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It All Started with War

How the American Revolution Shaped Lord of Columbia

Yes, Lord of Columbia is a new adult, urban fantasy. Yes, the book takes on its own story and caters to a group of nine characters aged between seventeen and twenty-two: Cain, Lira, Micah, Blaze, Jed, Asha, Savannah, Clyde, and Korra.

 
Nine college-aged students, one main protagonist (Cain), several supporting characters outside of this little group, a few major antagonists, one boss bad guy (like in the video games we used to play), and one goal: TO ATTAIN A FREE REPUBLIC FROM AN OVERREACHING EMPIRE!

 
Sorry for the all-caps, but I had to climb to the top of the hills in the good old, Ohio Valley (Where Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania meet) and yell it to the hills.

 
It all started with war…the Revolutionary War…where America fought an evil empire called England. Well, perhaps many called them the British Empire. Whatever your preference, America won the war and became one of the greatest, if not the greatest, republics this world has ever seen.

 
And then it turned into the same evil bastion that the British Empire once was.
And here we are, in 2018, where two ruling Parties (don’t let their “differences” fool you) continue to carry out intervention in foreign affairs, build military bases in over one-hundred and twenty countries, and bully other nations into trading with the dollar while calling foul if other nations stand up for themselves.

 
It’s become an empire hoarding military bases outside certain nations (ahem, Iran) before turning around and spreading propagandist messages that such nations are threats to our national security, so therefore we need to go in there and overthrow their government.

 
And the people blindly support war. Sure, some may not, but most do. The government, the military-industrial complex which buys the politicians, and the media, all do their part to ensure no stone is unturned in fearmongering an unsuspecting public into believing the next 9-11 is about to occur.

 
And all of the sudden, American forces are in yet another nation.

 
And once again, it all started with war, only this time, the war had come home, just like with Vietnam in the 60’s, and Iraq in the early-2000’s. The war is coming home.

 
People divided on virtually every single issue known to man, while politicians play along, only to uphold identical foreign policy. If it comes to spreading an empire, both sides are in agreement; the next nation to invade, the next government to overthrow, the next example of “American Exceptionalism” is on the horizon.

 
What are we going to do when we stretch our lines so thin that we would have to revert back to a military draft?

 
For those of you who’ve read my Lord of Columbia synopsis, draft dodging is one of the key components to my work.

 
The question is this: Is it patriotic to uphold a nation’s values while avoiding military service via a draft, as I believe, or is it one’s duty to their nation to go fight a war in an unknown land or lands, at their government’s orders, even if fighting such a war against a country that poses zero threat to national security?

 

And the What If’s.

What if America’s foreign policy is deeply flawed and has not served our national security?

 

What if we wake up and realize the terrorist threat is a direct cause of our meddling in the affairs of others and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous?

 

What if propping up oppressive regime change in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?

 

What if bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan is directly related to their hatred toward us?

 

What if someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 military personnel in the Middle East since 9-11 is not a fair trade off for all the Iraqi, Afghan, and Pakistani people killed or displaced?

 

What if we finally decide that torture is self-destructive and produces no useful information and that contracting it out to a third-world nation is just as evil?

 

What if we finally realize that all war and military spending is destructive to the economy?

 

What if all war time spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?

 

What if we finally see all wartime conditions undermine personal liberties?

 

What if conservatives wake up and realize that war and military spending provides incentive to expand the government?

 

What if conservatives could understand that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world?

 

 

What if all wars America has been involved in since 1945 are based on lies and only exist to serve special interests?

 

What if we as a nation woke up and realize that the quest for empire destroys all great nations?

 

What if Trump has no intention of leaving Syria, Afghanistan, or Iraq, and is looking to invade Iran?

 

What if a military draft is being planned for the wars that will spread if our foreign policy doesn’t change?

 

What if the American people learn the truth, that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security and that it never changes from one administration to the next?

 

What if war and preparation for war is a racket, and only serves special interests?

 

What if Donald Trump is wrong about Syria and Iran and turns out worse than the fiascos seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya?

 

What if religion actually teaches peace, and not preventive wars of aggression?

 

What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes when it comes to protecting America?

 

The final portion of the article is a blend of my own work plus the famous ‘What if’ speech by Ron Paul, spoken on the House Floor.

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers, please come back soon.

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