved to be a disaster. The bombing of the World Trade Towers became the justification for our now prolonged involvement in Iraq and Afganistan with no apparent end in sight for either involvement. And now we have a bellicose president who threatens war with North Korea and Iran.

Fear has always been the weapon used by dictators and democratically elected leaders alike to bend the populace to the leaders' will. It is a bit harder to accomplish in a democracy, but it is done all too frequently.

The Vietnam War finally ended when virtually all US citizens had lost a relative, friend or neighbor to the war and demanded an end to the killing and dying. But now, we no longer have a selective service system so it is only the most unfortunate citizens with few options who end up fighting and dying for the rest of us. As long as it doesn't touch us directly, we are willing to put up with it.
Will Creed
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www.HorticulturalHelp.com
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Mar 12, 2018 2:55 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Mar 12, 2018 4:25 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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