Memorial Day is the one when the people and leaders of the United States reveal the extent of their hypocrisy. All claim to honor the men and women that “serve” the country, but little is done for veterans upon returning home from serving in needless wars. Many profit from war, but soldiers do not. Insult is always heaped upon injury. Lip service helps no one, beyond the illusion of good feeling provided the one mouthing platitudes.
The worst are the ones that never served in the military, much less fought in a stupid war. The punishment for hypocrisy should be a year in combat duty at the front...as it is currently defined. I’d like to see jerks like Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Riley, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannitty, and their ilk endure months in a forward fire base. You can pick the theater of operations.
I discovered an interesting sentence in a recent New Yorker article:
“A recent study found that the easiest country in which to establish an untraceable shell company is not a tropical banking haven but the United States.”
The United States! That beacon of financial purity that rails against corruption and tax evasion. I wonder how many members of Congress control a shell company. Is anyone still surprised about the hypocrisy?
The article is about mineral wealth in Guinea and an Israeli business, who has acquired the rights to its iron ore.
Can someone explain to me the difference between the violence in Baghdad and the violence in Belfast, besides being different religions at work?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards me...in a pig’s eye. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth: kill the other guys before he kills you. Religion sanctions violence out of one side of the mouth, while preaching peace and tolerance out of the other. I call that hypocrisy.
Some might have thought that I was ranting, but one of the leading, serious newspapers of the world agrees with something about which I wrote earlier...
Here’s another case of hypocrisy...as if one were needed.
Republicans criticize the current administration for “ceding jobs to Asian power”. If one were to check, I am sure that most jobs have been moved overseas by companies run or owned by Republican donors. Just look where a certain casino owner, one of the largest Republican sugar daddies, makes most of his money: Macau...after moving a large part of his operation from Las Vegas...as are most American gambling companies. No one seems to care that Chinese money, lost in Macau, is funding the US presidential election.
To continue beating what should be a dead horse...but never will be...
Four headlines in the UK Daily Mail (to pick only one example) prove the on-going hypocrisy (fear of reprisal, and fawning):
Italian rag to hit the streets today with 50 topless Kate photos:
'Even a call from the Queen won't stop me', boasts defiant editor as Royals try to injunct French magazine
Pacific Island Princess Kate receives a beautiful floral head-dress
as Royals are cheered by barefoot well-wishers on cultural tour
Flatten that frizz! Oh Kate, what happened to your Chelsea blow-dry?
As she proves even royal have bad hair days, we test the latest treatments to polish her look
It's Solomon Islands style for William and Kate
as they ditch their designer gear and slip into something more comfortable
UK media exploit the hell of the young lady, while complaining about foreign media doing the same. The “Palace” tolerates stories about fashion choices and hairstyle, but not real-life photos. Notice the choice of wording in the first headline. This is classic kettle-calling. Perhaps, someone can explain why frizzy hair is newsworthy...
Oh, my --- (word edited to prevent offending Americans).
The worst possible mishap has happened at an Olympic Games: televised exposure of a female breast to sensitive American eyes.
Someone should be punished, fired, and/or jailed. This is worse than mass shootings, rape, or same-sex marriage.
I strongly recommend that no American (especially politicians running for president) be permitted to travel to Europe. The majority of magazine covers feature naked women, television advertising is not adverse to showing body parts, and television programs treat the human body in a natural manner.
I recall my first visit to Paris, being on the Champs Elysees. Interested in everything, I paused behind two female tourists at one those ubiquitous advertising columns. Their words revealed that they were American. I heard one exclaim in a shocked tone “Oh my gawd, they’re not wearing tops.” Unfortunately for them, they had stopped at a poster advertising Le Lido, but quickly hurried away in disgust at discovering something “foreign”.
In the country that produces and consumes the most pornography, I’m surprised people don’t clamor for more--not less--exposed female flesh on television...
While scanning headlines on Google News, my eyes paused momentarily on the following:
“Bill Clinton wanted to meet us: Porn starlets”
The message did not surprise me, because this man has a reputation and porn has become a regular feature of American life. I did not read the article, because this did not interest me. Still, the words made me think about how much life in American has changed.
When I was younger, airbrushed photos in Playboy were the raciest available on the open market. In college, I recall a visit to a county fair in Vermont, which featured a tent into which local farmers clambered for entry. Peeking through the entrance, when someone exited, I spotted an unattractive female displaying body parts to fuel dreams of local yokels. I had heard of “blue movies”, but had never seen one or knew where to find whatever they were. I may or may not have heard the word pornography, because it was not spoken or written about.
That has all changed. Pornography has become a topic in all media, a major profit source for hotel chains and entertainment conglomerates, and a favorite past time of millions. Cable television could probably not survive without naked flesh. The word “star”, which used to apply to serious actors or actresses (before women started using the former), has been usurped by anyone willing to strip off their clothes in front of a camera. In that case, even you or I could be stars...if so inclined to peel away our dignity for money.
It is interesting to note, that as pornography has become more socially acceptable, habits and practices of public figures have come under closer scrutiny and more criticism. What Kennedy and his ilk did with impunity has been hung around Clinton’s neck like an albatross. The only thing missing is shame.
I like attractive women as much as the next person, but I dislike the hypocrisy, greed, and exploitation.
Hypocrisy has bubbled to the surface of the swamp once again in the country, which is the porn capital of the world and has given humanity Hooters and lap dancing.
It seems that people are “upset” about two dresses, which graced the Academy Awards ceremony. Angelina Jolie displayed more leg than many would like to deny admiring, but less than one can see most television programs. Jennifer Lopez had the audacity to upset women, who are forced to confront unattractive faces in mirrors, by sporting a dress that lacked fabric on her sternum. People, whose brains have been pickled by too much pornography, imagined seeing a portion of her anatomy that should be revealed only to feeding infants. More intelligent voices suggest that it was a shadow, but who wants to listen to intelligent voices.
All this would be amusing, if it were not so tragic. Next year, the Academy should hand out awards for hypocrisy and preempt the fuss.
Well, they’ve done it again. Politicians, that is. Say one thing, and do the opposite.
All are constantly ranting about how they want to create jobs. So, what do they do? They pass a law that makes it easier for countries with lower wages to export their goods to the United States. Where do you think companies will invest and retail operations will purchase?
And, of course this was a non-partisan effort: politicians from both parties are at the corporate trough.
Just one example: Nike, that quintessential American company. The company was based upon a strategy to produce shoes in low-cost Asia, with the specific goal of destroying adidas...which produced shoes at factories in the United States. Guess which one had to shut down the factory. While you’re at it, ask where the corporation is registered and how much US tax they pay.
Multiple that example by hundred of American companies, and you will understand why unemployment is so high and the economy is in ruins. But, the companies are all wealthy, have huge cash reserves, and pay top executives handsomely.
NB. Once again, I am not a goddam communist; I am a cynic.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.