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Are We Doomed?

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Updated: May 29, 2013

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 jon-stewart-daily-show-disappointed(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.

Jack_Bauer_bloodyAnd 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 Warriorchallenges 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.

 

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24 Comments

  1. Mark

    May 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Outstanding.

  2. Quickburn

    May 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Amen. “nonsensical corkscrew of stupid” is now my favorite descriptive phrase at work….

  3. Mike St. Jacques

    May 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

    If I were capable of crying, I would have shed a tear just then. I would have then immediately beat myself to a pulp for crying.

    Hooah.

  4. Pablo

    May 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

    The absurdity exists on both sides of the aisle. It’s disingenuous to call out Bill Maher and Rachael Maddow without calling out Glenn Beck and his ilk. Absurdity and ridiculousness knows no political affiliation or religious preference. As a nation, we’ve been handing away our individual freedoms in the name of safety and security since September 12, 2001…and we’ve done it happily. The only thing that has changed is the party listed on the voter registration cards of the few voicing opposition.

    • Mr. Twisted

      May 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      There is nothing disingenuous about calling out Bill Maher for being a douchebag. Ever. It’s always relevant.

    • Mith Radates

      May 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Your point about handing away our freedoms in the name of safety (and not having to take personal responsibility for ourselves) is exactly a key point Beck has continually made.

      • Nathan

        June 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

        He hasn’t ever listened to Beck, so he wouldn’t have known that.

    • Tony

      June 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Pablo, brother, Glenn Beck has been screaming exactly what you’ve posted for years now. Maybe you don’t like his style, or maybe it’s that pop culture perception that all “right wing” commentators are douches. But there is a qualitative difference between a Beck and a Maddow. One may be guilty of not waking up soon enough, but the other is guilty of actively assisting those who’ve created the police state that is developing.

  5. B. Weller

    May 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Your attention and assistance, please, to my petition — on White House site, not mine — seeking policy statement regarding protecting sovereignty. Time is short and we need 100K signatures to try to stop POTUS from dealing a blow to The Constitution — on June 3 — that might be fatal.

    Petition: http://wh.gov/SV1Q

    Additional information: http://usann.us/Hierarchy_of_Law.html [no pop-ups, no ads, no membership or registration, nothing for sale (now: maybe later), no email lists, no “marketing partners”]. Blog there may be helpful as well.

  6. leftoftheboom

    May 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Astronauts made a record space voyage on a Russian Spacecraft. People watch “reality TV” instead of experiencing reality. Parents sue schools for ridiculous sums of money because their kid gets kicked off the team for not showing up for practice. Children are being murdered every day and in the last month alone there have been girls under the age of 4 raped to death by relatives. And regardless of the heinous nature of the crime, there are still people who refuse to believe that the Death Penalty is warranted as a viable course of action as both a punishment and deterrent but these same people get all outraged that someone would dare set bombs in Boston and have no problem with them being dead.

    It does not matter what your opinion on the gay marriage debate is, the FACT is that we are wasting time debating something that has no major impact on the fiscal nature of our economy while ignoring the impending financial ruin our current policies have set us on. Debt is spiraling out of control, our grandchildren are not going to be able to pay it off assuming they are more responsible than we are, and our military is becoming a shallow hollow force with more emphasis on checking the block instead of training to standard.

    In a country that supposedly enshrines separation between church and state; the major legislative arguments are about the “Christian values” that they are using as basis for Law. Don’t get me wrong, I try and stay on God’s good side, but sin is an individual activity not a national one, so we need to get this crap off the radar and get onto the stuff that is going to crush us all instead of the flashy stuff that does not actually have anything but a superficial emotional impact, like the budget that affects every man woman and child in America, like the Immigration problem, like the health care problem, you know, those things that will cause pain to the majority of Americans.

    Our Veterans are hurting because we are rapidly returning to the “Soldiers and dogs keep of the grass” mentality. Sacrifice is overrated and heroes are found on the field of athletic endeavor not the field of battle. The media pounces like panthers on any misdeed by military personnel and our wonderful dumbfucks are always willing to screw up in public. And yet no one seems to remember that the military is made up of the society from which it defends, we have engaged in 10 years of war and we dropped the standards to let anyone in so that the children of the rich did not face the draft and have to leave the country. The Draft should have been enacted on 12 September 2001 and then America could have shown that they were truly behind their warriors.

    Personally I think we are doomed. I just want it to happen while I am young enough to enjoy it. Because the belly laugh as everyone in the 99% get exactly what they have coming is going to be my greatest pleasure. I dream about what is coming and have burning desire to scream “I told you SO” to everyone.

    Hope and Change my ass.

    • Rotti

      May 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Theoretically, everyone has four genetic twins on the planet.
      I think I just found one.
      We should make a fire and roast zombies when the shit caves in. I’ll bring the ammo.

      • leftoftheboom

        May 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        I am down for a zombie roast but I really want to have pictures of all the liberals screaming when it all comes apart. If I could have a digital photo album of all the Hollywood trash and the “famous” people when they know the bottom just fell out of the elevator to hell, I could laugh all the way to Armageddon.

        • Quickburn

          May 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

          Number three here. You guys taking roll-call?

          • Virgil Hilts

            June 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

            Sign me up as number 4….I volunteer….can I bring the Garand?

  7. Douglas Hanks

    May 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Another bright light out there in dark ass cave that is our country right now is Carry the Load. Took part in the Austin, TX road march with fellow Rangers this past Saturday. Being around that many capable, self-reliant, grateful, and responsible Americans renewed my hope in what our country can be… again.

  8. christy

    May 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    this article gave me goosebumps. beautifully written

  9. oldSquid

    May 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Good Stuff Mr. Twisted! Right on target in my book!
    Love the “nonsensical corkscrew of stupid” – and like a couple others – gotta steal that descriptive – too good not to…
    Good on Ya!

  10. Common Sense

    May 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    While I agree with almost all of what you have said- most of your argument, and most of the argument in the article defeats the death penalty as an option. Why? THE WHOLE SYSTEM is too convoluted right now to decide on life and death once someone is already incarcerated. Individual liberty and self defense often can mean death for perpetrators- but I can’t agree that the same system we are complaining about can be trusted to prove someone should die.
    Anyway, the death penalty has never been a useful deterent, not ever. Not worth the risk of having an innocent put to death.

    • Common Sense

      May 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      This is a reply for “leftoftheboom”.

      • leftoftheboom

        May 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        Find me one repeat offender who has committed a crime after death.

        Second, forensic proof of guilt and end them.

        Third. I will take the risk that we might execute an i innocent so long as we get most of the guilty ones. We have let justice become a joke. Time to make it serious again.

        • leftoftheboom

          May 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm

          I responded on my phone but now I have to really tear into this topic.

          The Death Penalty, my point of view. We do not have justice for the victim. The criminal has rights the victim will never have and because the criminal is coddled while the victim suffers, we show that we will reward criminal behavior. Justice should be fair and impartial but it is not applied that way.

          The criminal gets a free lawyer, the victim does not. The criminal has the right to presumed innocence until guilt is proven and even when we KNOW that they are guilty we have to go through the motions and we make a joke out of the justice system.

          Is there any doubt that Nidal Hasan killed 14 Soldiers in November of 2009? No there is not. But we have been waiting for years because of one legal issue after another. WHERE IS JUSTICE?

          That is one graphic example but perfectly illustrates my point. Until we start executing individuals who have chosen to disregard the laws of this Nation and prey upon their fellow man, we will not have justice. And so long as that remains true, we have no faith in the system to protect us and we will descend into chaos and violence when the false veneer of civilization finally falls away. It will be the law of the Jungle.

          It is a true statement that individuals are found innocent years later. I for one am willing to risk the loss of a few innocent individuals so long as we get all the guilty. We have tried going the other way and all that we have accomplished is to muddle the system with innuendo, reasonable doubt (sarcasm included), and legal precedent from case law that is used to confuse the jury and get people off.

          Susan Smith murdered her children. She is in prison. Is that really justice? She claimed a personality disorder. So what?

          Lastly, every inmate is a negative drain on the economy. Every single life sentence is going to cost the rest of us money we need for other things. Soldiers lack equipment, have limits on training and risk their lives. I am very sure that I would like the money spent on prison inmates to be reallocated to the Defense Budget. Put it towards the Wounded Warriors if you need to salve your conscience.

          The Death Penalty fully administered will prove life is valuable again by making it clear what you lose if you take a life as an act of crime. It will save money.

          And the Death Penalty is 100% proof against repeat offenses. And if they are innocent, God will take care of them.

    • The Bear

      May 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

      It does work in Japan. Crime rate’s been dropping there for a while now. Though, they also have a justice system that’s not overrun by “how do you feel about it” types and psychologists who send child-rapists on leave from prison so that they can rape another child (so happened in Austria a few years ago.) Of course mentality is different, but having a ton of LEOs in the streets helps as well.

      • The Bear

        May 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

        This was meant as reply for Common Sense

        By the way folks. If you take this article and remove all hints towards the US and replace them with any random EU country…

        You get EXACTLY the same image.

        100% the same.

        This is not just you Americans. It’s all of us.

  11. Chad

    June 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Well written, good read. Good job.

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