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WAR: Post-Memorial Day sadness

Letter by Alfred K. LaMotte, Steilacoom on May 31, 2011 at 10:37 am with 24 Comments »
May 31, 2011 10:37 am

Memorial Day fills me with deep sadness.

Perpetual war generates profits for Wall Street, and the weapons industry embraces our whole economy. Even corporations like Boeing and GI are co-dependents in manufacturing the technology of death.

Thus our nation is ruthlessly efficient in recruiting, training, deploying and exhausting soldiers, but we are cynically inept in serving them when they come home, for there is scant profit in caring for the wounded.

Once discharged, many wounded warriors wait six months for veterans benefits. If they file complaints, they wait two years for an answer from the Kafkaesque bureaucracy. Jobless, without medical attention, families shattered, many fall through the cracks into homelessness, addiction or mental illness.

The solution is not as simplistic as merely leaving Afghanistan, cutting Pentagon spending or electing a new president. The solution is a long painful process of demilitarizing our economy, a shift from imperialism to sustainability. This process means transforming every aspect of American culture. It will require soul work as surely as economic work.

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  1. fbergford says:

    Well dude, as a veteran of OIF I challenge you to do something about it. Start practicing what you preach. Instead of sitting here writing letters to the editor in the TNT, get out there and start helping out veterans. Do something about it! You know it’s pretty easy for you and most everyone to write stuff, start talking about helping out vets, making yourself feel good, thinking you are making a difference…but not until your actions are speaking louder than your words are you actually making a difference. I’m not trying to bash your letter, but as a veteran I get sick and tired of hearing and reading a bunch of stuff that people write or speak and not follow up on it.

  2. Wonderful letter, Fred. When a country depends on war for profits, the people will only know war

  3. “get out there and start helping out veterans” – fbergford

    One person cannot do what the government SHOULD do for veterans. Instead of providing tax breaks for the richest Americans, how about providing more money for benefits for veterans – especially the sick and homeless?

  4. Roncella says:

    Thank God that both now and in the Past when courage and fight and guts were needed to stop Hitler and Japan and other terrorists, dictators in order to save the World as we know it, Americans and other Great Warriors from other freedom loving countries stepped up and in many cases gave the ultimate sacrifice for all free loving people in the World.

    Improvements in attending to wounded soldiers and their families as they come home should always be made a priortiy.and improved upon in any way possible.

    Its really shameful that folks don’t see the good that many veterans programs have and are giving to those troops returning home wounded and in need of help.

  5. Roncella….mark this day on your calendar. We’ve agreed on something.

    Now, as to this statement:

    “Its really shameful that folks don’t see the good that many veterans programs have and are giving to those troops returning home wounded and in need of help.”

    I do have a challenge for you. I remember back during the 2010 election how you degraded Senator Patty Murray, who is head and shoulders above all of Congress in terms of veterans affairs and assistance. You’re sort of being a little hypocritical in application.

    That aside, when we have 1000s of homeless vets, there is more work to do.

  6. ItalianSpring says:

    flamotte (ROFL)

    Anywho- YOUR GUY WON. He has lowered the ocean levels and stopped global warming. He can certainly end an illegal war, and has the duty to. I fully expect to see his emissaries of peace wielding clubs at the polls again next year.

  7. If you think that care for veterans is bad and takes too long, wait until Obama-care kicks in. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

  8. fbergford says:

    Kardnos…one person can do anything if you put your mind to it! How do you think business’ or non profits, politicians, or whatever get started. They have an idea and they go for it. Yeah they may need help along the way, but it all starts out as an idea. So quit coming up with lame excuses and depending on the government to do everything. It’s not only their responisbility to help out us veterans it is also yours and everyone elses out there if they really give a crap! You don’t have to, it’s a free country to do whatever you please. You are in charge of your own outcome even though people b*tch and complain about being too liberal or too conservative, paying too much taxes…whatever! We are the greatest country in the world, thats why we have thousands upon thousands of immigrants wanting to become citizens.

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.
    From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “”Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!”” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    We fight for that. Have a good rest of the day sir.

  9. SadujTogracse says:

    Yes some people think there is only one way to help those less fortunate.. through big Government. They make the false claim that if you are against tax increase that means you don’t care about the less fortunate, sick, or our veterans. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  10. LarryFine says:

    “… wait six months for veterans benefits.”

    … and on the hand flamo, Cheryl, et al argue that government healthcare is the cure all … kooky.

  11. KARDNOS says:

    “fbergford says:
    May 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    Kardnos…one person can do anything if you put your mind to it! How do you think business’ or non profits, politicians, or whatever get started.”

    You’re preaching to the choir, FB. I’m quite involved with charities, both in time and money.

    The US military budget is the largest chunk of our tax dollars. There is no excuse for the taxpayers to have to reach further into pocket to make sure our veterans are taken care of. What needs to be done is to quit buying military toys at $100 million each because the defense contractor makes campaign donations and start putting out money to care for veterans.

    I hear lots of talk about “responsible spending”. I don’t see any responsibility in owning enough nuclear power to annialate the universe but veterans not getting proper care.

    Be careful….I think we are close to agreeing on something here, my man.

  12. Roncella says:

    KARDNOS, Patty Murray/caintwell/mcdinwitt/ could do alot more, so could gregoire for that matter. They are all anchored from a State with one of the largest Military bases in the Country. They all should be devoting more of their time and talents (??) to providing assistance to our Military. Especially in Washington State where they keep electing the same professional politicians to office year after year after year.

    Remember any money or special benifits are usually “Paid For By The Taxpayers” kardnos, there IS no money tree out there for politicians to just give money and programs out like santa claus.

    Most folks don’t mind a bit giving of Our Taxes to help wounded Military and their families re-adjust, so before you give murray adda boys remember Its Our Money she is using doing something prductive For A Change with it.

  13. KARDNOS says:

    About a half dozen states have increased the cost and size of their government by changing laws concerning women’s health care practices – more regulation and compliance demands that cost money to administrate….yet….

    People complain about ‘big government” when it comes to caring for those who have served their country and are ill.

    It is the shame of America when the Conservative agenda is to spend to monitor social and religions agendas, but turn a blind eye to the veterans and say it’s the middle class taxpayers problem to find more money to care for those that were once know as a “government issue”.

    It saddens me to see veterans treated like a pet that was purchased and used for a show piece or work animal and when they are sick, they are neglected and left to die. Sort of a “death panel” arrangement……

  14. It’s ironic to read comments from all of the Obama-care supporters who now, all of the sudden are saying that the V.A. (government) is unable/unwilling to care for veterans, but are willing to have the remaining 300+ million of us put on government run health care.

  15. So Frosty, given you dislike of government ran medical insurance can we expect that you won’t sign up for Medicare when you become eligible?

  16. Alfred, it usually takes two to tangle! While you are waiting for the other side to beat their weapons into plow shares, why don’t you find an elderly veteran who needs a ride to the hospital; needs his lawn mowed; needs somebody to drive him to the grocery store; clean out his gutters of leaves, etc.

    On the political side you want to live in a utopia or isolation. The last time the American public went the way of isolationism, it did not work out. That was something called World War Two. Of course, the Americans could have been the last man standing in a sea of Nazi flags and Imperial Japan banners.

  17. xring, I’ve been eligible for medicare for a number of years now but haven’t used it because I have another source of insurance. Thanks for asking.

  18. KARDNOS says:

    “frosty says:
    June 1, 2011 at 7:39 am
    xring, I’ve been eligible for medicare for a number of years now but haven’t used it because I have another source of insurance. Thanks for asking.”

    frosty gets social medicine from the government because he polished a chair for enough years.

  19. KARDNOS says:

    frosty says:
    May 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    It’s ironic to read comments from all of the Obama-care supporters who now, all of the sudden are saying that the V.A. (government) is unable/unwilling to care for veterans, but are willing to have the remaining 300+ million of us put on government run health care.

    Isn’t it though???? Someone that gets government medical care is saying that government medical care shouldn’t be available to all.

    How Conservative of frosty

  20. KARDNOS says:

    “Remember any money or special benifits are usually “Paid For By The Taxpayers” kardnos, there IS no money tree out there for politicians to just give money and programs out like santa claus.”

    Unless they are purchasing goods from the Military Industrial Complex. Then there is always lots of money

  21. I earned my medical care by not hiding from the military like you did KARDNOS. You “earned” nothing, therefore you have nothing coming. Fair enough?

  22. If I was ” polishing a chair” as you put it, then can I assume you were “polishing knobs”?

  23. You guys still respond to kardknowsnothing? LOL, enjoy reading the stuff he writes, just like I enjoy flipping to MSNBC every once in a while….it’s definitely interesting to realize that there are people out there that truly believe and partake in the KoolAid…..

    BTW, nice job nailing him on the whole point about government based care for veterans and Obamacare. There really is no way to address that other than to acknowledge you are correct and he is wrong……or to start childishly stating that a retired veteran shouldn’t accept the earned healthcare….thank you Frosty for your service to our nation.

  24. TMell, I appreciate your comments. Note that KARDNOS took a leave of absence when I addressed his running away from military service. He’s just another radical lib.

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