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Hank Bardel, NY Green for Congress, confronts incumbent’s pro-war vote

Hank Bardel, the New York Green Party’s candidate for US House of Representatives, 13th district, recently posted a note on facebook with the title “Peace and the Military-Industrial Complex”. In the note, Bardel alludes to Dwight Eisenhower’s famous warning:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Here is the text of Hank Bardel’s note:

I think that we Americans have failed and have let down our guard against the unwarranted influence of the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power is not potential anymore. It exists now and has persisted now in 2010 for 50 years.

We Americans have failed our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren by electing candidates to congress who have created the largest war machine the world has ever seen in history. This United States’ war machine spends yearly more than $100,000,000,000,000.00 on military expenditures annually. That is 48% of what is spent on the military by every country in the world.

These military expenditures amount to 4.7% of the Gross Domestic Product of the United States. Our country is relying on war to keep up our standard of living. This I’m sure you’ll agree is unacceptable.

We have to elect representatives to Congress who will work for peace. We have to spend the more than one trillion dollars spent on the military every year for peaceful purposes. Don’t rely on Democrats and Republicans who have been in charge for 50 years to establish peace.

I pledge to the people of the 13th Congressional district that if I’m elected I will work to establish a lasting peace and a prosperous economy.

DURING THE WEEK ENDING FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010, CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL MCMAHON VOTED NO TO DIRECTING THE PRESIDENT, PURSUANT TO THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION, TO REMOVE U.S. ARMED FORCES FROM AFGHANISTAN.

Dave Schwab

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