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The Age of Stupidity

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When are the Congress of the United States and the President of the United States going to end their “Cold War?”

The People deserve an answer.

It is absolutely disgraceful and degrading to hear and listen to the rhetoric emulating from Washington these days. Our elected officials are absolutely content with their babbling and divisiveness, while misery and poverty continues throughout the nation.

In our pursuit of happiness, they, who we have put in office, are the biggest obstacles.

“Our people,” stressed Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, in his Farewell Address to the Nation, noted “…expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on questions of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation…”

Regrettably, this has not been the case in recent history…

…children are no longer safe in their classrooms or playgrounds, an entire city has been poisoned by lead because of inept elected officials, citizens have been gunned down in the streets, movie houses, even our places of worships. Who is in charge?

It is unquestionably true that our leaders do not know who our enemies are abroad….and yet our men and women are fighting an invisible army, being killed by men and women they have trained, dying in cities whose names we can’t pronounce. Upon their return from the battle fields, many are dreadfully demoralized and have so many psychological and physical scars that a reported 22 vets commit suicide every day. Their readjustment to life is filled with way too many potholes. Shameful. Disgraceful that this nation, the richest in modern history is not helping them.

My heart breaks each day when the mail carrier delivers yet another letter for another request from one of the charities because the government is not doing its job.

And how I cringe each evening when I settle into my chair and watch the nightly news and learn of yet another holocaust and genocide committed against humankind, sandwiched between yet another TV commercial of a wounded American GI, who has bravely served his country, now put on “display” to help raise funds to help those who can’t help themselves.

If the government can pay its bills to those who manufacture the weapons, the missiles and bombs – yes, as Ike pointed out “the permanent armaments industry of vast proportions”…should it (the government) not also pay ALL of the bills for those who were wounded and scarred by the legal and illegal wars we have been involved in for the past 14 years?

The narrative of the 20th Century, with four wars, two of those World Wars, and the Atomic Bomb is written in blood and has left civilization critically wounded. Earth survived .

We human beings are made for something better than to kill one another….we are not stupid. We are creative beings, beautiful creatures who find dignity in our work and our achievements. We DO work together and have created a remarkable world.

This nonsense in Washington must stop. It is degrading, disgustingly harmful to the nation. The way some of the candidates for the presidency have performed in the debates is outright stupid. It’s more Reality Show than Presidential. The reality of it all is that today and for the foreseeable future, the office of the Presidency of the United States is and will be viewed as the seat of the most powerful figure in history. His – or her – hands will hold the destiny of mankind. Members of Congress hide in the group, each sees him/herself as “only one” of many. It’s so much easier to blame one person, rather than the 535, who have an equal responsibility.

Some may believe my words here are in vain, after all Stupidity has been with us since the dawn of thought. And the United States is not immune to ignorance. The 18th century poet Friedrich Schiller wrote, “Against stupidity the very gods fight in vain.”

Schiller may be right!

Although stupidity may be a virus that seems to have spread in recent years, I believe it can be conquered by education and knowledge. I believe Stupidity is most prevalent in despotisms and dictatorships. Yet I could nominate one of our recent Presidents…

Let’s not go there; I want to be able to continue writing this blog!

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bookTom Mooradian was one of 151 Americans who traveled to Soviet Armenia to repatriate during the 1940’s. Thought to be a spy by the KGB, Tom miraculously survived 13 years behind the Iron Curtain winning the hearts of the Soviets through his basketball prowess.  Filled with political drama, romance, and intrigue, Tom’s autobiography, The Repatriate reads like a novel, and will have you guessing how Tom managed to return to America alive.
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Peace cannot be kept by force

Lenin statueMy big brother, Robert, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

My brother, George, was a naval gunner, during World War II.

I was eager to join them and to serve my country.

I never got the chance because I was not of age to serve, still in high school in 1945 and my parents said I had to graduate and go to college. Like millions of other Americans I was eager, so eager to fight. I was young, and after all the young are immortal.

On August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman approved the use of a horrific weapon, atomic bombs, to be dropped on two Japanese cities – Hiroshima and Nagasaki – and in the aftermath, for all purposes the war was over.

I never got to go to war.

But I have seen first-hand what war can do…at Leningrad, Stalingrad. Kursk and many, many other cities. My young life would drastically change when I decided to live in the Soviet Union.

In the wake of the bloodletting in that second global war, and with the creation of the United Nations, I, and many like myself, believed the Atomic Age would usher in an era of peace and good-will. After all, who in his right mind would want a war when nations can drop atomic and hydrogen bombs and wipe mankind off the face of the earth?

Apparently, I – and many like me – are wrong.

The world and its leaders have not learned from the past. We were at war yesterday and we are at war today. And tomorrow, our would-be presidents are willing to shoot down Russian planes to threaten those who disagree with them.

Never-ending war.  Its cells are malignant and once ingrained in the nation’s belly spread unchecked. Where will it strike next: Syria? Russia? Which of the 50-plus African nations?

After 13 years of constant fighting, and the loss of thousands of lives, it is unconscionable to even think about sending troops into the Middle East. The followers of Islam have been at each other’s throats since the Prophet Mohammed’s death in 634 on issues we in the western world could never comprehend. If, for nearly 2000 years these religious fanatics can’t settle their differences, how can anyone else in this world have the audacity to believe they can resolve the issues?

If you are Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and you have a huge arsenal of atomic and hydrogen bombs in your nuclear stockpile, what would you do when candidates for the presidency of the United States of America publicly threaten your country by saying they, if elected, would put missiles in your backyard (Poland)? And when they threaten to shoot down any Russian pilot who violates a no-fly zone (in Syria), knowing that would be an act of war, would you, President Putin, not prepare for war?

And the beat goes on.

“We are at war,” says another candidate. “We won’t allow a Muslim to come into this country…”

A Muslim. How about an Armenian? Or a Jew? Or a Pole? Italian? Scot? Irish? German? Italian?

Are we not all immigrants?

Words… words that shatter the very foundation upon which this great democracy was built.

Oh, how we have forgotten the power of the spoken and written word. Words are alive….they are infinite….they soothe…they provoke…they can speak…they can be translated into action…

Like:

“You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.” “These are the times that try men’s souls.” “Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!” “Let them eat cake.”.”I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

Yes, Gov. Christie….shoot down  that Russian plane, if it violates a space that is unknown to most Americans….but you will, in doing so, change life on earth.

Let me leave you with this thought, a thought offered by a genius who knew earth and the universe better than most of us. This incredible human being convinced President Franklin Roosevelt that he should consider research into the making of an atomic weapon because Nazi scientists were already creating a weapon and “…a single bomb of this type, carried by a boat and exploded in a port, might well destroy the whole port, together with some of the surrounding territory.”  FDR was convinced. The project became known as the “Manhattan Project”. The scientist’s name is Albert Einstein.

In contrast, Einstein noted, “Peace cannot be kept by force….it can be achieved by understanding.”

 

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bookTom Mooradian was one of 151 Americans who traveled to Soviet Armenia to repatriate during the 1940’s. Thought to be a spy by the KGB, Tom miraculously survived 13 years behind the Iron Curtain winning the hearts of the Soviets through his basketball prowess.  Filled with political drama, romance, and intrigue, Tom’s autobiography, The Repatriate reads like a novel, and will have you guessing how Tom managed to return to America alive.
The Second Edition is now available on Kindle and in Paperback!

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