Another election cycle is upon us . We have the Twiddle Ds ( Democrats ) , the Twiddle Dumbs ( Republicans ) and the new Tea Wind Bags all running like lemmings to ‘Get out the vote‘ . Duh, like it really will make a difference to our bankrupt cities and states. Duh, like it will really make a difference to our Military Industrial Complex who always receive their bloated budget? After all, they have to maintain an empire with not one but two illegal and immoral occupations along with the status quo of 750 + military bases in over 100 countries. You think the Fat Cats who run this War economy really care if a Democrat or Republican or Tea Wind bag candidate wins office? For every Russ Feingold, Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul that creeps out of the shadows of this corrupt two party system, there are hundreds of hacks to outvote and out shout them in Congress…. And from the White House!
The Military Industrial Complex recruits young men and women from low income and under serviced neighborhoods where only dead end jobs await them. Their selling points are enticements of lots of cash and the mantra to join up and ‘ Be somebody ‘. The reality is that many of these kids Be some … Body, returning home in a casket , or as a cripple for life…. Physically, mentally or spiritually! Many of our young soldiers , being placed in dangerous zones , either become trigger happy, downright pissed off or blown away by roadside bombs. Regardless of what the media spin doctors or the Pentagon tells us, the natives of these countries hate our guts! Remember Bush and Co. Asking ‘ Why do they hate us? We came as liberators!’ Let’s see, how about trying this: In Central Florida where I reside, shut off the AC and power in your house for 18 hours each day. So what if it’s 90 degrees outside ( and inside too with no AC ) , shut it down and then imagine how many Iraqis have been living since we invaded. Shut off the water in your house and walk to the store each day to buy bottled water…. For drinking, cooking and bathing. See how that feels after even 24 hours!
We now have a real trauma happening right here at home, due to these phony wars and occupations. The suicide rate of returning soldiers is astronomical! They are shooting their wives, girlfriends, young children and of course, themselves. Why? Is it the reality of this insanity. Of course, other recent veterans choose more interesting alternatives to finding another dead end job back home. I have an acquaintance who has a son who served in Iraq. I asked him how the kid is doing. ‘ Oh, he just got back after another year there. ‘ Did his son re-up after his first tour? ‘ No, he went back to Iraq as a private contractor…. The kid just made 300 large for the year , can you blame him? ‘ To those who not versed in city street talk, 300 large translated means $ 300,000 . We, you and I, are paying Uncle Sam to hire out America’s new Hessians. Insanity!
My activist friend from New Jersey, Ed Dunphy, has a great sign that he holds each time he protests on the street corner: Bush = Obama = Bush . ‘ And the hits just keep on comin! ‘
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is an activist leader and free lance columnist. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 200 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at www.dandelionsalad.wordpress.com, or at his own blog at www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.