What do Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden have in common?
All three are leaders who worked for the CIA, and who paid with their lives:
- Manuel Noriega: life in prison
- Saddam Hussein: tried and hanged
- Osama bin Laden: assassinated
These are not people you would naturally feel a lot of sympathy for. Still, there’s a lesson here for leaders out in the wide world: think twice before you do business with the United States. Think much longer than that before you do business with the CIA. You will not come to a good end.
“No, Mitt, corporations are not people.” ~ Elizabeth Warren
Article of faith: progressives do not like corporations.
Why? Because corporations do bad things.
People do bad things, too.
See Corporate Power, Progressives, and Government Protection.
Quotations from John F. Kennedy:
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
“A revolution is coming –
A revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough;
Compassionate if we care enough;
Successful if we are fortunate enough;
But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not.
We can affect its character, we cannot alter its inevitability.”
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts… For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
Now one from Thomas Jefferson:
“When the people fear the government, there is Tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Remember what happened when the movement for change in the 1960s turned violent. Let’s make the second try work.
President Obama is about to speak at the Democratic National Convention. I don’t want to listen to him. Romney gave his acceptance speech last week. I didn’t want to listen to him, either. As I told my daughter this evening, we want political parties to give us candidates we feel are worthy of our vote, leaders who deserve our loyalty. The candidates these two parties produce speak for themselves.