As a new year beckons it will always be a good idea to measure the present and by consequence the longer term. We cannot affect the past. We can only change the future. However, changing the long run is not so simple as we are told through those who live charmed lives. To keep from repeating the same mistakes year in year out takes a great deal of effort. First, you will need to take note of the mistakes. Then it takes the resolve for right them. In that sense life's the first, second and third principles of Newtonian physics at their best and their worst.
Not four years (1949) following your 'end' in the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly in the beginning then quicker 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 was clearly a need to stop dead in their tracks an evergrowing grassroots leftist movement---but not just in Southeast Asia---within the US also.
Who preferable to sacrifice and thus appease the gods of war compared to most able bodied teenagers in the US who due to their age can't yet vote and thus had no say in the matter? This feeding the gods of war would carry on for as long as it latched onto break the back in the growing leftist movement inside US. Then it went on for for a long time than 1975 in an attempt to insure that the left was kept in check.
I mention this which is central towards the statement that there was clearly a leftist movement brewing inside the US. There has been a left leaning tendency in this nation through the outset. There has also been just like constant a tendency in the right to crush that left leaning tendency from the outset too.
It ought to be noted that even following 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 throughout the South and Jim Crow was a borning. Jim Crow would survive for pretty much another three 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 amount of young Americans in uniform in Vietnam grew, it was as if nobody noticed except obviously for the teenage boys.
Young men were being selectively thrown to the jungles of Southeast Asia by a lottery system run by local conscription boards run by White community leaders. These draft boards were comprised of fine upstanding citizens of each respective geographic area. There was little random or fair about them.The draft was simply a highly effective tool of social engineering. The male children of people who ran 'selective service' boards were safely ensconced in universities 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 on this blog that this conflict in Vietnam and in reality most US 'wars' since WWII are already the result of both an expanding sense of entitlement about the part with the burgeoning military-industrial complex as well as the insecurity from the majority population. The insecurity is propelled with a fear of people who are different, the ones from color---and not necessarily just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost a decade there would be half a million young Black, Hispanic and poor Whites in the grass on a day in Southeast Asia. They would battle Quixotically against a Quixotically imagined enemy of 'freedom loving people everywhere.'
At best it absolutely was the results of paranoid schizophrenic thinking---paranoid schizophrenic 'thinking' being part of leadership within the 'free world.' At worst it was the contrived and manipulated age for opportunistic capitalist extremists and leaders of the burgeoning military-industrial complex.
This nation had just emerged through the decade (1950's) that has been at once very Medieval-conservative but which unbeknownst with it also incubated a leftist movement of resentment that will shake the foundation of the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to come up with a repression likewise brutal as anything any Third World bully can rain down upon those unfortunate enough being 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 and a twice elected national hero since its figure head.
But in spite of the iron-grip almost all White population had around the nation there was unrest fomenting in the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative and never without 'voting irregularities' at the time seemed radical. Things radical would come after the election but not as a direct result in the election.
Nothing much has evolved since then. Statistically it's still the identical number of people graduating colleges and universities. The rate is even about the same by type and amount of degree. The numbers of senior high school educated students who continue to college has always been a constant for these many decades too.
When the 1960's rolled out a whole 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 be a good time, however tumultuous and radical, to become alive. It would be a throw back to the days ahead of the US Revolution.
The 1960's would be a decade-sized maelstrom of music, art, writing reflecting lifespan and times that inspired it. It was obviously a time when the young as well as some with the not so young pushed back hard up against the racist, repressive, 'hell fire and brimstone' majority inside a most pugnacious way.
There happen to be times within the history of the nation in the event 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 each of the cards, money and power any effort to veer off of the course by upstarts can be used down. In that sense the controllers with this nation aren't any different than the controllers get more info 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 is 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 on the capitalist extremist! To that I respond, 'look again.'
The 2012 election really should have made really clear that money is power. That the top 2% in general as well as the top 1% particularly are unwilling to present, share or transition their power. No diverse from in Egypt, Syria, Russia or China the powerful elite doesn't have any intention of stopping any of its control or power. That's just 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, by way of example, almost made a difference. OWS a minimum of woke up a number of people. That movement was a throwback towards the efforts with the last century.
People's movements are insurgent in nature. Their counter-culture nature is really a threat as real just like any revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the united states is experiencing presently is really as old since the republic itself. It will be the age old battle between the 'haves' and also the 'have nots.'
In Vietnam nearly half a million representatives in the US 'have nots' struggled to survive in the jungles of Southeast Asia sufficient reason for only 'mother's little helper' to ease the pain of poverty, war and discrimination at the same time an average of 500 body bags were flown home each month for nearly 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 these were concerned had done absolutely nothing to bring on this kind of onslaught from your US.
Meanwhile, the 'haves' found Vietnam a predesigned research and development lab ready to the taking and exploiting. It was an R & D lab funded by the US 99 percent along with the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics of this hypothesis ask for proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a a few reading, trying to find it and making the text. The proof is within the lies utilized to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and you will find there's reason for that, too.
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