“SUPPORTING THE TROOPS” — Oh really?!
Do the walpolloi bake cookies for the troops? No, they slap a yellow-ribbon sticker on the back of the family vehicle and then proceed with shopping. Pet sweaters, junk food, and other dreary crap as usual.
John Aalborg has an exciting personal history, which is the fuel for the never-boring characters in his novels. But sometimes he surprises even me. He is insisting I post some stuff I had dumpstered long ago re the Vietnam years, and which he had saved without my knowledge all this time. “Has anything changed?” he insists. Well, they didn’t have magnetic bumper stickers back then with “Support our Troops” to stick onto comfortable cars.
I have known Aalborg since the “Cultural Revolution” — roughly1965-1975 — and dreamers would call it a miracle how he avoided jail or the discovery of his location all this time. Miami during those earlier days was still in a freedom state: interracial couples, people growing pot in their front yards and in outdoor window boxes, and pure LSD-25 (Sandoz or American made Owsley like “Berkley White” and “Purple Haze” passed around during rock concerts) while the USA government was obsessed with destroying communism and the socialist backings of Jesus. The so-called “Sixties” were heady, exciting, and a time of hope so powerful that all who were part of it at that time will never forget. http://bleepfreepress.com/images/ramparts-oct1967-2lg.jpg
These particular women supporting our troops don’t look too happy. The Americans have killed their husbands, brothers, and fathers – in the millions. Personally, or with napalm, or with carpet bombing. Our American dead and missing come to some 60,000 – the usual inequity for a war which our government did not need to sacrifice our young people. The lying and the sacrificing of our troops on lost causes continues today. Waged now on credit.
Ordinary ho-hum stuff early 70s
Graphic battlefield images with no extra click required
No shame: Prayers for injured children while carpet bombing
The war to kill socialism & the joy over dead communists
Blaming USA citizen drug use for foreign policy crimes
Some pluses of the early 70s:
No nipple-eraser sports bras!
No minimizing of the daily body counts of the “enemy”
Search warrants required for American citizens, with what is being searched for specified
The DEA still only a gleam in the eyes of control freaks
Mohammad not yet awarded undeserved respect. So why now? Duh
No sense losing any sleep over any of this, right?
Persons lacking empathy and reason can be happy to have been born an American, but none of us can be proud. How can one have pride over something one had nothing to do with? There is no drive-up window in the sky where a yet-to-be conceived un-born chooses parents while the couple is having, and possibly even enjoying, unprotected sex. You think you chose? Ask any Somalian. Be a good person. Quit waving flags. Think. Try spending some time getting the government to stop contributing to stupid wars and running up our national credit card debt over them.