Greetings to all.
I was not, and still am not, sure if the title to this rant should end with a question mark or what sort of punctuation should be used. I just left it open, you decide if the title is a question or whatever, what your choice is will be A-OK by me.
What a country. We have a president, well at least an occupant of the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. who was supposedly a Constitutional scholar. He was also awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. I’ll get to his prize later, I hope. For now let me just take a look at his pre-politician days.
We were told when he first ran for the office he holds that he had been a Constitutional scholar. OK, I accept that, many have checked this information and while he has been accused of many over the top things, faking his credentials was not brought up to the best of my memory. I will not discuss any of the birth certificate stuff, all water under the bridge and not relevant to this rant or to me either. No, in my view, limited though it may be, I do think a semi-sane, somewhat rational human being with a partially functioning brain would have had some realistic expectations of a person with his educational and employment background.
For starters, one would have perhaps had the thought that a former Constitutional scholar would have at least a passing respect for silly old things, you know, those “quaint” odd things like, oh international law perhaps. Or, maybe a passing respect for the Geneva Conventions, old ideas about war crimes, crimes against humanity, and such as being at the very least, extremely naughty and things no civilized person should ever do or condone. Also, this passably semi-rational human might even go so far as thinking that a former Constitutional scholar would have a minimum of real respect for the Constitution that he was such a scholar of. You know, he might actually respect things, old quaint things, like the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional guarantees. Yes, I DID say/write guarantees, not suggestions. Aha, you see what I did there? Well, of course, you ARE quite a bright person. I do not mean to be in any way demeaning with that last remark, just me being me, sarcastic and cynical. You see, I have come across some living, breathing people, they assure me they are human, who don’t actually understand that the Constitution DOES have certain guarantees in it. Yes, that old Bill of Rights thing.
I submit that a real scholar of the US Constitution WOULD have a good bit of respect for that document and the ideas in it. Also, said scholar/president would respect the Bill of Rights. This is contrary to what the drone king, the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. is doing/has done these past years since 2009. With the announcement recently that government employees are now expected to “keep tabs” on their fellow employees and report any suspicious activity/behavior and they can be prosecuted for not ratting out said activity/behaviors. Excuse me, but where did the First Amendment go? Does the Fifth Amendment also no longer apply? Yeah, that one about not having to incriminate oneself. With the newly revealed PRISM in the news of late, we can safely (?) say that the Fourth Amendment is history, unless one feels that privacy is NOT a Constitutional guarantee. And that only just lightly touches on three of the original ten amendments of the Bill of Rights.
Now, why do I go on and on about the Bill of Rights? Well, a very brave and very honorable man, General Smedley Butler wrote a short pamphlet titles “War is a Racket”. He did so after having served as an officer in the US Marine Corps for over 33 years, during which time, he was awarded the Medal of Honor TWICE. In that short pamphlet he says that there are only two reasons for war; 1) to defend OUR homes and 2) to defend the Bill of Rights. The man knew of what he spoke. Yes, a decorated war hero wrote those things and more about war and the Wall Street banksters behind every war and military intervention of his 33 years in uniform and those same “interests” are still at it and will continue until things in the old US of A change. Will the current president, our piece prizident, answer to those who want to end the surveillance of our phone calls, emails, internet searches, and to “be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, an no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause……….” Yes, that old Fourth Amendment again, not quoted in full, but, you get the drift of it. As to “looking out for” our coworkers, does not the First Amendment apply? If I make some offhand comment at work, does not the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment not apply, as long as I do not call for a revolt against the US government? It sure used to. It even applied to the Marines during my enlistment.
How is it that a former Constitutional scholar seems not to be bothered, actually orders people to disobey that same Constitution? Does this not bother other US citizens? I see on the internet that it does bother many non-Americans around the world. Maybe Americans are too busy with “reality TV” to be bothered.
As to international law, I know next to nothing, but I have read that this administration has violated it and so did the previous administration. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are testaments to that. Now the Geneva Conventions I have very limited knowledge of, but we did get lectures on it in boot camp back in 1968. Those laws/rules forbid war crimes and crimes against humanity. That has not even been a minor speed bump to either the W. Bush nor the Obama administrations. In short, thanks to the previous and current occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C., the United States of America is now a rogue nation. Yes folks, all of us Americans are criminals, thanks to our supposed leaders and government. Ain’t old ‘merikkka a grand place? Oh, and YES, that last WAS very, very sarcastic and was meant to be. In short, I am very pissed off at “my” government and despite the current “climate” here in the US of A, I refuse to be afraid of any damn government. I am 65 and not in the best of health. I have been dealing with chronic back pain for nearly 24 years, I have arthritis in one knee and one shoulder that can only be relieved with joint replacement, and severe COPD. As you can see, I don’t have many years left. I mentioned this not for any sympathy or pity, but to point out that while I may wish to live out what life I have left in relative peace and quiet, I refuse to be silent when I see injustice and crimes all around me, being done/condoned by “my” own government. I refuse to give in and give up.
It is time, past time actually, for those who still want freedom and world peace to stand up and shout ENOUGH!!!!!!!!! Enough of the damn fool wars of choice. Remember, even a US war hero said that there are ONLY two reasons for war, and none of them include any sort of profits by the Wall Street banksters. What are those reasons? To defend OUR homes and to defend the Bill of Rights. Well, from the news it sure looks very much like BOTH our homes and the Bill of Rights sure as hell need some defending and damn soon, or we will have to do without them all.
Until next time, assuming there will be a next time. Take care and stay safe.