Today’s US Contribution toward World Peace

US
nears $100bn arms deal for Saudi Arabia in time for Trump’s visit
.

Well
what a wonderful headline, appearing on a weekend as such things do when the
attention of the world is elsewhere.

The
official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity (don’t they all?),
said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300bn over a decade to
help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US
ally Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors
.”

Aha!
Israel will maintain a ‘qualitative’
edge while all this shit goes down. Well, thank god for that. Not so sure how
Saudi will feel about laying out that kind of cash and still finding themselves
on the qualitative short end, but that’s what we’re supposed to believe as we
fret about paying our mortgage and being stripped of our health care.

I for one am getting tired as hell of Saudi
Arabia—their insufferable princely Princes, their Wahabism (a conservative and
intolerant form of Islam that is practiced in Saudi Arabia), unrepentant destruction
of our World Trade Center on 9-11 and insufferable tendency to fuck up the
Middle East and then let others do their fighting.

We don’t need their oil, don’t want their
meddling and have had entirely too much of their sex-and-booze fueled trips to
the West, all the while pretending that blowing up other people’s stuff is a
sure-fire ticket to an eternity among an endless supply of virgins, drugs and superiority
over others.

Those ‘others’ include women (without even a
shred of rights) and non-believers, which involves three out of every four humans on the planet—including you and me—each of whom they are sworn to kill.

This
may sound anti-Islam and it’s not, because I am on record as saying most of the
Middle East troubles are American influenced and I support the migrants we have
caused to be set adrift in the world.

But it is anti-armaments. I am sick to death that
we profit off weaponizing the world and then feign surprise when our customers
kill each other. ‘Defensive capabilities
are the lie that allows us to sleep at night. 52% of our annual budget goes for
armaments, sold at enormous profit to the few and huge cost to the rest of us. Endless
wars are a reliable American McDrone and McDeath profit structure.

And
we accept this nonsense—delivered to
us on a Saturday afternoon newspaper headline while our own roads are falling
apart, bridges collapsing and social services flushed down the corporate toilet.
We accept this, with a stupid look on
our faces while the youngest and oldest in our society are reduced to beggary.

And it’s
not Donald Trump’s, Mitch McConnell’s or Kevin McCarthy’s fault
. Both Republicans
and Democrats have dragged us through this shit-pile for forty years. Don’t give us another war we can’t win, give us some
goddamn roads and bridges. How about single-payer health care and some
universities we can actually afford?

Americans
don’t matter anymore
.
Investors matter, banks matter, corporations matter and the dumb-ass American public that built
this country no longer matters to anyone
in power. Reagan, Bush, Clinton, another Bush, Obama and Trump all promised a
better America and they all lied through their teeth—every single one of them.

They
gave us Netflix and android phones and endless pornography so we wouldn’t notice. And you know what? We didn’t notice.

Until
now. Until the 2016 presidential election. The two parties that run this political
freak show still don’t understand
what happened. Hillary thinks it was Jim Comey and a few million emails. The
Donald thinks it was his persona, however he chooses to define that.

Both of
them are wrong
.
America took a long time to get here, but the working and out-of-work are fed up with being sliced and diced for
the benefit of large corporations. They’re tired of each decade being worse
than the one that preceded it. They’re scared to death of retiring penniless.
They have no idea why their kids are living with them into their thirties and
unable to find satisfying employment.

They don’t believe anymore. And when that many citizens no longer believe in
America, the entire country is in deep shit and anything is possible.

Donald
Trump is not an anomaly.

Donald
Trump is the beginning.

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