Category Archives: National-Security Complex
PLUTOCRACY: “An Unrealistic Sense of False Patriotism” ☮
PLUTOCRACY: “A Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade” / truthdig / Sonali Kolhatkar ☮
I hate parades. I have always hated the bright exuberance, the cheering and the flag waving. Every New Year’s Day, millions of people around the U.S. and the world tune in or gather in person to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, also known as the Rose Parade. I live in Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade, and every year I watch thousands of families camped out on the streets of the city to secure a coveted spot from which to view the spectacle up close. Meanwhile, the moneyed classes pay for premium seating on bleachers set up for the occasion. But beneath the facade of festive glamour is an institution rife with sexism, racism, militarism and corporatism.
The Rose Parade has its origins in exclusivity and elitism. In 1890, when Pasadena was a magnet for wealthy East Coast Americans looking for temperate climates to vacation in during the winters, the Valley Hunt Club organized the first parade to show off the city. The hunting and fishing club, which continues to be featured in the parade for historical reasons, has had a problematic history of not admitting people of color.
Today the Rose Parade continues to remain ensconced within Pasadena’s well-to-do neighborhoods in the south of the city. Its annual route avoids by a wide berth poor and working-class communities of color, whose homes are concentrated in northwest Pasadena.
AUTHORITARIANISM: “Why We Need to Stop the Knee-Jerk Worship of Authority Figures Like Police Officers and the Military” / Thom Hartmann ☮
VETERANS: “Don’t Thank Me for My Service” / Camillo “Mac” Bica, PhD / 06.03.2012
I do not want to appear disrespectful or ungrateful, but should we meet on the street one day, do say “Hello,” or “Fine day” or other such nicety, but please do not thank me for “my service” as a United States Marine. I make this request because my service, as you refer to it, was basically, either to train to become a killer or to actually kill people and blow shit up.
Now, that is not something for which a person should be proud nor thanked. In fact, it is regrettable, and for me a source of guilt and shame, something I will have to live with for the rest of my life, as the past cannot ever be undone. So, when you thank me for my service, it disturbs me … a lot. First off, it brings to mind my wasted youth and lost innocence, and the horrible and unnecessary deaths of good friends and comrades. Second, it reminds me of my responsibility and culpability for the pain and suffering I caused innocent people, again something I would rather forget, but cannot. Third, it reinforces my belief that you have absolutely no idea about the nature and reality of the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, because if you did, you would understand that thanks are inappropriate. Fourth, it reminds me that many of those who feel the need to offer thanks were apathetic about – or even supportive of – the war, while they refuse to participate themselves or did little or nothing to end it. And lastly, I have to admit that I doubt the sincerity of these expressions of supposed gratitude, as “Thank you for your service” is just something to say not because you care about what I did or sacrificed, but only to demonstrate your supposed good character, or patriotism and/or “support” for members of the military and veterans.
CRIMINALIZATION OF DISSENT: “Hey Conservatives, This is What Real Patriots Look Like”
ATHEISM: “There are Only Atheists in Foxholes, Also, Fuck War!”
VIDEO JOURNALISM: “MLK & Gandhi: The Uncomfortable Truths History Books Won’t Touch” / Abby Martin
PLUTOCRACY: “An Unrealistic Sense of False Patriotism”
PLUTOCRACY: “The Gluttons of Privilege” / Harry S. Truman
h/t: Blue Nation Review