Watching Chuck Hagel lecture us about how the Defense budget needs to be cut and the world is a different place and American military power is no longer the mightiest in the world, etc. blah blah blah …was so dull and predictable that I gave up early and switched the channel elsewhere. I’m not even sure exactly what he said, but his preliminary comments told me what was coming and if his remarks did not include the above noted doom and gloom, anti-American stuff, I would be apologetic …and shocked. It’s always the same baloney from these Administration/Liberal/Establishment/Commie types. America is “over.” It’s so dull and predictable. Liberals and RINOS don’t really need to speak. They can just show up and everyone else knows what they are going to say. So …please spare us the tedium. Unless they are going to favor us with a real gem of stupidity…for instance…”We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” …I wish they’d clam up! I know what they’re going to tell us…and I don’t care.
Hagel’s scripted remarks, I assumed before I switched over to something far more enlightening (like the Cooking Channel), were simply more of the standard socialist PARTY LINE. If I hadn’t switched over to Alton Brown, Hagel would have put me into a deep funk.
The cartoon above is a bit disjointed. I drew it while in a doctor’s waiting room, which caused the funk to deepen. I had been thinking about the specious wisdom of “defense cuts” in the weird world we now inhabit. I was recalling stories I heard as a kid about how guys trained with broomsticks instead of rifles around the beginning of WW II because the powers that were (and are no more), who ran our government then, had ignored the antics of tyrants in Italy, Germany and Imperial Japan and allowed our military to go into mothballs. Not enough rifles to go around. Why should Defense …or rather, The Department of War…have any rifles laying around? Who needed them? After all, FDR’s considered opinion of Hitler was that he was a “kook.”
With the advantage of hindsight and 50,000,000 corpses in our rear view mirror, maybe we can see that FDR’s impression of the tyrants of his age was a little off. Maybe we …and definitely those 50,000,000 …would have been better off if FDR had pulled his head out and smelled the coffee.
It occurs to me that “kooks” who write autobiographies while young and loudly expound their wacky utopian aspirations for the country/world and somehow assume positions of power …by legitimate means, such as preying on the selfish and bitter hopes of an unenlightened electorate (I’m talking about Hitler, not someone closer to home), may be farther ’round the bend than mere “kookiness.”
They should be watched.
The cartoon was not quite fully baked (but I kept drawing because I liked the alligator). I showed it to my doctor after he gave me some good news (the funk began to fade). He made some polite remark. Then he told me how his two young sons had recently read Luttrell’s book, Lone Survivor. They both want to be Navy Seals as a result. One is only twelve.
It was good to hear about kids who aren’t “pumping” their resume in second grade and hoping to bypass living in Mom’s basement until they figure out how to be the next “Google CEO Billionaire Guy.” Whether they are going to really serve their country and pay for freedom or just talking tough like boys will do, it was refreshing to hear about someone willing to sacrifice (even mere boys) to make things better instead of hearing Hagel’s pathetic moaning. Or worse, Pelosi’s dumb remarks. As I think on it, we didn’t really need to hear Pelosi’s dumb comment either. We should have known what she was going to say. Only a moron would ever believe the people in Congress actually read that stuff they “author” and vote on.
Hopefully Doc’s sons won’t have to fill a future need for heroes, but just in case, let’s build those rifles so they won’t get stuck pointing broomsticks at practice targets …or real bad guys.