“On this Memorial Day weekend eve, we can finally admit that America has had for over 200 years a great bipartisan
tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by fucking them over once they give their guns back”
I am against war, unless it is a way to eradicate a disease. However I feel as we seem at this stage to be unable to refrain from killing each other, it is of the utmost importance that we take care of our veterans. Unfortunately that is not our policy. I knew the VA hospital sucked because I had met over the year many former serviceman who had shared with me their gripes. So I was enthused when John Stewart took on the task last night of talking about how we as a nation mistreat our veterans. Here are some salient quotes to remember as we go off to family barbecues and picnics.
- As traditions go, mistreating our veterans is a fully bipartisan endeavor,” Stewart said, starting with a 1988 Washington Post article that reported on the Veterans Administration directing researchers to under-report the number of VA hospitals with high mortality rates.
- Stewart also covered the failure of the Reagan administration to admit federal liability for use of Agent Orange in Vietnam and a 1932 march on Washington by World War I veterans demanding the bonuses they’d been promised 15 years earlier. Said the U.S. government: Would you accept that bonus in the form of tear gas and an escort of tanks?” Stewart said over film footage of the veterans being pushed from the streets.
- Skipping back to the Revolutionary War, Stewart talked about a group of former soldiers who took Congress hostage in 1783 over promised pensions they didn’t receive. The leaders of the group were sentenced to death, but those sentences were later commuted.
“Let’s pretend that this current VA crisis is an anomaly created by one unusually callous and ineffective president,” Stewart said. “Or … we can finally admit that America has had for over 200 years a great bipartisan tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by [expletive] them over once they give their guns back.”
FACT: 43% of Homeless Males Over 25 are Veterans!
FACT: If military service were not a causal factor in veteran homelessness, only 27% of homeless would be veterans!