To solve a problem, you have to know what causes the problem. For example, to understand Dick Cheney you have to understand that his name is Richard but people call him Dick for a reason. To understand Ann Coulter, you have to understand what it must be like to go through life with a ginormous foot in your mouth. To understand Rush Limbaugh, you have to understand how a frontal lobotomy works. To understand George W. Bush, you have to…. well there really is no understanding that. But I am sure you get the point.
As Americans, many of us just can’t understand why terrorists from the Middle East would want to destroy us. The very idea of their hating us so much is almost unfathomable. Never mind that we have been occupying their homelands for more than 60 years. Never mind that today we have dozens of “enduring” military bases just in Iraq and dozens more in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar… Is that really so terrible? We’re just there looking to send back a little oil to help run our cars and our factories back home. Why do they hate us so much? I don’t know, but I wish it was a problem we could finally solve.
Speaking of problems I wish we could solve… What are we going to do with all these illegal immigrants coming into our country uninvited? The nerve, I tell you. The very nerve of it just gets to me. The idea that those Mexicans would come here in hopes of earning money to send to their families back home is just too much to bear. Before you know it, they’ll want to build a military base. I mean can you imagine if those Mexicans were to start arriving inside tanks rather than inside trunks. Imagine if they start taking our land rather than our landscaping jobs. The very thought just makes me want to blow something up…
Is the whole situation becoming a little more clear? People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. It ruins the view and makes for a lot of sharp edges.
We need to educate ourselves if we are to finally understand our problems and how to solve them. Did you know that the US operates and/or controls between 700 and 800 military bases worldwide. These facilities include more than 850,000 different buildings and equipment. The underlying land surface is about 30 million acres – almost a third the size of California. (Interestingly enough, the Hispanic population in California is about a third of the state’s population.) The total land area occupied by US military bases domestically and internationally is about 2,202,735 hectares, which makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners worldwide.
Margaret, I don’t even know what a hectare is. Do you? So what does all this mean? To most of us – probably nothing. And that’s the problem. I mean it. Really.
A RESPONSE FROM MARGARET:
Oh Helen, dear, I wish I could help you with your problems, but I can’t. We don’t have Mexicans in Maine. Now, French Canadians are a whole other matter. You can’t swing my neighbor’s cat without hitting seven or eight of those people. Not to bother, Helen, we take all kinds here in Maine. Mexican, French Canadian, Asian, even a Korean or two. We don’t care. They are all welcome. We are even going to make the gays legal! God Bless America.