• ChickenLadyLovesLife@lemmy.world
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    26 days ago

    This will be an incredibly dated reference, but back in the '80s there was a comic who would ask the crowd who the black girl in The Facts of Life (TV show) was and there’d be a chorus of people yelling “Tudy! Tudy! Tudy!” Then he’d ask who the secretary of defense was.

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          Not a damn clue. And I would argue that it’s not a terribly important thing for your average American to know, either. Just because I’m curious, I’ll look it up…

          Lloyd Austin. Never heard of him.

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            When I enlisted in the US Army they made us memorize our chain of command all the way up to the Commander in Chief (POTAS). I still remember who was in charge back then, but I didn’t know who the current Secretary of Defense was until you told me just now. It’s weird, because that used to be something most of us citizens knew, but over the last 6 years everything has gone so fucky that we can’t seem to keep track of everything any more. I blame it on the very intentional firehose of falsehood that is aimed directly at each of us every single day now.

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              I looked at the list of past Secretaries of Defense and aside from Caspar Weinberger, who I mentioned in another comment, I only recognize Robert McNamara (from the infamy of Vietnam), Donald Rumsfeld (from the infamy of Dubya), and Dick Cheney - surprisingly, I remember his name from before he was VP.

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            I didn’t know either lol. I’ve also never heard of Lloyd Austin. For that matter, I’m not sure who was secretary of defense during Facts of Life’s run - “Casper Weinberger” comes to mind for some reason.