As a new year beckons it is almost always a good idea to measure the present and also by consequence the near future. We cannot customize the past. We can only change the long run. However, changing the future is not so simple as we are written in context as those who live charmed lives. To keep from repeating the identical mistakes every year takes a great deal of effort. First, you should take note in the mistakes. Then it takes the commitment 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' with the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly in the beginning then more rapidly there was an accumulation 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 is a need for cannon fodder. More to the point there were a need to prevent dead in the tracks an evergrowing grassroots leftist movement---but not simply in Southeast Asia---within the US too.
Who safer to sacrifice and therefore appease the gods of war than the most able bodied young men in the US who thanks to their age couldn't yet vote and so had no say in the matter? This feeding the gods of war would continue for as long as it latched onto break the back of the growing leftist movement within the US. Then it proceeded for for a long time than 1975 so as to insure that this left was held in check.
I mention this which is central towards the statement that there were a leftist movement brewing in the US. There has been a left leaning tendency on this nation in the outset. There has also been equally as constant a tendency in the right to crush that left leaning tendency through the outset also.
It should 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 throughout the South and Jim Crow was 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 amount of young Americans in uniform in Vietnam grew, it had been as if nobody noticed except naturally for the boys.
Young men were being selectively thrown in 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 neighborhood. There was little random or fair about them.The draft was simply a powerful 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 will be the working hypothesis of this blog how the conflict in Vietnam and actually most US 'wars' since WWII are actually the result of both an evergrowing sense of entitlement on the part in the burgeoning military-industrial complex and also the insecurity of the majority population. The insecurity is propelled by the fear of those that are different, that relating to color---and not necessarily just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost several years there would be half millions of young Black, Hispanic and poor Whites on a lawn on any given 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 inside '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 from your decade (1950's) that has been at once very Medieval-conservative but which unbeknownst for it also incubated a leftist movement of resentment that will shake abdominal muscles foundation with the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to produce a repression likewise brutal as anything any Third World bully can rain down upon those unfortunate enough to be 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 since its figure head.
But in spite of the iron-grip many White population had for the nation there were unrest fomenting within the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative and not without 'voting irregularities' on the time seemed radical. Things radical would come following your election although not as a direct result from the election.
Nothing much has changed since then. Statistically it's still a similar number of people graduating colleges and universities. The rate is even about the identical by type and level of degree. The numbers of senior high school educated students who carry on to college has stayed a constant because of these many decades too.
When the 1960's rolled out an entirely other USA rolled out with it. This was the generation of free love, drug users, free-thinkers, a generation of resistance fighters along with other non-conformist malcontents. In short it would have been a good time, however tumultuous and radical, being alive. It would be a throw back to the days prior to US Revolution.
The 1960's would have been a decade-sized maelstrom of music, art, writing reflecting the life and times that inspired it. It was a time when 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 are actually times in the history of this nation once the puppet masters have lost control of their carefully orchestrated conservative repression and control of their tools of social engineering. This was one particular. But when you hold all of the cards, money and power any effort to veer over course by upstarts can be put down. In that sense the controllers of this nation aren't different compared to controllers of Syria, China, Russia or any other repressive regime about the planet.
No doubt in 2008 many young adults sought and thought we were holding advocating for 'real change.' What the election of 2008 really should have made really clear to observers is the fact that real change isn't so easy to find. If the 2008 election didn't disabuse the numerous concerned citizens on this nation then the 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 needs to have made very clear that money is power. That the top 2% in general along with the top 1% particularly are unwilling to provide, share or transition their ability. No different than in Egypt, Syria, Russia or China the powerful elite does not 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 at the very least woke up some people. That movement was a throwback to the efforts of the last century.
People's movements are insurgent naturally. Their counter-culture nature is really a threat as more info real every revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the nation is experiencing presently can be as old because the republic itself. It is 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 ease the pain of poverty, war and discrimination at the same time an average of 500 body bags were flown home each month for almost a decade. Because the bodies were that relating to Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites nobody noticed, a smaller amount 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 onslaught from your US.
Meanwhile, the 'haves' found Vietnam a premade research and development lab ready for the taking and exploiting. It was an R & D lab funded from the US 99 percent and the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics on this hypothesis request proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a a few reading, searching for it and making the link. The proof is in the lies utilized to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and there is a reason for that, too.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, deficiency of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way'