The Aging Boxer

The United States will never win another important war.

Sure, we will win battles.

Sure, we will win fake wars that our government sets up to give our soldiers an easy victory.

But we will never win another real war unless the country changes.

There’s a reason for that.

It has nothing to do with the goodness or ability of the American soldier.  Wars are lost in spite of our soldiers efforts.

There are three principal reasons why we cannot win a war. 

1. It only takes a short time before the American soldier arrives at the battle scene and figures out that the war has nothing to do with democracy and preserving our way of life and everything to do with making money for the rich. Thus the solider becomes dispirited.

2. As the United States has drifted away from a Christian-based society to a secular one, the CIA and the government have created a culture of distrust in which, surprise, no one trusts each other. You need to trust your teammate in order to win battles. Currently our country finds itself ensconced within a thick cake of distrust, lies and deceit seven layers deep. Nobody can even begin to guess who’s on first base.  Everyone is seen as having an ulterior motive.

3.  War is the end game now.  The elites now wage wars to rob the treasury (us) and keep the economy going. Our elites are too lazy and too stupid to wage peace – which, by the way, would make them far more money.  No, they want the quick bucks that war brings.  Consequently, since war is the end game, war is not necessarily fought in order to be won.  The soldiers want to win and go back home, but the elites prefer it to keep going.  Why, my gosh, how else could they make money?

As such, we will lose wars.

We have become the kind of country we used to beat.

We are a giant banana republic with thugs on top who have learned to talk pretty, wear a suit and not wildly shoot bullets into the air from machine guns. 

These are the generals who eat lobster in Saigon as the country goes to shit.

Hence, the losses just keep on coming.

The best is yet to come.  Its name is Iran.

These fools who lead us – tanked up on their titles, awards and press clippings – think that they can phone in their performance and take out Iran in a week.

Well, good luck to that.

Russia, China and India will never permit the US to control Iran again.

US control of Iran and its oil spells death and a century of economic slavery for these countries, for if the US controls Iran, the US will control well over fifty percent of the world’s oil and gas reserves and its flow from the Persian Gulf.

With Iran in its grip, the US can bankrupt and subjugate Russia, India and China.

These countries will fight the US to the death to prevent such, and they will win.

They will win for the same reason that the rabbit outruns the fox.  The fox is running for its dinner; the rabbit is running for its life.

Plus, we’re not living in 1950 anymore.  China has grown pretty strong.  They’re the new tough kid on the block.

The US, like an aging boxer living in the past, is not the country it once was.

No, this aging boxer, feeling the effects of too many hits to the head, craves just one more victory.

If only he can get a shot at the title, he says to himself.

Well, we all know what happens to washed-up boxers.

It’s never pretty.

Addicted to War

The United States of America is like a person. It has its good days and its bad days. It has its good years and its bad years.

Some ventures work out good; some ventures work out bad.

Some ventures work out really bad.

This is what happened to the United States of America.

We hung out with the wrong crowd and fell into a bad habit.

The United States became addicted to war.

Just as a heroin addict takes his first hit in order to boost himself and feel a little better, the United States did the same with war.

It started off innocently with WWI in an attempt to help out some friends and gain a little prestige.

We thought it might make us feel better.  And it did.

Yet world power is addictive.

We wanted more.

The hits got bigger and more frequent. 

Gradually the United States became addicted.

Its whole purpose shifted from peace making to war making just as a heroin addict’s focus shifts from doing productive work to securing another hit.

The addiction became the purpose for living.

WWI led to World War II led to Afghanistan led to Iraq led to Libya led to Syria.  Which leads to Iran?

Corporate America, backed up by its fellow travelers in academia and the government, led the charge and does so today.

There is scarcely a city in America that does not benefit off the war effort.

It is not solely companies that make jets, jeeps and helicopters that benefit from war; all industries benefit.  For when you go to war, those munitions must be operated by military personnel.

Military personnel need to be clothed, housed, fed and entertained.  When you go to war you recreate Corpus Christi, Texas from top to bottom in another part of the world.

You need it all – from pop tarts to pup tents.

Everybody wins.

And wins.

Until of course it ends.

The problem with the war is that it does end. 

The rush fades.

Another hit becomes necessary.

While we consumed ourselves with war, we neglected the home front.

Our own house fell into a state of disrepair as  money  – all of it – got shoveled  into war.

Like the heroin addict, we didn’t have money for rent.

Infrastructure began to crumble.  The family started to suffer.  People began to act out as their needs went unmet.

We see this in the United States today. Citizens are increasingly rebellious. The civil contract has broken down. 

Confederate statues are attacked.  Antifa fights Anti-antifa.

Politicians are openly assaulted in restaurants.

Clearly something is wrong with the culture.

In spite of this, denial exists in the addict’s mind in Washington DC.

Like the thinking of the heroin addict, the solution coming from Washington is more heroin, more war.

But more heroin is not the solution.  More war is not the solution.  The solution is to stop consuming heroin, to stop fighting war, to get off the addiction.

To do this one must first recognize that one has a problem.

Our problem is not Iran. Iran has no ships off the coast of San Diego. Iran is not dropping paratroopers into Montana.

These paranoid delusions are the manifestations of a mind that has become seriously addicted and diseased.

Our problem is our self. We have become addicted to war.

Our former friends across the world can see this.  

Just as a heroin addict’s damaged and long-suffering family looks on helplessly as the addict, once proud, descends into a vortex of self-destruction, so have our soon-to-be former allies looked on helplessly as the the United States self-immolates.

In time, the addict’s family must protect itself from the ravages that the addict inflicts upon them.  They must either walk away or have the addict confined to where he can do no more damage to himself and them.

It will be no different for the United States of America.

But all is not lost, and recovery is possible.

Donald Trump’s election was a message sent by the people to Washington that things must change.

But like an addict Washington is resistant to change.

Washington still wants that hit of heroin, that boost, that war brings.

The going will be tough, but gradually, if Washington can be persuaded, we can lessen our addiction to war.

It will not come quickly.

But in a generation, twenty years, if we commit our corporations to cutting back on war efforts by five percent  per year and re-directing those efforts to rebuilding the infrastructure in the United States, in one generation, the blink of an eye, the United States can transform itself.

Miracles do happen.

Changing the Corporation

I live in a fantasy world. I am the most unrealistic person the world is ever seen.

I am so naïve there is a picture of me in the dictionary beside the word naive.

Yet I try to be practical.

In a perfect world we would outlaw major corporations.

But that is not going to happen, so instead we must try another tack.

Let us ask what happened to our major corporations. How did they get so off kilter? How were they able to grow so big so as to become willing collaborators with big government in establishing a New World Order?

Our New World Order is fascist.

The core of the corporation is the committee. The committee is where ideas are discussed and hammered out. On its surface the committee seems to be a good idea. Theoretically the best ideas should rise to the top.

But experience suggests that this is not so.  Often the worst ideas rise to the top.


Because people value collegiality over confrontation in a group setting.  

In time slick leaders take advantage of this and learn how to game a committee to their advantage.

People with good ideas that promote long term value over immediate profits are labeled crackpots.  Legitimate criticism is derided as naysaying.  Rewards are given to sycophants and puppets who do the leader’s bidding.

In time, good people throw up their hands and leave the committee as it becomes increasingly dominated by the immoral values of a tyrant.

What can we do?

We can and must return to the sensible controls that our founding fathers had placed on corporations.

Each and every day the founding fathers look smarter.

In the days of our founding fathers, corporations were limited as to what they could do. They had specific purposes for specific lengths of times. The owners of the corporations could be held personally liable for any malfeasance of the corporation.  Profits could be limited to a specific amount.  Salaries were limited and defined.  Corporations were not permitted to own other corporations.  This was not only important with respect to limiting profits; doing so also promoted accountability.

By placing controls on corporations, we prevent hucksters from entering the corporation to begin with. Once the huckster sees that he has no cash cow to exploit, the huckster moves away.

This is a good thing.

Sensible reforms will enable corporations to be more responsive and sensitive to the people that they serve.

Corporations must exist for us, not we for them.