This is my response to our national shame: the election of (s)trump(et). Why a shame? If you have to ask that then you probably don’t want to read, and will likely not understand, this blog. Go forth and do good things then. The rest of you read on…
It’s no longer Judeo Christian beliefs but Judas Christian beliefs.
I was outside my team room at Ft. Bragg when my CWO poked his out the door and said, “Hey, sir! A plane hit the WTC!” Being from NY, I knew that small planes had hit these buildings in the past, so I didn’t think much of it, but I went and looked at the TV and saw the initial damage. I was shocked and wondered if some pilot had committed suicide. Then the second plane came into the field of view and we watched as it hit the second tower. We knew that it was an act of war.
That night, we were issued weapons, given a mission to guard specific sites on Bragg and told to shoot to kill if anyone approaches and fails to identify.
We were at war with a man called OBL and an organization called AQ.
16 years later, multiple combat deployments, loss of friends and comrades, trillions spent, wars fought in locations that you likely can’t immediately find on maps, and our Nation shattered.
Yet, once again, children, who have never served, whose families have never served, wealthy and privileged, beat their meager chests and screech for war. Cowards, who serve their own interests above all others, who advocate supremacy over those of color, sexual orientation, self-identity, cowards, who do follow a religion founded by Arab-Jews, whose very book is a collection of locale Arab and Jewish laws and customs, yet these cowards sieg heil for a white America.
I can honestly say that I am disgusted that we will fight again against people, whom I see pose no national security threat against the US, but whose country is rich in natural resources that these cowards can leverage for more money. While, in the US, more cowards of their ilk, carry weapons of war down our streets, threatening and attacking Americans.
I have volunteered to return to Afghanistan this summer, not because I want the taste of combat again, but because if not me, who? I am old and will have no children and my deployment may save one of our promising youth. Still, I bear no animosity toward the Afghans. My animus, my loathing goes wholly to those in the US, who carry the abomination of the nazi flag or one of its by-blows OR the rebel flag of the confederacy (it does not warrant capitalization). Traitors all.
I sharpen my knife not for combat in Afghanistan, but for those here, who would do us harm.
Pardon any poor grammar here. I am not a very intelligent man and I do the best that I can.
Any and all, who support the “president”‘s action today, should be ostracized and shunned. Their families should suffer the same fate. Whether ICE, police, or other agency, those who would serve this racist and fascist move and their families, should not be accepted as a people. If they see others as non-human, they themselves should be seen as non-human. Don’t let me hear the Nuremberg excuse of “doing my job” as reason why we should not treat these agents of evil so.
In a missive sent for US service members of Italian descent, prior to the Invasion of Sicily in WWII, GEN Patton wrote: “There are thousands of Soldiers of Italian descent, who will be storming ashore with Seventh Army. However, bear in mind that the real courageous Italians, who lived liberty and who had the true pioneering spirit, left Italy to come to the country of freedom, where they had become good citizens. Those, who were left behind, were the cowards or weaklings, who allowed Benito Mussolini to come to power. Against them I know you as an American Soldier will not fail in your duty.”
It fell upon these men and women to fight their own country men, to fight against brother, to fight against the beliefs of those not only physically, but ideological separated. That Great Generation heeded the call and put morality and justice ahead of familial ties.
So, are you ready?
I can’t really say Happy Independence Day because it is just a day a bunch of rich guys decided to publish a document declaring independence from another group of rich white people. Also, slaves weren’t freed on this day, so it means little for them or their descendants. Furthermore, women didn’t get the right to vote till much later. Lastly, the original document didn’t have many of the follow-on amendments that offered protections against other potential issues. So, for me, today is just a day in which we lie about our free (considered liberal back in the day) nation. We live now in a country that is worse off than it was in 1776 or really 1783 (when the war ended). Why worse? Because we should Know better, but we still have racism, bigotry, rule by the rich, diminishing freedoms, and are looked down upon as an experiment in the throes of failure.
So, drink your beer, set off your fireworks, and lie to yourselves.
Just remember, tomorrow will be the same as today.
It is really nice to see trump endangering American lives, who work in Qatar at our bases. Amazing. I don’t remember the military distancing itself from previous Presidents. Yup, Presidents is what I said. Not The Bushes, not Clinton, not Obama, not Reagan, not Carter, and not Ford. Way to sell out to greed and russia, traitor.
As the incredibly insensitive pun goes, what do you say to a person with two black eyes: Nothing that hasn’t already been said twice.
Yes, a sterile version, but I think that there lies a more profound intent behind the pun that may now extend to any and all. Our trump-voting and supporting contingent are in the throes of Stockholm Syndrome in the utmost, and our world has seen this all before. Oh, Nietzsche, you should feel righteous indignation toward this iteration in the eternal recurrence.
With the nearly daily barrage of betrayal and corruption coming out of the White House at nearly fire hydrant volumes and force, I am saddened to see that only a few repugs are publicly voicing concern. However, as was written, they are reluctant to toss this creature aside until they have achieved their purgative goals. Sad, isn’t it, that the best for the nation and the world is second to prayer in school and the destruction of Obama’s legacy?
What is worse is that we all know that had President Obama or HRC done even 1 % of 1% of what our cheeto-faced troglodyte is accused (and documented) of doing, there would have been utter pandemonium on the Right. They would have been leading marches to lynch BHO and HRC. Yes, I do know that I used “lynch” and I did mean to given the types of creatures that inhabit the repug party.
I am not stating anything revelatory, but merely posting exposition. Whatever the outcome, we as a country need to take a hard look at ourselves. While bigotry and misogyny has long been the understood invisible elephant in the room, I don’t think that we can afford to move forward with this same attitude.
I have heard so many apologists for trump supporters FROM OUR SIDE! I am sorry, but I cannot accept any defense for their behavior and they should be held accountable for it. This thing in the WH made clear his disregard for anyone other than nice white voters. Decent people don’t do that. You, oh my brothers, do not go around insulting the disabled, intimate the beating of protestors, and make insinuating remarks about others. We have seen so far the arrest of reporters, the beating of protestors, the gathering of hate groups to protest against decency, the nepotism and despotism worthy of any 3rd World Dictator, the passing of our allies’ intelligence to a hostile foreign power, and the firing of men and women, trying to root out this cancer. This behavior from him and his sycophants is what I expect from IS or AQ or conservative Islamic countries. I expect this of Putin.
Yet, here we are.
Here we are, in the 21st Century, in a country once held in highest regard for its forward and innovative thinking, for its democracy and fairness, that is in free fall in respect, dignity, and regard by other free countries.
Yet, we meekly go back to our jobs, grumbling about how he is ruining us, quietly sit while white supremacists (NOT nationalists!!! Never couch the evil that men do in softer tones) walk brazenly in the open.
As Edmund Burke stated, “he only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Be better, be loud, don’t let them seize the narrative any longer least we find ourselves huddled in an attic, while a Horst Wessel ode drowns out our suffering and pleas for mercy.