War and Peace

Ebola – ISIL Iraq – Virginia Board of Elections

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From zero to sixty we go, my head spinning like Vertigo.  Yes, round and round we go, and where we stop nobody knows, except the bodies left behind.

There are no absolutes in war or peace; no logic successfully transforming the passions of love and war into transparency of love for war.  There are only truth and lies, the valiant and the Robber Barons, the givers and takers, life and death — Ill winds and blessed breezes blowing all things to and fro — as we sally forth to, back again.

Heaven on Fire SmaillThe sea flows ebbing high and low, but it seems, only God knows we don’t belong in the Middle East.  We belong TO it.  In that no-man’s land between FDR’s death and Dulles/Eisenhower Cold War fertilization, Wall Street, government and Main Street deprioritized:  war Time Tables.

When Children are dying or people violently threatened because of their beliefs, gender, age, color, opinions or lifestyle, it must attract American humanitarian attention.

Some challenges have simple solutions, but the Persian Gulf requires the nuance of adroit chess moves.  We must support those wise enough to assuage the devastating global impact of climate change, oil spills and fossil fuels, while we resist Ebola infection panic, if we’re not exchanging body fluids with strangers from West Africa.

Open Carry body fluid contests, panic ridden not my children, not my problem and apathy are far more infectious dangers to the land of opportunity and voting privileges.

Not taken in by political sugar to help the medicine of war go down, be it GW’s weapons of mass destruction, Condoleezza’s Mushroom Cloud or Obama’s Genocide, nonetheless, innocent people are trapped on Iraqi’s Mount Sinjar, and we need to help them survive Isil’s desire to erase them — with food, water and where and when their attackers make it necessary to protect innocent American and Iraqi lives – with evil crushing air power.

Think of those who go where the problems are and make positive differences:  doctors, nurses, first responders, teachers, Peace Corp, WHO, FEMA, EPA, CDC and the President’s new funding for Veterans Affairs.  We’re either all for one and one for all, or we’re warring fossils deserting the customers who built them, to headquarter in tax freedom from the poisoned air, water and earth their fossil fuels created.

Let’s be aware of and advocate for those who need our voices so theirs can’t be obliterated, whether Veterans in need of healthcare, undocumented Iraqi mountaintop and Texas border children, Virginians cut out of the voting process by a 2-1 Board of Elections vote inspired by Republican State Senator Mark Obenshain, volunteers, now patients Dr. Kent Brantly & Nancy Writebol and my doctor friends – Derrick, arriving to serve in Hawaii just before two hurricanes and Rachel doing her Ebola part in Atlanta Georgia at Emory Hospital.

  • We can emulate those who sacrifice to help save, or those who deny basic human rights, including the privilege to vote, even if your ID is expired.
  • We can protect Americans around the world, or we can we can ignore them to death.
  • We can strategically respond, avoiding, as did President Kennedy during 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, boots on the ground, or we can pre-emptively strike a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

Despite billions spent by the likes of Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers, we Americans still have some choices.  So can we choose equality of opportunity for women and minorities, the freedom to vote without GOP repression and to be grateful for and watchful of our Chess-Player-in-Chief whose proven he knows how and when to engage, disengage and re-engage.

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James Webb – Who Needs Veterans?!?

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Veterans 2012 Minute Men – Yanks & Rebs – Doughboys – GI Joes & Janes – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:  Veterans are what become of those we send off to war to kill or be killed, even bleed-out in foreign lands, keeping us free to stay behind, without a peek at war’s grime and grind.

Veterans are what’s left of the 1% we tell, go to war is hell, who return battle scared, physically wounded, too often, visibly or not, mentally and psychologically maimed.  War leaves neither Veteran nor nation, the same.

With or without ticker-tape parades, Times Square kiss or posthumous presidential proclamations, post war homeland lacks opportunity, welcome home jobs or life of peace.  Admit it, after war, for most, supporting Veterans is an empty boast.

Dog Tags no longer saluted as badge of honor; cheers and support our troops, like government and civilian population, fade away.  Our Veterans are not left behind by combat buddies on the field, but rather deserted in the waiting rooms, employment offices and absent from duty affordable housing and healthcare deal.

No, not the Veteran, but those who give the order, wave fare-thee-well,  pawn the volunteered blood, sweat and tears to die, if necessary, to preserve, protect and defend the ruling corporate empire, once again.  No, not my friend and yours, the Veteran, but those kept safe from harm on American shores – they are the ones who turn away, when Johnny comes marching home from wars.

There is little less American than those who continue to deny the truth unseen by averted eyes:  We are the world begins as often in a Wall Street board room, as a Middle America home for Memorial holiday, memorializing e-coli on the family grill.

Yes we love defenders of our piece of the millennium of conveniences to which we’ve become too digitally attached to see beyond the tip of our noses to the melted tip of icebergs, mountain top removal, intentional Coal Ash runoffs and What The Fracking regurgitates.

Pretend, or even blind patriotism can run amuck when as new national pastime, we rest on our laurels, heads bowed, eyes lowered, whether to Bible or iPhone.  Focused on making the next buck, we toss aside promises now easily disposable at the expense of those we deem expendable.

Yeah, who needs Veterans anyway, or our defining moment, an Emma Lazarus ideal torched by The Statue of Liberty?  When will our Red, White and Blue be Brown, Yellow, Black and Native American enough for the King in you?

In search of quick and easy answers, we fail the fallen in advance and forget the heroes who follow.  Now home, lay down the sword, honor the dead, heal both mass shooting assassinators and families full of dread.  Live to serve all who’ve sacrificed and been sacrificed to violence and war.  For those who stayed and those who’ve returned, let not one patient’s needs be ignored.

We are better served not by decapitating heads like Veteran Eric Shinseki, but rather guaranteeing safe food, clean water and educational equality; then abolishing privatized prisons for profit and growing police state – a banking and government investment merger to marginalize the brown immigrant and black slave descendent.

What all Americans need, civilians and Veterans alike, is for the served, protected, loved and missed now receive in-kind, more than meaningless clichés replacing substantive Congressional leadership with political fantasy; more gender, educational and economic equality of opportunity; more active grassroots for Out of Many, One advocacy.

Veterans, like all Americans, deserve a We The People more like Pope Francis, than private prison investing Wall Street Bankers.

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