Friday, October 24, 2014

Don’t vote! It just encourages the bastards

P. J. O’Rourke

In Michael Glennon’s new book (National Security and Double Government), “he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term ‘double government’: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.”

The U.S. government is run with, Glennon says, “a bifurcated system — a structure of double government — in which even the president now exercises little substantive control over the overall direction of U.S. national security policy.”

The result of this double government, he says, is a system that marches relentlessly “toward greater centralization, less accountability, and emergent autocracy.”

Boston Globe

And, of course, ISIS is a Frankenstein largely of the US military’s creation.

But the reason Ebola has gotten the shaft over ISIS is obvious: There are no high-dollar contracts to shuffle in the fight against Ebola. Until, of course, Ebola gets completely out of control and the government can justify vaccinating whole populations (cha-ching!).

Chris Campbell


If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.

Mark Twain

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