Saturday, May 10, 2014
How to really show "appreciation" for those who serve
Quick hint: It's not by exploiting them by broadcasting manipulative images of returning service members being reunited with their kids, moments which you'd think would be considered too private and personal to be placed in an advertisement- or at least, you'd think that if you hadn't turned on a tv at any time over the last thirty years.
Nor is it by allowing them to board planes before everyone else (seriously, I've never understood the advantage. Why would anyone want to board a plane first? All that means is that you get to sit in a cramped metal coffin breathing recirculated air longer. How about letting them OFF first? I've never seen this offered.)
I can think of three much better ways to show appreciation for our service men and women during "Service Appreciation Month" (gag, come on. EVERY MONTH SHOULD BE SERVICE APPRECIATION MONTH YOU JAGOFFS.)
First, well, reread the opening paragraph of this post. Stop using them to sell your crappy products, you cold-blooded, hypocritical, money-grubbing scum-sucking maggots.
Second, fund and operate the VA properly. The treatment we give our wounded warriors is just short of scandalous- and I'm not just talking about those who return with broken or missing limbs or other traumatic physical damage. We've done a great job denying the psychological damage caused by warfare in order to squeeze a nickle a little tighter. If we really give a damn, this will stop. Support the troops? Fuck the deal on a new Chevy. Heal them.
Third, let's stop putting men and women in harm's way at the drop of a hat, as a first resort, Just Because We Can. We spent forty years throwing American blood and treasure all over the planet to protect the god-given right of US Corporations to sell soda and salty snacks in Asia, and we've spent the past thirty tossing our boys and girls into the meat grinder to keep our sacred high living standard supported with cheap oil (and not, say, reasonable tax rates for the rich.) How about we show our support for Our Troops by, I don't know, just BRINGING THEM THE FUCK HOME and letting someone else be the Big Brother/Policeman of the world for a century or so? Just a thought.