100 Day Update;
The Nightmare Continues
In late April
I arrived at my local VA hospital for
appointments and headed through the
lobby towards the men's room when I
suddenly came face to face with the
framed official photograph of our new Commander
In Chief. I stared at it
dumbfounded by the incredibly mean
glowering pose on his face. "What
the hell?" I thought. I could
just imagine elementary school children
running away from it screaming, "Bad
man, bad man!" Pictures of him
smiling are even more frightening.
As I write this today,
on 'Day 100,' much of the news media are mocking
his spectacular failure to have accomplished
much in his first quarter. They are wrong.
In his first hundred days, he has
unsystematically destroyed much of America's
progress of the past 100 years!
Lets start with
something easy, like the environment. In
the last week of April he proudly signed an
Executive Order selling America's National Parks
to the highest bidder in order to turn them into
filthy industrial zone mining operations spewing
poisonous toxic waste into pristine rivers and
lakes. How he must hate America!
Now, onward to the
latest scandal: Appointing a homophobic
pea brain to be Secretary of the Army.
The previous secretary, appointed by President
Obama, was a brilliantly qualified openly gay
man who had previously served as deputy or
assistant secretary and acting secretary of
several services. It was an intentional
act of pure evil for the new President to
appoint a notorious and totally unqualified
homophobe. This is not a matter excusable
as being obliviously tone-deaf.
It is a matter of blatant lying in
falsely promising to protect LGBT Rights during
his campaign for president.
This appointment of a hard core homophobe who
has introduced legislation to legalize prejudice
in the name of God, is nothing less than
hateful. This is a man who has led the
movement to pervert America religion and
politics for the purpose of hatemongering.
Those of us who 'served in silence' and those
who have recently 'served in Pride,' fought for
our Right, our Honor, and our Duty to serve our
nation. Now, all of that has been flushed
down the toilet by this Commander In Chief who
appointed the worst person possible to lead our
troops. What's next? There is
Congressional chatter about privatizing the VA
and or charging veterans for what we earned
serving our country. We must be silent no
5th: The above nominee for Secretary of the Army
has withdrawn his name from consideration by
Congress for this position. Our protests
Moving on to the
military mind of a man who never served: Every single
missile sent to Syria to blow up empty
hangers cost over One Million Dollars.
So, that five minute hyper masculinity
stunt cost 60 million dollars! Imagine if that money had instead been
spent on packing up halal food for
starving Syrian civilians and dropped by
parachute over oppressed villages! You could
intellectually point out that 'one food drop isn't going to solve the problem.' Tell
that to some starving kid wolfing down his first
mouthful of food in weeks with tears in
his eyes. I was born in a post WWII refugee
community in the late 1940s, I kind of remember
what it was like, long ago.
The whole operation
was not conducted from the serious situation
room deep underground below the White House; it
was held in his five star Florida country club
with bleary eyed security agents trying to find
someplace to stand without bumping into liveried
waiters serving piss-elegant provisions to the
billionaire bureaucrats who have never been
hungry a day in their pampered lives. It
was reported that the president bragged of
'ordering the missile strike while eating the
most beautiful piece of chocolate cake.' I
suppose its hard for such a glutinous parasite
starving Syrian children.
I'm not saying we
shouldn't have shot. I happen to be a hawk when it comes to having a
'real' response to a butcher who sent poison gas
to kill innocent children.
Something had to be done.
Shooting off sixty million dollars worth of
missiles at empty hangers at an empty air base
was a symbolic slap on the wrist that evoked
stupid knee-jerk nationalistic grunts of
approval from politicians, pundits, and
pontificators all eager to stick their noses up
you know where. The 'act of war' was the
barbarity of gassing little children to death,
not the response of directly taking out those
who did it.
Meanwhile, there's the
crisis in Korea. I'm not talking about
looming war. I'm talking about the almost
unmentioned vicious crackdown on gay troops in
South Korea. There's a witch hunt on
against gay service members there, just like in
'the good old days' here in America, with
government agents wasting time terrorizing,
interrogating, and discharging in disgrace, our
brothers and sisters just because of who they
happen to love. I wonder which world
leader might have inspired that official
Finally, let us pause
for a moment in memory of the French cop killed
in the most recent terror attack in Paris.
He happened to be gay, out, and proud. Like those of us
in uniform everywhere, he patriotically served
his country in pride.