In the beginning was fear—the fear that everything that has a body experiences once it realizes we live in a predatory universe; a universe in which absolutely everything gets to be eaten… if not by the sharp fangs of a predator, then by time itself. And Fear became our God. And it began to rule over our lives, shrink our willingness to dare, and rob us of the beauty of it all.
Upon reaching the event, we were greeted by a large likeness of Trump tweeting from a toilet, complete with audio which consisted of various gems like “I am a stable genius,” sprinkled in with an occasional long, loud farting noise. The beloved “Baby Trump Blimp” was there, too (which had to be tied to the ground because, well, “freedom”). The atmosphere for the most part was light. Of course, you had the random assholes walking over to start their ignorant “build the wall” chants and display some other general buffoonery, but eventually they moved on….
I am writing, therefore, in behalf of the country I love and of my comrades still in harm’s way struggling for survival on some far-off battlefield or at home suffering the aftermath of war.
This last election, as a New Yorker, I knew that my vote had already
been cast. I was able to smugly write in my all-time favorite (very
dead) journalist, “Hunter S Thompson.” I know it’s been said a million
times before, but in these midterms, there is just too much at stake for me
to “sit it out.” As a friend of a friend most eloquently stated,
“sometimes the lesser of two evils is way less evil.”
The NSA, FISA Courts, & the Patriot Act anyone? It has nothing to do with sex, but it might actually have something to do with witch-hunts… Only; I’m not talking about a Democratic Party witch-hunt to smear a Republican-nominated SCOTUS hopeful – but rather, the witch-hunts perpetrated against the American people and our inalienable and…
The truth is, we are all more fragile than we would like to believe. Even the Punk Rock Chef, who had a lust for adventure, an insatiable curiosity about the world, and who taught us the importance of breaking bread with people who live in far away places (particularly with those we have been conditioned to fear), had his limits.
Did you know the U.S. government was given multiple ample opportunities early in the Afghan war to cooperate with the Taliban and employ them to extinguish the Al Qaeda cancer in their territory, but D.C. chose rather to conflate the Taliban with Al Qaeda and needlessly make the Taliban our enemies in war as well? Did you know that everyone from terrorism experts in academia (Robert Pape) and medical science to ‘insider’ military analysts – have confirmed the primary driving force of anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan, the greater Middle East, and among terrorists who have attempted and carried out attacks within the United States – is the unwelcome presence of military bases and personnel on the Arabian Peninsula. Of course; that’s not to discount the American financial and military support for the cruel puppet regimes our CIA & military have overthrown democratically-elected governments to set up and prop up, crippling military sanctions that cause untold amounts of suffering on children and innocent populations, American support for the Israeli right-wing fascist Likud Party’s oppression and abuse of Palestinians, – or, other civilian casualties that have continuously added to the American killing-machine’s body count at wedding parties and Doctors Without Borders Hospitals and such…
Not even a week has passed, and I needed to google “Florida Shooting.” I couldn’t seem to remember what day it happened…was it a Monday, or a Friday? It feels like it’s been at least a week, but after all the gun debate articles littered page after page of my search, I gave up. The great American…
“We do not bring promises, we do not bring anything to give away, more than the heart, more than sweat, more than the effort of each day. It has been a difficult road because people no longer believe in anything and are tired of hearing promises. That is why we are not promising things. We are launching a call to the organization of society, to a union that goes beyond elections. This is the moment of youth, of childhood, of women. It is time for us to be aware that we can move forward together.”
~ Maria “Marichuy” de Jesus Patricio Martinez
I am often confused by religious jargon. Follow any number of God’s devotees on social media and you’re sure to be bombarded with memes quoting Bible verses and meaningless inspirational sayings that people will tell themselves to help them get through another day in their seemingly miserable lives. This doesn’t stop with the internet, either.…
If you had asked me two years ago if I thought America was stupid enough to elect the most vile, narcissistic, crude, bumbling, incoherent fool who ever stumbled into office, I would have said no way. Oh, how I long for those days when I still believed America was only the partially dim-witted uncle I…
“Cantwell and others like him go down this path NOT because of intellectual integrity; spit fire and scream provocations NOT out of righteous indignation; but because they have terrorized themselves into a corner from which the only thing they have left to do is lash outward. They have traded first principles which lead to life and liberty of all humanity, for the rhetoric of convenient excuse to lift the hand of wrath to a copout and scapegoat of an enemy.”
The crimes of the American government are not lost on me, and neither should they be on you. These certainly are trying and tumultuous times. The whole world is in upheaval, and there are many desperate situations which need attention. Certainly, something’s gotta give and big changes need to occur – this much is true.
“This wisdom does not belong to any one culture or religion, nor does it come only from the West or the East. Rather, it is a tradition of human warriorship that has existed in many cultures at many times throughout history.”