Another Veterans day reminder
Well it’s that time of the year again where I remind people that toxic patriotism and performative patriotism is bad. So don’t do it, seriously. I have a lot of mixed feelings about today. Mostly it’s a time for me to remember friends that aren’t around… I guess? I remember them normally anyway so it feels extra, this isn’t a happy thing and I don’t particularly thing we should “celebrate” in the traditional sense. I appreciate the others may have different opinions on the matter, but for me it comes down to the weaponization of patriotism and that needs to be stopped. Veterans day is less about people and more about politicians. It’s politicians use military as a weapon day.
This will not be a long post, mostly because I’m tired and have about a million other more important things to worry about than a bunch of irrelevant, sentient piles of shit using veterans as an excuse to do really shitty things to people. The GOP takes special effort on days like this to be incredibly shitty to everyone and wield the sword of patriotism to belittle people or score political points, which much like internet points, are worthless.
It’s frustrating because it’s Veterans day, not politicians day, but here I am needing to focus more on the shitty things politicians do today when I would rather focus on just existing in a society that is pretty fucking toxic to begin with. The point, if there ever was one, is that today should just be another day for me. It should possibly also involve comfort food, if we’re feeling generous. Instead I wait for the shitty people doing shitty things day to start.
A good example is the former secretary of the VA suggested that veterans deserve less disability support (payments) and the focus should be getting us “back to work” and “integrated into society.” Which is code for we’re costing people too much (source). Like I said the only good veteran is a dead one. Let me just say this clearly, if it weren’t for the fact that I finally, FINALLY, after over ten years of fighting with the VA got 100% total and permanent disability, I would not be where I am today. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough, barely, for me to have some stability. Then the GOP has the nerve to argue that we don’t deserve the crumbs we’re given then in the same sentence they start complaining about how other politicians aren’t patriotic enough or not “American” enough, whatever the fuck that’s supposed to mean.
The bottom line is that I’m tired, like so many of my brothers and sisters of the military. Today should be a day of rest for us, but it’s not. It’s a day for most of us to defend our right to exist and have opinions that aren’t the government approved rhetoric we get force-fed to us.
Like I said short and to the point today. The government doesn’t give a shit about living veterans because the only good veteran is a dead one. Dead veterans are power and people in the government are (mostly) there for one thing, and that’s personal gain and power to destroy people (or groups of people) they don’t like.