When the Chickens Come Home to Roost
A master troll tweet reveals Conservatives’ empty, fake patriotism
One of my earliest memories is sitting in a doctor’s office on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles and hearing the radio announce that Robert Kennedy had been shot and had died. I remember asking, “Can’t the doctors put him back together again?”
The doctor came out into the waiting room and said, “No honey, we can’t.”
I was just a baby when Bobby’s brother Jack, the most charismatic and loved U.S. President of my lifetime, was gunned down in Dallas. Although I was too young to remember the real horror, I feared visiting Dallas as an adult. Driving through Dealey Plaza, I felt a cold wave of genuine evil. As a college student, someone gave me a book about the Kennedy assassination and I read part of it before feeling waves of evil emanating from the thick paperback. My best friend and I took it outside, tore the pages from the book, and burned them.
So, we have just celebrated Memorial Day and the great Ken Klippenstein pranked notable and ignorant conservatives like Matt Gaetz (currently facing accusations of pedophilia), Matt Schlapp (husband of “The Schlapper” — don’t ask) and Candace Owens by asking them to retweet an image of his “grandfather,” a Veteran. The picture was indeed a Vet, but no relative of Klippenstein.
When I saw the prank I thought, “JFC that’s Oswald!”
Not these American “Patriots” — they responded with instantaneous smarmy false good wishes.
This is what happens when sociopathy matures, becomes pop culture, and gets blue checks to “dominate” “social” “media.”
Even if Oswald did not act alone, even if Oswald is a “patsy,” Oswald still killed John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. And Oswald, yes, was a member of the USMC and conspiracy theorists believe he made his deadly connections with darker forces while serving in Japan. And Oswald, yes, was one of the only U.S. citizens to defect to the Soviet Union and lived there, where he met and married his wife/widow Marina, who is, I believe, still alive.
And, these “conservative” “leaders” can’t recognize his picture.
Just like they can’t recognize what Memorial Day is really all about. A day to “celebrate” the people forgotten by them every other day of the year, and continuously forgotten and taken for granted, assumed that their lives will serve any purpose this country’s demented “leadership” chooses for them.
There’s another man I thought about yesterday.
Pat Tillman was fragged by members of his own company because he discovered that the war in Afghanistan had nothing to do with finding Bin Laden. Pat was an American hero. Pat was the best of us. He was murdered by the worst of us: our enemies within, the same people that employ Matt Gaetz, Candace Owens, Matt Schlapp, and all the rest.
Unlike a lot of people on the left, I’ll never speak against any individual Veteran for being a Vet and for serving. People still enlist today for genuine patriotic reasons, though the majority enlist because this is the best way for them to gain an education (#FreeCollegeForAll), support their families (#Fightfor15), and have a secure future.
But enlisting and serving doesn’t even guarantee people a home if they survive military conflicts. At least 40,000 Veterans are homeless. Veterans with PTSD still cannot legally use medical marijuana, proven effective, to relieve their symptoms. And, when they end up on the streets, “conservatives” blame them for being lazy, using substances, or being mentally ill.
Just where should the blame should go? On the hypocrites and sociopaths who’d “honor” one of the most hated men in history: Lee Harvey Oswald, murderer of John F. Kennedy.
On Memorial Day. Good job, patriots. Good job.