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Uncle Sam and King James

I don't understand why joining the military is always viewed as being completely parallel, with serving the Lord and being what they call a Good Christian; why Uncle Sam and King James are always portrayed as "inseparable buddies". And I get so irritated reading the constant Facebook posts that make light of the war and bloodshed. There was one in particular that popped up, during Christmas time. It showed a picture of Arabs running in a frenzy from some terrific explosion. And written on the photo, in bold text, was some crude parody of Jingle Bells. I can't remember the whole song but it went something like "Oh what fun it is to shoot a torpedo up your ass!". I could see the comments section was filled to the brim with LOLs and ROFLMAOs. And I'm like... what's wrong with these people? What is there to make jest of here? I'll never understand why the folks on the opposite side of the shore are always thought to be "the epitome of evil". Don't you ever stop and think that they're probably thinking the exact same thing about us? When people are dying left and right, who cares on which piece of land the bodies fall! Can we not ditch this you're-either-with-us-or-against-us mentality and look at the people over there, as not just "a distant thing happening so far away that it's none of my concern."...? They are human beings and deserve our RESPECT!

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  1. Date: 4/26/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Perfectly said and with feeling. Well done. It needed to be said.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/26/2013 2:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Carol. It truly was something I NEEDED to get off my chest, in some shape or form.
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 7:00:00 PM
    BRAVO my young friend!!! So well put! I'm proud to call you a friend! Cheers, Jack

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/24/2013 8:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm happy you feel the same, Jack! :)
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Hi Tim, Unfortunately there will always be those that find these images funny (sick). Problem is there are too many factions fighting for power. If you think you know hatred you do not till you've been up close to these people. The western armies are tame compared to what they do to themselves, though that doesn't excuse them. Often without them it can be much worse. We're not always right but we are no longer ignoring. Take care Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/24/2013 7:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm sure it's not the worse thing that people have done. But to see my own friends post several of these pictures daily, it just enrages me. It's a hard to feeling to describe wanting to EXPLODE, but remaining timid cause you don't want to cause any friction.
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 12:21:00 PM
    Timothy...Timothy...bless you! Bless you! When we cease to see human beings and our brothers and sisters because of the flag they carry or the ideologies we THINK they have...we will be free from hatred. I know it is hard. We get brainwashed on both sides of the ocean...human life carries the same value no matter the nationality. God bless you.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/24/2013 7:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I can see how our thoughts are starting to join up, especially considering the last one you posted up, Children of a Lesser God. I appreciate how this resonated with you.
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Bravissimo, Timothy. I'm with you every inch of the way. It's all about the power-hungry playing marionette from their safe havens. Right on, my friend. :)

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/24/2013 7:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Delysia. It honestly made my blood boil a bit, but I didn't want to say anything negative about it... cause he was a good friend to me, and also in the military. I try my best to make Facebook "drama-free", but here I feel more able to express my true feelings about it.