Last month on the Editorial/Opinion page of The Litchfield County Times Ralph Nader asked America to regain control of “our runaway, unilateral presidency”, specifically the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama and others who preceded them. Who would have thought that Ralph Nader had morphed into a later day Caspar Milquetoast? I would have liked from him a more robust call to arms, a far reaching demand for change, a declaration of war, war without quarter until “constitutional accountabilities” are restored.
I have no quarrel with his views. In fact I wholeheartedly support and embrace them. But they are half measures; they do not go the distance. They address only some of the symptoms of the maladies that ail us.
In fairness, Mr. Nader’s comments were addressed to the immediacy surrounding the Boston Marathon Massacre, the “blowback” and “boomerang” results of our failed policies of “lawless wars and military [mis]adventures”, of “terror … from drones that hover … ready to fire missiles” and “special U.S. killing teams” ready to strike at any time. He concludes that it was the President’s command of “high-tech buttons … pushed by drone operators” that control foreign skies, but that “low-tech buttons can now be pushed … against gatherings of innocent people” and wreak havoc on American soil.
The policies of past Presidents, including George Bush’s drone strike assassinations, were continued and expanded by the present administration, unchecked by Congress and American voters, resulting in mayhem of civilians in Boston, with more to come unless we change course.