Sheldon Richman’s latest column explores the identical nature of the presidential candidates’ foreign policy views. And by that he means the ultra-hawkish rhetoric that is blasted by the candidates during debates and speeches. Why in God’s name is this type of talk about military force so popular? Anytime a candidate let’s rip their vision for how they’d bomb some foreign country to the Stone Age, the crowd goes berzerk. Why is that? And the rare moment a candidate mentions the necessity of peace and the folly of war, the crowd boos. Why? It reminds me of a football game. And it’s no coincidence that football games are an arena for the Police State to put on a show as well. That vulgar religion called nationalism requires militaristic magniloquence from it’s prospective high priests.