It’s Not Personal

Too many people take things personally which they absolutely should not.

Economics. If someone is pointing out the problems with our economic system, that is not a personal statement. It really doesn’t matter in the least if you have benefited from this system, when there are obvious signs this system is about to collapse, you need to pay attention. Because those signs are all around you. Just because you have profited from this system does not mean the system is viable or will remain so.

Political parties. If someone is pointing out that a political party is corrupt, it is not personal. It is fact. Both major parties have corruption built in not as an anomaly but as their core structure. You cannot deny this. It has been proven in absolute terms. You can scream and yell and cry but facts are facts. Both parties are slaves to WAR Street and you know it. They do not represent you. To keep cheering for your preferred cult when they all work for the same masters while opposing the American people is not delusion, not you being deceived, it is insanity. You are making a conscious choice against your own best interests out of fear. Yet all your worst fears have come true day after day, incrementally getting worse over years. It is remaining in an abusive relationship because they are telling you that you cannot do better without them.

Candidates. If someone is telling you that a politician or candidate is not who you want them to be, it is not personal. That politician is not you, is it? If it is you, we need to talk. NOW. So, if you are not that candidate, why do you define yourself by them? You’re not married to them. You don’t owe them anything. They owe you! They are not your leader, they are your representative, your employee. Or supposed to be and therein lies the problem. Too often they are supposed to represent you and they do not. Wake up to it, realize it, admit it and stand up against that behavior. You pay for it every day of your life in ways you cannot imagine.

Corporate power. The only people who should be supportive of corporate power at all in this country are the executives and shareholders of a corporation. Anyone and everyone else should be opposing the stranglehold that corporations have on this country, on our freedom, on our environment, on our basic human rights, on our children’s and grandchildren’s futures. From how much you get paid (or don’t get paid) to the poisons in our air, water and food to the wars we wage and pay for to lack of medical care without bankruptcy and beyond, they rip the power of the people from our hands. Why the hell would you support that?

The media. Some people will literally fight to claim that the “news” source they read/watch/listen to is accurate. The thing to note is that the people who claim this never confirm what is being reported. They don’t even demand sources most of the time. Unless it is about something they do not want to hear. Long as they agree with it, they will believe anything being said. Most of you reading this are not associated with the media as anything but a spectator. So, why are you defensive of it? Why are you so loyal to your preferred media source/s? Because you think they are in some way loyal to or honest with you? If you do not confirm their accuracy, you have no way of knowing how accurate or honest they are. Even then, is the way they present the information biased? You can bet on it.

Question yourself. None of this is intended to make you doubt yourself. It is meant to make you question the narrative being presented to you and the people presenting it. They are all selling you something for their own profit. Examine it. Follow the money. Verify information for accuracy. Look at policies from different angles. Listen to different voices, even ones you do not agree with. (As long as those voices have verifiable facts or rational questions which warrant answers.) Don’t do things out of habit or pure emotion. That is how we got to the condition we are in now. If we continue doing the same things, can we expect different results? Or just more of the same?

If you want change, it has to begin with you. Be the change you want to see.

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Military Recruitment

I heard a report today that 1100 schools in the US have banned military recruiters from recruiting teenagers at those schools.

You can save the “patriotic” BS for someone else. I’m a veteran.

As a veteran, I support these schools entirely. The military should not be trying to recruit impressionable and under-developed minds to fight wars for corporate profit.

As an absolute rule, the military should be forced to be honest in their recruiting efforts. Just call it truth in advertising. The tobacco industry is forced to pay for anti-tobacco ads and place warnings on their products. So, why is the military allowed to directly engage in false advertising?

If the military were honest in their advertising and recruitment efforts, the number of people signing up for service would plummet. Public support for our massive military budget that exceeds the rest of the planet would be virtually nonexistent. Aside from warmongers who are clinically imbalanced.

Honest advertising for the military would include images and videos of what happens when our bombs land and when bullets hit their marks. It would show what happens to a human body when struck with a round from a Vulcan machine gun. Did you know that a Vulcan is actually considered a rotary cannon that fires 6000 rounds per minute? That each round is 20 mm across? That 20 mm is 3/4 of an inch?

Honest advertising for our military would show victims starving to death or dying of dehydration because we destroyed their access to food and clean water. It would include images of cancer victims and children born with crippling deformities thanks to our use of depleted uranium and Agent Orange. It would illustrate children burned to the bone and blinded by our White Phosphorous. It would divulge the fact that Agent Orange, depleted uranium and White Phosphorous are all chemical weapons.

Honest advertising for our military would admit the fact that if the exact same chemical weapons, starvation and dehydration methods were used by our enemies or against our military, they would be portrayed as absolute monsters. In fact, they have been for far less. Consider only months ago when there were allegations of chlorine gas in Syria. The OPCW found trace amounts of chlorine in rubble. Trace amounts that can come from destroyed PVC piping or cleaning products. Which do you think does more damage? Cleaning products or radioactive dirty bombs and chemicals that burn to the bone and cannot be extinguished?

Honesty would divulge the fact that depleted uranium is exactly what I stated. It is a dirty bomb. It spread radioactive waste over an area. The radioactivity poisons that area for decades, even generations.

Honest recruiting efforts would present all this information to any potential military applicant. It would not include giant flags and colored smoke from jets flying over football stadiums. It would not be videos showing US troops saving children from imaginary enemies. It would not mention helping our communities when we send troops to the Mexican border while an entire state burns to the ground and hurricane victims suffer lack of transportation, food and clean water.

Honesty would show the fact that over 70% of Islamic terrorist weapons in the Middle East come from US military stores.

Honesty would show that some people in the desert with land-based weapons and no aircraft have never been a threat to the US. So they have never been fighting for “our freedom”. They fight for corporate profits. They guard Afghan poppy fields for the drug companies. They guard oil fields for oil companies. They guard mines to protect precious metals.

Honesty recruiting efforts would show a printed list of veterans who have committed suicide in the past year. Then a list of veterans who wound up in prison because of drug problems they developed fighting PTSD. It would include a trip to an inpatient psychiatric unit for veterans. Images of wounded vets who have lost limbs, become paralyzed, live in chronic pain which may never stop. It would specify how many veterans above the norm become divorced and lose their families. If they are too unstable, they may be banned from ever visiting their own children for the rest of their lives.

Honesty would point out the fact that if the military were truthful about all the above, enlistees would either walk away or be more prepared mentally and emotionally when they encountered these conditions. So the number of veterans suffering PTSD and/or committing suicide would be a fraction. Of course, the ones who still joined would be giving full emotional consent and agreement to commit atrocities. 

So yes, as a veteran I support schools that ban recruiters. Stop the absolute crap of claiming how veterans fight for freedom. If recruiters are allowed on school campuses, then they should be forced to present facts or the school should allow other presentations which present these facts.