We were supposed to hear a slew of pre-Christmas pardons today, so either Trumpa Claus will bestow all that later, or he might just stay in the residence and sulk. In any event, boys and girls of all ages, you will love this:
BREAKING: Vice President Mike Pence announces that uniformed members of the U.S. Space Force will be called Guardians. Threre you have it: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Guardians
— Marcus Weisgerber (@MarcusReports) December 18, 2020
Now we can assume this is straight out of the Marvel universe, Guardians of the Galaxy, or we can go to Star Trek and we have the Guardians of Forever and also the Guardians of the Xindi Council. The Guardians of Forever are the disincarnate voice in City On The Edge Of Forever, you remember the rock formation that Dr. McCoy runs into when he’s inadvertently strung out on drugs, and it’s a time tunnel? And then the Guardians of the Xindi Council are a group of extra-dimensional beings with malevolent purpose — and frankly, I’ve wondered if maybe Donald Trump isn’t something like that himself. I think the other extra-dimensional beings might have sent him here because they didn’t want him for a neighbor anymore, like New York and Florida.
But, Hand to God, Mike Pence got up at the podium and announced this with a straight face.
During the U.S. Space Force 1-year anniversary celebration, VP Pence announces members will now be called "guardians."
You can't make this shit up.pic.twitter.com/S8cjRX7v80
— The Recount (@therecount) December 18, 2020
Now I can sleep at night knowing I’m safe from a space invasion.
Too bad this measure doesn’t keep us safe from Russia and Putin’s puppet. pic.twitter.com/ud70UDFGr2
— AndSoItBegins (@ItsOverNowOk) December 18, 2020
We currently have a Russian asset in the office and has been silent over the biggest cyber hack in our history. But sure, let’s make sure we are equipped for potential alien armies coming for us in the year 4000 when Earth will be uninhabitable anyway due to climate change
— The Seer (@Apostate1123) December 18, 2020
Doesn’t “guardian” sound a little pretentious for a soldier? And doesn’t it have a bit of religious/fascist cachet, or does it just seem that way to me? “I am a Guardian, 2nd Class, and I know what’s best for you. We will be taking over your home and if you protest, we’ll zap you into oblivion.” A “guardian” is someone who takes care of you, by definition. Since when are our soldiers and sailors caretakers?
That's pitiful! Guardians? Can ppl refuse to be a member of the Space Force? It sounds more like a Mickey Mouse Club revival than a serious branch of the military.
— Nancy (@nancy_linehan) December 18, 2020
Guardians…of the Galaxy?
Does Trump want us to call him "Star Lord"?
— Amy Washburn (@AIWashburn) December 18, 2020
— James R. Thompson????????USN Retired (@JamesRThompson2) December 18, 2020
it already existed within the Air Force but trump had this need to 'create' something and turned these dedicated people into a farce, Biden can just fold them quietly back into the AF, throw out the pilfered patch, the uniforms, recycle the letterhead paper
— Kathy Byrne (@kab_fair) December 18, 2020
That’s my take on it as well. This is absurdity. Trump just wanted to look cool by creating a separate branch of the armed services and it’s pure idiocy so far. Nobody is more on board for space exploration than I am, but this is just nuts. Space Force should remain part of the Air Force. When it’s time for that group of people within the Air Force to expand and morph into something else, we’ll know it. That time is not now. That’s why this is so stupid.
Plus, I would love it if Marvel, Disney, Stan Lee’s estate, somebody sues Trump for copyright infringement, but probably that won’t happen.
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