Watch what you say
schaffer at optonline.net
Wed Jul 9 07:23:32 MDT 2003
well, experiences vary.
the other day i was in the gym, and i saw a big hulk of a guy walking
around on a cane, doing various exercises. i had seen him there for
years [ always w/ cane], seemed to be friendly enough. but now i
noticed he was sporting one of those Marine-looking haircuts, the kind
where there is a little hair on top and then shaved around the sides.
so i figure, hell, its july-4th weekend, i'll give this a shot.
[ dialogue condensed by factor of 10, caricature subsitituted for
Me: why do you use a cane?
Him: armed forces, green beret [or maybe he said special ops]
shot in leg, etc. (unzips leg on exercise pants, displays wounds)
Me: lot ouf trouble?
Him: pain, depression, sexual dysfunction
Me: how are the VA hospitals?
Him: terrible, i use insurance from where i work.
Me: where did you fight?
Him: el salvador, the 80's
Me: [aside] tread lightly here
Me: so what did you think of that "war"?
Him: we needed to stop the russians.
Me [aside] lets get the bigger picture here.
Me: so what do you think about iraq?
Him: its totally fucked up, man
Him: (shakes head in disbelief) they LIED to us, man
Me: [aside] ok, lets test the waters again
Me: they lied about el salvador too, no?
Him: hey, the truth is, i liked the excitement of the services, i
enjoyed the thrill. but there were no russians down there
Me: [aside] i wont correct him on that point
Me: what do you make of Colin Powell?
Him: liar, sold himself out. not a soldiers' general, disgraced
himself at UN.
Me: Bunker Cheney, Bush bouncing around bunkers 9/11
Me: the rich don't fight, they send you instead
Him: [total agreement] gas, pipelines, etc.
Him: [total agreement]
Him: but look man, they're going to come after us (The Arabs will come
and get us).
Me: Rumsfeld and those clowns just play that movie up so get people
Him: [ nods ]
Me: You've seen Rumsfeld and these other clowns before, no?
Him: yea, man, back in the 80's
Me: yea, you were married to these clowns once before and the
marriage failed, no?
Him: [ laughs ] ... goddamn liars.
Him: it just pains me though to see one of our boys shot down.
Me: [ mentally formulating notion of soldier as just another
commodity for these pigs to invest in and then use up for their
own ends.] so get out there and protest!
Him: [ nods ]
Me: i went to demos in NYC
Him: [ body language says: ] cool
Him: but man, you know why we really went to afghanistan and iraq?
Me: tell me why.
Him: we wanted bases over these so we can ultimately position
ourselves to corral China.
Me: well you know, right before 9/11, China was in fact the place Bush
and thugs warned we'd have our next good fight. he was already
talking about repositioning troops and bases, etc
Him: [ nods ]
Him: blah blah blah
Me: [aside] hmmm, this guy reads the news, follows things on the
internet, in general educates himself now.
Him: what religion you?
Me: Power to the Palestinians, US out of israel!
Him: huh. you know, we need Israel as a foothold to control the people
that hate us over there.
Me: [aside] i'm gonna leave this alone, been asked and answered
already in earlier testimony. and i need a shower!
Him: you like Lieberman?
Me: i despise him.
Him: yea, me too.
[ pause while we lift weights ]
Him: we're going see nukes some day. terrorism ...
Me: there are problems requiring political solutions, like
Palestinians. us fightin these wars got nuttin to do with fixin
Him: [grudging nod ]
[ showertime ]
Me: (drying underarms after a shower) see you around again some time,
we'll talk more.
moral of the story???
don't talk politics to a soldier at his drinking hole??
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