WARS ARE COMING

The US military is now producing wars as often as Hollywood produces films. The Pentagon, and their directors, the corporate media, are reeling them out, releasing them one after the other. And the well-advertised trailers are rolling across the global screen too: Coming Soon! Iran! Check out the summer release of North Korea! And of course don’t miss the recent release, Venezuela!

They are replete with cameo performances by top actors like Elliot Abrams (the Guatemalan mass murderer) Michael Pompeo (the archetype torturer and the wonderful NSA character actor John Bolton (Allen Dulles’ twin brother by a different mother). The old star, Hitler, is rolling over in his grave with jealousy.

All films are distributed by Fascism Gone Wild. So prepare yourself for this year’s award shows. We start off with the Bolton Globe Awards, followed by the JAG awards, and then of course the shock-and-awe finale, the Academy of Wars. Stay tuned for which political actor will win best war contractor. The suspense is killing me, you, and all of us.

Coming soon, the next war, in “theaters” nearer and nearer to you. And don’t forget to look for Mad Dog Mattis’ new star on the Walk of Fame. And the host of this year’s Academy of Wars is none other than CNN’s Wolf (Blitzkrieg) Blitzer, with a special war eulogy by Brian Williams. Rumor has it he’ll be parachuting from a Black Hawk down to the Red Carpet!

Some of you can take this all the way to the bank. We promise this year’s wars will be even more action-packed thrillers than last year’s. We can only hope that we have enough endurance and disability to see them all, or enough money left over for the popcorn. But not to worry. It will be well worth it for at least 0.1 percent of us.

So lace up those goosestepper shoes and get on down to the next movie, knowing, one man’s Best Picture is another man’s full blown terror, or, it’s only entertainment when you’re not in it.

~  GRANT MARCUS

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OUGHTA BE A LAW

The selection of Donald Trump, president of the United States of America, initiated a new era of lies. It is estimated Trump tells 20 or more lies and misleading statements on a daily basis.

In my memory, as an 85-year-old, I have never known a time when lying by politicians and important people has been so prevalent. It is impossible for a democratic form of government to operate efficiently when government is not trusted. In our case, the individual at the head of our government is a prolific liar who cannot be counted on. Donald Trump has made a career of falsehoods and of misleading statements. His policy of lies has spread to every area of government and to every important issue we face. Furthermore, no shame seems to accompany false pronouncements.

I think we can put a stop to it through effective, impressionable and forcible legislation.

We should enact a law, embarrassing as it is, to make it a crime for any elected official or government official to lie or to mislead the public with severe consequences to be paid by violators. This should be implemented at the local and federal levels as well. I suggest that mandatory jail sentences and fines of one year and $100,000 be imposed on anyone whose statements have an effect on the lives of American citizens and American residents.

Individuals running for public offices should be required to sign an affidavit affirming that they will not only “defend and protect” the Constitution of the United States but will advocate or tell no lie with respect to his or her official statements.

A new government department, the Fact Finding Department, should be enacted and staffed to ensure that truth be insured in our political life.

l know there will be severe opposition by those whose careers will be impacted by this legislation. However, the culture of lies must be terminated and the only way to take this matter into our hands effectively is to legislate it.

~  MIGUEL ESPINOSA, JR.

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DONALD MCBAIN

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THE GREEN NEW DEAL

I’m a 24-year-old software engineer, and I am concerned that our country does not consider its citizen’s lives a priority.

Not long ago the United Nations told the world that we have 12 years to rid our civilization of fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic climate disaster.

How do our political leaders choose to respond to this call for action? It seems they see two choices: 1) follow the president, who does not believe in the vast majority of scientists who have dedicated their entire lives toward the subject matter, in saying that climate change isn’t real, or 2) follow Nancy Pelosi and a neoliberal agenda in proposing a committee with no authority to make real actions just to, at the surface, appeal to the masses.

However, it turns out that there is a less supported yet substantially better option. We have leaders in our country, leaders such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have created a resolution to drafted a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal in Congress.

The Green New Deal has the opportunity to create millions of green jobs, rid ourselves of fossil fuels and become a world leader in green energy exports. The Green New Deal is our best shot at saving our species, all the while acting as a massive economic stimulus.

At the time of this writing, Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution had 10 supporters in Congress. If we are to move forward as a country and as a species, we need Congress members everywhere to support this action, Congress members such as our very own Rep. Judy Chu.

I wonder what side of the coin she will be on.

SAM BERNDT

PASADENA

THE TIME IS NOW

It’s time to change the discourse about climate change. We’re facing devastating consequences due to climate change. I support Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution to create a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal in Congress. We need a Green New Deal to create millions of green jobs, move our country off fossil fuels, and protect working people of all backgrounds. Congress members should support this resolution.

RAUL ANORVE

LOS ANGELES

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