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Veterans’ Day

The April Fools’ Day counterpart.

I mis-spent four of my younger years being what Henry Kissinger proclaimed to be “dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy”.

I am thus qualified to titles variously offered us as veteran, veteran of foreign wars, Vietnam era veteran, hero and others equally meaningless to me.

I gave almost no thought to who was profiting from my grossly sub-minimum-wage $100 a month labor. I served my time without question as if it were an inescapable prison sentence… not too far off the mark, in retrospect.

For 3 years, 8 months and 11 days I did what I was told to do.

My awakening puts me in good company many of whom I met over the years. Though I never met him, one of the best known is Major General Smedley Butler. He wrote the book on it: War Is A Racket.

I can respect and admire many of the men, know-how and organization, but the reality is society’s worst get to deploy the machine. Kissinger’s horrible assesment is closer to reality than “Defending Our Freedoms” or “Saving The World For Democracy”.

The designers of A Free Country enshrined into the defining document, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” AND warned against a standing army.

One of the greatest attributes of a militia is they do not deploy or employ themselves to further enrich the super-rich parasitic class, but are FIERCE opponents when it comes to defense of home, hearth, family and community. Two reasons our ruling class destroyed the militias while creating a massive standing army.

Oh yeah, happy Veterans’ Day to my fellow April Fools.