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Bringing the Military-Industrial Complex to Heel
RFK Jr.'s foreign policy speech is in the vein of Madison, Eisenhower, and JFK.
By JOHN LEAKE
FDR once remarked that, "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made." When I first heard this in my younger days, I thought it sounded like mere bravado. Nowadays, having lots of enemies in high places strikes me as the surest sign that one is doing the right thing.
For years, RFK, Jr. has done a splendid job of making enemies among the Vaccine Mafia, and they have made him pay dearly for it. Last Tuesday, June 20, he gave a speech at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire in which he took on the Military-Industrial Complex.
You wouldn’t know it from the abysmal media coverage—a short and tendentious little report from NBC 10 in Boston tops the Google search for it—but his speech sets forth the boldest and clearest vision of a new path forward, out of the brutal and sordid swamp of American foreign policy that we’ve been mired in since President Johnson sent American regular soldiers to Vietnam in 1965.
Students of American history may recall that President Eisenhower warned the American people about the frightening rise of war-mongering swamp critters in his Farewell Address of 1961. As he put it:
We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
Eisenhower’s warning provided a useful model for Dr. McCullough and me as we outlined our book, The Courage to Face COVID-19: Preventing Hospitalization and Death While Battling the Bio-Pharmaceutical Complex (with a Forward by RFK, Jr.).
We believe the Bio-Pharmaceutical Complex—responsible for the creation of SARS-CoV-2 and the criminal COVID-19 vaccine disaster—is an outgrowth of the Military-Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned about.
Mr. Kennedy’s speech presents a fascinating portrait of American history between Eisenhower’s warning and his uncle President John Kennedy’s assassination less than three years later. JFK tried to heed his predecessor’s warning.
RFK, Jr.’s speech about the danger and debasement of warmongering strongly resembles James Madison’s thoughts on the matter. As Madison wrote in a letter in 1795:
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
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