Topic Archive: Military

Memorial Day Reflections

Posted: May 28, 2018 by Brian Johnston

Our military is constantly engaged in conflict all around the globe with no actual Congressional declaration of war. Few of us ever dare to call the actions of our military into question, lest we’re branded unpatriotic or anti-American.

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Minding the Checkbook

Posted: March 28, 2018 by Brian Johnston

I’ve often wondered if the American people could vote on the national agenda on a line-item basis, what the resulting policy would look like. Far be it from me to suggest this is any way to actually run a Democracy, but in a representative Republic like the United States, shouldn’t we be gut-checking our politicians and their plans with some say in how exactly our tax dollars are spent? Perhaps if we felt as a nation that we had even a modicum of control over the policies that are generally inflicted upon us, maybe then we’d have a different attitude about days like April 15th through a sense of contribution to the greater good of our society, rather than what most of us take from tax day—the feeling of getting fleeced.

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Trump Loves A Parade

Posted: March 4, 2018 by Brian Johnston

Last year while on his first visit to France as President, Donald Trump could hardly contain himself at the spectacle of Emmanuel Macron’s Bastille Day Parade—replete with military procession and armaments. He even said as much to Macron himself, “We’re going to have to try to top it.”

One could take such a statement many ways. On surface level, it could and should be considered a simple diplomatic gesture of gratitude and a tip of the hat to one of our most valued allies. After all, who goes to a party and doesn’t tell the host their event is wonderful and how grateful they are to be there? Sounds like simple courtesy.

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