They’re Complaining About NOT Being Able to Grab Ass

Twin Cities Pioneer Press:  MN lawmakers want to make butt-grabbing illegal. (Currently, there’s a clothed-buttocks exception.)


The press, in a split-decision so far, is treating this as if it’s something BAD. To make it illegal to grope someone’s ass. That’s BAD. No. It is not.

This is small potatoes and should be on the law books in every municipality.

We in the United States of America currently *condone* sexual assault and *condemn* being sexually active and experienced. We *condone* slut-shaming. We *condone* victim-blaming. We *condone* making women afraid via catcalling and unwanted advances.

We *condone* Coercive Control.

We *condone* Stalking.

We *condone* rape. We accommodate *rapists*. Rapists and Serial rapists currently serve 2-5 years after only getting 8 year sentences, on average. It is an outlier if a rapist gets 10 years. It’s virtually impossible to get life in prison. These people are a danger to society, but they’re repeatedly let out of prison or given probation or let off completely because the victims are shamed and revictimized.

We *condone* child abuse. (corporal punishment)

We *condone* parent-authorized child rape. (child marriage) **There is currently NO age limit in the U.S. for child marriage.** This includes so-called Liberal states. If a parent/s wants to marry their daughter off to some pervert, they can. Even if that daughter is five years old. They disguise it as religious freedom, but it’s nothing more than child slavery and child sex trafficking.

And some people are having a fucking cow about not being able to grab ass.

What the fucking goddamn hell is wrong with this picture.

Greatest Country in the world? It never existed and it sure as fuck doesn’t exist now.

I advise everyone who gets their ass grabbed by some dumbfuck who thinks they have the right to break their goddamn fingers, their wrist, and their confidence.  That goes for sexual assault, threats, stalking, and every MFer who thinks they have to right to make people afraid.  It’s long past time to put a stop to it.


Now, all that said, nothing will get done to protect women, children, and those who can’t defend themselves until we stop living in a Patriarchal society that celebrates misogyny and assault.  It’ll never stop until our society turns egalitarian.  Frankly, that’s likely going to take another 1,000 years if we haven’t killed off our entire species by then after Mother Nature’s done with us.





Trump Defends US Steel? LIAR.

From Associated Press:  “Trump to Impose Tariffs on Imports of Steel and Aluminum

“Determined to protect vital American industries, President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, dramatically raising the possibility of a trade showdown with China and other key trading partners.”

This is an example of a BAD and MISLEADING headline.

There is no protection. This is an inept, unqualified leader trying to flex muscles he doesn’t have to bully steel and aluminum makers (not US makers b/c they don’t exist anymore) because they refused to lower prices for the construction of his buildings and future buildings. This isn’t the way trade is responsibly done.

Further. We don’t make steel or aluminum anymore. We used to. But then Congress & their Corporate donors SHIPPED our jobs overseas so the steel and aluminum companies wouldn’t have to deal with the steel and aluminum UNIONS, which demand decent wages and benefits for their workers.

This is part of a union-killing effort, spear-headed by Paul Ryan, that started with Reagan. If you don’t know, or have forgotten, the Air Traffic Controllers went on strike in the early 80s (IMS, but it was during his admin) to get better wages and benefits. The government was screwing over controllers who needed stress management. In case you don’t know, that job is one of the highest stressful jobs in the world. The ATC union didn’t reach an agreement with the FAA so the workers went on strike. So what did Reagan do? He interfered ILLEGALLY and killed the union, ordering the workers back on the job without benefit improvements or wage increases or he’d fire the lot and get scabs to replace them. Yes. REagan did that. They no longer have protections and the FAA treats them like shit.

The same thing has happened to US Steel and US Aluminum. They don’t make it anymore. The companies moved their job sites overseas for cheap labor. You see steel products all the time. You see Reynolds aluminum all the time. But they don’t process the ore anymore. Those plants no longer exist.

So protect US Steel? The MFer is LYING. This is about bullying and padding his wallet.

Treat People With Respect & Things May Change in a Hundred Years

Have you ever noticed the horrible stacking of ‘box’ apartment homes in Mexico, Central America, South America, certain portions of Southern Europe?  In movies, you see the stacked housing units in places like Brazil.

Ever noticed the bleak boxes that make up “affordable housing” apartment complexes, also known as Projects in some cities?

Ever here about “slum lords”?  They rent low-cost housing.  They don’t make repairs until the city or state forces them to.  They allow vermin like rats/mice or insects like cockroaches infest these buildings.

Many of these housing units contain lead paint that hasn’t been removed.  This sort of thing also exists in veterans’ temporary housing and rehab housing.  The effects of such things are detrimental to the health of the occupants.  The money isn’t provided to repair the contamination.

Ever asked why all that exists?

This is how the poor are treated by the rich.  The “rich” don’t have to be overly rich, either.  They can be middle class or upper middle class.

The poor are treated with contempt.

The poor can’t rise above their station because the society that has the poor ensures they can’t.  When someone rises above that lowly station, it’s an anomaly.  It doesn’t happen because they worked hard and stayed out of trouble.  It happened because they got lucky.  That’s all.  Lucky.  They ran into the right people.

When you treat the poor like vermin, they’ll behave like vermin.  They’ll treat you and everyone else, regardless of station, with cynical dislike.  They need help.  They need protection.  Their kids will form gangs out of that need.

IF a society smartens up and treats everyone equally, pays everyone equally, and shows the poor a modicum of respect, then things change for the better.  If you tear down the shanty towns and rebuild them, giving the poor good homes and livable jobs, their behavior will change.  There are some who’ll stay trapped in their ‘poor’ mindset and will trample on whatever nice thing you give them.  One must understand that the rich do the same, but for a different reason:  Because they can.

If you treat people with respect, you’ll get respect in return, and things will change.  It won’t happen overnight or even within a few years or maybe even a generation.  But we have to start doing it.  The rich need to be forced to treat everyone the same.  The poor need to be given a chance.

We won’t get rid of stereotypes, racism, sexism, and other forms of hatred until we treat everyone with respect.  Unfortunately, the powerful will not cede their supremacy without a fight and so many people will die without decent housing, food, and healthcare.  Which is what the poor always need as much as everyone else but are forced to live with scraps.

We have to do something about this and one way, if you’ll pardon the political here, is to elect people with spine and ethics.  Sadly, 98% of our elected officials don’t have the latter and those that do lack a spine.  Progressive views are the way to a brighter future for everyone, not just the rich.

Let’s start by treating everyone with respect–but please, be rational about it.

No, you don’t have to treat a wannabe Nazi with respect.  You can treat them with a figurative kick the pants.

You don’t have to treat a fascist with respect.

You don’t have to treat someone who views women as less than human with respect.

You see the thread I’m going with.

Treat a person with respect, they’ll give it back.  If they’re rational, of course.  This doesn’t apply to psychopaths because they don’t know rational or respect.  And it should go without saying that rational also doesn’t apply to the Trump voter.


“Bootstraps”. The GOP/RW’s favorite fall-back position to excuse their condemnation of the poor.

It’s also the favorite condemnation of the poor by certain “liberals” and most definitely, well-off Americans regardless of political leaning.

Listen, folks. Those who rise out of poverty to become something are *** anomalies ***. We who grew up poor will BE poor for the rest of our lives (unless we excel in the military) because we simply aren’t in a position to *change* the deck stacked against us.

There’s college, which we can try like fuck to get to via scholarship, but there are obstacles along the way, placed there because you have no money to take care of them.
During college, if anything bad, financially, happens (health issue or your car dies), we have no fall-back or rainy day fund or rich parents to rescue us from it. We’re forced to take out loans to finish college or we’re forced to take crap jobs to help pay for the stuff we need, which puts us in a bind to *finish* college.

We’re fucked. We have to find a job to pay for those financial problems, and thanks to everyone voting against their best interests, all jobs aren’t good enough to live on.
And so, we have to go on food stamps, and if we’re stupid enough to have children, we can’t get welfare unless we have three or more. So on and on it goes.

We’re maneuvered into shit jobs, into having babies we can’t afford, all so we pay higher taxes because we elected people who refuse to pay theirs.

Fuck your goddamn bootstraps.

Y’all should listen or read “The Liberal Redneck Manifesto”, a partly-serious, partly-funny book written by three southern comedians (who’re awesome, hey Trae).  They make a damn good case about why “bootstraps” aren’t available to the poor because the game is goddamn *rigged*.

Edited to Add:

Oh, AND, we elected an asshole who lied to people who didn’t bother going online to read about his cons, his bankruptcies, his financial *debt* ties to many countries, most importantly Turkey and Russia.  Y’all elected this moron knowing full well that he’s a braggart, a narcissist, and a racist, misogynistic sexual predator that you gave a *pass* to.  You knew what you were doing and you didn’t care.

You wanted to upend the apple cart.  Well, congratulations.  Thanks to this MFer, he’s appointed people deeper than the swamp he lives in, who’ve trashed the EPA, trashed our climate arrangement, trashed our position in the world, trashed our military, trashed our competency, and trashed our bloody economy!

Wait, you say.  Trashed our military?  He ain’t trashed our military!  OH, yes, he has!  He’s gotten us bogged down tighter than a tick in deer country in places like Yemen, Syria, and Niger.  Know why Niger’s important?  Uranium.  Syria?  Putin’s money.  Yemen?  Saudi Arabia’s money.

AND he’s appointed people who’ve trashed our internet security, so in the near future, you’re going to see some interesting changes in your goddamn cable company.  They’re going to set up a tier system for the internet, just like they do for cable.  They’ll lie about giving you a “fast lane”, when really, it’s the high one they already have.  What they’ll do is slow us all down, then force us to pay for higher speeds.  BTW, these people gave a lot of money to Trump.  Ajit Pai?  He’s leader of the FCC, who trashed our internet security protection.  You know who he used to work for prior to this appointment?  Verizon.  Guess who he’s going to back when he’s done giving them the hen house?  Verizon.

AND you know that government security you rely on?  SSA(Social Security).  SSI (for those of us stupid and weak (their words) enough to get disabled).  Medicare.  Medicaid.  SNAP.  CHIP.  We pay for these things in taxes.  SSA and Medicare are deductions from our paychecks, not *taxes*.  We put into these programs so that when the time comes, we’ll have some protection, some sort of backup.

BUT.  Thanks to you voting against your best interests, you put Republicans in charge.  They have been after SSA and Medicare, as well as the other things, for a long goddamn time.  They want to kill them.  Just listen to Paul Ryan on the evening news, if the news hasn’t been co-opted to edit *him* now.  (The news networks and papers are now owned by mega-corporations who now refuse to follow the 1st Amendment and allow a free press.  They control what information gets out, and we’re left with noise and bullshit.  Those of us who want to stay informed follow independent news online–which Ajit Pai has now co-opted for his mega-corp, Verizon.

Over time, since we stupidly elected Reagan, Republicans have been chipping away at SSA, stealing money from it.  Those of us who’ll be 65 in 8 years, who were home taking care of kids or forced to stay at home by ill parents or an asshole spouse, won’t get more than $600/month.  Know why?  The money’s been cut from it to pay for taxes that were cut so that the rich wouldn’t have to pay.

Do you even know why we pay taxes?  Why they’re important?  They allow us to have roads, hospitals, parks, freeways, lights, water.  Over time, light and water have been sold off to private corporations, and look what they’ve done to us.  The Republicans now want to privatize everything else, which will mean those private companies who would own the roads we drive on would be tolled.  That’s how we’d pay for them.  Not out of taxes.

Our taxes would go up.  Why?  Because Republicans gave themselves huge tax CUTS.  Now the money we need to pay for everything, including our military, has to come from somewhere.  So, A) They’ll claim they HAVE TO cut SSA and Medicare.  To GUT Medicaid and SNAP.

SNAP.  They’ve already gutted it.  Know how much I get in food stamps every month?  For a single person?  $15.  It was $16.  And I’m in Liberal Massachusetts.

They want to kill these programs so that they’ll have the money to pay off their donors.  Those donors are Big Pharma (now you know why we’ve suddenly had pill ads on TV for the last twelve years–thank you, Bush), Big Agro (corn), and the Military Industrial Complex–aka, contractors, who waste millions of dollars on bullshit.

These people say they’re pro-military.  Oh, really?  Then why is the Veteran’s Administration getting much needed funding cut?  To pay for cutting taxes to the wealthy.

Pro-military?  Oh really?  Then why doesn’t the military pay their own people a living fucking wage?  Oh, you get a big-ass bonus when you sign up.  But your pay remains stagnant.  If you get killed over there in Iraq, who gets the bonus?  If you’re not married, the military does.  It gets absorbed into the kitty to pay for stupid shit that we don’t need instead of paying for upgrades that we do.  Do you remember the fiasco the military was experiencing once Bush lied us into Iraq (and the MFer would’ve been in prison had he been a Democrat, but Noooo)?  Our soldiers had SHIT equipment and uniform protection.  They weren’t prepared for war.  But Congress decided to throw them to the wolves anyway.  But to keep their jobs, they gave the military what it *should have already had*, instead of paying off contractors who electrocuted our boys in Afghanistan thanks to shit-ass showers and bad plumbing and wiring.

It gets even worse.  But I think you get the bloody point.

We, who are poor, will have our numbers increased now, thanks to Republicans and Establishment Democrats (who’re nothing more than Republican-lite) killing our safety nets and increasing our taxes, killing off our high paying jobs, and doing it by distracting you with bullshit theology and a goddamn fake moral high-ground.  BUT, most of those Dems aren’t stupid.  They wouldn’t have fucked us over like the GOP has done.

As for Hillary.  She’s corrupt.  She ran a shit campaign.  She’s a snooty-ass bitch.  Elizabeth Warren isn’t perfect, but she would have been a lot better.  Bernie Sanders would have been even better.  But the Dems rigged the system.  And they didn’t do a goddamn thing to help Hillary, either, despite their shenanigans.

So now, instead of Hillary, who wouldn’t have done any of the bullshit you see daily in the news, we have someone in that Oval Office that makes us look bad by the goddamn *hour*.

You want to get us back on the right road that Roosevelt and Eisenhower tried to build?  That Bernie Sanders and other Progressives want for all of us, not the rich?  We have to stop listening to squirrels.  We have to make the system work for us, because as I said before.  The goddamn game is rigged.

Love & Respect Others With Differing Viewpoints?

I know what you may be thinking.

If you’re a conservative, you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They’re immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a liberal, you’re thinking, “Okay, sure.  Jesus said turn the other cheek.  And if you don’t believe in Jesus, that’s okay.  Martin Luther King Jr., said we must strive to get along with one another.”

If you’re a religious zealot (fundamentalist anything), you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a secularist, you’re thinking, “It depends.”

If you’re rich, and therefore have power because it’s been bought, you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a politician who believes that donor money is okay, then you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a corporation, you … well, you’re not a person, so who gives a shit what your CEO thinks.

. . . .

Giving voice to the many as opposed to the few is what our First Amendment bestows upon us.  Its purpose is egalitarian.  But over the many decades, conservatives and religious ascetics and zealots have tried to narrow the First Amendment so that it only applies to the few.  They believe that it actually means,

“The First Amendment means my religion is paramount and you had better believe what I believe.  If you don’t, I will bury you.  My life is more important than yours, so bow down in fear before me.  And I can say whatever the hell I want because your opinion doesn’t matter–unless it’s the same as mine.  Then Hallelujah, praise god, and let’s have a circle jerk.”

Okay, maybe not that last part of the sentence, but it’s point is the same.

Over the many centuries, and in the case of the United States of America, decades, the rich have tried to preserve a slave class.  A serfdom.  They have been stopped occasionally, but by and large, they have succeeded because we–all of us, not just those who aren’t well-off and comfortable–have been taught to believe that they are better than us because they have money.  Someone somewhere decided their bloodlines are superior, based solely on what a few people believed.

“This guy’s a king because … well, that guy said so.  Bow down.”

“This family name is better than mine because … well, they say so.  Bow down.”

It’s all because those so-called ‘royal’ bloodlines or family dynasties came from money.  I’m sure you can think of a few names.  Windsor.  Tudor.  Vanderbilt.  Kennedy.  Dupont.  Rockefeller.  Morgan.  The list is long, but it pales in comparison to the list of names that belong to everyone else.  The 99.9%.

We live in a hierarchical Patriarchy.  This requires an unequal system and can’t thrive without it.  Children, regardless of age, are relegated to childhood and disrespect every time their parent, no matter the age, walks in the room.  Maturity does not guarantee mutual respect and equality.  A father at 80, sees his son, at 60, as his little boy.  His son hasn’t ‘earned’ his maturity because he’s still ‘lower’ on the totem pole than the ‘father’.  This hierarchy gets passed down, and so the behavior and belief get passed down.  It ensures, and insures, inequality.

Patriarchy also places males above females. This invites criminality and aberrant behavior.

Without lop-sided belief systems, men and women are a reflection of the animal kingdom.  They are equal in the eyes of nature.  They have their roles, their strengths and weaknesses, and they balance each other.  Bring in belief, and that balance suffers.  Nature will try to regain that balance, but if the belief system countermands it, then the whole suffers.

Patriarchy also places one class above another.  See above about the rich.  This societal structure doesn’t come into play, directly, when one lives in a caste system.  That sort of system is different than class in that you can have the same economical status, but your caste system says that those who prepare the dead for burial are lower caste than those who clean the streets.  They make the same amount of money.  They provide needed service to the community.  But some asshole somewhere decided that funeral services were beneath them and convinced others to treat them with open hostility—until you need those funerary services, then you have to soil yourself to use them.

There are people around us, bless their hearts, who believe in an egalitarian point of view.  Laudable.  Everyone’s viewpoint or belief system is no less important than another’s.  They tell us that we have to consider everyone’s point of view.  Consider your friend’s.  Consider the stranger’s.  Consider your enemy’s.  “Be open to another view.”

Okay.  Let’s do that.

Now we’re all respecting of each other’s opinions.

No.  We’re not.

Those of the conservative and/or religious/classist viewpoint not only do not see everyone as equal, they refuse to do so.  Their belief system prevents it.

And let’s get down to brass tacks here.  If you are a conservative.  If you are a fundamentalist.  If you are rich.  Then here is what we who are not have seen from you:

You see a poor person as a blight on society, and as someone who doesn’t deserve help, and you are not only willing to walk past as they lie bleeding in the street, you are adamant about it.  You are willing to create laws that discriminate against them.  You create laws that force a cop to shoot them for being something you despise: different than you.  Skin color.  Eye color.  Eye shape.  Belief system.  Bank account.  If they aren’t on the same level as you, based solely on the numbers on a page, you want them out of sight.

Clean my house.  Clean my street.  Make my water run clean.  Make my car.  Make my clothes.  Grow my food.  Tell me my health is perfect.  Fix it if it isn’t.  You know they’re there, just out of sight.  Your eye will not go there.  You can’t stand to look there.  You know they’re suffering .  And you don’t care.



So, ladies and gents.  Those of you who say we must respect and allow everyone’s viewpoints …

Should we really allow those whose viewpoints would willingly see others suffer to be in charge?  To be respected?

I’m sorry.  But egalitarianism, like democracy, should only go so far.

Stop acting so goddamn surprised when famous people are exposed as predators

Sexual Harassment.  It’s as old as Patriarchy.  As old as prostitution.  You know that.  And you were quite happy to ignore it.

  • If you’re a woman who’s shocked by the revelations that have been exposed over the last two years, you have willingly turned a blind eye.
  • If you’re a man, and you don’t understand what these women are complaining about, you’re part of the problem.

Think this is a recent development?  You haven’t been paying attention *on purpose*.  Why?  Not your fault, for the most part.  Why not?  Who’s to blame?  We are.  For allowing men to prey on women with not just a blind eye, but social Acceptance.

A. Casting couch.  The “famous” Hollywood problem that no one does anything about.

B. Secretary harassment.  Example: the secretary in the film “9 to 5”.  The famous acts by millions of bosses that no one does anything about.

C. Catcalls.  The famous acts by men in groups (and indoctrinated women, if they are with them) who fall sway, on purpose, to the pack mentality.

D. Marital Rape.

E. Second-class citizen.

F. The Dirty Old Man isn’t arrested.  Ex-judge Roy Moore anyone?

Until 1988’s The Accused, which purposely pointed out the horrendous treatment of a rape victim by the judicial system, law enforcement, and public opinion, proper criminal treatment of rape was minimized.

Despite advancement in the recognition of rape as a serious crime, it is still treated with minimization and disregard.  Rape as a felony isn’t a federal statute, nor is there a mandatory sentence under certain requirements.  It’s left up to individual prosecutors in every single jurisdiction and the majority of rapists won’t see a day in prison.  Rape is so minimized and dismissed that it’s trotted out as an excuse for snot-nosed, over-priced, over-protective parents to cry about if their “baby girl” has had sex.  The boyfriend is attacked and thrown in jail.  When something truly horrific happens, they don’t know what to do.

  • A girl is raped by her uncle and no one does a goddamn thing.  It’s just kept in the family and treated as an unfortunate event.  The man is dangerous, but he’s considered family.  Meanwhile, the girl (or boy) suffers. Rape isn’t sex.
  • Sexual intercourse and oral/physical contact is used as a weapon for the purposes of sexual sadism, sexual intimidation, sexual coercion, and sexual blackmail.  When a male offender doesn’t have a penis, he’ll use whatever is at hand.  Rape isn’t sex.
  • When the Buddhists of Burma rape Muslim women, or when the slave patrols of the south raped black women, or when Muslim men rape Muslim women, or when husbands rape their wives, it isn’t as an act of “getting off”.  It’s sadism used as punishment.  Rape isn’t sex.
  • Gay rape is even more condoned and minimized thanks to society’s brainwashing against homosexuality. It has nothing to do with being gay. Rape is not sex.

This recent outrage over the light sentence of a rich boy’s criminality is an example of society’s condonation.  The outrage was superficial and not taken seriously because the rape wasn’t brutal and didn’t result in the woman’s death.  No serious action was taken in response.  The judge said he didn’t want to ruin the poor boy’s future.  The woman, on the other hand?  Fuck her.  Public opinion isn’t a proper legal tactic for a prosecutor, and it never should be, but when a judge awards a perpetrator a light sentence because the boy is a) rich, and b) white, we have a huge problem.  And it’s ignored.  Further, the rape of this woman was dismissed by a large portion of society, and specifically, by the news media.


Because harassers (including stalkers), rapists, molesters, and those who beat up women on an hourly basis don’t consider it a crime.

Rape kits are treated with less priority than a polygraph, and the latter isn’t even accepted (officially) in a court of law.

The following is a list of industry award centers that routinely condone harassment, assault, and rape:

The Academy of Arts and Sciences

Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes)

Screen Actors Guild

The British Academy Film Awards

and other industry centers.

They have failed to give recognition of exceptional work to films like The Accused because the subject matter is common place.

Many, many people abuse their power.  It’s as ordinary, and accepted, as an abusive husband or a President of the United States.

When the offender holds the highest position of the country, or sits on the highest court, why isn’t the country outraged?

Because it’s COMMON.  There are famous men out there who are still lauded because: Rape is not important enough to condemn them.  Examples:  Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson.  They aren’t the exception.  They are the rule.

So don’t act all outraged when Kevin Spacey or Russell Simmons or any other favorite persona is accused and they’re immediately ostracized for a while before they’re forgiven.

Well, except for Kevin Spacey (gay) or Russell Simmons (black).  And therein lies a whole other kettle of condonement.

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Current and Future Politicians

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Congressional, Senatorial, and Presidential Incumbents and Current or Future Candidates:

Apart from the Progressive candidates who refuse to take high-dollar donor money and don’t have conflict-oriented finances, the rest of you have a hand in the military industrial complex. You have either financial stakes in their stocks or have received repeated high-dollar donations from those companies and corporations who are involved, directly or by proxy, with the Pentagon and the Armed Services, or both.

If one of you went to a civilian company and said, “Design this for me to use in a war game.” And you paid them $100,000 for it, you would get a top-notch, top-drawer result.

Our military doesn’t make their own clothing and equipment. It’s outsourced, just like every many quality jobs in this country. It’s done that way because you refuse to pay a living wage and supply them with health and financial benefits. I say again, for the benefit of the American workforce: You outsource because you refuse to pay us a living wage and quality benefits. You want it all on the cheap, exploiting foreign workers.

The same is done to our military through sub-contracting. You will pay them a high amount of our taxes. But for what? Crap. You don’t reward our soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and guardsmen with high quality clothing, equipment, food, shelter, and healthcare, and you don’t do this because you don’t think they’re worth that much. You want them to fight in your pointless wars, but when they come home, the financial and medical care they receive is a pittance compared to the private rewards you give yourselves.

Senator John McCain is getting high-quality care for his brain tumor. The same cannot be said for the Specialist or Sergeant who returns home with either physical injuries, mental injuries, or both. High-ranking members of the military DO get top-notch care, but only because of their rank. You decide that. You reward only the ones who’ve achieved high rank. Everyone else is fodder.

You claim you care about our troops. Our military. But your records show that all you are interested in is in making money off their lives and corpses. What in the hell are you going to do or us Veterans? For the men and women who come home from those wars you greedily sign up for our fellow citizens to fight? For the men and women who currently and in the future serve on active duty and are equipped with the best tools WE can possibly give them? Everything from their boots, quality food, quality billets, quality equipment. All you care about it making money from the weapons they’re equipped with, while at the same time, those weapons are not the best they could get. You paid a handsome dollar to their maker. The person who uses them gets squat.

What are you going to do that will match that so-called support you incessantly spew at the public? What are you going to do that will match that useless and pointless and frankly, offensive, Armed Services salutes you selfishly pay the NFL for? What will you do in order to get our respect and be either elected or re-elected?

Before you answer, you are not allowed to spout off with some insufferable talking point about how brave our soldiers are and that you have always had the highest respect for them. If you do, I will suggest that your constituents elect someone else. If by chance you have rigged their voting system, by purging rolls or gerrymandering districts, then you deserve to be kicked out and someone with an actual plan will take your place.

I am sick and tired of this “fiscal responsibility” lie you and others have shelled out to the American public and toward our military service members and veterans. Our budget is 60% military spending and half of that is handed over in cash to war profiteers who hide behind civilian contracting company boardrooms while they electrocute our soldiers in sub-par housing. KBR, anyone?

Our military is not meant to be a cash cow nor is it meant to be privatized. But many of you make money off the backs of our military personnel and you inhibit, thwart, and contravene them with your outsourcing of their jobs to mercenary armies whose sole purpose is to plunder and pillage.

Exactly what the hell are you people good for if all your intended solutions are geared toward padding your bank accounts?

Either equip our military with expensive and top-notch clothing, equipment, and medical care, or get out and give your job to someone who gives an actual shit.