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If we could see it as the most obscene example of the hijacking and theft of government revenue in American history, there would be historically high turnouts in the midterms and for every election after that for at least a generation.
I dont have time or brain focus today to embellish but I did want to point you to this piece: War rages. Soldiers suffer. America sleeps.
While less than 1 percent of the population does the heavy lifting in our tragically expensive, but invisible, wars, the rest of us can celebrate our freedoms by rushing to the theaters to make “Jackass 3D” the No. 1 movie in America. Yes, we’re doing our part for the war effort by remaining as stupid and morally unperturbed as possible.
He stresses the fact that vets aren’t exactly comfortable.
“60 Minutes” interviewed a range of homeless veterans, from an Army medic who served this country in the 1980s to a homeless young Marine veteran of Iraq who would willingly fake a drug addiction just to have a roof over his head. One sailor told of losing her marriage and child because of her addiction to meth and alcohol.
Unemployment among returning vets is twice the national average. Over the past decade, more than 800,000 troops have been deployed to combat. Multiple deployments scar these veterans in unimaginable ways.
That there is a single homeless soldier in America should provoke national outrage, but it doesn’t because these vets and the wars they fight are invisible. Al-Qaida isn’t throwing these warriors to the street. “We, the People” are the culprits.
Ah but the snooze button seems to be working just fine. Still.
In a little more than two weeks, a nation suffering from willful amnesia about Iraq and Afghanistan will either vote for new representatives who share their myopia — or retain those incumbents most skilled at exploiting it.
If polls are to be believed, these wars are too low on the list of voter priorities to prompt much turnout on Election Day. Although more than a trillion dollars has been spent on the wars, that’s an unthinkable abstraction to the vast majority of us.
One more. Then I gotta get back to work. 🙁