America: Where Tragedy Becomes Political Before Our Dead Are Even Cold

Less than 12 hours after the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida, politicians and our fellow Americans, began to bicker and fight over which narrative fits their petty biases. Close the borders! Ban the guns! Bomb the Muslims! Please, stop. Let's let reason govern over rage, even if it's justified, for once.

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The 9/11 legacy: Americans’ support for perpetual war in the Middle East

"Islamic factions constantly play the US government like a fiddle. They did it under Bush. They continue to do it under Obama. They draw the US military into ancient tribal conflicts that have nothing to do with what the blockheaded Americans think they do. The Americans overthrow the ruling tribe and then pat themselves on the back when the opposition cheers them, until those same people start fighting the Americans as invaders five minutes later. And the US keeps doing it over and over. And 80% of the American public mindlessly repeats their talking points, supports it all, and even “thanks the troops” for perpetuating it. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.” - Tom Mullen

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Inspiration for Black and White and the USMC

I came to know that in the age of declining morality and absence of virtue, the concepts of honor, duty and commitment are still alive and well in our nation's veterans. Many return home to unfathomable emotional, mental and physical pain to an unconcerned population with few resources at their disposal. Many just want to be understood, many are angry, and many just want to make it all stop. I did not counsel these men as I am not a physician, but I listened to them and provided advice where I could. Sometimes that's all people need: a neutral party to just listen.

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