Murray Polner: Even people like Colin Kaepernick, Curt Schilling, Curt Flood, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, et.al. should be free to say what they want and still be able to find work at their trade and mean it.
While the mass protests after Trump’s election avoided foreign policy it shouldn’t take long to arouse Americans if they find ourselves buried in permanent and unwinnable wars against, say, North Korea and Iran and the despised draft reinstituted to provide cannon fodder.
For some of our past White House occupants, Polk, McKinley, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan and Bush 1, their solution was to kick off a nice little war or two and then hope the crowds would start celebrating.
Murray Polner: Barack Obama was going to be different, or so my fellow antiwar liberals—and a few antiwar conservatives—hoped. He was to herald the end of that uncompromising and unilateral era of preventive war.
Murray Polner: Putin is no angel but calling him a war criminal and a monster as some American politicians and pundits have been doing is not exactly helpful.
Murray Polner: With little or no historical knowledge “Americans, inheritors of the Monroe Doctrine, should have understood that Russia would be hypersensitive to foreign dominated military alliances approaching or touching its borders.”
Murray Polner: Though Spanish cruelty was irrefutable, the invasion of Cuba was aided and abetted by a stream of lies offered by the U.S. and the press, along with crocodile tears about poor, suffering Cubans, a sympathy which vanished once white Americans learned that many Cubans had dark skins.
Murray Polner: I wonder if the tribute to Wayne was a reflection of “American Exceptionalism,” the indelible faith ingrained in us since elementary school whereby most of us believe that our way of life is eternally unique and merits worldwide admiration and respect even when we bomb the hell out of them.
Murray Polner: Despite the anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic sentiments expressed by some pro-Trump voters, the people I talked with weren’t KKK, neo-Nazis, rednecks or bigots.
Murray Polner: Nowadays, Washington’s gung-ho cold warriors, few of whom have ever worn a military uniform, and our obsequious mass media, have convinced far too many Americans to dutifully accept the Grand Illusion that, America’s role is to right the wrongs of the world.
Murray Polner: Kaepernick’s act has surprisingly made a serious dent in the NFL-USA monopoly of patriotism, which masks forever our many wars and defeats, quagmires and military provocations in endless search for global hegemony.
Murray Polner: Justice has unfortunately taken a beating during the Obama administration, given its pitiless pursuit and punishment of whistleblowers who have been viewed by some as virtual traitors for informing on programs and policies federal agencies would rather keep from the press and public.
Murray Polner: After listening to two weeks of scripted hot air, I wondered why so much money and energy was spent on an election where less than 50-55% will even bother voting and those who do, have already made up their minds about which candidate they love least.