I keep hearing people talking about how “our presidents should have to have previous military service to hold office.” I don’t think that should be a necessity. If we’re going to change anything, it should be that they have to have a qualifying GPA from an established university. Some of our previous presidents either skated by paying other people off for their grades or didn’t even graduate from a fine establishment of learning.
If you don’t understand government, you certainly shouldn’t be leading it. Oftentimes soldiers make the worst politicians because they’re forced to succumb to the political brainwashing for whatever skirmishes/wars they were forced to serve in.
The last thing we need is a country led by the #1 most violent force in the world. Other country’s famously dictated by nationalistic militarized leaders: Cuba, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, China, North Korea, Fiji, Thailand (the last 3 especially are actual “military dictatorships”).
There has to be a separation between our military strength and the political power that can utilize that strength. People that have served and fought in the military are much more likely to favor violence over peace and diplomacy. As a planet, we cannot advance without favoring the latter. As countries united we can create a world that our children’s children will thank us for. The more we continue to highlight violence and weapons—the more our society begins to crumble. The concept of violent force to solve problems is both archaic and barbaric.
And, I’m not fucking hippie, either! We have the strongest military in the world because we cause the most fucking problems and kill the most people. Let’s talk about the hundreds-of-thousands of innocent men, women, and children we’ve killed in our conflicts since 2001. How, after having lost all those people in the greatest national tragedy and terrorist act of the new millennium… can people suddenly be so alright with forcing our way into another country full of innocent people on the hunt for a terrorist cell that WE CREATED in the 90s? We bombed entire apartment complexes full of innocent people to target ONE person, who typically ended up not being among the casualties found in the rubble…
We should stop spreading the idea that there’s something high-and-mighty about serving in the world’s largest murder squad. Military service is only as honorable as the military where the service took place. I commend all my friends and family that have/do serve in the United States Armed Forced… But, I also fear for the things that that military will make them do in the “name of their great nation.”
The moment the air bombings stop and we start putting troops back on the ground because of ISIS, another terrorist organization that we helped bring to power… is the moment I give the fuck up on believing that this nation is in a state of recovery. The media is a front for the nationalist agenda to continuing fueling the war machine.
Just think about this for a moment: Is it really okay that your loved ones in the service are fueling the war industry? So long as we have troops on the ground—there are more tanks, planes, bullets, and weapons to be stockpiled. We have massive—3-4 football field sized fenced in areas in the middle of the desert in Nevada that NEW tanks are rolled off the line into—same with planes.
Unfortunately, in the Capitalist States of America, even war has backers and lobbyists trying to encourage regular people to believe there’s a legitimate threat behind groups like ISIS. We could cut our military budget in half if we would just bring the troops home to defend our own borders. We don’t need to be fighting in the middle of the Middle East’s turmoil. The entire Middle Eastern region is in a state of collapse, and we’re over there trying to put Band-Aids and glue everywhere by spilling more blood. And then, when the President wants inaction—the whole country is in an uproar over a couple of dead reporters who should have never traveled to the places they did “in search of a story.” People die here in this country every day that you’ve never met in your life and will never care to—yet, when some reporters make national headlines because ISIS beheaded them—we feel the need to go to war?
Does anyone realize that for every bomb we drop there are civilian casualties? The only reason those terrorist groups are barking up our tree is because we’re killing their people! They’re all pissed off that we’re killing innocent people there over some terrorist attack that happened 13 years ago!!!! Do you think other country’s have the same problem with the Middle Eastern terrorist cells as we do? No… because they’re not blowing up a chunk of their population every year and terrorizing their streets. We are to blame for the threats we are facing today with ISIS… These are desperate people that have adopted the mindset they have because most of them spent the last 13 years growing up with bombs blowing up all around them. TERRORISM is a FACADE that makes you TERRIFIED that they can do more than they really can…
It’s the saddest thing in the entire world knowing that there’s nothing I can do but keep yelling and hope that people eventually listen. Problem is: people can’t see past the bullshit they see on TV and in the “news.” Society just adapts to popularize what the information the media populates. The information in the media is the thing that everyone is always talking about—whether it be abortion, gay rights, Obama’s coffee cup salute *ouuu so bad o m g*, and stuff like that.
We only know as much as our sources give us. For most people, unfortunately, those sources are intentionally bombarding them with false information to scare them into believing there’s some national defense issue behind small terrorist groups like ISIS. Why do you think none of our biggest competing nations like China or Russia have never tried to attack us..? …Because they would fail and they know they would fail. No battle has ever been fought on U.S. soil because we’d swing down the mighty hammer of every military base in every county in every state of the nation on them!
Unfortunately, the truth is, we’re the reason that many parts of the Middle East are collapsing. We either created “temporary democracies” or blew up so many people that there anarchy ensued. People became so afraid of the United States and our bombs just falling on them while they were sleeping at night that they were easily persuaded and brainwashed into joining suicide squads and violent militias to fight back against us to defend their land and children.
WE destabilized the Middle East. But, it’s too late now. We can’t fix what we did wrong and we can’t keep fighting over there because we’re only making it 100x worse. Extreme Islamic sects have control of the masses there. Those poor people have succumbed to the mind-numbing power of terror and found that the might of Allah and extreme acts of violence are the only way to find peace.
When a sect of people begins to believe that blowing themselves up with bombed strapped to their chest to suit their God(s) is when they have truly been lost. It’s horribly depressing and instead of admitting our mistakes—we just keep blowing them up so people don’t realize what we’ve done as a country since the Gulf War to the Middle Eastern region.
Pride is more important than peace, apparently. Rationality and reason don’t mean a damn thing, so long as they can keep the public’s eyes focused on other, severely less important things.
But, the more we talk about it… the more people start to see the truth… the less and less they’ll be able to deny it. Eventually it’ll click that we’re the ones telling the truth and the news sources they’ve clung to for so long are the ones that have been tricking them all this time.
Speaking out seems futile. But, even though I know I’m usually going to get bashed and called stupid or something—I always do it. Because even if they don’t believe me—it’ll get them thinking. Doubt is what I preach.
The current state of this country: Foolishness.
Sorry, I had to get that thought out. Prepared for incoming arguments and being called a stupid hippie who doesn’t understand what he’s talking about.
I feel like this is the perfect thing to describe me. Belonging, it’s at the end of a poorly lit room, with a black backdrop. I’m not there yet, but, I’m crawling/stumbling/walking there. I will get there one day, and it will be blissful. This is my darkness at the end of the tunnel: that sense of belonging. When my life becomes so amazing that I feel as if I just “belong” there.
I’m not there yet, but, soon enough, I’ll be there. There are people in my life that will help me get there; there are people in my life that I will help get there.
I yearn for the day, but, I still live in the present moment. I still see my belonging in today—in the people that I know; in the life that they help me live.
I have been graced, by whatever god(s) may or may not exist, with the current people in my life right now.
I am so proud to be where I am today, with the people I have today, and I ever-hope for the pride that I will feel in the future, with the same, and more people.
<3 Thanks to all of those who have been there for me, and those that will continue to be there for me in the future.
Bliss, I’m feeling it right now. I can’t wait to feel the bliss of the future. Life is good; life will continue to be good!
It’s all a matter of perspective! <3
Reblogging a massively powerful, and extremely long post. Reading this again made me remember who I’m supposed to be.
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