Philip A. Farruggio -- World News Trust
Sept. 7, 2018
In the 1942 epic film King's Row, actor Ronald Reagan (of all people) played a down-and-out working stiff (Drake McHugh) who just had his legs amputated due to an accident.
He was under anesthesia and did not know this. Thus, when he came to, he uttered that famous line: "Where's the rest of me!?" This is a very appropriate query for all of us working stiffs as to the nature of this current economic state of affairs.
For decades this Military Industrial Empire has been whittling away at our safety net... from ALL sides! Funding for so many necessary services has been continually cut to the bone, while the empire keeps funding that militarism beast to the tune of more than half of our federal tax revenue. No one, or rather so few, seem to care. At least Drake McHugh's friends did when he screamed that famous scream.
We have a Two Party/One Party system that equally kneels at the altar of empire. Wall Street, Big Banking and the Pentagon call for more war-related instruments of destruction and invasion.
Meanwhile, the Republican vs. Democrat political scam will have many "food fights" over many issues, but never about the ones that could actually help pull back this empire. Yet, when it comes to saluting the flag and honoring our "brave warriors," these two parties cannot give enough in way of accolades.
Well, the flag is MY flag too! As far as our "brave warriors," well, our military personnel should never have been sent to ANY of those places in that hornet's nest called the Middle East.
What many other nations realize, (even our empire's allies), is that our illegal and immoral invasions and occupations have given rise to insurgencies/terrorists throughout the Middle East. Plus, and most important: the entire refugee crisis throughout Europe was instigated by Washington's schemes to re-draw the map of that region.
While performing these non-heroic deeds, our taxpayers are footing the bill. To keep one soldier in Afghanistan costs you and me, taxpayer, at least one $1 million a year!
Think how many more first providers we could hire for that money.
Think of how many teachers, library books, infrastructure repairs that one soldier's pay could finance.
Multiply that by thousands of such military personnel and then add the cost of all those WMDs (one Apache Helicopter costs $ 55 million... just one!) and see how insane we are as a culture.
Does anyone care?
The empire narcotizes us with sports and electronic gadgets up the Kazoo. Of course, as the 18th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us, they make sure we see lots of camouflage-wearing military personnel all over. They stand at the openings of the football stadiums as the players enter the field. They have the honor guard to bring out the flag and prepare for the anthem. Then everyone, sadly even most of the black NFL players, crosses their hearts and solemnly honor this empire. Why?
Well, citizens of the Fifth Reich, we are at war!! Maybe we need Groucho Marx to come out and lead the hoopla.