Veterans Hospitals..the Truth

The yammerings of the Republicans, and even some Democrats, about VA hospitals, show no trace, not even a trickle of a trace, of institutional and personal memory, let alone history. This is always true, for most people and all institutions. None have historical perspective beyond that of a Snail Darter. Remember, dear friends, that George Bush the Less, and Dick Cheney, the Dark Lord; and Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz, started two wars of choice that will fill up to overflowing for at least fifty and likely a hundred years, all our hospitals. The impact of wars, so easy for stupid, venal, misinformed people to start and , in a sense, impossible, ever, to stop , is obvious. World War One is still very much alive, after destroying the twentieth Century, the Century of Total War. And the Bush administration severely cut the funding for our VA hospitals. All hospitals are effected by this avoidable tragedy, the greatest of our time. Our jails, our mental homes, our suicide prevention systems; our broken families and children without mothers and fathers, shooting crime statistics up into the stratosphere, ripple on forever.

The entire world, out into and through the cosmos, suffer from this violation of all that is decent and good, not to mention the laws of war. If the Nuremberg principle were applied to us and not just Nazi Germany, this dark band of brothers would all be in jail, or executed for the hundreds of thousands of murders that they accomplished. George W. Bush placed us squack in the middle of a civil war in Islam, which has been going on time out of mind.(we had our civil wars of religion that followed 400 years of Crusades from the 10th to the 14th centuries, the Renaissance and Reformation and the Enlightenment which gave us a rule of law community not shared by any state in the Middle East, except Israel; and no secular state in the Middle East except Turkey, thanks to Ataturk. The Treaties of Westphalia and Utrecht ended religious-based states in Europe and North America, and in their place we have had, with never a backward step, secular states, thank God (and I’m not being ironic), territorial nation states without any church in charge. (Utah is another matter.) Islamic civil war is not our business. It took us many centuries to build these rule of law communities throughout Europe and North America. Do you really think that Afghanistan will somehow, willy nilly, become democratic? Really? or Iraq?

Now, a huge portion of the Middle East, very understandably, see us as their premiere enemy. And much of Africa. And most other Islamic nations. Add to that what the Dulles brothers did in Iran, in deposing an popularly appointed tradition, conservative ruler, Mohammed Mossadeq, to put the Shah back on his throne and his bloodthirsty killers over the military and the police (the CIA’s war; just like Laos; just as we now do in Pakistan, way way before the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Pakistan is the most dangerous nation in the world, because it is the Islamic nuclear missile state and George Bush’s wars threaten always to bring any reasonable government down. I’ll bet World War Three starts there); and what we did in murdering an African head of state (both CIA assassins); and one Latin American democratically elected president assassinated under Nixon’s orders,why not see America as the Great Satan? There is blood on the hands of this dark band of brothers, and Karma, dark amoral Karma, that has nothing to do with God.

Of course we should do more for our veterans. But these tragic events play out, literally, forever. Remember: the Great Depression of our time began under Bush the Less. It had been building ever since Ronald Reagan created street people by refusing to fund mental homes and hospitals and put these people in jails and on the streets, so he could raise the military budget three and a half times over. He ran deficits like no Democrats before him. Then came the crash that remains very much with us still. So many millions of unemployed we don’t even count, because they’ve given up, and have taken themselves out of the workforce. How can the Republicans do this with a straight face? Well, they now are consummate liars, after decades of practice. Some in the Democratic Party do this too. Neither party has a monopoly on lying. BUT this is not to say there is equivalence. With the Tea Party, now absorbed within the Republican Party, truly inexperienced and terribly undereducated people rule the day. I believe the Republicans will gain seats in the House and narrowly take the Senate. All because most people and all institutions lack any trace of historical memory. ed firmage xoxo

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on May 28, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    For a short post, that sure said a lot.

    Wisdom IS important.

  2. #2 by brewski on May 29, 2014 - 7:29 am

    “Remember: the Great Depression of our time began under Bush the Less.”

    This is just factually false.

    All crashes are caused by their preceding bubble. There can be no crash without a bubble. This bubble first burst in March of 2000. That crash was propped up for 8 years until it crashed again in 2008. This two-part crash was preceded by a bubble which started around 1995. So to state that “the Great Depression of our time began under Bush the Less” is just historically ignorant.

    • #3 by Richard Warnick on May 29, 2014 - 7:59 am

      Or you could say it’s factually true. Remember Bush’s “Ownership Society”? That’s what blew up and crashed the financial sector.

      Bush drive for home ownership fueled housing bubble

      • #4 by brewski on May 29, 2014 - 9:35 am

        Last time I checked, Bush was not president in 1995 – 2000.

        • #5 by Richard Warnick on May 29, 2014 - 10:27 am

          The “Ownership Society” bullshit started in 2003.

          “We’re creating… an ownership society in this country, where more Americans than ever will be able to open up their door where they live and say, welcome to my house, welcome to my piece of property.” – President George W. Bush, October 2004.

          • #6 by brewski on May 29, 2014 - 10:49 am


          • #7 by Richard Warnick on May 29, 2014 - 11:10 am

            I agree. The “Ownership Society” was a lie. Home equity loans and easy credit made the economic picture look better than the reality. During the Bush administration we had 22 months of recession, a net decline in jobs and wages, more poverty, and the national debt doubled.

            Bush On Jobs: The Worst Track Record On Record

            The Bush Record: More Poverty, More Uninsured

          • #8 by brewski on May 29, 2014 - 11:49 am

            The bubble started around 1995.
            The crash started in March of 2000.
            The years 2000 to 2008 were basically trying to prop up the crash which started in 2000.

            Who was president in 1995 to 2000?

          • #9 by Richard Warnick on May 29, 2014 - 11:59 am

            Who could forget that classic (and prophetic) Onion headline from January 2001:

            Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’

            “My fellow Americans,” Bush said, “at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us.”

  3. #10 by brewski on May 29, 2014 - 9:38 am

    From your “source”:

    Bush did foresee the danger posed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage finance giants. The president spent years pushing a recalcitrant Congress to toughen regulation of the companies, but was unwilling to compromise when his former Treasury secretary wanted to cut a deal.

    • #11 by Richard Warnick on May 29, 2014 - 10:24 am

      Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac didn’t cause the housing market to collapse. You’re blaming the victims. Again.

      • #12 by brewski on May 29, 2014 - 10:51 am

        Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are part of the ownership society policy. It has been around for 70 years. Your interest in arguing that it started in 2003 is laughably ignorant and partisan. Get a clue.

  4. #13 by Larry Bergan on May 29, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    I don’t know why we’re talking about houses.

    All this talk about Democrats being in the spotlight when veterans don’t get the care they deserve is maddening beyond measure.

    The Republican stance on veterans is the same as Henry Kissinger’s; “military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy“. Republicans couldn’t care less about taking care of veterans when they come back from multiple tours. All they do is pat them on the back once a year and thank them for killing and dying, (emphasis on dying).

  5. #14 by Larry Bergan on May 29, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    This guy makes me think.

    • #16 by Larry Bergan on May 30, 2014 - 11:24 pm

      Eric Shinseki’s quick resignation couldn’t have anything to do with his spot-on warning that the Iraq war would require a massive expansion of troop levels. Could it?

      The guy who read it right gets the boot and all the chickenhawks run rampant.

      Why weren’t Paul Wolfowitz and the rest in the streets of Iraq, picking up the roses and chocolate during mission-accomplished?

  6. #17 by Anonymous on May 30, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    So did obama and democrats find out what you knew years ago just now on TV?


  7. #18 by cav on June 1, 2014 - 8:52 am

    You cannot simultaneously try to drown government in the bathtub and adequately fund the VA. You cannot have wars and not adequately provide for the wounded.

    This whole thing is totally circular. Create the problem, don’t give the resources needed to manage the problem, and then blame blame blame everyone but yourselves.

  8. #19 by Larry Bergan on June 1, 2014 - 9:26 am

    Make war profiteering illegal, or at least frowned-on, again. That would free up billions. Veterans could be treated in palaces.

  9. #20 by cav - Spam Status?: Solidifying on September 7, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    This just when it’d pretty well been determined that this blog sucked the big one. I just don’t know anymore.

    …though I do have to hand it to Mr. Firmage.

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