What 2012 elections wrought: Regrettably, the established order (aspect 2)As a fresh year beckons in most cases a good idea to look at the present and by consequence the long run. We cannot affect the past. We can only change the longer term. However, changing the long run is not so easy as we are told through those who live charmed lives. To keep from repeating the same mistakes year after year takes a lots of effort. First, it is very important take note from the mistakes. Then it takes the dedication to right them. In that sense life is the first, second and third principles of Newtonian physics at their best and their worst.
Not four years (1949) as soon as the 'end' of the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly to start with then more quickly there was a lot in troop strength in Southeast Asia. There was a need for people to throw in the contrived, some might say perceived Communist menace. In short, there were a need for cannon fodder. More to the point there is a need to stop dead in their tracks a growing grassroots leftist movement---but not merely in Southeast Asia---inside US as well.
Who safer to sacrifice and therefore appease the gods of war compared to most able bodied boys in the US who due to their age cannot yet vote and thus had no say in the matter? This feeding the gods of war would continue for as long as it latched onto break the back with the growing leftist movement inside US. Then it went on for for a long time than 1975 so that they can insure that this left was kept in check.
I mention this since it is central towards the statement that there is a leftist movement brewing in the US. There has been a left leaning tendency on this nation through the outset. There has also been just like constant a tendency from the right to crush that left leaning tendency through the outset too.
It must be noted that even after the end of WWII, 1945, as well as the Tuskegee Airmen as well as the 761st Tank Battalion notwithstanding-- Blacks, African-Americans were being bought, sold and traded over the South and Jim Crow would have been a borning. Jim Crow would survive for nearly another 3 decades effectively keeping slavery set up 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 had been as if no person noticed except obviously for the teenagers.
Young men were being selectively thrown to the jungles of Southeast Asia with a lottery system run by local conscription boards run by White community leaders. These draft boards were composed of fine upstanding citizens of each respective specific geographic area. There was little random or fair about them.The draft was simply an 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 on this blog that the conflict in Vietnam and in fact most US 'wars' since WWII happen to be the result of both an evergrowing sense of entitlement for the part in the burgeoning military-industrial complex along with the insecurity in the majority population. The insecurity is propelled by the fear of people that are different, those of color---and certainly not just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost a decade there would be half a million young Black, Hispanic and poor Whites on the ground on any day in Southeast Asia. They would battle Quixotically against a Quixotically imagined enemy of 'freedom loving people everywhere.'
At best it turned out the results of paranoid schizophrenic thinking---paranoid schizophrenic 'thinking' being part of leadership inside the 'free world.' At worst it was the contrived and manipulated age for opportunistic capitalist extremists and leaders from the burgeoning military-industrial complex.
This nation had just emerged from your decade (1950's) which was at once very Medieval-conservative but which unbeknownst into it also incubated a leftist movement of resentment that would shake the very foundation in the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to come up with 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 in the form of Jim Crow laws and a twice elected national hero as its figure head.
But despite the iron-grip many White population had about the nation there was clearly unrest fomenting inside the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative instead of without 'voting irregularities' at the time seemed radical. Things radical would come as soon as the election however, not as a direct result from the election.
Nothing much has evolved since then. Statistically it's still the identical number of people graduating universites and colleges. The rate is even about the identical by type and degree of degree. The numbers of high school graduation educated students who carry on to college has remained a constant of those many decades at the same time.
When the 1960's rolled out an entirely other USA rolled out by using 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 bola good time, however tumultuous and radical, to get alive. It would be a throw back towards the days prior to US Revolution.
The 1960's was obviously a decade-sized maelstrom of music, art, writing reflecting the life span and times that inspired it. It was a time if the young and even some with the not so young pushed back hard against the racist, repressive, 'hell fire and brimstone' majority in the most pugnacious way.
There happen to be times inside history of the nation in the event the puppet masters have forfeit 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 than the controllers of Syria, China, Russia or other repressive regime on the planet.
No doubt in 2008 many teenagers sought and thought these folks were advocating for 'real change.' What the election of 2008 should have made very clear to observers is that real change isn't so easy to research. If the 2008 election didn't disabuse the masses of concerned citizens with this nation then the 2012 election surely will. But you say, wait the president won re-election within the capitalist extremist! To that I respond, 'look again.'
The 2012 election needs to have made quite clear that money is power. That the top 2% in general and also the top 1% especially are unwilling to give, share or transition their ability. No unique of in Egypt, Syria, Russia or China the powerful elite doesn't have intention of letting go of any of its control or power. That's hardly going to happen.
Only a people's movement can initiate the force capable of challenging the status quo. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, for example, almost developed a difference. OWS no less than woke up a few people. That movement would have been a throwback towards the efforts with the last century.
People's movements are insurgent naturally. Their counter-culture nature is a threat as real every revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the country is experiencing presently can be as old since the republic itself. It could be the age old battle between your 'haves' along with the 'have nots.'
In Vietnam up to 50 % a million representatives of the US 'have nots' struggled to survive within the jungles of Southeast Asia and 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 the ones from Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites no one noticed, significantly less cared.
Also struggling were the natives from the land we invaded who as far as these folks were concerned had done not even attempt to bring on such an onslaught in the US.
Meanwhile, the 'haves' found Vietnam a premade research and development lab ready for your taking and exploiting. It was an R & D lab funded by the US 99 percent and also the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics with this hypothesis require proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a few reading, trying to find it and making the link. The proof is inside lies employed to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and you will find there's reason for that, too.
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