wink, wink: do as i say, not as i do

Today’s language is going to be salty; no apologies, just a warning. There will be an olio of issues touched upon.

I woke up at 5:30 A.M. and turned on the television news. Prez Bush has decided to cut the tours of duty for our servicemen from 15 months to 12 months. However, this will not apply to our current soldiers; it will apply only to new soldiers after August 2008. Hypocrisy? Bullshit? Appeasement to get McCain a vote or two? You bet. As stupid as Bush is, he knows that the American public is even more ignorant. Stupid is as stupid does. So this will fly.

In a similar vein, why is it that the U.S. can call up our soldiers for three, even four tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq? Yes, upon enlistment they sign a contract to serve our country. Is that contract actually open-ended? Is there no limit to the time they will spend in the armed forces? I thought service terms were two years. However, it seems once the recruit signs on the dotted line, the term is actually endless. At best, our government is being deceiteful and at worst, they are outright liars. Hypocrisy. Bullshit. Ah hell, they’re just kids.

Each of us knows at least one real Republican, a conservative person who outrightly supports this war in a big way. I have spoken with one or two of these people, and have asked them flat out: if you support this war so vehemently, why aren’t you serving there? Why aren’t your children serving there? The typical answer is, from Mr. Joe Suburb, “I have a wife and family to support”. Oh yes, and by the way, I am still working on my second million. Oh yes, and by the way, I am a college graduate and have much more to offer by staying home. They believe that such a valiant and patriotic cause is well-enough served by a permanent underclass of people who are expendible. Hypocrisy. Bullshit. Ah hell, they’re just kids.

The key term here is “enlistee” —- an all-volunteer military. Believe it or not, we need to re-instate the draft in this country. Only then will we have patriotic, economic and political parity. Only then, when Americans do not willingly and stupidly sign their lives away upon military enlistment, will some of our citizenry rise up and revolt against an immoral, illegal and disastrous war such as the current one in Iraq.

While going through the Style section of The Washington Post today, my eyes were drawn to the “Kids Page”. There was this almost half page, full-body photo of the Pope. He is going to visit Washington, D.C. next week. Anyway, I actually gasped at his incredible outfit. Such fabrics: lace, lush brocade, layer upon layer. The headgear was fantastic, the jewelery gorgeous. But what took the cake was his magnificent red shoes. Now this Pope is known for his penchant for sartorial splendor. But the richness and pomp was so over-the-top, that i found myself “irritated” by it all. Please correct me if I am wrong. I am not Catholic and not well-versed in that religion. But isn’t Catholicism the embodiment of serving God through vows of poverty, austerity and charity? Remember the dress Scarlett O’Hara made from the green drapes at Tara? Magnify that opulence five times and you get the Pope’s attire in this photo. Mother Teresa never wore such clothes, and I have never seen a nun in that kind of garb either. Is there a different set of rules for upper-level prelates of the Catholic Church? Or perhaps just for the women who serve the Church? Help please—-I need some clarity on this. Or maybe it is just more hypocrisy. Maybe more bullshit. Ah hell, its just a photo op on the Kids Page.

Finally, let’s hear it for religious freedom! How about that Mormon compound in Texas that was raided? Over 450 residents, many of them 12 and 13 year old girls married off with babies of their own. At least one 16 year old with already four children. Not a word from any of our elected officials. Not a word from the Mormon Church. Yes, the Mormon Church outlawed polygamy in the 1800’s. However —- wink, wink, poke, poke —– is there any public outrage over this plain old pedophilia? Haven’t seen any. How about something like this from the head of the Mormon Church: “Any person or sect claiming to be Morman who practices evil, vile, illegal acts as these will not be a part of this Church”? Nothing, nada. Wink, wink, poke, poke. Tee-hee. Ah hell, they’re just kids.

So my conclusions today are ugly. We are a country of double, even triple standards. We place our children in the lowest level of those standards. It appears that “patriotic” causes and wars are just. But only for those Americans of need, be it for education, job training or earnings. Similarly, religious freedom is just, even if it entails giving birth at 12 years old. That is not pedophilia, that is showing love of God. Ah hell, they’re just kids!

Twisted? You bet. Hypocrisy. Bullshit.

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2 Responses to “wink, wink: do as i say, not as i do”

  1. Natalie Rosen Says:

    You should clue your friend in to the fact that most of our servicemen and women have a spouse and family to support too.

    I agree with ALL of your comments and then some. My fervor about those issues is the same as yours in triplicate. In my forty or so years of political awareness I have never loathed a president or an administration more than I loath the nincompoop. It is unbelievable to me that the Republican party could remain entrenched. This is why we MUST get the vote out and monitor that vote for any Republican fraud. We MUST support the Democratic party nominee no matter who they may be.

    As for the Catholic church did you get a look at the Pope’s rings? My mother would have LOVED them. Men all living together dressed in high drag are always so stylish. How sweet that must be. And those red shoes — I wonder if his purse matches. Boy they are so opposed to homosexuality. Me thinks they doth protest too much!

    Mormons too rage against homos but pedophilia among THEIR ranks no problem. Disgusting to say the very least. Religion UGH…hypocrites all !!

  2. yomamaforobama Says:

    hi cuz rosalie-
    your comments about the pope are hysterical. nobody says it better than you do. thanks.
    ymfo

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