One recent series of emails that I received was about Bob Beers; the sender, under the umbrella of being a “concerned citizen,” was disparaging him as a politician running for any office by throwing increasing amounts of mud with each new email he sent in his “valiant” attempt to educate voters before the election! As it turned out, much
to the writer’s dismay, he had the wrong Bob Beers! I wonder if he was able to recall all his words to all those thousands of email recipients who were left believing his babble.
Most of the really intense emails “informing” me about the goings-on of our politicians, our government, and all the secret societies that are more or less “working overtime beneath the surface” and planning to undermine everything “we” (the nation as a whole) hold dear, from our Constitution to our personal religions to our freedom, are very long, very rambling, and very short on content suitable even for this very brave and bold publication. This is NOT to say that there are not such goings-on; it is to say that almost all the people who share these “secrets” with me copy their ramblings from the person who sent them on to them, never checking the facts, correcting the grammar, or
bringing any of it to a point. And what are we to do with all those ramblings?
It should be rather evident after all these years that the Las Vegas Tribune does not shy away from controversy, nor does it casually present stories with no factual or reasonable backing and foundation.
Most everyone who reads our news publication, or is interested in politics in any way, or who wonders what the government is really up to, likely knows how to Google or otherwise research whatever subject or event might catch their fancy. It is not our job or our intention to pick and choose from all the horror stories available — from the
“fact” that our government is behind nearly every catastrophe from 9/11 right up to the recent shootings in Charleston, while undermining every freedom we have (left) — regarding the “real” mission of our government: that of creating some kind of a monster “new world order.”
When the impact of our government (at whatever level) reaches Las Vegas, Clark County, or the state of Nevada, and that impact is blatant and irresponsible and unacceptable, we write about it all the time. We name names; we state facts; we offer opinions; and we make suggestions. Most importantly, in whatever way we can, we take action.
And we help members of this community to take action. It isn’t good enough that we are not personally involved in any of that irresponsible or even corrupt behavior; knowing about it and not doing anything about it would be a kind of acceptance of that behavior.
Yet regarding the “big guys” and the “big events” to which some of those emails allude: What would they have us do? Take their emails, filled with “documented” crime after crime, committed by the Clintons, George W, and our current president, to name a few, all of whom apparently have either been plotting against this country or in some way (usually through death) eliminating all their personal and/or governmental enemies that could have and likely would have exposed them, according to their claims?
Some, none, or all of what any of those emails claim may be true. And people who are in a position to do something about any of it in a big way often do what they can when they are in some way involved. Sad to say, many of them apparently do not fare well; some simply leave their positions or even the country, or otherwise disappear or lose their power, their friends, their fortunes, their families, or even their life.
But this column was not intended, really, to speak to what cannot be done to help fix a country. It was intended to spark the thought processes of those who take a thought or a comment from another and cherish it — unexamined — as their own; carrying it around as sacrosanct, not to be trifled with because it fits just fine into
their mindset, their already conceived and established philosophy of life, and doesn’t clash with the mindsets of those individuals around them. In other words, just in case examining their thoughts might cause them to change their minds, they choose to bypass that possibility by not thinking and just hang out with and discuss such things with those who share those same thoughts.
Take, for example, since Independence Day is upon us, the automatic “glorification” of our veterans and all things military. I myself am a veteran, and I would never disparage all veterans any more than I would glorify all of them. Until such time as the countries of this world no longer interact as they do with each other, something must be
done to keep relative peace and freedom where it exists or ought to exist by not allowing those who choose to overrun another nation and force their way and their will upon them just because they think they can. That is usually done by the military. It is often called war. It gives occasion for those who might stand out in some way and fall
under the banner of being called real heroes. It causes great sadness to their loved ones to lose someone under such circumstances, yet it is somehow considered the price we all pay for staying free. Yet how quickly some who like to call themselves patriots would look down upon their neighbors who might choose to achieve the same ends through non-violent (non-war) means. Do those who strive for freedom and peace in alternate ways deserve the scorn of those who side with the military? Isn’t that counterproductive to peace?
It may seem strange that it takes a militaristic action to achieve a peace-intended solution, but for now, that is the way of the world.
And those who voluntarily join that effort to help get to that eventual peaceful place — primarily that place of self-government until something better (not forced nor imposed upon them in any way) comes along — deserve recognition for helping their world neighbor achieve that end, an end that virtually no one in this country would
voluntarily relinquish for anything less than a truly more ideal world — if such a state of affairs could ever be and present itself as such.
And so we have several days of recognition every year for those in our military. Yet even so, we all know that not everyone who now wears, or who ever wore, the uniform thinks alike, acts alike, or would make the same choices to help keep our nation free. And while many veterans (and current servicemembers) may disgrace their uniform and/or their country, many not only do not, they show the greatness potential in mankind through their valorous and magnanimous choices while on and off “the job.”
In light of just this one point — those who choose the military and those who do not — I believe we must examine our thoughts, which lead to our conclusions, which lead to our life philosophies. The unexamined thought leads us to believe whatever is going around, whether true or false, and to pass on the thought to others, perhaps embellishing it in the process and causing another to be swayed over to the dark side of hogwash, which eventually collects enough
believers to cause the truth to be covered over with their more outlandish web of lies, causing the bad-enough truth to get lost in the shuffle. In other words, if we wish to pass on horror stories of individual politicians or the government at large, for the purpose of…what? fixing our country?…let us be sure we’ve got the facts, then let us join forces with those who can do something about it, and then let’s do it. We ought to neither praise everyone in the military nor condemn those who chose another way.
Of course, those who just wish to inflame their fellows with juicy tidbits of who did what to whom and why — and then don’t put much effort into sharing the news when they realize they got the person or the place or the facts all wrong — will probably continue with their “all talk and no action” diatribes, hoping to have their “letters to the editor” end up gracing the page in some newspaper somewhere.
I appreciate our service members, our veterans, and all those who do their part — in whatever way they can, for the good of their country and the good of each other — while not advocating violence or war as the only or the best path to that destination.
Perhaps what those who “know everything” don’t know, is that they don’t know everything!
Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.