Clear Fog Blog

Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Oh No! It’s the Blue Angels Again

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 30, 2009

I read the newspapers including the online one; I searched the Seattle City Council agenda, nothing on the talk shows. I began to wonder if Seattle’s Seafair celebration is canceled this year? Maybe it’s because Obama is in the White House and Democrats rule the land but where are the annual protests and resolutions condemning the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels? Not to worry, there are still a few “just give peace a chance” types out there. One has only to look at the comments on a Seattle Times notice about closure of I-90 for a Blue’s practice session.

Spiffy D wrote:

Fighter jets are made to kill people, so when I hear or see one, that’s what I think of.
It’s not appropriate for war machines to be included in a supposedly family-friendly civic celebration for the purpose of military recruitment.

Kathy B. followed with:

From the Blue Angels website:
“The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. ”
It is bad enough that military recruiters have to have access to minors in schools…having this arrogant display of militarism and resource wasting in the face of closing schools and mounting debt is disgusting. It is not the sound of freedom.

While KeepYourHeadsInTheSand opposes metaphors of sound:

It’s the sound of thousands of gallons of finite petroleum being consumed.
It’s the sound of millions of taxpayers’ dollars being turned into a circus performance to entertain the drunken drones.
It’s the sound of a rare bird being pureed by a jet engine for no other reason that to mollify the mindless masses.
It’s the sound of a homeless child crying because she has no food.
It’s the sound of a blue-collar worker sighing as he looks over his mounting health-care costs.

In a perfect world, no threats from dictators, rogue nations or terrorists and no Blue Angels but we don’t live in such a world. As the only superpower, we have responsibilities in defending freedom and democracy. The Blue Angels are a symbol of that responsibility.

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