2022

Post Graduation Thoughts

There were 3,209,510 high-school graduates across these United States in the year 2020. The numbers for 2022 are close to that, but not yet finalized at this writing.

I have attended a few of these graduations and, inevitably, as soon as the Pomp and Circumstance music resounds in the auditorium, followed by the National Anthem, I choke up and a couple of tears slide down my cheeks! I can’t help it, especially sensing all the excitement and anticipation of the beautiful young graduates all aflutter lining up with their hats and gowns! There they are having completed twelve years of elementary and high school education and now moving forward, many of them going on to all the colleges and universities that they had been touring and applying to for the past year, or more. What an exciting time!

They listened to the speeches, all full of optimism and enthusiasm, they clapped and then ambled up to the stage to receive their diplomas, after which they all threw up their hats and laughed while congratulating and hugging one another. How delightful!

Today’s graduates have been told for many years that they can:

Be Anything You Want To Be

Do Anything That Your Heart Desires

That is Not the Reality of the World that they will be interacting with, for, as a tragic example of what life can dramatically spring on them, on June 7th. a terrible accident took place in Oakton, Virginia where I once lived, where my children went to school, and which is more reason why I was deeply affected by this distressing incident:  A teenager, driving a brand new BMW, with three friends in the car sped along Blake Lane, rammed into a stopped car and mowed down three young Oakton high-school girls, two of whom passed away that evening, the third was fighting for her life. The speeder will definitely be indicted and punished by the law, as he should be. Had he anticipated being a killer as he got into his car that day? Had those three innocent, beautiful young girls ever imagined that they would be brutally killed that afternoon? This is one example of many occurring in every community across this country. Had ANY of those innocent children and adults across these United States who have died at the hands of a murderous individual wielding a lethal weapon ever imagined that this might be their fate? No. Sadly, none of them did. It is Infuriating, Devastating and absolutely Brutal! To add insult to injury any bill that comes out of our polarized and corrupt legislature will barely be sufficient to stem this carnage!

This year’s graduates, whether they are from high-schools, or colleges and universities across the country will be facing an environment that is very Dangerous, Threatening, Savage, Unpredictable and totally in contrast to all their Hopes and Expectations. It is going to be a very, very rude awakening! Our country has been in the throes of Disruptive Forces for a few decades now, and matters got to a head with the election of Barack Obama in 2008 when the Settlers and Descendants of White Christian Colonists imbued with an English Racist Supremacist ideology decided that the United States of America was their sole Fiefdom and that no other interlopers were allowed to partake in that endeavor as Rulers and Law Makers. And, since that plan went into effect the United States has been undergoing drastic changes – some subtle, some overt – that easily classifies us today as an Uncivilized Nation where the Ideology of the Corrupt, Racist Few has permeated insidiously within all elements of our Society resulting in Behaviors that range from the Bizarre to the Illegal, to the Discriminatory, to the Murderous! It is Shameful, Embarrassing and Menacing! And, even though these younger generations might not have paid enough attention to the world outside their immediate environment, they should, because our entire Planet is a Royal Mess that is bound to reverberate and affect what are their cozy cocoons at this moment despite the slaughters that have been going on during their precious young lives.

So, no, many of those graduating this year especially will not be able to: Be Anything You Want To Be, or Do Anything That Your Heart Desires, because the Zealous Pursuits of the Corrupt, Racist Few will impede their Lives, Livelihoods, Choices, Finances and Dreams thus turning them into Modern Day Slaves for whom Democracy and Freedom will become a mere Mirage, unless there is a return to Reason, Common Sense and the Common Good!! This is unlikely to happen soon enough!! Moreover, whether they come from Pampered and Privileged Backgrounds, or Parents who are Harried and Cash-strapped they are probably as Dysfunctional as most of our Families are these days, and that will further exacerbate their already Precarious Futures. Certainly not a pretty, or rosy picture!

I wonder if we, their parents and grandparents, have equipped them enough to form a Human Barricade against these Malicious Efforts? Have we taught them enough about their Citizen Rights? Their Voting Rights? Their Sexual Rights? Their Rights to Protest and Constitutional ability to turn things around? All indications seem to point to the fact that these recent generations seem to have all the necessary ingredients to do that. I sincerely hope so! Meanwhile, and as their country, these United States, sinks lower and lower into sheer Madness and Incoherence I will hold my breath and cross my fingers real hard!! It is a daunting period in the history of a nation that was destined for Continued Success, but that is ready to forego that in order to pursue the Dastardly Ideology of the Few!

2022

In A Nutshell

We were watching and listening aghast as thousands of Parents in the US could not find bottled Baby Milk to feed their children, especially those babies who need Hypo-Allergenic Formulas. Imagine that! The US runs out of Baby Milk! How embarrassing! It seemed to me that the TV News anchors were breathlessly updating us on that story every five minutes as the Military Aircraft took off from Ramstein Air Base in Germany en route to the US transporting bottles of milk! Better that than more Military Hardware, I would think!! Anyway, perhaps they should have contracted with NORAD’s (North American Aerospace Defense Command) website and tracked the airplanes with their precious cargo using the same feature which tracks Santa Claus every Christmas from his North Pole Workshop to distribute gifts to the anticipating, excited children? And wouldn’t our talking heads have been gaga goo-goo over that? Hilarious thought!

Otherwise, nothing hilarious about our situation as these past two weeks have found me despondent and, frankly, reluctant to write and have some of my friends tell me that I am being Pessimistic, which, by nature, I am not. However, in observing our Planet and the tumultuous state of affairs that it is in, do I want to be imitating the superficial, artificial anchors especially those on our local news channels who are giggling, upbeat, jumping around and pretending that all is bright and right with the world, being that their only objective is to keep the wheels of Runaway Capitalism churning? Not really! That’s not my objective in life!

That’s why I was happy to hear that the new Chief Executive, David Zaslav, wants more hard News and less Views on CNN. Well, that’s refreshing! It is high time for an updated formula! Let’s see where that goes with the so-called journalists, pundits, experts and anchors who are so full of themselves and of their Opinions! 24/7 hours to fill with mostly repetitiveness and superficiality are what has most Humans tuning off! Good luck. Zaslav!

It is also high time for the war in Ukraine to END! Enough of this dangerous brinkmanship! C-Span had two interesting talks that I listened to on May 21st. regarding this subject. The first was with Mary Sarotte, who wrote Not One Inch, and the second was with Harlan Ullman (he of the Shock and Awe Iraq War strategy that was so terrible!) who wrote The Fifth Horseman and the New MAD (Massive Attacks of Disruption). Their talks calling for a new and comprehensive approach to our domestic, as well as foreign policy made me replay my Memory Reel of our history since WWII, and to how very few nations – if any – in our world have managed to conduct themselves with Wisdom, A Sense of Justice and Equality, Compassion and Foresight. To the contrary, we have been building on the same defunct approaches, mindsets, outlooks and militarism – especially! – that have brought on so much agony and catastrophes to millions upon millions of Humans, while not succeeding in bringing any Peaceful Coexistence to our World! I wish everyone would listen to these authors and so many – so many! – others who are practically begging Political Leaders and American Citizens to heed their warnings lest we not only lose our Democracy, but also doom ourselves and the World as we know it. Scary? Pessimistic? No! It is the Dismal Reality, and we cannot continue to be the ostrich hiding its head in the sand thinking that the predators won’t see it!!

In A Nutshell, and the cause of all our Problems – Domestic and Foreign – all across the World are three things in my opinion:

Misunderstandings. Mistrust. Misinformation.

This applies to relationships, families, countries and everything in between. It is also . . . Oh, wait! Wait! My thoughts and writing are suddenly interrupted by yet another News Bulletin of a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas!!! No! No! No! Not again! For God’s sake, not again! I feel sick, nauseated and enraged! I am mesmerized and shocked by the news, and yet I don’t want to hear another corrupt, useless, immoral, unethical, irresponsible Politician telling us how saddened they feel! Not one more! Disgraceful! Shameful! The Only Country in the World that has become a Slaughterhouse, a crime infested, arrogant, caricature that boasts about being a Country Of Laws! What Laws? Whose Laws? Which Interpretation of these effing Laws are applicable? Whose Version? We decry Corruption in our forums and on our Congressional floors and yet we are proving to be the Prime World Suspect in Corruption! How tragic! How unnecessary! How fixable, but no one wants to fix it! We have become the laughing stock of the entire World! And, across the World, in Ally, as well as Foe Territory, especially those places where we have disrupted, uprooted, pillaged, invaded and meddled – which is most of the world – Ordinary People are saying: You got What Your Arrogance and Militarism Have Been Sowing, America! For us, first generation immigrants to hear, or sense this is so tormenting! How Tragic that we should come to this point due to our Misunderstandings, Mistrust and Misinformation regarding each other as citizens, and regarding our perceptions of the rest of the World!! Not that the rest of the World is any better in this regard, either, and that’s why we are all in the terrible predicament that we are currently suffering from!

In A Nutshell: Vote All The Scumbags who are fomenting Divisiveness amongst us OUT! OUT! OUT! Vote Out Every Single Fossilized, Doddering Political Leader – and his/her Fiefdoms – on the Radical, Extremist, Demented Right Wing of the Republican Party seeking to Talibanize this Fragile Democracy and take us back to the Dark Ages! That’s where our so-called journalists and anchors should be focusing all their energies on, rather than preaching to the choir! Meanwhile Wake Up, America! Wake up! How the hell can all this be acceptable, or tolerable? This country is falling apart at the seams! All our Political Class, Media Corporations, Institutions, Infrastructure are in total and absolute disarray! End this Insanity, Embarrassment and Disgrace! Not tomorrow!