Too busy to write until now. I’ve all but stopped listening to what passes as news. I continue to skim Huffington, Think Progress and some other blogs. It’s getting late and I’ve just tuned into Game 3 of the Cleveland-San Antonio NBA Finals. I’m pulling for Cleveland, but they’re down 2-0 and trailing going into the fourth quarter of Game 3. I just heard that one of the local young men is home from Afghanistan. That’s a blessing. I also read in the newspaper that the Army fell short of its recruiting goals in May. Does that mean that conscription is right around the corner? How can we sustain this endless war without it? I saw where Senator Lieberman is calling for us to attack Iran. How come chicken hawks like Joe Lieberman get to send young men and women into harms way? Where was Joe during Vietnam? How come these bellicose old men managed to avoid service in their own generational conflict? The commander-in-chief was a no show at reserve meetings. The vice-commander-in-chief had nine deferrments. Karl Rove managed to avoid service. Rudy, Romney, et al managed to get out of Vietnam. Only a handful of those running for President from either party ever served this country in uniform, yet all are willing to send our sons and daughters to die.
The United States is dying. We’ve lost our way and our soul. We spend more on weapons and war than we do on programs of social uplift. It is only a matter of time before we cease to exist. We are a shell of a nation without a spiritual compass.