Friday, May 18, 2012
U.S. PRESIDENTIAL MORALITY/AN OXYMORON—AND THE NUCLEAR TRIGGER!
Send In The Clowns
The Post-Nuclear War I U.S. Presidents
I am in no manner a fan of the clear pattern of American military aggression ever since Harry Truman was hoodwinked by his intellectual superiors at the Pentagon (intellectual superiors to Truman weren’t hard to come by, as FDR himself lamented before his death) when this government specifically chose two CIVILIAN targets upon which to drop two nuclear bombs when we won our first-strike nuclear victory in Nuclear War I. By specifically choosing to slaughter hundreds of thousands of non-uniformed non-combatants, civilian men, women and children (and cats and dogs) minding their own business at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the pattern of U.S. military violence on other continents and aggression overseas was established. Armies, Navies, Air Forces and Marines are no more than ridiculously well-armed gangs of thugs who are mostly teens and tweens hoodwinked by national leaders (whether those leaders are Germans under Hitler, Italians under Mussolini, Russians under Stalin, or Americans under Truman and Eisenhower) in colors (rather than black leather jackets with motorcycle gang logos, they wear snappier uniforms or uniforms to hide themselves camouflage-style).
Since Nuclear War I, the U.S. government hasn’t declared war, so it’s been all Presidential orders which have resulted in our wars of aggression in Korea, three sovereign Southeast Asian nations, absurd gambits in Iraq twice now, and a prolonged occupation of the sovereign nation of Afghanistan. These are but the major attacks. This doesn’t include our smaller attempts at militaristic violence under Presidential orders in such far-flung places as Cuba, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Since Presidents don’t bother to declare war anymore, and Congress for the most part isn’t involved in the big decisions regarding whether to kill people in this or that country, it might be instructive to consider the Presidents in my lifetime who have been making these decisions to kill people in other sovereign nations, with our teenage and tweenage kids who imagine they are doing some sort of constructive good, because the President says so.
I was born in 1956, so Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower was the first President to reign in my lifetime. I’ll mention Truman once again—FDR admitted that he made a mistake in selecting this brainless wonder from Missouri and that because of his limited capacities he opted to keep him out of the nuclear loop regarding the whole Manhattan Project thing. FDR’s biggest blunder was naming a backwards pol like Truman when WWII was raging, fully well knowing how sick FDR himself truly was in a medical sense and he admitted such. Truman was easily manhandled by the Pentagon brass, and although you might remember being taught, for example, that following our annihilation of two innocent cities that Japan surrendered aboard a US Naval vessel unconditionally. It WAS NOT unconditional at all, despite what you were taught. Even though we had the massive upper hand, nuke capability and having dropped two already, Truman and his people allowed, for instance, that fool “Emperor” Hirohito to remain in that position until his death fully 45 years after that ‘unconditional’ surrender of his. He lived in splendor, and was the head of state of Japan for all that time. That’s Truman.
Eisenhower ran on a slogan, “I like Ike.” I don’t like Ike at all. I don’t like any career military person in this country who would dare shift to civilian leadership by running for President, as it violates all the tenets of our liberal democracy and runs the risk of encouraging a far-too-strong military, and Ike knowingly did this. If the military is too strong, we, like any nation run the risk of military coups, dictatorships, etc. Any General worth his salt will avoid elective office like the plague if he loves the nation. Not Ike! He also was the creator and prime driver behind the for-profit military contract system during WWII leading up to our Nuclear War I victory. He then had the gaul to make a speech when he was running for Prez warning about this “Military Industrial Complex” of his creation.
JFK was an alright guy, but only served 34 months as Prez when he got killed. His family made their money off questionable booze profiteering, and he cheated and lied to his wife and the nation about his now famous extramarital affairs with a variety of women from Marilyn Monroe to interns entrusted to his care while in the Oval Office. A lawyer with some good motives, but simultaneously some VERY questionable personal motives and dubious emotional stability.
LBJ was an arm-twisting backroom TX pol who was crude and did oddball perverted things like lower his drawers in public and expose his buttocks to show off a scar while Prez. He did some good stuff on Civil Rights, but felt that sending teens with rifles off to Asia in a military draft of all things was the right thing to do and created a mass frenzy near to civil war in the country.
Nixon was an unstable crook. Period. He swore like a trooper, he was paranoid, committed vast felonies, named another crook as his VP (Agnew) and then had to resign.
Ford was another brainless wonder like Truman, and anyone who believes Nixon made the call to Gerry and didn’t make a quid pro quo about that pardon in exchange for his ascendancy from a Grand Rapids congressman to VP and then Prez, ought to consider a few bridges I have for sale on Ebay.
Jimmy Carter couldn’t manage the economy, but probably qualifies as one of the two moral guys to occupy the Oval Office in my lifetime.
Ronald Ray-gun was a hypocrite, a labor union chief in Hollywood who turned his back on his labor pals as soon as it benefited him. He slept a lot in office, and people actually now do believe he had early stage Alzheimer’s while in office, and it’s evident if you now look at the record. He launched the biggest arms race in history and created an uncontrollable monster at the Department of Defense.
George HW Bush was the spoiled rotten son of a US Senator, had everything in life handed to him on a silver platter, and couldn’t get himself re-elected due to incompetence.
Bill Clinton gets way too much credit and his decision to take advantage of an intern entrusted to White House care, Monica Lewinsky, who was his own daughter’s age, and who lied in every way he saw fit in order to try and extricate himself from this immoral mess makes him somebody I would not want kids to emulate.
George Dubya Bush since leaving office it has become known had such a severe drug and alcohol problem before taking office that his wife almost left him. His hypocritical wifey kept shut until after he served out his 8 year stint, but has made it clear that this dude could have killed dozens in DUI crashes and was irresponsible right up until his first run for Guv and after. This is the same fool who had the nerve to sign death warrants on others including a retarded guy. He also lied about WMD to get us into his chosen war, Iraq. He committed many felonies in office including illegally wiretapping and torturing folks.
Barack Obama is still fairly new to us, and so far has no glaring moral horrors that have been reported like all the rest of our Presidents in my lifetime minus Jimmy Carter.
THESE ARE THE GUYS WHO HAVE BEEN SINGLE-HANDEDLY DECIDING TO USE U.S. TAXES AND RESOURCES TO KILL PEOPLE OVERSEAS! THESE MORAL PYGMIES ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE MADE THE DECISIONS TO CAUSE THE DEATHS OF THE TEENS AND TWEENS WHO, IMAGINING THAT THEY ARE DOING GOOD, ARE ACTUALLY MERELY BRINGING VIOLENCE, POVERTY, RAPE, TORTURE, AND INSTABILITY TO OTHER SOVEREIGN NATIONS. AND WORST OF ALL, THESE ARE THE MORAL PYGMIES (WITH THE TWO EXCEPTIONS MENTIONED) WHO HAVE HAD THEIR HANDS ON THE TRIGGER OF THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST NUCLEAR ARSENAL IN ALL OF RECORDED HISTORY. THE IMMORAL BOOBS WHO HAVE OCCUPIED THE WHITE HOUSE, JUST IMPERFECT PEOPLE, ARE THE STRONGEST ARGUMENT OF ALL FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT BY THE UNITED STATES AND CONSTRAINING AND PREVENTING THE U.S. PRESIDENCY FROM HAVING THE FREEDOM IT HAS HAD IN THE DECADES SINCE NUCLEAR WAR I TO COMMIT ACTS OF MAYHEM, MURDER, BOMBING AND WAR AT WHIM. PEACE PLEASE….
All I am saying, is give peace a chance and that means taking the choice away from the American Presidency, no matter who occupies the office.
John Winston Ono Lennon,
Killed By Handgun,
December 8, 1980