I’ve talked enough bout the enormous reaction to COVID19, so I decided to get back to what I do and like best, and that is talking about writing and thrillers. I became sidetracked when the flavor of the country changed.
But, after looking at the news, I had to delete what I started to write. There isn’t anything ordinary about the happenings of today. Then, I began to write, and the further I did, I realized how much of a powder keg life is right now, so let me take a different tack.
When I did my time in the US Army, I worked as an Artilleryman. The way I phrased that makes it sound like I was in prison, inferring I hated the job. The Army confined me only with discipline, and I loved that job. It is one of the best professions around. To me, being a Combat Arms Officer was a total blessing. We had a clear-cut idea of what we were to do — kill the enemy and win any war that came along. We didn’t have to think about why, where, or even who we were to fight. The strategic thinkers always answered those questions.
We had to think about tactics and mold our soldiers into the fighting teams capable of completing whatever missions given to us. I like to think I was good at what I did. Common sense tells me that I probably wasn’t as good at it as I felt at the time, but I know I was excellent enough to win most of my battles.
Today I look around, and everything is jumbled. I rise early in the morning, and when I peruse the news, I find there are more cluster-fucks out there than there ever were in the service. We had more than our share of those too.
I have to admit that I see no earthly reason to defund the police. To me, that is insanity. I might understand police reform if a particular police force regularly overstepped their charter, such as the killing of George Floyd. But to defund and take police away? I hope they are using the wrong words.
The words they use sound like they want to kill all the cats to please the mice.
But, if a cat regularly lets mice raid the stores or eat the cheese. If the cat does not do the intended job, they should get a new cat, not kill them all. You need to know that I am not opposed to the death penalty. Civil servants should be subject to all of the rules by which everyone else has to live, plus some. There is no need to keep cats that don’t function as they are supposed to do.
As far as that is concerned, all public servants, regardless of the level they serve, should be subject to the written law, and the rules and regulations about them should be more stringent because they serve the people.
While I am talking about serving, I believe that only those that have served the people in some fashion or other should be citizens. They don’t have to serve as combat soldiers or even on a front line. They can be a clerk or supply person. They can be a mechanic or cook, medic, or doctor. There are so many non-combat jobs that serve the people; it should be easy to do. The point is, if someone can’t help the people, they don’t need to have citizenship rights. Honestly, I would make it, so everyone has to earn their citizenship. I would not count legislators, or any elected positions, as serving the people, either. Those offices should be held only by citizens and have term limits to boot.
If we did all that, I think things might be a hell-of-a-lot better.
We have been, and still are, watchdogs to ensure our armed services keep to the conventions of war. Why can’t we have watchdogs of the police, sheriff, legislators, judges? Right now, it looks as if the legislators are pissing away all the tax money while slinging mud at their rivals. It’s the biggest damn mud fight ever. And, everyone just shrugs and goes along without saying anything about them.
While I’m thinking about it, can someone explain the difference between accepting a bribe and accepting lobbyer’s money or gifts? For years we said Central America was so corrupt, but don’t our representatives collect money and gifts from lobbyists? Is the only difference that our people must tell the government they got it from a lobbyist? Does that make it alright?
If we are going to dismantle the system and let the mice play, why don’t we tell the legislators to take a hike? This November, we can do it. The only problem is what do we do if we make them go away. It’s the same problem we’ll have if we tell the police to go home.
Then we’ll have the country descend into anarchy. It will be like the old west. We did it once. Only this time, it will be more inclusive. Who will be in charge? Who decides? If we react as France did in the French revolution, things will ultimately dissolve into a carbon copy reign of terror. Wouldn’t that be special? It was nasty enough when it happened over there. Don’t forget, Napoleon grew out of that.
I wrote when I first started my blog that I intended to steer away from politics, but now, it seems that everyone needs to be aware of what is happening and how dangerous life is during this turn of the Earth.
About all I know for sure is I don’t have enough information to make an intelligent decision. Personally, from what I’ve seen, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of smart choices made right now anyway. It looks like we are practicing rampant lunacy right now from the top to the bottom of society. Damn, I hope I am wrong. It’s possible. If I’m not, then the next most probable thing I see on the horizon is the buffoonery. Either way, someone needs to grow the hell up and quit being so damn self-centered. It has been decades since this much stupid shit has run so rampantly.
Basic history is full of times that the human-animal displays just how stupid and aggressive we can be, and that compounds when a person, or a group of people, think they will get ahead of everyone else. If someone sees a hope that they will have power over other people, their chances of making treacherous decisions multiply quantumly. If that happens, history is replete with the masses suffering at bad decisions.
Right now is the time for everyone to take a step backward and evaluate everything they control. We all need to pull our collective heads out, wipe them off, and take a good look around. If we don’t, we will run headlong over a cliff to our destruction.
I would like to get back to writing what I write best, fiction. Unfortunately, this is far scarier than anything I could dream up.