What 2012 elections wrought: Regrettably, the status quo (aspect two)As a fresh year beckons it is almost always a good idea to assess the present and also by consequence the longer term. We cannot customize the past. We can only change the long run. However, changing the long run is not really easy as we are relayed through those who live charmed lives. To keep from repeating a similar mistakes every year takes a lot of effort. First, you will need to take note with the mistakes. Then it takes the resolve for right them. In that sense every day life is the first, second and third principles of Newtonian physics at their finest and their worst.
Not four years (1949) after the 'end' in the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly initially then faster there was a build up in troop strength in Southeast Asia. There was any excuses for people to throw on the contrived, some might say perceived Communist menace. In short, there was a need for cannon fodder. More on the point there was clearly a need to prevent dead rolling around in its tracks an expanding grassroots leftist movement---but not just in Southeast Asia---inside US also.
Who better to sacrifice thereby appease the gods of war compared to most able bodied young men in the US who due to their age can't yet vote and so had no say within the matter? This feeding the gods of war would embark on for as long as it latched onto break the back of the growing leftist movement within the US. Then it proceeded for considerably longer than 1975 so as to insure how the left was held in check.
I mention this because it is central on the statement that there was clearly a leftist movement brewing within the US. There has been a left leaning tendency on this nation in the outset. There has also been equally as constant a tendency of the right to crush that left leaning tendency through the outset at the same time.
It ought to be noted that even following the end of WWII, 1945, and the Tuskegee Airmen along with the 761st Tank Battalion notwithstanding-- Blacks, African-Americans were being bought, sold and traded through the South and Jim Crow would have been a borning. Jim Crow would survive for nearly another 3 decades effectively keeping slavery available by another name.
And if Jim Crow wasn't enough to quell the noise of civil rights activists the draft was. As the quantity of young Americans in uniform in Vietnam grew, it turned out as if nobody noticed except naturally for the boys.
Young men were being selectively thrown in the jungles of Southeast Asia by a lottery system run by local conscription boards run by White community leaders. These draft boards were made up of fine upstanding citizens of each and every respective neighborhood. There was little random or fair about them.The draft was simply a highly effective tool of social engineering. The male children of those who ran 'selective service' boards were safely ensconced in colleges and universities. It was no coincidence. University and college attendance exempted males from conscription. Then as now college enrollment was almost exclusively the domain of White males.
It is the working hypothesis with this blog that the conflict in Vietnam and actually most US 'wars' since WWII are already the result of both an evergrowing sense of entitlement about the part from the burgeoning military-industrial complex and the insecurity in the majority population. The insecurity is propelled with a fear of people that are different, the ones from color---and definitely not just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost several years there would be half one million young Black, Hispanic and poor Whites in the grass on any given day in Southeast Asia. They would battle Quixotically against a Quixotically imagined enemy of 'freedom loving people everywhere.'
At best it absolutely was the consequence of paranoid schizophrenic thinking---paranoid schizophrenic 'thinking' here being along the same lines of leadership in the 'free world.' At worst it turned out the contrived and manipulated age for opportunistic capitalist extremists and leaders in the burgeoning military-industrial complex.
This nation had just emerged from the decade (1950's) that's at once very Medieval-conservative but which unbeknownst with it also incubated a leftist movement of resentment that will shake the foundation with the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to bring about a repression just as brutal as anything any Third World bully can rain down upon those unfortunate enough to become living in that world. It was Bashar Al-Asaad with finesse.
It was the decade that shamefully gave this nation, the institutionalized pledge of allegiance, 'In God We Trust', the McCarthy Era witch hunts, blacklisting, slavery by another name inside the form of Jim Crow laws plus a twice elected national hero since it's figure head.
But inspite of the iron-grip most White population had on the nation there were unrest fomenting inside the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative and not without 'voting irregularities' at the time seemed radical. Things radical would come after the election and not as a direct result of the election.
Nothing much has changed since then. Statistically it's still exactly the same number of people graduating universities and colleges. The rate is even about the identical by type and a higher level degree. The numbers of secondary school educated students who embark on to college has always been a constant of those many decades at the same time.
When the 1960's rolled out a complete other USA rolled out by it. This was the generation of free love, drug users, free-thinkers, a generation of resistance fighters and other non-conformist malcontents. In short it would have been a good time, however tumultuous and radical, to get alive. It would be a throw back to the days prior to US Revolution.
The 1960's would be a decade-sized maelstrom of music, art, writing reflecting the life and times that inspired it. It was obviously a time once the young and in many cases some from the not so young pushed back hard against the racist, repressive, 'hell fire and brimstone' majority in the most pugnacious way.
There have been times inside the history of this nation if the puppet masters have lost control of their carefully orchestrated conservative repression and control over their tools of social engineering. This was among those. But when you hold each of the cards, money and power any effort to veer from the course by upstarts may be placed down. In that sense the controllers of the nation aren't different compared to controllers of Syria, China, Russia or another repressive regime around the planet.
No doubt in 2008 many teenagers sought and thought they were advocating for 'real change.' What the election of 2008 needs to have made quite clear to observers is real change just isn't so easy to get. If the 2008 election didn't disabuse the numerous concerned citizens of this nation then a 2012 election surely will. But you say, wait the president won re-election over the capitalist extremist! To that I respond, 'look again.'
The 2012 election really should have made quite clear that money is power. That the top 2% in general along with the top 1% especially are unwilling to offer, share or transition their capability. No different than in Egypt, Syria, Russia or China the powerful elite doesn't have any intention of quitting any of its control or power. That's not going to happen.
Only a people's movement can initiate the power capable of challenging the status quo. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, for example, almost created a difference. OWS at the very least woke up some individuals. That movement was obviously a throwback towards the efforts in the last century.
People's movements are insurgent as the name indicated. Their counter-culture nature is really a threat as real because revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the country is experiencing presently will be as old because republic itself. It is the age old battle relating to the 'haves' and also the 'have nots.'
In Vietnam up to 50 % a million representatives in the US 'have nots' struggled to survive in the jungles of Southeast Asia along with only 'mother's little helper' to relieve the pain of poverty, war and discrimination even as an average of 500 body bags were flown home each month for pretty much a decade. Because the bodies were that relating to Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites no person noticed, a lot less cared.
Also struggling were the natives of the land we invaded who as far as we were holding concerned had done absolutely nothing to bring on this type of onslaught in the US.
Meanwhile, the 'haves' found Vietnam a predesigned research and development lab ready for your taking and exploiting. It was an R & D lab funded by the US 99 percent and the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics with this hypothesis request proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a couple of reading, seeking it and making the bond. The proof is inside lies accustomed to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and you will find there's reason for that, too.
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