I wish I could put this kind of thing up on FB but it is too lamely dominated for anything like this.  If anyone wants to share it I hereby grant permission, just don’t say where you got it:

It’s Veteran’s Day and that means a whole bunch of FB posts thanking our deified military people. I object on propaganda grounds (Yay, military-industrial complex!) to these proud pointless public “look at my patriotism!” declarations and would strongly prefer people actually cast votes and applied pressure, whether it be through social media or more traditional political channels, to make the actual lives of our soldiers better instead of the ritual “thank you’s!” which don’t you know put food or medicine on the tables or roofs over heads. So voluntarily accepting the chance to die on my behalf includes (for me) a lifetime’s worth of economic security. Free school, free health care, free places to live, at least enough to keep them all fed, housed and if necessary treated, and last but not least, keeping them out of harm’s way in the fucking first place by trying to understand that it isn’t Team America World Police out there. It’s the only area of government the fucking GOP NEVER proposes we shrink, and that’s a common characteristic of every Empire ever in the Empire graveyard, which is all of them except us. Yet. The baddest military on the planet, the means with which the Empire was built in the first place. It has never lasted and won’t again, and military strength is fool’s gold in the first place once you have achieved the ability to wipe literally everyone off the map. The country would be much stronger and secure for the long haul if it was more comprehensively educated, fed, housed, healthy, self-powered, secure and infra-structurally the envy of the world and not such an international busy-body and bully. (Nobody is pissed off at Canada.)

Remaining a cool place to visit while the rest of the world passes us by on cool stuff for little people like Supertrains or at least cheap modern power and information grids and safe functioning schools, roads, sewers and bridges might be goals worthy of consideration. “Inner-strength” and “leading by example” and “couldn’t we choose butter over guns some of the time?” and all those old cliches imply. But no. Instead we have to act like we’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, another Empire characteristic that grates on the rest of the world over time. The modern GOP wants to let the place (the U.S. and on climate change on some level the rest of the world) devolve into a shoot-‘em-up (guns) dog-eat-dog (economics) overpopulated (abortion) ghetto (economics and education) with a big swinging military dick, largely because the modern GOP can afford its own private security, transportation, schools, safe clandestine abortions performed by one of their Dr. friends, you name it the list is endless and, like me, the modern GOP never ventures outside the bubble of its own wildly cozy existence behind metaphorical moats or from metaphorical towers and, unlike me, is filled with people that think swinging their dicks around is the natural order of things. (Also because right-wing Jesus, but don’t ask me to explain that.)