As I watched the opening pageantry of the Super Bowl with my grandfatherly eyes I was astonished to see the focus on the military - the reading of the Declaration of Independence with the ever-present visuals of military uniforms and weapons, the flyover, the association of military and patriotism. With all the wonderful people in this country doing great things in education, science, the arts, and many other areas, I began to wonder – what group directed the focus?, what was the message?, how much time and money did they spend in the development of the message?, who paid for the development and the airtime?
Weapons are the number one export product of the U.S. The U. S. allocates more of our tax dollars to the military solution to conflict than any other area of our national budget. The Senate is considering SB 1881 that will make us the pawn of Israel and take us to war with Iran. Is war the Super Bowl message?
I’m reminded of the words of Martin Luther King – “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”.