I have Facebook friends who comment on our wars , U. S. involvement in wars , and wanna-be wars . Maybe Syria next . What happened to going into Iran ? We already hit targets in Pakistan with drones . And other places , of course .
Pakistan complains . They complained about the secret Seal helicopter raid that killed Osama bin Laden . They should complain. It’s a matter of sovereignty . But they shouldn’t have been protecting bin Laden. At the very extreme least , giving them the benefit of an imagined doubt , they should have known he was there under their sovereign noses . Let’s consult the war hawks in Congress . Maybe we should invade Pakistan . So many choices for more wars !
I speak from a bulwark of ignorance . I stopped following this international conflict stuff some time ago . It’s out of my control . It’s too much .
Wrong attitude ? Defeatist ?
What’s worse : ignorance or apathy ? I don’t know and I don’t care .
I bet after seeing us , George Washington would sue us for calling him “father”. —–Will Rogers
Every day the newspaper reports another explosion in Iraq , or Afghanistan , or another shooting somewhere in the U.S. I’m not a guy , though , who wants to hear only good news . I loathe the TV news with their sweet stories about the cute little lost puppy who’s looking for a home , or the latest animation movie , how cute it is . The weather reporter , cheesecakingly , if female , is a former beauty queen . The weather men, some significantly sleazy , always , at least , wear nice suits . They show maps and kill time and chatter , and chatter , and flash smug smiles . Don’t I sound irritated ? And then, after ” the weather ” , : Sports .
One Facebook fellow posts four or five well-researched diatribes each day , anti-war , anti-government , anti-military , anti-Obama , pro-Snowden , pro-Noam Chomsky , I think . Conspiracies endlessly undermine us all , it seems ! I’ve stopped reading his stuff . Overload . Paranoid ( though that doesn’t mean they’re NOT out to get us ) . Much of it I might find that I agree with . I suspect that I would . But , it’s too intensely humorless . Overload . Sorry , buddy , I don’t ever read your stuff although I know you’ve put your heart into it .
I don’t make jokes . I just watch the government and report the facts .—-Will Rogers
Sometimes I get the right wing people , too , unburdening their hearts on the internet , with their anti- this or that , with their inimitable conspiracy theories .
I only know just what I read in the papers . That’s an excuse for my ignorance .—-Will Rogers
Me , too , Will .
And , of course , political slogans , platitudes , broadsides , appear on Facebook day by day . Are they intended to persuade anyone of anything ? They seem to be put out there , like cats spraying , to mark territory : This is me ; this is where I’m coming from ; this is my territory . O.K. , but no one’s mind will be changed . My mind took the last bus out , anyway , a few years ago .
America is becoming so educated that ignorance will become a novelty . I’ll be a member of a select few . —— Will Rogers
I can relate to that , Will .
I’ve been quoting the humorist Will Rogers , who died in 1935 . He wrote endless political commentaries , but he did it with a sense of humor . Sense of humor . Humor.
To all my Facebook friends : lighten up ; use humor ; take a deep breath , count to ten , and then try to visualize your important and pointed political post naked , or wearing a batman suit and pitching pennies , or floating listlessly along in a slowly meandering stream on a log raft in glittering sunshine . Elvis is on the raft , too , humming “Suspicious Minds” . How about that ?
O.k , o.k. , maybe not . But , at least , maybe , take a deep breath and consider it .
We are all here for just a spell . So get all the good laughs you can . —–Will Rogers
Now , that’s something I’ll take seriously .