Posts Tagged ‘war’

Trump the Savior? – Mis-directions, Continued

June 30, 2018

Since the election I am sure all of us have noted the uproar on the streets, in the press, and most assuredly on social media about the end of /or/ the saving of the world.

Neither is really anywhere close to the truth… not even close to being almost ballpark.

Trump is said to be draining the swamp but it appears he is building another very similar swamp in its place. Gee, how “earth-shattering”, huh?

The problem – as always – is that people take sides. Yes, here in America where the history is quite clear on this… “united we stand, divided we fall”… which they do not seem to stress much anymore (wonder why?)… we are all divided AF over… you guessed it: everything!

We have always had sore losers. Those people that do not get their way – third grade playgrounds rules apply – whine and complain about their misfortunes.

And the loudest whiners appear to be those who voted for the losing candidate.

I understand what it’s like backing the losing horse. In every election since I was old enough to know what was going on (1960), I have picked the loser. Without fail, the candidate of my choice has lost the election or, as sometimes happens, never makes it to November. Only once that happened due to assassination of the candidate but it usually happens due to the primaries. And when my candidate loses in the primaries, the one I pick in the general election seems to lose as well. And it is not because I always choose third and fourth party candidates.

The elections may not be hacked by the Russians but they don’t really need to be hacked at all because the system is broken and no matter which candidate gets elected, the middle class is going to suffer.

Bush started the wars in the Middle East and Obama promised to end them… eight years later we are fighting in MORE places than when he started. Trump said he would stop the war as well but after two years has still done nothing in that direction.

Since Reagan was President, the percentage of wealth held by the 1% in this country has grown at alarming rates that have been undeterred regardless of the party of the President in office or the party that controlled Congress. The entire facade is nothing more than a sham.

And yet there are so many people in America decrying the death of everything because of Trump while others are screaming that he has somehow saved us all.

It really is quite humorous.

When family, friends, or neighbors attempt to engage me about such matters (left or right, green or blue or black, space force or NorK or MidEast or war machine or oil or “Global Warming” or save the freakin’ whales or whatever) I tell them to come back when they’ve actually got something to say.

Taking one side of any issue that includes – at least in their minds – only one opposing side is a lose-lose proposition.

People really need to get a tad outside the damned box a little more often, don’t you think?


Modern Gettysburg Address

July 11, 2010

Seven-score and four years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation so conceited with liberty and dedicated to the prostitution of equality.

Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg to found a cemetery there for the dead – and there were a LOT of dead from those three days of fighting. He said, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The “new birth of freedom” he spoke about was the death-knell of the republic founded by Franklin and Jefferson. And “the people” he spoke of was definitely NOT the citizenry he was speaking about… probably the railroad barons who financed his campaigns. Now, they did reap some mighty rewards from his Presidency.

The free states that entered the union were turned into slave appendages of the Federal juggernaut and the slaves he claimed to be fighting for were moved off the land of their birth and forced into a servitude that took more than a century to shake off.

The myth of Lincoln looms far larger than the reality. If he was fighting so hard to free the slaves, why did he wait two years into the war to emancipate anyone? And why was West Virginia stolen from Virginia and admitted as a slave state? And why were there more slaves in New Jersey that practically any other state North or South?

Not to mention that the other great hero we had, George Washington, was the largest slaveowner in America in his time.

The thousands that died at Gettysburg died for lies, nothing more, nothing less. As have the proud soldiers since in America’s history. The last true patriots who fought for our freedom were those who fought in the War of 1812. The Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War – all three were wars of American aggression – were followed by foreign wars that really did nothing for our security, as I have said before. And, yes, patriots have fought in those wars, but not actually fighting for our freedom but some economic need, usually at the behest of the robber barons of the era.

I would have no issue with war if the people that started them actually went out to fight them. Usually when someone sends out their henchmen to enforce their will, we think of the mafia. It all too often is pictured as something else when we do it.

None of this is intended as an insult to the American forces who go off and “do the dirty job”, but is intended as an insult to the incompetent politicians that continue putting our young men in harms way for the good of corporate greed, even if clothing it in the guise of “protecting our freedoms”.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Unimpeachable Logic

April 12, 2010

The President’s popularity had dipped below 20% and he was screwing up royally. The mid-term elections brought the Democrats into power. A collective national sigh of relief was heard and the call went out for impeachment.

Unfortunately, the new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, would hear none of that. She declared that she would see any such bill introduced would be quashed. There was outrage expressed by in Congress and across the nation. The final two years of Bush’s term was assured and that would legitimize his Presidency.

The smoldering anger became gritted teeth and a mumbled “only two more years, then”. Some radicals now called for the impeachment of Pelosi!

So why did the leader of the Democratic Congress bow in support of the Republican White House – other than to expose to one and all that there was really no “two party” system in America?

Obviously because the tools Bush had used to overstep the bounds of his office would be very useful to their candidate when he won in 2008, and they were sure he would win in 2008.

The most astounding part of this was that it should have become obvious to anyone that Ms. Pelosi and her fellows on Capitol Hill were not servants of the people, which – if I recall my Constitution at all – they are supposed to be. She was serving the needs of her party before the needs of the people.

And exactly which “party” would that be? Clinton and Bush I are best of buds and Bush II’s war has been escalated quite handily by the peacenik Obama (a.k.a. Clinton v.2.0).

Why isn’t the media pointing any of this out? (As if any of it should have to be pointed out!)

Because they are part of the conspiracy as well. Not all of them, of course, but the power players, for sure.