Here in the US, we are inundated right now with politics as the candidates line up and take their shows on the road. It’s easy for all of us to get caught up in the energy of the various campaigns. Our own prejudices, buried fears and angers, frustrations, opinions – all come up from the depths to be discussed and released. It’s a cleansing of sorts.
It can also be a time when we check in with ourselves. What do I value? What’s important to me? Where do I stand? Do I stand? Which person do I think will best deal with my issues if elected?
I don’t consider myself a political activist. I do cast my informed vote in each election. The current Republican race has taken the serious matter of choosing the next President of the United States of America and turned it into a reality TV show. I suppose some find it entertaining – I find it scary as hell. I ask that each of you really think about this election. This isn’t about who wins America’s Got Talent. Or the Academy Award for best actor. This is important.
Please vote. And, please cast an informed vote after you have given it some serious thought. Consider this:
“Only the President can direct the use of nuclear weapons, including the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP). While the President does have unilateral authority as commander-in-chief to order that nuclear weapons be used for any reason at any time, the actual procedures and technical systems in place for authorizing the execution of a launch order requires a secondary confirmation under a two-man rule, as the President’s order is subject to secondary confirmation by the Secretary of Defense. If the Secretary of Defense does not concur, then the President may in his sole discretion fire the Secretary.” – Wikipedia
“Because of the extreme secrecy that surrounds the war plan and its extraordinary complexity, the only people who really know what the SIOP is are the war planners themselves. In the past, when this tiny group has said it needs this bomb or that, or so many B-2 bombers, it has been difficult for anyone to question them. Even presidents — who have final say over the use of nuclear weapons and keep the nuclear ‘football’ containing SIOP launch codes and attack options with them at all times — have only a superficial understanding of the consequences of an attack, according to a former head of STRATCOM, General George Butler.
“And so the surreal business of planning for the apocalypse — which involves the projected deaths of tens or hundreds of millions of people and the prospect of turning vast areas into radioactive wastelands — continues to be conducted beyond the reach of public scrutiny, and is resistant to civilian efforts to gain oversight.” – NRDC site
Think about it. Who do you want to carry the “football”? If our world is destroyed, nothing else much matters.