Tuesday, November 22, 2011

War again???

It is coming. If you pay attention to the news, you can see it with the same clarity you can see the nose on your face. War. Such a filthy little word. Three letters that when put together, can tear lives apart, destroy families, murder countless innocents, and tarnish the red white and blue. As, the 1960's protest song said, what is it good for?
As I listen to the talking heads spraying of the cold venom of hatred, I can't help but wonder what kind of country has this become? Do we the people no longer have a say in what is done with our military. Shouldn't sending the children of the men and women of this country 10,000 miles away to a desert be something we decide as a collective? How many of these saber rattling politicians, would continuously bang the war drum, if they were the ones on the front lines being shot at? It's the heaviest of heavy situations.
The war on terror, is not a conventional war. It like the war on drugs, or the war on illiteracy, is not a conventional war that can be fought with military might. Terror exists and will always exist, as long as human kind is cruel to each other, domineering, and greedy. We as a whole can no longer allow ourselves to be taken in by such random senseless acts of violence. Is it okay, that since the attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans have been killed in a war we have no chance of winning? Who are we fighting? Is there a clear enemy, who is identifiable by a uniform, and has the backing of a recognized nation? Or are we fighting a group similar to our forefathers who see violence as the only response to years of American intervention in the politics, and policies of their own nation?
These are the questions I ask myself on this rainy Tuesday afternoon. Before you say, oh he's a terrorist himself, or if you don't like it leave it, or what ever stupid notion you can devise to assure yourself that America is just and right in all endeavors, please ask your self what you would do, if Russia and China did the same thing here that we do there. Would you stand with the Chinese and watch as your neighbors, friends and relatives, were taken away tortured, raped, beaten, and imprisoned indefinitely? Or would you take up arms, and fight? Are we really so different from them?
If you were the smallest kid on the block, and all the bullies had a slingshot wouldn't you want one too? What if the same bullies told you you couldn't. Would you do it anyway, to preserve your own safety?

We cannot allow our nation to be pulled into yet another prolonged military intervention in any middle east nations. What those people, and their governments are going through are not our business, nor have they ever been. China doesn't tell us to balance our budget, or give them our natural resources, so their companies can turn around and sell them for profit, why should we. We were at one point in time a beacon of hope, freedom, peace and justice in this world, it's time we bring that back. It's time to listen to Ron Paul. He's not crazy, and the news media that is largely funded by the same folks that build the bombs, airplanes, and various munitions of war, want you to think so. The Masters of War want to continue their profiting, and raping of you and I. While they hide in buildings, faceless, and watch our children die. It's time to stop this....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Occupy a Platform.

As a rapidly approaching middle aged father of three, I have become obsessed with the news. I have often been known to rant needlessly to friends, and relatives on numerous occasions regarding this, that, or the other thing in the local and national news. On more than one occasion, I have been told to start this blog, and now with a little extra time on my hands I am doing so. This will be the first of many posts I am sure, so before we get started a there are a few things you should know about me before you begin. I am not a liberal, or conservative. I do not believe the two party system works, and tend to lay into both sides equally. I use the 7 words you shouldn't use on TV quite regularly, and consider them as splashes of color on an artists canvas. I am not a big fan of the media, as I think they are bought and payed for. Fox News in particular has become one of  my biggest sources of anger as of late. I am a fan of freedom. I am a fan of the Constitution, (that I swore to defend in the year of our lord 1995). I am not a fan of war, rumors of war, injustice, violence, home owners associations,  the war on drugs, and lying. So onward and upward as Willie Wonka once said.

Today it is with a heavy heart I choose to address the youth that has chosen to occupy the streets in protest greed, injustice,  the rising costs of healthcare, student loan debt, home foreclosures, and just the general shit state of our country.

I for one would join your movement if I understood it. I am part of the 99% you speak of. I have a hard time understanding your cause though because you seem to not have one. Keep in mind the people you are protesting against have an agenda. The agenda is to make money, come hell or high water. Protesting these assholes, while calling your friends from your iphone, is going to do no good. It is just more of the same, they are still making money off of you. If you want to protest, do it the right way. DROP OUT. Forget the cell phone, stop driving your car, give up your drivers license so you don't have to pay car insurance, shop at second hand stores, don't use the internet, stop watching TV, and what ever you do, do not allow your selves or your movement to be high jacked by political party. I see it coming day in and day out. President Obama saying he understands you, Moveon.org protesting beside you, Nancy Pelosi, saying "God Bless you". Seems to me the democrats want to embrace a movement that they themselves are just as responsible for as the republicans. It will not serve the purpose of your movement to be politically overtaken. If I were you, I would use this as your slogan.

We will not just go away.

We will not surrender.

We will not be high jacked by political party

We are the unnamed masses

Until the criminals the sold our jobs overseas, foreclosed on our homes, and kept us in 
perpetual debt, have been imprisoned for their crimes, we will protest.

See, sounds nice. It has some balls. It's got a point.  It gives you a message, something you and your movemnt seriously lack. Sitting in a park, mindlessly chanting, is no form of protest. As my friend Pete the old hippy once said, "...it ain't a protest until I smell teargas."