January 12, 2011
America Eats Her Checkers
By Mark Sashine
Life goes on. So does the violent death. America eats her checkers. Happy snacking.
I am all for the restrictions imposed on the mentally disabled. They should not be able to buy a gun or ammo. Neither they should be able to run freely and become Presidents, Vice- Presidents or members of Congress. Neither they should be able to run the US Army. Neither they should be able to work in the media. Neither they should be able to run the country finances". Come to think of it, if we follow this mantra we will not have anyone in the official politics of power and information. That is because we have evolved- from the idiots in power and occasional psychopaths we have now psychopaths in power and occasional idiots. Times had changed.
A deranged man goes to the rally with a gun and shoots indiscriminately. Nothing new here. In the 19-th Century we had a lot of those shooting indiscriminately at the Indians. Great shooting it was; we have Indians now as extinct species. Then we expanded our shooting range and in 1945 an ordinary psychopath in the WH gave an order to kill 100000 people in a second. Don't retreat, reload- and we reloaded and unloaded on another Japanese town next day. What a shot, really. Since that time we built an unlimited supply of ammo to satisfy the appetites of the upcoming psychopaths They did not hesitate to oblige. In the 60s the whole group of them lured the country into the Vietnam catastrophe. Then they decided to engage in the nice game of political overthrowing and hundreds of thousands died in Chile, Guatemala and other countries.
Under the rule of the two-bit actor we fortified our attitude at the world in the cross- hairs. No big deal- we loved the stuff. Turn on your TV and right after the Ipad commercial you will hear the triumphant statements (usually accompanied by a hysterical laughter) about new people we have killed in the name of democracy. We do not need to read The Communist Manifesto or Mein Kampf to kill people. We just have to let someone else to do the shooting for us.
In the Y1992 we had 80 people burned alive in front of us. Didn't have a moment of silence then. Those were our people but we didn't care. Then in 1995 a deranged young man blew up the OK Federal Building. He said that it was a fair game.- 160 for 80. We mourned our dead and continued the killings. In 1999 our forces courageously bombed Serbia, the one and only sturdy ally off the Allies in the WWII. Follow the psychopaths, they will set you free!
In the Y2000 we culminated in electing a duo of exceptional psychopaths: one of them was unstable all the time and another one was Dart Vader personified. The world hit hard at us on 9/11 reminding of the evil we had sown. But instead of embracing common sense we rallied around our beloved psychopaths and leashed out. Since then we have been killing all the time. Sickness took over and now we are so used to it that we don't notice anymore when Obama loves the drones or Sarah Palin shoots a deer for fun. So what? Cheney and his friends shot 400 birds in one day and that did not prevent him from buying a gun or becoming a VP.
Now we mourn, pray, say speeches and profess on the TV. Millions are earned by the TV pundits since the Arizona carnage happened. For some strange reason I have not heard any statements offering that money as donations to charity. People of the US love to cry but only if it is profitable Otherwise the usual killings happen as we speak. Life goes on. So does the violent death. America eats her checkers. Happy snacking.
The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.