Are We Doomed?
By Mr. Twisted
The Internal Revenue Service is blatantly playing partisan politics and creating ethical violations far worse than what President Nixon resigned over; the White House is claiming “deaf, dumb, and blind kid” over issues like Benghazi while the President hangs out with NSYNC alumni; the Department of Justice is spying on journalists; the NAACP is referring to the Tea Party as “the Taliban.”
Individual freedom is eroded daily in the name of “safety,” all while Angelina Jolie’s breasts, Kim Kardashian’s belly, and the relationship status of some chick named Selena Gomez grab top headline spots. The deaths of military personnel are regularly ignored just as a “Gay Athlete” captures the cover of Sports Illustrated and receives a call from the President of the United States.
Our economy is struggling at best and our national debt is described in numbers that we joked about as kids. Astronomical levels of student loans that have no hope of being paid off are continuing to mount, just as politicians heap millions upon millions of dollars on research programs at major universities that have no possible way of benefiting the world we live in. Jobs are tight, but the government we fund regularly increases regulations on businesses, making it tougher for them to grow.
And if all of that isn’t enough to make you cash in all your chips, I just read a headline stating that the latest Fast and Furious installment is the “best movie of the summer.”
God help us all.
Are we doomed? Are we witnessing the downfall of America as we know it? Is this what it was like to be in Rome circa the 5th Century?
There is no question about the amount of absurdity that surrounds us on a daily basis. Rarely a day goes by when we don’t see a story about a politician abusing his or her power, a government agency wasting gargantuan sums of money, or some macabre act of violence enacted on very small children.
The top shows on television celebrate stupidity; the 24 hour news programming seeks to sensationalize the worst of our society in order to validate their existence; a scan through the channels should be depressing for any individual possessing the ability to tie their own shoes.
Sadly, even the military is not exempt from this downward spiral of silliness. Awards and medals are handed out for showing up; Power Point slide shows replace range time; basic martial skills are ignored while the mandating of reflective belt wear is seen as preferential to teaching fundamentals like situational awareness.
Is all hope lost? Is it time to just sit back, sing a song, and enjoy the ride while the ship goes down?
Though I am, on a minute by minute basis, a half-step away from selling everything and moving to a cabin in the woods, I believe there are small—yet existent—glimmers of hope.
They maybe thinner than Vin Diesel’s acting skills, but they are there.
In an age where the Muslim Brotherhood receives supersonic fighter aircraft while mentally injured Veterans are denied Service dogs, there are brief glimpses that large portions of our country have grown weary of the nonsensical corkscrew of stupid. Signs are starting to surface that America is at somewhat of a tipping point in history—a place where we can fall clumsily down the mountain of celebrity worship that we’re currently on, or turn it around and give a Spartan kick to the chest of ridiculous behavior.
Despite incredibly blatant attempts by most media outlets to ignore important stories, through sheer determination of a few, concentrated forces, stories like Benghazi, drone strikes, the IRS targeting of conservative political groups, Department of Justice abuses in Fast and Furious gun sales and spying on journalists, and many more are finding their way onto the airwaves of MSNBC, CNN, and even John Stewart’s The Daily Show.
The former—MSNBC—tried desperately to hide these stories behind headlines of marriage equality and meaningless rants by people like Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, but finally (and reluctantly, I imagine) relented and began running the mishaps of big government as headline stories. The latter—John Stewart—has forged full-steam ahead in his mockery of federal overreach and Presidential ignorance, stating that he “wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama found out Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announcing it on television.” In the last two weeks, Stewart has openly criticized the White House on multiple episodes of his show, going so far as to say that the “managerial competence” of big government “falls somewhere between David Brent and a cat chasing a laser pointer.”
In the face of power-hungry elites stomping on the little guys, we have stories like that of the new Pope—a man who has eschewed wealth and luxury to live in poverty with those who most need help. Far from being someone who would defend the Catholic Church, I find it remarkable that one of the wealthiest institutions in the world would elect a man who has embraced a meager and humble lifestyle when the exact opposite was at his fingertips.
Contrary to the voting trends of America’s northeastern region, major publications like the New England Journal of Medicine recently released a study showing that people who receive government-funded healthcare do not, in fact, benefit in their health. The Economist, having for years advocated any and all possible government intervention into environmental saving policies, admitted to the facts that temperatures all over the earth—despite the massive increase in greenhouse gases—have remained stagnant.
In some ways this is incredibly sad. We have reached a point in our society where we are considering it a “glimmer of hope” when a very few, previously-progressive institutions actually embrace facts instead of statist policy. We are impressed when a religious institution does what it is supposed to do and a liberal media outlet reports this little thing called “truth.”
But it is hope, nonetheless. The Bill Mahers and Keith Olbermanns of the world are being called out for the Douchebags that they are; the Veteran community is figuring out ways to fill holes on its own by creating projects like Team Rubicon, Gallant Few, the Roever Foundation, and others as methods of helping in ways the government never could.
State-run education is starting to be seen for what it is, people are wondering how or why Jersey Shore ever got made, and The Duffel Blog, Ranger Up, and The Rhino Den are growing in popularity.
Garbage like The Voice may be a number one show on television and Miley Cyrus continues to exist, but books like America the Beautiful, Bunker Hill, and American Sniper are on the New York Times bestseller list.
And despite the Kardashians breeding and Oprah Winfrey still affecting the minds of far too many people…. Jack mother-effing Bauer is coming back to national television.
In other words, my friends, there is a lot of negativity out there—in fact, reading this post is probably somewhat cringe-inducing. But there is also some goodness. There are shining rays of sunshine amidst the crumbling infrastructure of our once-great superpower of a nation. We have indicators that all is not lost.
Is it possible to recapture glory? Will we turn things around and kick ignorance in the balls? Can Jack Bauer torture our country into being a little tougher again? Or will we embrace the stupid, turn on Dancing with the Stars, and eat our way into the laziness of mediocrity…
Though all hope is not lost, it is not guaranteed. We see the negligence of the common man on a daily basis. It is our job to reject the passivity of commonality and embrace the challenges that are in front of us. Turn off the reality shows, hold politicians accountable, and stand up for what is right. Reach out to fellow Veterans, use the talents God gave you, and embrace a cause worth fighting for.
Answer the question of whether or not we are doomed for yourself, and throw it in the face of the ignorance you see today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life. Because if you don’t, the terrorists win. And by terrorists, I mean people like Britney Spears, John Kerry, and Michael Moore. And the people who want to take wrestling out of the Olympics. Oh and Piers Morgan. That guy is definitely a terrorist who would win if we give up. So…yeah. Remember that.