“Today one must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.” — John Le Carré , “The Russia House”
Who knows what to believe anymore. Yet sadly, it’s pretty much exactly the way it’s been from the beginning.
Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. The serpent blamed God, or so the story goes to a greater or lesser degree.
At that point, God probably wondered if this whole creation thing was a good idea.
“We’re coming out of Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now,” Trump said during a speech in Richfield, Ohio on Thursday, dedicated to his infrastructure initiative. – via RT.com
A wonderful idea indeed – if it really happens. Of course, who those “other people” are, well, is anybody’s guess, and just what will those other people be taking care of? Questions that only God knows the answers to…maybe; and rolls His eyes knowing of the choice guano ahead.
On more than a few occasions, the guy with orange hair has said this or that would be done, and most of what he promised has not come to pass. What politician hasn’t lied, obfuscated, pulled our leg, winked at us and promised a boat load of dreams that never materialize? Acting, lying, pretending, feigning…it’s in their DNA.
We were going to get out of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, et al, before. Overseas military bases were going to be closed, a decaying infrastructure here in the States would be repaired, government criminals would be prosecuted. So far, we only have new warmonger faces in the Trump administration with the likes of Pompeo, Haspel, Halley and Bolton who don’t instill peace in mankind’s hearts but rather a demonic thirst to end more lives. God probably rolls his eyes when Trump speaks. What Gehenna has in store for these lovers of the macabre, only Beelzebub knows for sure.
So, for $4.79 Trillion and counting as of 2016 – the wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan have produced what? The death of millions of innocents, human suffering and destruction of lives and annihilation of sovereign nations . Quite a grand accomplishment.
And lest we get comfortable with the warm, furry blanket the Trump threw out to a crowd in Ohio that sounds good, we have his nutjob henchmen giving each other handshakes and hearty slaps on the back upon their initial meeting (surely the scent of sulphur was in the air):
Laughs All Around as Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Meets John ‘Devil Incarnate’ Bolton – via commondreams.org
Meeting for the first time at the Pentagon, Mattis told Bolton “it’s good to finally meet you, since I’ve heard that you’re actually the devil incarnate” (imbedded video of the actual meeting between two demons in the article).
Aren’t they oh-so-clever and cute? No – they aren’t!
The rub behind our dog’s ear; the kiss or hug of a loved one when they come through the front door; the comfort of hearing a dear friend’s voice; the delight of a home-cooked meal; the joy of a letter received from someone dear to us – and for some, the almost unexplainable happiness of hearing their favorite music, or the astonishment and wonder of reading the well written story. The purr of the kitten in one’s lap or the wonder of viewing a beautiful painting or photograph – or just a look or walk through nature; the laughter and happiness of our children or grandchildren; the ecstasy experienced upon seeing a loved one, and sometimes even more, helping a loved one through life’s difficulties…these are but a few of the things the regular person lives for.
These things we quietly live for seem to be completely foreign of those whom we elect, those whom we entrust our well-being with – those we give our tax dollars to for the benefit of a sound government that is suppose to take care of its’ citizens; most especially our poor, our elderly, our disadvantaged, our suffering.
Who among us would happily hand over a year’s worth of taxes for the destruction of other’s lives in countries far away? Not many.
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”–Alexander Hamilton on human nature and government. via americanart.si.edu
And so, as we each search for that decent human being, especially in our government, who won’t betray the values, the lives, the hopes of its’ everyday, ordinary citizens – who won’t continue to play a part in the termination of the lives of millions of others in lands far away – we come to the conclusion of John Le Carré, author of “The Russia House”, among many other brilliant novels ~
“Today one must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.” — John Le Carré , The Russia House
Tonight’s musical offering:
THE RUSSIA HOUSE (1990) ~ Jerry Goldsmith with Branford Marsalis
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