VETERANS: What Does It Mean To Serve In This Day And Age? 2013
Now there is a question that can be a real conundrum for me depending upon the mood I am in. In the present day, we have the NSA tapping into our phones, social media and spying on all of our allies around the world. We have security cameras everywhere monitoring our comings and goings. We have drones under development that will be able to fly right through our open front doors in the coming years. I don’t know how many others have been following this but in the military news we have two Admirals and the Director of the National Intelligence Agency being relieved of their duties in a scandal in Singapore involving corruption and prostitution. We have a long list of naval commanders who have been relieved of their commands for doing some of the most outrageous things that would drop most people’s jaws.
On the larger front we find ourselves facing an enemy that raises the bar on Malignant Narcissism to new heights. They could care less if they annihilate the entire world and everything on it, all in the name of their God. When it comes time for battle, these cowardly foes will hide behind or sacrifice every innocent man woman and child they can find. Most Americans want nothing to do with any of this – it is so awful! But they are there all the same – on any given day and on a new day… They can be here! This much we have learned.
And what about the US government these days? Narcissists do not play well in the same sandbox and there are far too many of these types in our government. They are gutting the U.S. Constitution along with the American public. I don’t give a damn about party lines. There is No Way, Congress can come to any kind of lasting consensus when there are so many more individuals pulling for their own self-centered agendas. So we have the United States government hobbling along, held together with Band-Aids.
As I sit here alone at a Red Robin, partaking of a free hamburger, I try to reflect on what it means to serve one’s country. All this attention being paid to Veterans Day is a recent phenomenon. I’m no war hero. I didn’t go “in country” during Vietnam, I served my time at sea on ships. When we came back, it was not even cool to be us. We melted into society as quickly and as quietly as possible. And that was that.
Now, we have all these celebrations and free meals. So I usually try to partake in that and think about duty, honor, integrity and stuff like that – not so easy for me to do nowadays. I look around me these days and I don’t see much of any of that anymore. Those who do try to stand up for the right things will often find themselves vilified and ostracized. Oh there are still plenty of people around who know what those words mean. I guess sometimes it is all about the company one keeps.
I look around me and I see a new generation – a digital generation, young people raised up with a gadget in their hands. A generation of people who have “cyber relations”. They make love to a person without ever even seeing them. They do not even have the desire to fuck anymore– or even drive a car. What does all this mean? Hell if I know? Is this what I served my country for? Hell if I know?
There is a new Portland War Memorial being built which harkens back to a rapidly disappearing generation of people who pulled together across an entire nation. They did what absolutely had to be done to save our country and the better part of the rest of the world from a horrific enemy. Like one WWII war veteran said – otherwise all of us would be speaking German right now. It won’t be long before the very last WWII war vet is gone. And with that, I fear will disappear the last vestige of a certain part of the human spirit that the coming generations will never even be able to comprehend.
I kind of liked one post I saw put up on Facebook by Mike Smart that had to do with what it means to be a Vet. It goes something to the effect that you sign an open check to Uncle Sam - payable with your life. As this ever increasing malaise of narcissism spreads across this digital generation of automatons that we are breeding takes hold – how many of them will we be able to count on to step up and put their names on the line? Another scary thought – how many more of them can we expect to worm their way into positions of power in the government, big business, Hollywood, religion and indeed our military?
And I am certainly not about to let my own generation off the hook. We survived but we certainly did not get everything right. There are plenty of us that completely missed the boat when it comes to stuff like integrity and honesty and stuff like that. There are women running around who will fuck any man they feel like whenever the whim strikes them. if a man comes their way bearing tidings of love they will destroy that and go fuck the man’s friends and then manage to turn him into the villain as they cut his heart out, make it into sliced salami which they then proceed to feed back to him through the gaping hole. Such are the uncanny powers of these creatures. And they are way too damned old to be doing deeds like this - but they do it anyway! Hah, maybe the new generation of automatons will take care of THAT behavior! Sorry if I offend anyone, what I write here is not meant to make anyone happy – it‘s just to say what it is. Where do these freaks of nature come from – broken families, bad parenting, genetics? Hell, I don’t know!
But they can’t hold a candle to their male counterparts who are all over the place. What I am describing here is the changing of the tides in modern-day society. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all of these narcissistic types I have been describing here were able to put more effort into not destroying those who love and trust in them and instead put more work into the survival of our species?
So, did I serve my country for all of this? I dunno, I guess so. Am I proud of it? Uh, well maybe I’m again more interested in saving my own ass for the few measly years my old ass might have left. But If the opportunity came along to unleash a can of wakeup-ass in the halls of Congress - I believe I would want to take that and run with it.
In closing I should at least mention our most formidable enemy. That is Mother Earth. Why would I say that? After all isn’t Mother Earth supposed to be the one who sustains us. As humans, our so-called, right to life and all of our gods don’t mean shit to Mother Earth and the forces beyond. The human race has not treated her so nicely and she is rebelling against us. Will humans ever get to the point to where we can slow down the destruction of one another before we end up destroying the planet that sustains us?
Don’t worry – be happy. It’s a nice concept but it’s time has passed. It is coming up close to the time to where all the Sheople might want to start thinking about who’s gonna save their asses when the shit hits the fan. If us humans don’t get our shit together, all this other stuff I’ve been harping about in this diatribe won’t mean shit anyway.
While we are ranting here, this is another post from last year. When you get a bunch of F******d uu Narcissists in Government - crazy shit like this happens. In the military, we referred to this sort of thing as FUBAR:
In a message dated 9/12/2014 4:59:40 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Sometimes death doesn't look all that bad to some of us. Sometimes Vets who are terribly injured kill themselves .I am going to rant about this other thing. A few years ago I was a US Merchant Marine. I went on a secret mission on a US Navy ship, one of the fastest on the sea. Our mission was to deliver a load of MRAPS to the Persian Gulf. If you do not know what I an MRAP is - look it up. These fighting vehicles had just been built and were designed to protect our fighting men and women from all of those devastating IEDs that were blowing them apart over in Iraq. This mission would take us around the world.
At the time I was proud to serve our fighting forces in this manner. The idea was to reduce the killing and maiming. And here we are today, those MRAPS have come back to this country and whoever the idiot sticks are in our government have busied themselves distributing them to cops all across the country. Hundreds and hundreds of them are now in cities from coast to coast.
We had underwent an important and hazardous mission through the Persian Gulf and then the Pirates in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Yes, you may have seen the movie. I was also on a Maersk ship. At one time I took pride in the importance of it but no longer. I don't know who these complete idiots are in the Pentagon that have allowed this to happen. What are all of these police agencies going to use these MRAPS for? We already know what they are being used for and what on earth do police agencies all across this nation need with thousands and thousands of bayonets. These f****** idiots who are in charge of this program have distributed 12,000 bayonats to police agencies everywhere. What are our police forces going to be using all of this for?Now senators are aware of this and are conducting an inquiry. But why in the hell would this ever be allowed to happen in the first place? There used to be a time when the police were servants of the public. Now they have become the lackeys of Big Brother and it makes me sick.It is because of many of these idiots up there (and a whole lot of other damned good reasons) who are calling the shots and wield so much power over all of us, that I have lost complete faith in my government and I am ashamed for the faith I once had in it.
After talking to this one young Vet the other night it is clear that many of them know a lot more about what is happening over there than any of us will ever know. When they come back many of them are carrying a lot of weight on their shoulders just because of the knowledge that they have. I dare say, the kind of knowledge that young Americans should not have to deal with. And they should not be dying over here in our f***** up country in greater numbers than they are dying over on foreign soils. Vets are dying of suicide every single day in this country!
So there you have it.
I made some vids while I was over there. For those who may be interested, here is one:
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The Following is just a little of this and that:
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Here is a big long article for you:
Nice long interview here: