The Other Half of PTSD (RR)


by OPOVV, ©2019

(Feb. 23, 2019) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the ever-exciting and informative current news show, ‘The Pulse of the Nation,’ broadcasting from Pastor Dunkin‘s church on Hawthorn Street. Hello, I’m Mr. Roving Reporter and I’ll be your host for this evening’s symposium on the ‘Associated Effects of the Nutty,’ the current bestseller by Professor Zorkophsky. Welcome to the ‘Pulse,’ Professor. I’ve a question before we start: is the word ‘nutty’ an accepted professional psychiatric term, and if it is, does it pertain to a specific form of being nuts?”

“Thank you, Roving, for such a kind and thoughtful introduction, but before we delve into the esoteric world of us professional psychiatrists, let me say that it is indeed an honor to be here hawking my new book. And one more thing: please, Roving, let’s keep this gathering informal by addressing me as ‘Zork.’”

“Oh, for sure, Zork. So what’s the main gist of your new book? Is it written as a novel, screenplay or is it another one of your many textbooks?”

“None of the above, Roving: I wrote it as a play in four acts, the last one bringing the others together for an exciting and surprising conclusion.”

“Go on, but first, let’s break for a commercial.”

The Weight” (2:52)

“As I was saying, it’s written as a play but it’s not constructed as one; I mean, you’re not reading a play as much as a regular book, understand?”

“Fine; so what’s it all about?”

“In a nutshell, it’s about being disrespectful; it’s about driving people into a corner; it’s seeing someone down – maybe outnumbered — and kicking them in the teeth; it’s about taking the last vestige of honor, maybe the medals, from an old soldier and flushing them; and it’s about telling a veteran that their sacrifice to uphold the Constitution was worthless.”

“That sounds pretty ominous, Zork.”

“It’s meant to be, Roving. It’s about Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders flipping off the flag.  It’s about Joe ‘One-Too-Many-Concussions’  Namath supporting Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Constitutional Rights,’ the rights’ that real men* fought and died to preserve.

“I’m not too sure if I’m following you. What do you say we take a break?”

Spoonful” (2:42)

“Okay; we’re back, Zork: you were saying?”

“What I’m saying is that all the promoters of Socialism are, in fact, enemies of the Constitution. Look, I’ll make it simple: the NAZI PARTY promoted Socialism; Communism is Socialism on steroids but — and get this – both are against the Constitution which, may I remind your audience, includes the Bill of Rights and the other amendments.”

“So Socialists are against free speech and the Second Amendment, right?”

“After Hitler took power in 1933, the first thing he did was to confiscate the guns, just as what happened in Venezuela, just as our Democratic Socialists want to do to us.”

“So what does that have to do with your book?”

“Everything, since the first three chapters are about the wives of servicemen who were in combat, that’s what. It’s about how the wives are dealing with their husbands’ graduating from silence to vocalizing their dissatisfaction with the Socialists among us. Chapter One chronicles a Vietnam veteran who is, as are the other veterans, becoming more and more agitated by the likes of Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Mayor de Biasio, and all the other traitors, including the purveyors of Fake News.”

“And the wives agree that these people are traitors?”

“Look, Roving, I write for a mature audience, not today’s college nitwits.”

“Oh, sorry, Zork, but, unfortunately, I can’t afford to be so choosy. You see, in order to be successful, at least on TV, we have to cater to the lowest common denominator, which is, well… what I’m trying to say is that we don’t want to be too complicated or make people too uncomfortable, yet we still have to tell the truth.”

“Yes, I understand: I concede your point. Now, as I was saying, the wives represent the veterans of Vietnam, the Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom.”

“Elaborate, please.”

“It’s like this: by marrying men who saw combat firsthand and living with the consequences of combat-related PTSD, it’s as if the wives also took the Oath to the Constitution, even if by association, understand?”

“So this is a book about the wives? It’s written from their point of view, is that it?

“That’s right, Roving.”

“So, at the beginning, you said that these three wives, what, get together at the end…”

“And really make their voices heard, and not from socialist-infiltrated organizations such as NOW and SPLC. But I don’t want to give the whole game away: buy the book. I know we’ve run out of time; I’ve done these book interviews enough times to know that, so I’ll conclude by saying that the premise of the book is this: for those who believe in this Socialism nonsense, recess is over: grow up.”

“Is there a qualifier? I mean, grow up or…else?”

“I’ll leave that to the imagination of your audience, Roving. Let’s say that your PTSD veteran and his wife aren’t going to sell out their country for anything, and you can take that to the bank. So these false promises of ‘free’ don’t cut it with those who took The Oath and put their lives on the line, with the Grim Reaper as a constant reminder.”

“Well, Zork, our time is up and so, I’m sorry to say, we don’t have time to take questions from the audience as we planned. I want to thank you for being here tonight and hope you all enjoyed the show. A special thanks to Pastor Dunkin for allowing us to broadcast from his church. And now it’s time for me to wish you all, on behalf of the crew, a goodnight: Goodnight.

“Good show, Zork; too bad we ran a little long. Burger time: my treat.”

[*Real men: I could’ve written “patriotic men” but I wanted to make this point: it’s mighty easy to criticize if you never walked the walk.]

Satisfaction” (3:54)


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