Where is the Anti-War Voice?
Quick, why are we at war? It’s a simple question, but oddly enough many people don’t know the answer. Ever since Barack Obama was elected, the anti-war voice has been almost silent. It’s as if Obama ended the wars. He waved a magic wand and fixed everything.
But look at the numbers. When W was president, he had over a hundred thousand troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now that Barack’s president, we still have over a hundred thousand troops out there, and many more contractors. Why are we there in the first place?
Ask anyone on the street what wars we’re involved in right now and why, and watch their face go blank. Many politicians don’t even know where our troops are. Heck, I don’t even know! That’s because wars have become boring. We’ve been hearing about wars for the past decade, and it’s out of style, it’s soo 2000. Whenever I hear someone talking about the wars, they look so out of fashion. It’s like, Obama’s president, get over it!
Look at the audience the next time a war question comes up at a presidential debate. They roll their eyes. They yawn, they fidget. They’re bored out of their minds. Politicians don’t even need to know anything about the military anymore. All they need to do is say, “Go Broncos”, and everyone cheers.
The anti-war voice has become lulled into a slumber by their iphones and food diets, thinking the world must be safe because Obama is protecting us now. It’s like we’re all in a haze, wandering around in a fantasy world while our armies march across foreign lands making silent enemies everywhere we go. Everything is upside down now. Listening to the republican debates, you’d think they were democrats. “Bring our troops home!” they now say, but I’m not convinced. I don’t trust either party.
To be fair, Obama has brought many troops home. But we still have hundreds of thousands of troops out there, and there’s talk about going into more countries. The president came on TV a few weeks ago and promised he would bring home troops from Afghanistan. But he didn’t say anything about private contractors. When we pull US troops out, all they do is replace them with private contractors like Blackwater. These companies function just like army men and women, but are far more expensive.
Part of me wishes that John McCain were president, because then the anti-war voice would be much louder. They would be rioting in the streets for our troops to come home. They should be doing that now.
When I said I wasn’t going to vote for Obama, some people got very angry at me. Some people called me up and shouted at me. “How could you not vote for him? He’s so amazing! And he’s going to end the wars!” It was nice that he promised to. But there were other candidates who had a much stronger anti-war message. I just don’t understand why we can’t come home quickly. Take it off like a band aid, just one quick swipe! Then we could protect our homeland. Yes it might cause some trouble at first, but we might be better off in the end. A good case could be made that we’re putting our country in more danger by staying there longer.
On this Independence Day, let us remember the words of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence:
“The less we use our power the greater it will be.” -Thomas Jefferson