Consider the State of Our Programmed, Adolescent, "Union": clown swim trunks and sports/military religion

For decades now, I’ve heard the U.S. compared to an adolescent, so short is our nation’s memory, so selfish our individualistic, competitive, materialist goals, and so utterly, blithely unheeding of short and long-term consequences. Meanwhile, the “American Dream” is getting harder to keep propped up. How many people are on anti-depressent meds? How many regularly drunk, stoned, or otherwise distracted? Obviously, we must come alive. But can we?

Here are two recent posts that demonstrate this disheartening perspective, both stunningly descriptive.

James Kuntsler: We are All Ninja Turtles Now


With lakes, swimming holes, rivers, and pools beckoning, I went to a sporting goods chain store at the mall — where else? — seeking a new bathing suit (pardon the quaint locution). The store was curiously named Dick’s. All they had were clown trunks. By this I mean a garment designed to hang somewhere around mid-calf, instantly transforming a normally-proportioned adult male into a stock slapstick character: the oafish man-child.



Chris Hedges: Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

Boston Red Sox fans lean over "the Green Monster" to touch an American flag covering the wall during pregame ceremonies on Memorial Day in 2011. Photo by Winslow Townson

Boston Red Sox fans lean over “the Green Monster” to touch an American flag covering the wall during pregame ceremonies on Memorial Day in 2011. Photo by Winslow Townson


The religious reverie—repeated in sports arenas throughout the United States—is used to justify our bloated war budget and endless wars. Schools and libraries are closing. Unemployment and underemployment are chronic. Our infrastructure is broken and decrepit. And we will have paid a crippling $4 trillion for the useless and futile wars we waged over the last 13 years in the Middle East. But the military remains as unassailable as Jesus, or, among those who have season tickets at Fenway Park, the Red Sox. The military is the repository of our honor and patriotism. No public official dares criticize the armed forces or challenge their divine right to more than half of all the nation’s discretionary spending. And although we may be distrustful of government, the military—in the twisted logic of the American mind—is somehow separate.

The heroes of war and the heroes of sport are indistinguishable in militarized societies. War is sold to a gullible public as a noble game. Few have the athletic prowess to play professional sports, but almost any young man or woman can go to a recruiter and sign up to be a military hero. The fusion of the military with baseball, along with the recruitment ads that appeared intermittently Saturday on the television screens mounted on green iron pillars throughout Fenway Park, caters to this illusion: Sign up. You will be part of a professional team. We will show you in your uniform on the Jumbotron in Fenway Park. You will be a hero like Mike Napoli.


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0 Responses to Consider the State of Our Programmed, Adolescent, "Union": clown swim trunks and sports/military religion

  1. bumpercrop says:

    It is interesting to note, that the god of the Judeo-Christian and Muslim religions is the pantheon war god “Yahweh” I wonder how many people actually understand that fact. They are worshiping a god of war. Is it any wonder that we observe never ending wars? Many talk about cause and effect,but how many self-identify with or silently condone a war god? indeed, a psychopathic god?

    I recently watched 2 documentaries that explain everything clearly in regards to ongoing and never ending wars. The first was the newly released documentary by James Corbett, entitled,
    “The Federal Reserve, 100 years of Enslavement” 1 hour 30 minutes
    And how the central bankers create war for the benefit of making money.44 minutes
    “All Wars are Bankers Wars”

    Sometimes people think they can’t do anything to change our destructive systems. But just understanding the truth, helps to raise consciousness and raises the vibration level within our populace. Everyone can learn the truth. Holding the truth is powerful. It helps lift everything and everyone.
    The increasingly violent video game industry, does much to desensitize our youth from violence and is basically prepping our youth for war. Who are the moguls that own these video game conglomerates?

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