Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:31PM
The following is a repost from Jonny's own Facebook page. Jonny works as a solo artist as well as the guitarist for Warrel Dane's solo band.
So I'm passing out flyers last night to the people in line at the Showbox Market, and this guy is at the end of the line in a wheelchair, looking rather stressed. He is wearing a nice wool jacket, nice slacks, and his legs don't look withered but actually very strong, (recent injury,) yet he's obviously tired and upset, but he remains polite, asking each person walking by for some help, going unseen by so many...
So I get through the line and get up by him and hand him a flyer, (which he takes, thank you!) and notice a few dollars, some papers, and a ferry schedule in his hands. He hasn't followed the line inside, so I ask, "are you trying to find a ticket for the show?"
"No, I'm trying to get to Bremmerton... I'm a Marine, wounded in Afghanistan, sick with radiation poisoning, just trying to get treatment, but I've been stuck here for 2 days and nobody will help me..."
I ask, "do you need a ride? I've got a van right down the street."
He seemed shocked at the sudden offer, but repied, "no, thanks. I have my own van, but I need $21 for the ferry and parking fees..." He stared at his hands in almost shame and I realized they were so dirty from rolling his wheelchair through the streets of Seattle. He had maybe 2 or 3 dollars and some small change, and just looked crushed spiritually... He was obviously not used to panhandling.
I reached in my pocket and pulled out my money, handed him $10 and he lit up like a kid on Christmas. "Oh my God, thank you so much!" he exclaimed, a wave of relief coming over him.
"That is for some dinner when you get there. This is for the ferry." I handed him another $21. He froze with shock, then looked into my eyes, almost confused. I said to him, "Thank YOU for what you have given for all of us." I saluted him and smiled at him.
I saw him completely transform suddenly into a strong and proud soldier in his face and eyes. He suddenly sat straighter even, seemed to become somehow more whole. He reached out and shook my hand and said, "who are you?"
I poited at the flyer in his other hand and said, "I'm Jonny Smokes, and it is an honor to help you. Thank you so much for everything you have done for this country. Are you sure you can get where you need?"
"Yeah, I'm on the next ferry. Thanks man, you are a life saver." He rolled off towards the Starbucks and as I got back to my van I heard a honk and looked up as he waved from his own van as he drove down 1st street.
Warm fuzzy feelings turned to rage.
Why in the fuck does this man not have limo service? Where is his ticker tape parade? He lost the use of his legs in combat and is begging for change on the street? Fuck this stupid Amarican government. I say all the troops need to return home and march with all of us down to Washington and straighten out this Congress and Senate at gun point. (Yes, the army and guns. That is what the 2nd Amendment is for. For protecting ourselves from tyrany. Read some history people!)
While we are there, I'll ballance the budget real fast. You "leaders" are all fired, no pensions, no benefits. Those all go to these soldiers. No more bank bailouts. That money goes to the people who's homes and small businesses were lost because of market manipulation and fraud. Jail for all involved, no time shortened for good behavior either. That should fix Wall Street in a hurry!
Corporations are not people. I don't see WalMart in a wheelchair, sick from radiation poisoning and begging for change. (...but I sure would love to...) You want a free market to do your business in? Freedom isn't free. Your rediculous CEO salary could pay for thousands of troops to receive health care. Your stock options could provide for their families food and housing. No CEO shall make more than 20 times their avarage worker's pay. (Current average in America is over 400 times an average employee. Sorry, but that is just sick and wrong.)
Any corporation that outsources jobs or parts that could be done or made in America will be taxed an additional 50% to pay for unemployment and welfare. Any corporation that keeps jobs and goods in America will pay a flat tax equal to the average of all American workers. Any corporation that gives income raises to their staff will recieve a tax break of equal percentage to the income they increase, since the people will invest it in our economy.
Budget balanced. Everybody wins. (Except the guy who used to make 500 million a year. Now he only makes 25 million. Boo fucking hooo.)
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