At this point in our country's history, with this COVID pandemic knocking on all our doors 24/7, I find myself contemplating life, our country's future, our children's future and the rest of humanity. This crisis proves itself beyond anything I've seen in my 73 years of living.
If it's true that some maniac scientists in Wuhan, China, created this bio-weapon, or it simply erupted out of the unsanitary conditions of 'wet markets' that you may have seen on YouTube videos, the Chinese maintain an exceedingly unsanitary culture in their food chain. Whatever it is, it's killing a lot of people.
From what we're being told, something like 100,000 to 200,000 of us will see death in the coming months. It could be anyone in my family. Heck, I could be gone because it kills most folks over 70 years of age.
As a baby boomer, I've lived a wonderful life. By dumb luck, I lived through the Vietnam War. I haven't died of a heart attack. I made a reasonable living as a teacher and truck driver my entire life. I explored the world on my bicycle. I'm happily married.
But as I look back on my life, and this country's history since 1950, I can't help but wring my hands and wonder what happened to the United States? What happened to our integrity as a constitutional republic? Why did our leaders plunge us into the Korean War that killed 33,000 young Americans for absolutely no good reason?
Why did we allow Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Military-Industrial Complex, filled with sickeningly greedy and amoral men, to start a 10-year war in Vietnam over the bogus "Gulf of Tonkin Incident"? Why did our "Silent Majority" allow those power brokers in Washington DC, filled with lies and deceit, to fund that deadly war for 10 years? Why at the expense of 58,220 of our finest kids? What did it prove? Answer: nothing. Whom did it save? Answer: killed over 3,000,000 (million) Vietnamese, men, women and children. Who benefited? Answer: power brokers who made defense contracts, war munitions, uniforms, tanks, food and endless weapons to kill other human beings.
That war shaped me, affected me for the rest of my life, and affects me today. I don't trust one senator or house member in Washington DC to maintain integrity. They prove themselves a den of thieves and racketeers. And our presidents, not much better as they led us into those wars. Note: keep your weapons and 1st-Amendment rights!
What about the fraudulent "Weapons of Mass Destruction" ruse to force us into Afghanistan and Iraq? What about these two 19-year-long wars? For what? Answer: money, money, money for war corporations and stockholders. For whom? Answer: corporate profits. Why? Answer: screw the American public.
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