BY JOHN SCRIPSICK
Fall has come to my farm in Oklahoma.
Light frost makes for cool mornings
This summer, 110 degrees plus made me think it would never rain again, but finally after a little moisture from up above, I was able to work the fields and plant wheat again for the hopes of next year.
I will now care for the cattle through the winter.
Observing a herd of cattle is similar to behaviors of people. If you drop one chunk of alfalfa hay to a hundred head, a few bosses will eat it all and not let the rest have any.
That’s probably where the word bossy originates.
In America, the people’s tax money ends up in one spot, and the bosses of the herd, like hogs at the trough, are there to take the lion’s share.
Working alone, I think of all the times my youngest son would help on the farm. He joined the Marines to help America be safe.
Bryan is gone now.
His life ended in Iraq at the age of 22. But he opened the door to more questions than answers.
His death has led me to observe a few things.
Soldiers are regarded as heroes, but make one-sixth the wages of private contractors.
Military leaders end up on the boards of giant oil companies and defense contractors, while soldiers leaving the military can’t find a job.
Politicians give our tax dollars as aid to foreign dictators who then buy weapons from our defense contractors to control their people. And large corporations extract natural resources to then sell back to “we the people.”
Politicians end a lot of speeches with “God Bless America” but use our tax dollars to fund the largest killing machine the world has ever known – the deaths of millions in Vietnam and close to a million in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bush and Cheney can “lie” the people into war a decade ago, and never be held accountable.
Today, Bush can even throw out the first pitch at the World Series.
In America, stories of 10- to 12-year-old little girls missing or killed receive months of news coverage, but a 10-year-old girl in Afghanistan, when killed by our drones, gets zero news coverage.
I am sure she is God’s child as are American girls.
Most Americans will choose news that has the most entertaining and flashy news commentators.
Large corporations can control our government and our news with enough money.
A few people will speak out, but most won’t.
America, once the home of the brave, has changed to silence.
Recently, watching Occupy Wall Streeters and the connection with Iraq Veterans Against the War, along with many Vietnam veterans, makes me think the home of the brave is coming back.
On a farm, the first of many rounds has to be plowed or mowed before you can produce a crop. And it’s the slowest and requires the most preparation.
Demanding Bush and Cheney stand in front of a Judge Judy-type person would almost combine the next several rounds.
As the money connections of big oil banks and contractors are rolled to the surface, hopefully people will see the injustice of how our tax dollars are used.
– John Scripsick lives in Wayne, OK where he is a full-time cattle rancher and farmer. His son Bryan was killed Sept. 6, 2007 in Iraq.
PHOTO: John Scripsick