American Freedom, Fuck Yeah! – Thaddeus Howze
National Infrastructure and Americans, Not Included
Welcome to Short Attention Span Theater
At SAST, we share with you a bunch of news articles which you might never get around to finding, let alone reading, to help you get a grip on just how precarious life is for everyone in the United States, even if you are among the richest of us. How is that possible? Because no matter how rich you are, if you live in this country, the possibility of any number of terrible fates can await you without making a single mistake or lapse of economic judgement.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick example. China is a hotbed of viral activity in the news. It always has been. Viruses are said to mutate there due to dense populations and very crowded living conditions. But did you know it can take a pandemic, contagious virus, should said virus find its way to an international airport, the capacity to go all the way around the world in less than 36 hours? Yes, not even two whole days and we could all enjoy the latest variation of SARS or Ebola or hemorrhagic fever.
Not me, says the rich man. I live in a mansion. Far away from diseases, he thinks. But his groundskeeper, lives in the lowlands and is very friendly with the help in the house. The groundskeeper has a son who has just returned on an international flight from Botswanna where he is engaged in Peace Corps work. Though he didn’t get Ebola while he was there, a person who was on the flight with him, did. The two chat and have a great time, though the Ebola-infected individual didn’t seem to have anything but a slight cough on the twelve hour trip home to Heathrow International Airport, which serves 78 million people per year, or about 200,000 people a day.
The young man comes home, hugs dad and goes to bed, a little wrung out from his trip. Dad comes to work and has been having an affair with a maid, who makes up the beds and comes into contact with the rich guys kids. Hey, people are human and you can’t account for every interaction you think you know what’s happening. The kids come to give rich dad a hug and share some friendly Ebola virus with dad, who thinks he has the flu, goes to sleep and since Ebola is the last thing on his mind, by the time the kids are looking sick, he is too and even with all his money, he may not survive the experience.
The world is a strange place. Far stranger than you know. Now back to that silly caption at the top of the page, which implies America, if you have something it needs, will send some freedom bombs your way, just in time to help secure that natural resource.
Laugh. It’s okay. I’ll wait. I thought the caption was darkly funny too. Then I considered more deeply what it really meant. This is what I came up with:
America fancies itself a keeper of peace, a deliverer of freedom and a fair arbiter of what is good and just in the world.
Or so they would have you believe. When I saw this graphic, I realized much of what has bothered me about the United States military is the very existence of said military and how it has been used since the forming of this nation. The military is the ultimate expression of “cognitive dissonance” and freedom.
- How free are we if we spend more than the next 14 nations who are our allies to maintain our military superiority? Spending without consideration for the future of our nation, the lack of spending on infrastructure, whether it be intellectual or physical and the complete inability to prepare for the challenges ahead because of this unfortunate propensity for military spending.