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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Michael Jackson to District Attorney Tom Sneddon: Who's Bad?Posted by Hello
Newsflash/Dateline, 13 June 2005: Michael Jackson found not guilty of all charges and acquitted on all ten counts. Folks, District Attorney Tom Sneddon is a clown of the first class who has been on a witchhunt for Michael Jackson for the past decade or more, looking for any and all opportunities to fulfill his personal vendetta against the 'King of Pop'. Maybe this defeat will finally shut him up, shut him down and convince him to leave Michael Jackson alone. The only redeeming thing about Sneddon's botched case against Jackson is that he and his cohorts DID PROVE Michael Jackson to be an extremely disturbed adult who needs serious psychiatric therapy and care. However (and unfortunately for Tom Sneddon), being a disturbed adult is NOT against the law; indeed, in today's society you can't throw a handful of stones in any direction without hitting a disturbed adult. I don't usually make a practice of commenting (either verbally or in written form) on the entertainment world (nor the sports world, for that matter). Mainly, because they really aren't all that important and simply pale in comparison with the more serious subjects and issues of the day. All who come aboard this blog on a regular basis (and I thank all of you that do come aboard on a regular basis!) already know this site is dedicated to the discussion and analysis of U.S. domestic/foreign policies, military affairs and how these policies and subject-matter impact the nation and the world as a whole. However, this story is too big and I wanted to comment in terms of how Michael Jackson (as an individual) in conjunction with his outrageous behavior (excusable or inexcusable) and the case against him tells us more about where we are as a nation than it does about Michael Jackson as an individual. Whether or not he actually did what he is accused of doing (and I for one don't believe he did those things), although extremely important, is not really relevant to the overarching point I hope to make. In my humble opinion, Michael Jackson is clearly saddled with more psychic scarring and emotional baggage than any of us would want to deal with (or, quite possibly, COULD deal with); and yet...we laugh, we belittle, we scorn. His wealth, (fortunately or unfortunately...I lean toward unfortunately) has allowed him to barricade himself in a Potemkin Village-like "world of fantasy", or (as he named his own home) in a kind of "Neverland" that has shielded him from the realities of his own mental deterioration and, indeed, may have actually played a role in facilitating and/or hastening his psychic deterioration. With his useless cadre of paid yes-men and yes-women around him, yes-men and yes-women who have provided a real disservice more than a service to him (again, in my opinion), Jackson was allowed to spiral into an abyss of reality distortion and, ultimately (as I think we have beheld on our TV screens), a downright breakdown and separation from what most people would consider reality. In short, I think Jackson's behavior created a rich and fertile environment for a "frenzied prosecution festival" and that his close call with the criminal justice system is a clear, red flag warning for Michael and his family (as big as life) that something is seriously wrong with him, in the psychological department...but maybe I'm way off the mark. And, if this is in fact the case, than do we (as an American people) believe philosophically it is better and more humane to send our psychologically ill citizens to prison, or do we think it is more advantageous (to all parties involved, including our collective soul as a nation) to send them to a medical center where they can get the care they need? You see, this is the real question, this is the philosophical question that is on trial here.The bottom line is Jackson, who is (without question) an extremely talented artist who has brought pleasure and joy through his music and artistry to hundreds of millions around the world (perhaps even BILLIONS of people) during a career that spans almost four decades, is now being cruelly paraded before the American public (and the world) and lambasted mercilessly by the American press. In comparison, Clarence Thomas (no hero of mine, but his comments find new creedence in light of the present situation) once compared his public shalacking as a "high-tech lynching" when he was the "fodder" of the month (http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/ClarenceThomas.htm). Now, the same terminology can be sadly applied to Michael Jackson. What we are witnessing is a tragedy of Greek proportions, an epic requiring an author like Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles or Euripides to adequately weave the tale with all of its sad hues, nuances and "shades of gray"; their insightful talent and genius is urgently needed to bring forth an adequate understanding of what is going on here. However, I think it would go something like this: a talented and sensitive youth, blessed by the heavens with the vocal and musical gifts that SO MANY would die and, perhaps, even kill for; cruelly scorned and berated by his father, emotionally and physically abused by his parents (especially his overbearing, menacing and physically threatening father); paraded before the community (always with a "forced smile" feigning happiness) for coins, money and trinkets like a minstrel-artist/crank-organ monkey; all the while, being pimped and prostituted by those who are supposed to be his primary guardians and caretakers. The tragic tale would continue: a pariah among his peers, alienated from "the Group" ("the Group" meaning his contemporaries, or, his generation of young people) vis a vis the "prison" of his celebrity and fame, the youth finds himself delving into a fantasy world blown all the hell out of proportion when compared to reality. All the while, even with his accumulated wealth, the hollow pain and ache of loneliness and isolation sets in and takes hold; his childhood and mind arrested in a kind of "Peter Pan" like state which, mimicking a child, causes him to see nothing wrong with sharing his bed with his children-friends and (more telling) CONTINUES to cloud his judgement in terms of seeing nothing wrong with sharing his bed with children-friends even though he is now 46 years of age (he'll be 47 on August 29 of this year!). In my humble opinion, this man is not a criminal. He is, instead, an emotionally tortured (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,149992,00.html) and, I dare say, mentally ill person who needs medical help as soon as possible more than incarceration in the California penal system (a penal system in which he probably would not survive). His illness has (quite possibly) caused him to become a serious social concern, in terms of his interactions with children, as the allegations about his behavior allude. This is not his fault mind you, no more than it is the fault of the individual with tuberculosis that they are sick (through no fault of their own most of the time) and, in coughing, are spreading the disease and harming others. Michael Jackson, like the tuberculosis sufferer, needs immediate medical care and attention to arrest the disease, be cured of the disease and go on to live a normal life as a constructive and vital member of society. My final point is this: we must also understand, the Michael Jackson case is like a mirror before the American public, showing for all to see how we (as a collective people) treat those we once admired and loved when they "fall to Earth"... when they fall to Earth and show us that they are really mere mortals like the rest of us. Michael Jackson is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest talents this country has EVER produced (http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/jackson_michael/bio.jhtml); and yet, (like the veteran that serves the community and is dismissed after his/her services are rendered and are no longer needed) when the cumulative effects of the psychological damage done over the years takes hold, we lampoon him and castigate him for all the world to see in the public square of television. The world sees this and repulses in horror, wondering how Americans (generally speaking) can talk about "compassionate conservatism" and yet demonstrate a callousness and ugliness unabated and without mercy toward an individual who is obviously writhing in a psychic hell? You see, in our convulsions of laughter at, and finger-pointing condemnation of Michael Jackson, we THINK we are making fun of someone else, when in fact we are REALLY condemning ourselves for our lack of compassion and empathy in trying to understand the machinations that could bring someone once so high, to such low levels of desperation and despair. Like the great English poet and preacher John Donne (http://www.incompetech.com/authors/donne/bell.html) put it so many years ago, "...for whom the bell tolls...it tolls for thee". Semper Fidelis


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