As a fresh year beckons it is usually a good idea to look at the present and by consequence the long run. We cannot change the past. We can only change the near future. However, changing the future is not really easy as we are relayed through those who live charmed lives. To keep from repeating the identical mistakes every single year takes a lot of effort. First, you should take note with 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 finest and their worst.
Not four years (1949) after the 'end' with the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly at first then more quickly there was an accumulation 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 is a need for cannon fodder. More to the point there was clearly a need to stop dead in their tracks an increasing grassroots leftist movement---but not just in Southeast Asia---within the US also.
Who better to sacrifice and so appease the gods of war as opposed to most able bodied teenagers in the US who due to their age can't yet vote and thus had no say within the matter? This feeding the gods of war would continue for as long as it popularized break the back in the growing leftist movement in the US. Then it continued for for a long time than 1975 so as to insure that this left was kept in check.
I mention this since it is central to the statement that there was clearly a leftist movement brewing in the US. There has been a left leaning tendency on this nation from your outset. There has also been in the same way constant a tendency with the right to crush that left leaning tendency from your outset also.
It ought to be noted that even following the end of WWII, 1945, and also the Tuskegee Airmen and also the 761st Tank Battalion notwithstanding-- Blacks, African-Americans were being bought, sold and traded through the South and Jim Crow was a borning. Jim Crow would survive for pretty much another three decades effectively keeping slavery in place 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 obviously for the boys.
Young men were being selectively thrown into 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 one 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 with this blog how the conflict in Vietnam and actually most US 'wars' since WWII are actually the result of both a growing sense of entitlement on the part with the burgeoning military-industrial complex and also the insecurity of the majority population. The insecurity is propelled by way of a fear of people who are different, those of color---and definitely not just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost a decade there would be half one million young Black, Hispanic and poor Whites on the floor on any given day in Southeast Asia. They would battle Quixotically against a Quixotically imagined enemy of 'freedom loving people everywhere.'
At best it had been the result of paranoid schizophrenic thinking---paranoid schizophrenic 'thinking' being along the same lines of leadership within 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 could shake abdominal muscles foundation of the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to create a repression just as 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 inside form of Jim Crow laws and a twice elected national hero since its figure head.
But despite the iron-grip many White population had around the nation there were unrest fomenting within the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative and never without 'voting irregularities' in the time seemed radical. Things radical would come following your election however, not as a direct result in the election.
Nothing much has evolved since then. Statistically it's still exactly the same number of people graduating colleges and universities. The rate is even about the same by type and a higher level degree. The numbers of high school graduation educated students who continue to college has remained a constant of those many decades also.
When the 1960's rolled out an entire other USA rolled out by 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 be alive. It would have been a throw back for the days prior to US Revolution.
The 1960's was obviously a decade-sized maelstrom of music, art, writing reflecting the life and times that inspired it. It was a time once the young as well as some in the not so young pushed back hard up against the racist, repressive, 'hell fire and brimstone' majority inside a most pugnacious way.
There have been times inside the website history with this nation once 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 all the cards, money and power any effort to veer from the course by upstarts can be put down. In that sense the controllers of the nation are no different than the controllers of Syria, China, Russia or some other repressive regime around the planet.
No doubt in 2008 many young people 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 just isn't so easy to research. If the 2008 election didn't disabuse the masses of concerned citizens of this nation then this 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 really should have made quite clear that money is power. That the top 2% in general as well as the top 1% in particular are unwilling to offer, share or transition their capability. No diverse from 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 vitality capable of challenging the status quo. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, for example, almost designed a difference. OWS no less than woke up a few people. That movement would be a throwback for the efforts in the last century.
People's movements are insurgent anyway. Their counter-culture nature is often a threat as real as any revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the world is experiencing presently is as old since the republic itself. It may be the age old battle involving the 'haves' along with the 'have nots.'
In Vietnam almost half a million representatives with 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 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 no one noticed, a lot less cared.
Also struggling were the natives in the land we invaded who as far as they 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 and the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics of the hypothesis request proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a a few reading, seeking it and making the bond. The proof is within the lies employed to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and there's a reason for that, too.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, insufficient healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way'