Campaign Finance, the Military-Industrial Complex, and Me

So, the other day, I was really considering donating to Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign.

[I will now pause while Dad, Mom, and Doug finish their spit take. … Okay.]

Then I ran across this one point, which made sense once I thought about it:

This contribution is not made from the treasury of an entity or person who is a federal contractor.

I don’t think that it’s much of a secret that I work for an aerospace and defense contractor. And I’m with Ike:

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence β€” economic, political, even spiritual β€” is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. 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.

It is because of this that I am proud to not donate to Obama. But he is getting my support.