Pedaling fear

Whose side are we on

“Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!” – Donald Trump tweet 8-18-17

Have you ever asked yourself why? Why there is an Al-Qaeda, why there is an ISIS? Why we continue to spill American blood in Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, and Iraq? Why are we at war? Who are we at war with? What are we protecting? What are we defending? What are our goals in the Middle East?

Since 1980, the United States has invaded, occupied and/or bombed at least 14 different Muslim countries. We have sacrificed thousands of American lives and spent trillions of dollars for what, to solve the problems in the Middle East? The only problem that I can discern is staring back at us in the mirror. The United States is the problem, we created Al-Qaeda and we created ISIS.

Why are we in the Middle East? In the beginning it was about securing oil, then it was about “stealing” Israel, now it is about protecting corporate interest in oil and defending the Jewish stranglehold over Israel on behalf of Evangelical Christians. The “problems” the United States has and have in the Middle East are all self-inflicted. We have created, and perpetuated them over the last century and a half and sadly we can’t figure a way out and honestly at this point the time for a graceful exit has long since passed.

Fear. Fear sales, fear generates votes, fear raises money, and creates a blind loyalty and Donald Trump knows that. Tweets like the one above build on that fear and position Trump, with older, working class, white people as the only one that can save us. Remember his inaugural address? “Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Fear, no hope, just fear.

Yes we have a Middle East problem but we are the problem, America is the problem and Donald Trump can’t afford to fix the problem. What would he have to Tweet about?

If you are the wife or the husband, the mother or the father, the aunt or the uncle or just a friend of one our soldiers who lost their life in the Middle East, I am truly sorry. I in no way intended to diminish their patriotism or their service to our country. I just don’t understand what they gave their life for, and neither does our President.

“I will fight for you with every breath in my body — and I will never, ever let you down.” – Donald Trump inaugural address

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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8 Responses to Pedaling fear

  1. Geez, did you and I hatch in the same nest? Do you realize how many friends, family, and neighbors just look at me and roll their eyes, “Hmm, he’s on the sauce again.” when I try to explain that we are the problem, we are the terrorist in their world? Great post. Enjoy your weekend. Pray for Suze participating in a rally in OKC.

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  2. Scottie says:

    I understand the history of Al-Qaeda. However I am not up on the founding and causes of ISIS. I thought it was a group of former Iraqi soldiers who were disbanded by the U.S.. They wanted a Islamic state and took land already weakened by wars. IS this about right? If so I can see how we created them and how we bear responsibility for trying to do to Iraq what the British tried to do in India. Now that we are in this deep and have come this far, I do doubt simply declaring victory and walking away will stop these groups. The horse is out of the barn, and cat out of the bag. They have had a taste of what they want, and they wont stop till they get it. What I don’t understand is why if our nation is the “bad guy” are these groups committing terrorism against these nations overseas. Thanks. Hugs

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    • There are larger population of Muslims in Europe than the U.S. which means a younger pool of Muslims to be radicalized just as the Dylann Roof’s and James Fields in the U.S. are being radicalized by white nationals here on our soil.

      Europe has always had a large Muslim population. This isn’t a new phenomenon. It is not like they all of the sudden opened the flood gates allowing “Muslims in” contrary to what Trump wants us to believe.

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      • Scottie says:

        Thank you. Now leaving the combat areas won’t be graceful and the damage already mostly done, what will be gained by leaving? What could be gained by staying? I keep thinking of the marshal plan, how that stopped any outbreaks of resentment and retaliation. We tried something like it in Iraq and we did it badly, horribly, and made things worse. So where to go from here? Hugs

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  3. William Tell says:

    Here, it’s “peddling,” not “pedaling.” From the title, I expected a post about cycling.

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