THE FIST BUMP FROM HELL
Of modern languages, English is arguably the most flexible and adaptable. When
unable to come up with its own new word where required, it simply “borrows” from
another language, without shame. Consequently, there are near endless ways to
describe near endless things, both good, bad and in-between.
However, when it comes
to today’s GOP, the English language is left scratching its head to describe how mind-
blowingly disgusting they truly are. And in that respect, the GOP’s disdain for the
country’s veterans just went even lower, if that’s possible. And that’s regarding the
PACT act pantomime that Republican Senators thought a great idea to inflict on some
of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
PACT is the Promise to Address Comprehensive act. That legislation, among other
things, is designed to provide additional medical care for veterans who have fallen prey
to burn pit emissions (burn pits are areas of a military base or encampment where
waste is disposed of by burning). For many of those veterans who have done sustained
burn pit work, the side-effects of exposure to dust, toxins and smoke have resulted in
serious medical conditions, including respiratory and nerve damage as well as cancer.
Approximately three million US veterans have had burn pit exposure, and even that’s a
PACT has now made it through Congress and sits on Biden’s desk for his approval.
However, that wasn’t before it was previously rejected by the Senate, with 25 GOP
senators voting against. That group of pen-pushing warriors, headed up by human oil-
slick Ted Cruz and jock-itch in human form Rand Paul, were appalled by the “socialism
in disguise” nature of the proposed legislation. They bleated about the bill containing
“unnecessary pork” – their code for unnecessary other spending. Be that the case or
not, they were still giving a very stiff middle finger to burn pit veterans across the land.
For a party that is supposedly so pro-military, pro-veteran and patriotic on steroids, the
GOP sure is doing its best to make out otherwise.