I was a Gangster for Capitalism
As part of his employment responsibilities Girly has to occasionally go on Evangelical missions where he is called on to deliver "Come to Jesus" sermons to scum-sucking slimebag contractors trying to rob the US taxpayers blind. My conversion rate is >90% but only because "We're gonna cut your funding if you don't comply" is far more effective than "You're going to hell if you don't believe".

Before I start one of these sermons I prep myself by reflecting on this statement by Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler which is as true now as it was 80 years ago.

"On War, by U.S General Smedley Butler (1933)

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."


And then I'll watch my favorite reading of it.





Almost all of the fuckers end up finding their way to Jesus. The few that don't are convinced their intellectual property is worth more than compliance. They are invariably mistaken.
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Thanks for sharing that video - I'd much rather hear it from a GirlyGirl than a GirlyMan Wink What line of work are you in, GirlyMan?
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Ever see Dexter?
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How can you rob a taxpayer blind when the sixteenth amendment was never ratified? Wink

And there ain't no moralizer evolved nor created that did not justify the local identity. You provide for your people. And one doesn't get any certainty that there is reality beyond's one's people, one's local identity,.
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(13-01-2012 10:11 AM)Starcrash Wrote:  Thanks for sharing that video - I'd much rather hear it from a GirlyGirl than a GirlyMan Wink What line of work are you in, GirlyMan?

Defense. I use to be a computer engineer, but then I took an arrow to the knee and now apparently I'm just another bureaucrat.
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I related to this paraphrased quote:

Quote:My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed what I thought was a Higher-Power. This is typical with everyone in the ministerial service.
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My man Smedley!
I haven't seen Smedley in years. Smile
I got into the great Gen. Smedley Butler quite a few years ago -before the time of interwebs, my children... and guess what? NO ONE BELIEVED ME!! And when I showed them -hard copy and all... NO ONE BELIEVED HIM!!

Angel Maybe the view was obscured by some invisible brother/father/lover in the sky.
Faith is faith, it seems. Dodgy
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(14-01-2012 10:43 PM)kim Wrote:  My man Smedley!
I haven't seen Smedley in years. Smile
I got into the great Gen. Smedley Butler quite a few years ago -before the time of interwebs, my children... and guess what? NO ONE BELIEVED ME!! And when I showed them -hard copy and all... NO ONE BELIEVED HIM!!

Angel Maybe the view was obscured by some invisible brother/father/lover in the sky.
Faith is faith, it seems. Dodgy

Nah...you were just monitored and countered by the Shadow Government's Black Helicopters.Cool
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(14-01-2012 10:43 PM)kim Wrote:  My man Smedley!

The Fighting Quaker had a fascinating life. Almost like Forrest Gump meets HamataK.

Quote:"I believe in...taking Wall St. by the throat and shaking it up."

That's the HamataK version of Occupy Wall Street.

(14-01-2012 10:43 PM)kim Wrote:  And when I showed them -hard copy and all... NO ONE BELIEVED HIM!!

It's plain now to all those involved that the Military Industrial Complex is seriously fucked up. Fixing it is gonna be tricky. Too many jobs at stake. I'm a proponent of an increased focus on dual-use commercial application to attenuate the impact.

(14-01-2012 10:15 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  I related to this paraphrased quote:

Quote:My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed what I thought was a Higher-Power. This is typical with everyone in the ministerial service.

What if, Hellbound Preacher, you had opted to keep your revelation to yourself and instead of deconverting you opted to stay and try and eat the delusion from the inside out? I mean you coulda been a spy in the house of love.



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