I have always thought war movies are stupid. Now that I have seen what Americans think war is, I can accurately identify why.
My Glorious War
I have been to war. I spent a total of one year in Afghanistan as a transport helicopter pilot. This is how an infantry Marine would politely describe my experience for me:
“Sir, you lived on camp cupcake. You slept in air crew air conditioning every night and had a hot shower most nights. You ate like a king three meals a day and shit on a toilet whenever you wanted. You never made the decision to pull a trigger to kill, you were ‘shot at’ one time and the enemy didn’t have snowball’s chance in hell to hit you. In four deployments, nobody in your unit was killed and only a few were hurt badly enough to be sent home. Nobody received so much as a scratch from the enemy. Thanks for the lift, sir, but you didn’t really see war.”
Infantry Marine, thanks to God, the US government, the USMC, Chesty Puller, good logistics, effective leadership – and most importantly your efforts on the ground, your description is absolutely accurate.
A year flying transport helicopters out of “camp cupcake” was my experience with war. It was no World War 1 trench, but when I see a riotous, frustrated mob walk into the capital building thinking they are starting some conflict, I see a bunch of soft, pampered, TV-saturated fatsos who barely have the attention span to bring a cooler and sunscreen to their picnic conflict. From what I heard, three of the five deaths were attributed to heart attack or stroke … ? Is this true? Some preparation.
War Movies and Video Games
“You have to see Saving Private Ryan, the bullets whizzing overhead are so realistic.” – If the movie didn’t make you physically cringe uncontrollably and say a spontaneous prayer, then no. One training throw of a hand grenade or close proximity to a 50-caliber machine gun being fired are the cure to believing that Saving Private Ryan is realistic. No speaker in the world can imitate the explosive concussion of a single hand grenade or a 50 cal. It is not a “sound,” it is an emotional experience bordering on religious. Trust me.
“What do you think of Band of Brothers? Is war like that?” David Schwimmer looking stupid is about the most realistic part of that show. Plan and enjoy a week-long camping trip with three friends or your family and you’ll know more about war than David Schwimmer and his merry band of whiners ever will with their endless strings of ironic one-liner complaining.
“Braveheart … Freedom!” William Wallace’s wife was beaten and then executed. His friend’s wife was raped. In the end he had his guts ripped out in public. Scotland voted to remain in the UK in 2014. Glorious.
Waste of time, and worse, now we have mobs of people who believe violence is an end in itself.
How many Americans have now grown up spending thousands of hours playing first-person shooter games? Required military officer reading literally references violent video games as training to commit violence:
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, by Dave Grossman
On Killing is recommended reading for officers in the US military. You want to know what violence and war are without going camping? Read it.
The Greeks fought violent hand-to-hand combat and logistically supplied themselves with their own families behind the front lines. That was war in ancient Greece. Tough people indeed. They had “cry sessions” after battles to overcome the trauma of close combat. They strictly forbade the depiction of violence in their entertainment.
What About the Various Anti-Police BLM Riots?
Also dumb. You want to be like them? Have those movements made any progress? Achieved any goals? You want to live in Seattle?
Work, Dedication, and a Cause
There are many frustrated Americans right now. Violence is not the solution. This is a good thing. Nobody has to be hurt or killed to get what we want.
We are frustrated with a central government that has grown too powerful and does not listen to you or care about you. You directly fund bloated Washington DC and the corporations that support it with your lifestyle, habits, money, and data. This is what you do to “fight” it:
- Go outside. Go camping. Get in shape.
- Cut all entertainment subscriptions including cable and Netflix.
- Save money.
- Support local food at farmer’s markets.
- Learn a trade at a technical school.
- Start a blog.
- Lifetime boycott all social media.
- Recycle your TV. Lifetime boycott all television.
- Support local sports. Join a league. Join a gym. Occupy basketball courts. Occupy golf courses.
- Lifetime boycott pro sports. They sold out. Sports are not television. Sports are not fantasy leagues. Sports is not ESPN. Support a minor league baseball team in person. Support the local D-3 student athletes and inspire your kids to participate like that. Life lessons.
- Lifetime boycott college sports unless you or family are participating. D-1 sports never really represented university academics and universities folded with the rest during the pandemic.
- What will you do with all the extra time? Learn to play an instrument. Start a garage band. Learn painting or photography.
- Learn to cook healthy food.
- Start a garden or organize a community garden.
- Hunt. Support the humane lives of animals we eat. Stop supporting processed food corporations.
- Like guns? Connect at the local shooting range. Support the local FOP. Learn who your sheriff is and what he stands for.
- Prepare to home-school your kids as necessary. Organize with other parents around youth sports.
Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. Defund DC.
Not easy, but the right thing to do.
Defunding is a strategy. The closest war word is “siege” and it is an effective strategy, especially long-term. Cutting off supplies is extremely effective.
Amateurs talk strategy and tactics. Professionals talk logistics and sustainability.
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Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. Defund DC.