United States Shame

A good friend of mine is dying, because decades ago he served in his country’s military. He was a Marine. We were young back then, but even the young knew we had no business trying to fight someone else’s civil war. And here we are again. No matter how many times you make the mistake, the result still hurts just as much. The loss, the suffering, the damage to the planet only get worse, because our technology has “improved.” It’s the very essence of shame.

I try the Serenity Prayer. And here we are again. Nothing has changed. He was sprayed with Agent Orange. Yes, the United States managed to use chemical weapons on its own. The United States, with the biggest arsenal of nuclear warheads in the world, the only country to ever use nuclear weapons against another country, looks for any excuse to get involved in anybody else’s war. Why? Because weapons sales support its economy, and money means more to those temporary government employees than life. So what’s so great about democracy, if there’s no social conscience?

The United States is cruel to its veterans. Does this not come under human rights? All my life I’ve waited for my country to clean up its own backyard, its racism, sexism, cruelty to the mentally ill and anyone the least bit different, including people with children forced out of their homes. I live in an ugly, cruel country, and I’m ashamed of its cruelty, because I used to work for my country. My country is full of ugly, hateful people. I managed to move to one of the nicest of the 50 states to get away from the madness, but now my friend is dying, and he can’t even get a copy of his own medical records from Veterans Affairs to take to his own private doctor. And he’s just one of so many.

So many have just come home from Afghanistan and Iraq that the Viet Nam vets have to wait for the younger ones to be processed first. HA! Not a good excuse, VA. The VA is just hoping that meanwhile the Viet Nam vets will die and the VA won’t have to take care of them. Meanwhile, President Obama sends more military “advisors” back into Iraq, which is how Viet Nam started.

When domestic abuse occurs in families, it tends to create a perpetuating cycle. It goes on forever if no one finds a way to break the cycle. PLEASE, GOD, SOMEONE FIND A WAY TO BREAK THE CYCLE!


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