What 2012 elections wrought: Regrettably, the established order (section two)As a whole new year beckons it is almost always a good idea to appraise the present through consequence the future. We cannot customize the past. We can only change the near future. 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 in year out takes a lots of effort. First, you should take note in the mistakes. Then it takes the commitment to right them. In that sense life's the first, second and third principles of Newtonian physics at their very best and their worst.
Not four years (1949) following the 'end' with the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly at first then faster there was a lot in troop strength in Southeast Asia. There was a need for people to throw on the contrived, some might say perceived Communist menace. In short, there was a need for cannon fodder. More towards the point there were a need to halt dead in its tracks a growing grassroots leftist movement---but not just in Southeast Asia---in the US also.
Who easier to sacrifice and therefore appease the gods of war than the most able bodied teenage boys in the US who thanks to their age cannot yet vote and thus had no say within the matter? This feeding the gods of war would carry on for as long as it loved break the back in the growing leftist movement in the US. Then it went on for considerably longer than 1975 so as to insure how the left was trapped in check.
I mention this because it's central on the statement that there were a leftist movement brewing in the US. There has been a left leaning tendency with this nation through the outset. There has also been just as constant a tendency of the right to crush that left leaning tendency in the outset too.
It ought to be noted that even following your 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 through the South and Jim Crow would have been a borning. Jim Crow would survive for up to 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 amount of young Americans in uniform in Vietnam grew, it was as if no-one noticed except of course for the young men.
Young men were being selectively thrown into the jungles of Southeast Asia by way of a lottery system run by local conscription boards run by White community leaders. These draft boards were consists of fine upstanding citizens of each one respective specific geographic area. There was little random or fair about them.The draft was simply an efficient tool of social engineering. The male children of those 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 is the working hypothesis with this blog that the conflict in Vietnam and actually most US 'wars' since WWII are actually the result of both an increasing sense of entitlement about the part in the burgeoning military-industrial complex and the insecurity from the majority population. The insecurity is propelled by the fear of people who are different, that regarding color---and not necessarily just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost 10 years there would be half a million young Black, Hispanic and poor Whites on the floor on a day in Southeast Asia. They would battle Quixotically against a Quixotically imagined enemy of 'freedom loving people everywhere.'
At best it was the result of paranoid schizophrenic thinking---paranoid schizophrenic 'thinking' being along the same lines of leadership in 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 through the decade (1950's) that was at once very Medieval-conservative but which unbeknownst for it also incubated a leftist movement of resentment that might shake abdominal muscles foundation with the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to bring about a repression likewise brutal as anything any Third World bully can rain down upon those unfortunate enough to get 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 along with a twice elected national hero as its figure head.
But in spite of the iron-grip almost all White population had around the nation there is unrest fomenting in the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative rather than without 'voting irregularities' in the time seemed radical. Things radical would come after the election and not as a direct result with the election.
Nothing much has changed since then. Statistically it's still the identical number of people graduating universites and colleges. The rate is even about exactly the same by type and a higher level degree. The numbers of secondary school educated students who go on to college has stayed a constant of these many decades as well.
When the 1960's rolled out a complete other USA rolled out by using it. This was the generation of free love, drug users, free-thinkers, a generation of resistance fighters and also other non-conformist malcontents. In short it was obviously a good time, however tumultuous and radical, to be alive. It was obviously a throw back towards 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 when the young and also some of the not so young pushed back hard up against the racist, repressive, 'hell fire and brimstone' majority in a very most pugnacious way.
There happen to be times in the history with this nation when the puppet masters have mislaid control of their carefully orchestrated conservative repression and control of their tools of social engineering. This was some of those. But when you hold all of the cards, money and power any effort to veer off of the course by upstarts can be put down. In that sense the controllers with this nation are no different compared to the controllers of Syria, China, Russia or some other repressive regime around the planet.
No doubt in 2008 many the younger generation sought and thought they were advocating for 'real change.' What the election of 2008 needs to have made quite clear to observers is the fact that real change is just not so easy to come by. If the 2008 election didn't disabuse the numerous concerned citizens of this nation then your 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 should have made very clear that money is power. That the top 2% in general along with the top 1% in particular are unwilling to offer, share or transition their capability. No different than in Egypt, Syria, Russia or China the powerful elite does not have any intention of letting go of any of its control or power. That's just not going to happen.
Only a people's movement can initiate the vitality capable of challenging the status quo. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, by way of example, almost created a difference. OWS at least woke up a number of people. That movement would have been a throwback for the efforts with the last century.
People's movements are insurgent as the name indicated. Their counter-culture nature is a threat as real every revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the world is experiencing presently can be as old since the republic itself. It may be the age old battle involving the 'haves' and the 'have nots.'
In Vietnam up to 50 % a million representatives in the US 'have nots' struggled to survive inside jungles of Southeast Asia and with only 'mother's little helper' to ease 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 regarding Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites no person noticed, significantly less cared.
Also struggling were the natives with the land we invaded who as far as we were holding concerned had done not even attempt to bring on this type of onslaught from your US.
Meanwhile, the 'haves' found Vietnam a predesigned research and development lab ready for the taking and exploiting. It was an R & D lab funded with the US 99 percent as well as the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics on this hypothesis request proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a a few reading, trying to find it and making the bond. The proof is within the lies used to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and there's a reason for that, too.
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