The title of this post is unproven yet but my staff and I are working on it. Even members of the military former and current are having a bit of trouble with this one. I was in the military in Vietnam when I was alive and back then it didn’t matter who the President was if they wanted to keep you in the shit you didn’t like them. Things have changed significantly in the past fifty years or so and now ideological politics as a deeply held belief is a form of combat all its own. Take for example the meme that’s been traveling around the Internet terrestrially for the past 22 hours or so. This meme states, in an effort to show how much support he United States Marine Corps has for Donald Trump, a conservative view of a dislike for a former President Barack Obama. Like he cares at this point.
Once again to put this into context I’ll have to use a popular culture reference that many of you may be unfamiliar with. I was introduced, just yesterday, to an animated Netflix show called “Bojack Horseman”. The show tells the story of a down on his luck actor who happens to be half man and half horse. Bojack is the surly type of has been who soothes his pain at the prospect of his waning popularity with alcohol and casual sex. The real point of all of this is that Bojack is a touchstone for and a mirror upon modern American culture. In the last episode I watched Bojack goes to the grocery store and finds himself confronted with apple muffins sitting among produce and picks them up. A seal (yes the anthropomorphic kind) comes out of the store’s bathroom and says he has “dibs” on the muffins and just set them there to go relieve himself. Bojack takes offense and an argument ensues. Not really wanting the muffins in the forst place, Bojack simply does what many Americans would do in this situation– he defaults to being a dick.
It turns out that the seal is a naval office named Neal McBeal, a captain in the US Navy and an Afghanistan veteran just back home from deployment. Yes, dear readers it gets better from here. Appearing on MSNBSea ( get it?) with an anchor whale voiced by the guru of television hubric projection Keith Olbermann, Captain McBeal relates the story of the muffin stealing and Horseman’s blatant disregard for “dibs.” Bojack, against all advice he is given by his agent and the ghost writer of his tell all book, calls into the station and basically says that well all of the troops aren’t heroes some of them are jerks. A firestorm of epic media proportions ensues. Watch the scene below.
Now back to the meme giving the drug addled and the angry and the bigoted yet another meaningless warm fuzzy this warm morning here in Hell. There isn’t any way I can say this any better than Bojack did. I served in the US military and I know that every one who has served has sacrificed something if nothing but their time and freedom. But to simply bow at the feet of every member of the US military and grovel constantly about how much conservative “support” them means nothing at all. If these people really wanted to support their men and women past and present they would demand, as I did of President Obama, that the broken VA system be fixed and that every homeless veteran on the streets of the so-called greatest nation on Terra be washed, clothed, fed and sheltered at the expense of those bloated overpaid hooligans in the United States Congress.
Melania Trump as the First Lady might have inspired a few thousand Marines to prefer 8th & I over Camp Leatherneck but even if every Marine had applied to stand at attention when Marine 1 landed and salute the Donald it would be once again at the risk of over using the word meaningless. Just this past week a Marine colonel who was relieved of duty waived an Article 32 hearing having been accused of raping a minor girl. There is on example of not being a hero among many because “The Troops” come from “The People.” These are the same people who were misguided, stupid, high or drunk enough to vote for a man who has no political experience whatsoever. This flies in the face of the literal pounds of digital data vomited at Progressives that then Senator Barack Obama didn’t have enough experience to be commander-in-chief. By comparison with the blunder and bluster of Trump, the first month of Obama’s presidency seems like a calm afternoon on the beaches of San Junipero with Mackenzie Davis. I cannot stress enough that this White House, and the people that so desperately wanted a victory over a man who will never run for another elected office, is a cancer on the buttocks of freedom, justice and equality on the planet in which you live. It may not happen today, it may not happen tomorrow but in time a crisis will come and the Trump White House will fail to rise to the occasion and Human Beings will sadly pay with their lives.
Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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