Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Piece Of Cake

We have been here before, bombing the crap out of a Middle Eastern country, over weapons of mass destruction. This is nothing new and it will just keep going on and on. A $315,000,000 bomb?
That was the one we delivered to Afghanistan. There's always money for war and war is made as a matter of routine now. There's no need to declare it or get Congress or the Senate to vote on it. Just do it. Like the Nike commercial says.
I don't know anyone who voted for war.
Trump was supposedly against it. Like most politicians, you can't believe anything they say.
The last week has been nothing but bombs, chaos and confusion. What one thing that he promised has he actually achieved, for the Americans that voted for him?
The whole Republican Party is backing his warmongering. McCain and Lindsey Graham are delighted. Handing defense contractors more money is just more of the status quo he said he was running against, Understand, that Trump is not acting alone,
I seriously doubt anyone who voted for Trump will hold his feet to the fire and demand he come through with what he said he would. I don't know if there's something in the water or just listening to Brian Williams croon about "beautiful missiles"
 I have no explanation for why people who voted for this dude just don't care what he does.
So why even vote? It's not that Hillary would have been any better, she probably would have set off some bombs too. Why is it that war is always on the White House agenda?
So Donald Trump bombed a Syrian airfield and then a bunch of tunnels in Afghanistan, built by the CIA back when the Mujaheddin were fighting the Russians. He did this over a beautiful piece of chocolate cake. Is it a metaphor?
 Is bombing a country a piece of cake for him?
I actually talked to some people who voted for Trump, about his bombing other countries.
Turns out, they just tell me that they voted for him because Hillary was a worse choice.
They seem to have no cogent thoughts either way about Trumps war policy.
They don't really think about it.
One person actually told me that Trump isn't in charge so he's not really making these decisions.
Let that sink in...
If that's the case, why would you even vote? It's like voting for Howdy Doody or Kermit the Frog.
 If, on some level, you are aware that the President isn't really "The Decider" Why would you continue to participate in a system that doesn't give a rat's about you?
So, people believe Trump meant everything he said to get elected, and they think that once a person is elected President and get's into office, he doesn't have any power to do anything any way.
I don't know whether this is a majority of people who believe this or not.
 It just doesn't seem like people are capable of looking at a system where they seem to know on some level that something is terribly wrong, yet they will continue to line up and vote in a system where your only choices are bad ones. No one questions that?
As if that wasn't enough, not one person I talked to even asked how many people died as a result of these bombings.
What has the death toll been? It's hard to find a legitimate count of how many people have died so far, this was the closest I could find;  1,472 Syrians, that's not including the 94 people the "mother of all bombs" killed this week in Afghanistan.
I can only surmise that this is what happens in a country that has been at constant war for decades. With no real draft, declaration or vote to approve going to war with another country. Americans act like these bombs aren't killing actual human beings. Maybe it's like a video game to them, I just don't know.
We're supposedly a Christian nation and on this Easter Sunday, does anyone even spare a thought about the damage we have caused in the space of a week to the people of Syria and Afghanistan?
Will any of these fundamentalist religious zealots, like Vice President Mike Pence, even spare a prayer for the people we bombed?
I guess most people will just be watching their kids tear into their Easter baskets, go on Easter egg hunts and eat their Easter ham.
I can't help but feel sorry for the people burying loved ones, who unlike Jesus, aren't going to rise out of a tomb alive and well, like some zombie fairy tale,
If this is what Trump is capable of in his first one hundred days, Jesus help us all.
Happy Easter.


  1. $315 million bomb!! ... you got to be kidding is my first thought. The spending of conservatives is insane ... so hypocritical too, on how they talk about shit like fiscal conservatism/ responsibility .... I AM FAR MORE CONSERVATIVE on spending than any of these conservatives ... I would pump more food stamps to poor people instead of dropping bombs. Now the first thing a conservative would ask, is how giving out food stamps would do any folks good or even help the economy, right? Simple ... that $315 million dollar bomb dont do a thing for America (because it wasnt in war time and no attack on the U.S.), it made/ generated NOTHING!, but for the shareholders of who built it, for America? ... ZILCH! Food stamps probably generate $5- $6 or more for every damn food stamp dollar that is used/ spent, right here in American communities ... it IS an economic stimulus and creates plenty of business and jobs. Folks SPEND THEM HERE ... not in Asia, or the middle east. I'm outta here Patricia ....

    1. Ranch, just look at it like food stamps for Raytheon. or any other defense contractors. Guess who got some fighter jets? Israel! Who profits? Lockheed-Martin! I had no idea Israel had money for that. We can't even blame Trump for this one, Obama did it and the American taxpayers are gifting this to Israel.

  2. I resent, really and truly resent, the gratuitous and vicious swipe you took at Howdy Doody.

    Voting for Howdy Doody would be a lot more positive than voting for Donald Trump. Howdy Doody had a consistent campaign position. I know this for a fact, because I was eight years old when Howdy was a presidential candidate, and watching him day after day (because there was just about nothing else to watch on television back then) I learned his election campaign jingle by heart:

    Howdy Doody for President
    He's America's choice
    He will never be hesitant
    To fight for the rights of
    Girls and boys.

    So Howdy would never have put Betsy de Whatzername in charge of education. He would never have cut funds to education, or for that matter to any of the arts. He would never have appointed the school nurse as Surgeon General. And I could go on.

    So I will. Donald Trump is a bigger puppet than Howdy Doody was any day. And while Howdy appointed people with funny names to his prospective cabinet, "Buffalo Bob Smith" sounds a lot less crazy dangerous than "Mad Dog Mattis." Also, Clarabel the Clown was a lot less of a clown than Sean Spicer.

    But it's past my bedtime now. Or to put it another way, it's way past Howdy Doody Time.

    Yours very crankily,
    The New York Crank

  3. Crank, I totally underestimated Howdy Doody. If only he were alive to today.