• America, the Boxer

    December 23, 2014

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    Today’s guest post is reprinted by permission from the Facebook page of one Rick Sullivan. I don’t know Rick except via Facebook, but here he eloquently sums up an awful lot of what I, and perhaps others, have been thinking.



    When a nation comes through back to back tectonic events like the depression and WWII, when they stand on the brink of total annihilation for half a century ready to spring into WWIII at a moment’s notice, when most of our wealth goes to building that umbrella of defense for the world while it rebuilds and invests in their populations, to have that role suddenly snatched away and made irrelevant inside of just a few years, they will clamor for any opportunity to jump back into that role.

    We’re like an aging fighter who spent his life focused solely on being the master of his craft but now has no more bouts to fight. He suddenly finds himself faced with the prospect learning to be a real husband and a father. He looks for any opportunity to be his old self and have relevance with his himself and his family again, to prove he is still the man who will fight to protect them. So he finds any reason he can to come unglued and pummel the first poor sap to cross him in the slightest way.

    Just like him, we no longer have meaning and relevance in this world or with our family. Who will we become? The humbled old man who learns and follows his heart? Or the bitter old curmudgeon who’s family abandoned him long ago for their own survival and happiness?



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter,

      A Rocky Balboa No. 6 photo would be a better symbol for our Military-Industrial Complex. – “Hey. I’m in it for the money.”

      The last Rocky film was described as self-parody. The film’s premise was implausible and derivative. While it captures the look and feel of the first Rocky, it becomes too much of a sentimental homage of an aging superpower.

      12/23/14 1:52 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Rich,
      Stallone is incapable of self-parody. Someone may have interpreted the film that way, but he would not have written it in on purpose. The guy is a nasty, narcissistic bastard who couldn’t do irony, self-parody, or introspection of any kind.

      12/23/14 3:10 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      12/23/14 3:16 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich said:

      “This is who we are’

      rich..with all due respect..sorry dude. fuck that. They will NEVER be what I consider..who we are. They simply are who my enemy is.

      12/24/14 1:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      5

      “This is who we are’

      Pitch and a miss…Teri.

      12/24/14 11:33 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      12/24/14 11:42 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Pitch,

      I said that, not Rich.

      But okay, yeah, fuck the “we” in my sentence.

      (At least I know that I am not totally invisible. Someone objected to one of my words. Yay, sort of.)

      12/24/14 11:46 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Keep on driving, Teri.

      12/24/14 11:58 AM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...

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      Hey, at least the new Cold War would provide the US police with a perfect defense against all sorts of accusations. “How dare you criticize us when there are evil Commies out there threatening our freedom? Are you a Commie?!”

      12/24/14 12:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      10

      My Dinner with Andrei has bigger stakes

      Most of the world would be content with a new US- Russia Cold War, Andrei, but I fear the oil crash and the threat of a real Russian revolution may heat up a real war and push Putin past the breaking point. A wounded bear is a dangerous animal and, when cornered, will attack.

      12/24/14 1:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      11

      Oh yeah…Merry Christmas to everyone.

      12/24/14 1:58 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

      12

      Thank you, Rich. I’m trying.

      So here’s a Christmas thing. Just listen to this voice. I won’t apologize for the smarminess and sentimentality of it, because, damnit, you need to have four minutes of something just beautiful and peaceful in a year full of crap.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zh-yR0pbmU

      12/24/14 6:28 PM | Comment Link

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