I used to work with this Nurse in northwest Indiana. She had a hard life, and when she wasn’t getting the heck beat out of her by her abusive idiot husband, she was busy toking it up and reading Deepak Chopra books, which whse would quote at length to us when she worked. I let her get away with it because she was hotter than a griddle at the Moose Lodge on pancake night and frequently talked dirty; an unavoidable and inalienable combination to a mid-twenties single male nurse. (Sigh.)
However, she never got me to buy into the Deepak Chopra stuff. He was just too new-age-y for me, and never seemed to make any sense on closer examination. Well, much to my surprise, Deepak Chopra has a vision for how Obama can Change the World.
In the words of Dr. Sam Beckett, “Oh Boy.”
Dear President Obama;
You have been elected by the first anti-war constituency since 1952, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected after promising to end the Korean War. But ending a war isn’t the same as bringing peace. America has been on a war footing since the day after Pearl Harbor, 67 years ago. We spend more on our military than the next 16 countries combined. If you have a vision of change that goes to the heart of this country’s deep problems, ending our dependence on war is far more important than ending our dependency on foreign oil.
“Ending our dependence on war”??? What the HELL does that mean?
The most immediate changes are economic. Unless it can make as much money as war, peace doesn’t stand a chance. Since aerospace and military technologies remain the United States’ most destructive export, fostering wars around the world, what steps can we take to reverse that trend and build a peace-based economy?
“Military technologies remain the United States’ most destructive export”??? Duuh! Milirary technologies are the United States *ONLY* destructive export, you moron. The American farmer feeds over 100 countries around the world. The Bill Gates Foundation immunizes more children around the world than UNICEF on a good day. The Peace Corps? Individual Church Missions? Are you suggestion we cut off military exports to Israel and leave them defenseless? To the Iraqi military? The democratically elected Afghan government? I think we save more lives with those exports than we end up killing.
1. Scale out arms dealing and make it illegal by the year 2020.
2. Write into every defense contract a requirement for a peacetime project.
3. Subsidize conversion of military companies to peaceful uses with tax incentives and direct funding.
4. Convert military bases to housing for the poor.
5. Phase out all foreign military bases.
6. Require military personnel to devote part of their time to rebuilding infrastructure.
7. Call a moratorium on future weapons technologies.
8. Reduce armaments like destroyers and submarines that have no use against terrorism and were intended to defend against a superpower enemy that no longer exists.
9. Fully fund social services and take the balance out of the defense and homeland security budgets.
And pretty much leave the U.S. and our allies at the mercy of our new Islamic overlords, right? What are you — nuts, or just bone-stupid?
These are just the beginning. We don’t lack creativity in coping with change. Without a conversion of our present war economy to a peace economy, the high profits of the military-industrial complex ensures that it will never end.
Do these nine steps seem unrealistic or fanciful?
No, they seem naive and stupid. The seem dangerous and pollyana-ish. They seem reactionary and dismissive.
Mostly, that’s because they are. Stop toking up, Deepfat Okra. You sound sad and pitiful