For Memorial Day: Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator

I would like us to honor our troops today by committing ourselves to not throwing away their lives and families on unnecessary foreign wars.

I would also like us to honor our troops today by actually supporting them when they return: by adequately funding and staffing VHA services and hospitals, and by helping them get education and find jobs when they return. One veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes for an overall veteran suicide rate that is about double that of the general population (see 2014 report).

If you’re a veteran struggling with thoughts of suicide, please follow this link for resources that can help you.

I think Charlie Chaplain’s The Great Dictator is an appropriate film to consider at the moment. Soldiers are the first victims of war.

warwhatgoodforAnd let us never forget the Republican Party, which believes America has $820 billion to spend on an unnecessary war in Iraq, $1.5 trillion on a plane that won’t fly, but not $21 billion to spend on supporting our veterans — even when it’s just reallocated, unspent money from US troop withdrawals. The GOP supports defense spending not to support our troops, and not to support national defense, but only for the sake of supporting defense contractor profits.

Don’t forget that G.W. Bush admitted that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Author: James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism (in development), David Bowie and Romanticism (forthcoming 2022), Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)), Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019), Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at jamesrovira.com for details.

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