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on March 28, 2012
I can only add my concurrence to the positive reviews of Ms. Maddow's book already posted. The book will be as relevant in the future as it is now. It points out a systemic problem that may be now unfixable bucause of institutionalized partisan interests and rampant corruption. I am reminded of President Eishenhower's farewell speech in which he cautioned against the corrupting influence of the military-industrial complex. His remarks fell on deaf ears just as those of Gen. Douglas MacArthur when he advised the nation, based on vast experience, never to enter into a ground war in Southeast Asia. As to what will happen next, I am reminded of the remarks of Benjamin Franklin made at the conclusion of the constitutional convention. He stated, in part, that "...[T]here is no FORM* of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government being incapable of any other." (* Original in italics.)

Under the existing system the president can deploy troops without Congressional approval, initiate military action and dare Congress to deny funding for "our men and women fighting for our freedom and security". They won't act because the folks back home don't want our troops denied anything. Even if the president doesn't request congressional consent within the time limits, what's going to happen? What would happen is the same kind of nothing that happened to former Vice President Cheney when he was held in contempt of Congress.

The outlook for our counry is dark and foreboding which is ironic since we, more than any other nation in the world, posses the capability to turn around our economy, maintain our security and have enough left over to provide for the common welfare on a grand scale. The resources are there and the only question is how they are allocated. I wonder if we, having the knowledge that we do, can prevail over the Koch brothers and others like them to force our elected representatives to do the right thing and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
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