While i’ve been focused on bridges the past month, all hell has broken loose and civilization as we know it is swirling ever more rapidly into the toilet. Ignoring for the moment the latest outrages of the NSA as it fights like a cornered rat to continue maintaining a Surveillance Society, take a look at what’s going on with the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Feinstein, McCain, et al. are howling for a return of American ground forces to Iraq despite the fact that Iraq’s leaders, while happy to accept some air support, are universally opposed to our sending troops there again. Which means we’ll have to invade them again. Oh come on, it worked out so splendidly the last time, didn’t it?
Worse yet, in order to drum up public support for another invasion, right-wing leaders and media are doubling down on the mantra that ISIS presents a tremendous threat to the safety of Americans. Ummm, how, i ask is that? Their nuclear submarines that are even now cruising off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts? All their nuclear-tipped ICBMs sitting in hardened silos ready to rain death on the Great Satan? Their stealth battleships and aircraft carriers ready to take up positions off American shores to shell and bomb American coastal cities? Their millions of Ebola-infected rats being bred in vast underground laboratories to be carried in giant balloons by the jet stream and released by parachute over the American heartland?
Could a handful of ISIS suicide terrorists infiltrate this country and kill a few people? Of course. Could they come even close to taking out the number of Americans killed every week in auto accidents? Oh please.
We are letting our leaders frighten us into a totalitarian police state for their own good.
So i’ll just keep cranking out the curmudgery until the tanks pull up out front.
The lucky ones will have a view of a garden through their bars.