What is really going to change all the problems related to a oil based economy?
First and foremost, we could absolutely stop buying oil from countries that are in constant state of turmoil and allowing ourselves to be caught up in the middle of it.
We have plenty of capped oil wells in this country with more than enough supply, and new sources are being found regularly, that is where we should be getting our oil until we are able to transition to a better cleaner source of energy, much of our infrastructure is crumbing and woefully inadequate to even maintain, so it's only logical to replace older technologies with newer, cleaner, smarter technologies.
The simple fact is, currently, there is no other source that is so energy dense and economically viable than oil, much of that will change with an up-date of infrastructure.
I see no difference in our economy whether there is a red or blue uniform on the current administration, and oil greases just as many palms in both major parties.
Until that changes, everything else is pretty much irrelevant.
Personally I would love to see more Nuclear energy, it's really the only thing out there right now that can truly compete on a global scale, and hopefully as more things like Solar and LNG, and to a lesser extent Bio-Fuels we can remove oil from it's current global domination.
I am in total agreement with Ike's warning against the military/industrial complex, and would add the media to that same big machine.
That however doesn't cause me to turn a blind eye to the details and paint everything with such a broad brush assume that every action by the US has an evil motive.
The very fact that we live in a country were we aren't arrested for having such discussions is something many around the world cannot do with out oppression.
I'd love to see where people in places like North Korea, Syria, Iran, Egypt are having such discussions about the current govenrment in a public forum and not being arrested or worse for it.
I didn't serve in the Air Force to support only people that agree with me or my point of view, but for the freedom for anyone to have any opinion.
That is something that is something that can be taken away very easily and has been, even in this country in the past (Abraham Lincoln arresting people speaking out against the Union during the Civil War comes to mind) and can happen again if we are not watching.
I also agree that there is a problem with the US getting involved where it does not belong, and we are going to reap the "rewards" of living by the sword, and will also die by the sword.
That is not the same thing as creating a one world government and trying to control everyone according to any one set of rules, we make good and bad choices, there are no white hats, not one country can say there is no blood on anyone's hands for past or even present actions, we are all imperfect human beings.
I do not believe there is any country in the world where all are good or all evil, we are all human beings, and with that all make mistakes, not one of us is innocent of wrong, however, that doesn't mean we are all axe murderers either.
If that were true, there would be no difference between good and bad, no law, just law of the jungle, and sadly, that is what many places in the world are, here in the US and other countries that are trying to do better, make laws that protect people just living their lives, going to work, raising families.
I do however see a difference between countries, religions, and political systems that allow for freedom, and those who do not.
No one person, nation, or religious group has the right to enforce one set of rules on everyone, just look at any group in history that has tried, and because they are at their core, just another human institution with human beings, whether it was the Roman Empire, the British Empire, Colonialism, "Capitalism", "Communism", "Christianity" "Islam" or any other group for any reason (the UN is a PERFECT example of how this doesn't work, otherwise we would have an end to all International conflict at least among the nations participating) trying to impose it's will on everyone everywhere.
We do need to have more of a "live and let live" policy in our own country, but that doesn't mean I can't distinguish between lawlessness and those who try to obey law.
I don't like the idea of someone coming into anyone's home anywhere and calling them a legal combatant if they defend their own house, and there is nothing new about this happening, it's just as wrong no matter who's doing it, however, that doesn't mean it is our country's policy.
If you want to talk about places where the authorities are a law unto themselves, and everyday people have to worry about the police/military or other government forces foreign or domestic, there are plenty to go around, they aren't all NATO countries.
Military forces should NEVER be used foreign or domestic to perform police like actions, that is not what they are designed to do, and soldiers performing acts as described in the KillTV videos are no less evil then anything else, and are also Illegal and I have yet to hear of the same kinds of prosecution in terrorist states such as Iran, North Korea, etc. prosecuting such acts as we prosecute our war criminals.
These countries are not the same, show me how many NATO countries have people defecting to leave them, how many people are risking their lives to go to places like Cuba?
There is a difference, history shows this difference, you only need to have an open mind and read.