As a brand new year beckons in most cases a good idea to look at the present through consequence the long run. We cannot customize the past. We can only change the near future. However, changing the longer term is not very easy as we are written in context as those who live charmed lives. To keep from repeating a similar mistakes every year takes a good deal of effort. First, you will need to take note in 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 utmost and their worst.
Not four years (1949) after the 'end' with the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly to start with then faster there was a lot in troop strength in Southeast Asia. There was an excuse for people to throw with the contrived, some might say perceived Communist menace. In short, there is a need for cannon fodder. More for the point there were a need to halt dead in the tracks an expanding grassroots leftist movement---but not merely in Southeast Asia---in the US at the same time.
Who safer to sacrifice and thus appease the gods of war compared to most able bodied teenage boys in the US who thanks to their age can't yet vote and so had no say within the matter? This feeding the gods of war would go on for as long as it popularized break the back of the growing leftist movement within the US. Then it proceeded for a lot longer than 1975 so as to insure that this left was saved in check.
I mention this since it is central towards the statement that there is a leftist movement brewing inside the US. There has been a left leaning tendency within this nation from your outset. There has also been in the same way constant a tendency in the right to crush that left leaning tendency from your outset as well.
It needs to be noted that even as soon as the end of WWII, 1945, and also the Tuskegee Airmen along with 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 up to another three 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 no person noticed except naturally for the boys.
Young men were being selectively thrown into the jungles of Southeast Asia with 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 respective local area. There was little random or fair about them.The draft was simply an effective tool of social engineering. The male children of people that ran 'selective service' boards were safely ensconced in universites and colleges. 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 could be the working hypothesis of the 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 with the burgeoning military-industrial complex along with the insecurity from the majority population. The insecurity is propelled with a fear of people who are different, those of color---and not really just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost ten years there would be half a million young Black, Hispanic and poor Whites on the floor on any day in Southeast Asia. They would battle Quixotically against a Quixotically imagined enemy of 'freedom loving people everywhere.'
At best it absolutely was the result of paranoid schizophrenic thinking---paranoid schizophrenic 'thinking' being along the same lines of leadership inside the 'free world.' At worst it was the contrived and manipulated age for opportunistic capitalist extremists and leaders with the burgeoning military-industrial complex.
This nation had just emerged from your decade (1950's) that has been at once very Medieval-conservative but which unbeknownst to it also incubated a leftist movement of resentment that might shake ab muscles foundation in the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to create a repression likewise 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 within the form of Jim Crow laws along with a twice elected national hero as its figure head.
But inspite of the iron-grip many White population had for the nation there were unrest fomenting inside the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative rather than without 'voting irregularities' on the time seemed radical. Things radical would come following your election but not as a direct result in the election.
Nothing much is different since then. Statistically it's still a similar number of people graduating universites and colleges. The rate is even about exactly the same by type and level of degree. The numbers of high school educated students who embark on to college has stayed a constant because of these many decades also.
When the 1960's rolled out an entirely other USA rolled out by it. This was the generation of free love, drug users, free-thinkers, a generation of resistance fighters as well as other non-conformist malcontents. In short it was obviously a good time, however tumultuous and radical, being alive. It was obviously a throw back towards the days prior to the US Revolution.
The 1960's was obviously a decade-sized maelstrom of music, art, writing reflecting the life and times that inspired it. It would be a time when the young and also some with the not so young pushed back hard up against the racist, repressive, 'hell fire and brimstone' majority in a very most pugnacious way.
There are already times inside the history with 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 every one of the cards, money and power any effort to veer off of the course by upstarts may be put down. In that sense the controllers on this nation aren't any different than the controllers of Syria, China, Russia or any other repressive regime around the planet.
No doubt in 2008 many young people sought and thought these were advocating for 'real change.' What the election of 2008 must have made very clear to observers is always that real change is just not so easy to find. If the 2008 election didn't disabuse the masses of concerned citizens of this nation then the 2012 election surely will. But you say, wait the president won re-election in the capitalist extremist! To that I respond, 'look again.'
The 2012 election really should have made very clear that money is power. That the top 2% in general and the top 1% in particular are unwilling to offer, 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 simply not going to happen.
Only a people's movement can initiate the force capable of challenging the status quo. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, as an example, almost designed a difference. OWS at the very least woke up a few people. That movement was obviously a throwback on the efforts with the last century.
People's movements are insurgent naturally. Their counter-culture nature is a threat as real just like any revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the united states is experiencing presently can be as old as the republic itself. It could be the age old battle involving the 'haves' and also the 'have nots.'
In Vietnam nearly half a million representatives from the US 'have nots' struggled to survive in the jungles of Southeast Asia and with only 'mother's little helper' to relieve the pain of poverty, war and discrimination even while an average of 500 body bags were flown home each month for nearly a decade. Because the bodies were that regarding Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites nobody noticed, significantly less cared.
Also struggling were the natives with the land we invaded who as far as we were holding concerned had done nothing to bring on this kind of onslaught from your US.
Meanwhile, the 'haves' found Vietnam a premade research and development lab ready to the taking and exploiting. It was an R & D lab funded from the US 99 percent along with the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics of the hypothesis request proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a a few reading, looking for it and website making the bond. The proof is within the lies used to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and you will find there's reason for that, too.
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