Like it or not.
The military-industrial complex is alive and well. A Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower, foresaw it. Our big cities, small cities, and little towns are getting all happy about having tanks and shit. And they need people who know how to operate them. Welcome back, Iraq and Afghanistan vets. Now you can treat your neighbors as if they are enemies. And if you don't like the idea of that, well... good luck in the foodstamp and unemployment denial line.
I am SOOOOOO angry that so many young men and women are coming home to a country that only values their experience only to the extent they know how to use big fuckin' guns to make others feel threatened. Lot's of young 'uns coming home that have spent their whole adult life in truly life-threatening situations while being taught that everyone who disagrees with the boss is an enemy. And the best way to deal with an enemy is to shoot first. Stand your ground.
Now they're coming home and the only decent paying job they'll be able to get is in police departments that need people who know how to operate military equipment.
Our kids deserve WAY better.