Why is the military beyond reproach? In our society we’re taught you have to support the troops. Have to. As soon as you open your mouth and utter words that even MIGHT be questioning the troops you’re met with “you’re unpatriotic!”, or “You always support the troops!” I was recently told that “anyone that has ever served is beyond reproach!” Notice the exclamation point? It was hurled at me because the sender was very emotional as she was attempting to “educate” me in the ways of nationalism.
Get this: she’s Canadian.
Here’s the premise. We, as Americans, are living in a free society because of our fighting men and women. This used to be true. WWII was tragic. So many lives lost. As an aside, no one ever seems to bring up this fact: the number of Russian deaths, due as a direct result of the war, is staggering. Here is a pie chart make it a little easier to understand.
People understand that a lot of people died in WWII, but you rarely hear specifics, unless it’s the statistic of how many Americans died fighting for our freedom. A big “thank you” here.
There was this idiot named Hitler who thought he was going to take over the world. Shortly thereafter, along came Stalin and Mussolini. They allied and actively went about their version of Risk.
Both Stalin and Mussolini came to power before Hitler…but how many of you knew that?
Back to Americans. Though we lost much fewer lives during this war, we were extremely effective in denying these evil tyrants that which they lusted after. In exchange, they received their due. Hitler, for all of his efforts, died in a ditch, covered in petrol and on fire.
Well done, you mass murdering fuckhead.
A true testament to the effectiveness of the United States military. They were dubbed “the greatest generation,” and I would be hard pressed to argue that. I do, in fact, think of them as such. That was a cold, bloody and frightening thing.
Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for protecting my personal freedom from those that would snatch it away in that most pornographic of vices – power.
But that’s not the military I have concerns about today. Would you expect the food you ate yesterday to sustain your body today? There’s nothing like going back sixty years to study current events.
We are told that the military protects our personal freedoms. Really? Okay, riddle me this. What freedoms did you have restored after Saddam Hussein was hanged? Or, what freedoms did you have reinstated after the execution of Osama Bin Bigfoot?
Is it possible that you could explain to me how Osama Bin Laden was allowed to leave the country hours after the 9/11 attacks?
Yep, thought so.
That’s how far you have to go back to attach the idea of protecting our freedom. By the way, do you know the reason why the U.S. will never be attacked on our own soil? Because there’s a rifle barrel behind every blade of grass.
A citizens’ rifle, not a servicemen’s rifle.
If every person serving in the military is a hero, then why is it that by and large, only people from low, and the ever dissolving middle class are staffing it? Why is it that people from the upper class are given a pass during draft time? (I’m looking at you, Donald Chump.) How many senators’ children can you name are even enlisted – to say nothing of having seen combat? If we get down to brass, war is rich guys ordering young poor guys to go kill someone for a reason that’s unclear and untrustworthy at best. How long do you think war would last if little Bush had to go fight? …can’t never tell, he might be good at it. No way he’s worse at war than he is at speaking publicly.
Want to know what it’s like to be brainwashed? Join the military. This is a new thing to me. I understand the conformity aspect. Something very special happens when we humans work together. We become EXPONENTIALLY effective at achieving our goal. Whatever the job is, two people become two and a quarter. Three people become three and a half. And so it goes, by working together we can accomplish many, many great things, but with this comes the chain of command. The old saying “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” comes to mind. The military does this in such an efficient manner, it boggles the mind.
No, what I’m speaking of is conversations with people who have served and they tell me things like “We had to endure hours long speeches, over and over again. They were filling our heads with so much propaganda.” I totally understand what he was telling me. Think about it like this: it’s very easy to get men to go to war. It’s hard to get them to go back.
These men and women get “spun up” and become so “high motor” so as to be effective in the theater of war, and then have trouble adjusting to society back home. Many vets feel that something is lacking when they are no longer in a hostile environment…to the point that they will intentionally “drum up” situations in order to experience that adrenaline rush that accompanies being in danger. PTSD is a real thing. A really bad thing.
Nationalism also gets a ride from those in uniform. Attaching patriotism to supporting the troops ensures that we also can’t criticize our nations motives. War is profitable. War makes a lot of money for people who are not fighting in it. See above where I wrote about who goes to war, and who doesn’t. Much akin to institutionalized racism in prison, where inmates are forced to “stay with their own kind,” and have to fight because their “brothers” need “back up.” By instituting compulsory admiration for the military, you ensure that your stream of money doesn’t run dry. In prison it only ensures that you need a handful of guards to maintain order. Divide and conquer. The idiots are already divided.
It’s much easier to conquer those that will enslave themselves.
Group think. Ask yourself, is right still right even if no one is doing it? Ask yourself, is wrong still wrong even if everyone is doing it? What do you gain by deriving your self-esteem externally? Are you willing to stand alone, and think for yourself?
I have a voice. I can also think critically. I question things. I try to understand things whenever they pique my interest. When I find something objectionable I say so. To not have the right do so is to live in North Korea.
I’m an American.
“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”
― Albert Einstein