As a new year beckons it will always be a good idea to assess the present and also by consequence the future. We cannot change the past. We can only change the future. However, changing the future is not so easy as we are relayed through those who live charmed lives. To keep from repeating the identical mistakes year after year takes a lot of effort. First, you should take note from 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 best and their worst.
Not four years (1949) following your 'end' with the Second World War the US had 'military advisors' in South Vietnam.
Slowly in the beginning then quicker there was a build up in troop strength in Southeast Asia. There was any excuses for people to throw in the contrived, some might say perceived Communist menace. In short, there is a need for cannon fodder. More on the point there is a need to halt dead rolling around in its tracks an expanding grassroots leftist movement---but not just in Southeast Asia---inside US also.
Who safer to sacrifice and therefore appease the gods of war as opposed to most able bodied boys in the US who due to their age can't yet vote and therefore had no say within the matter? This feeding the gods of war would go on for as long as it took to break the back in the growing leftist movement in the US. Then it continued for for a long time than 1975 in an attempt to insure that the left was held in check.
I mention this since it is central towards the statement that there were a leftist movement brewing inside the US. There has been a left leaning tendency with this nation in the outset. There has also been in the same way constant a tendency from the right to crush that left leaning tendency through the outset as well.
It ought to be noted that even as soon as the end of WWII, 1945, and the Tuskegee Airmen as well as the 761st Tank Battalion notwithstanding-- Blacks, African-Americans were being bought, sold and traded over the South and Jim Crow was obviously 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 quantity of young Americans in uniform in Vietnam grew, it was as if no person noticed except needless to say for the boys.
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 composed of fine upstanding citizens of each and every respective geographic area. There was little random or fair about them.The draft was simply an efficient tool of social engineering. The male children of people that ran 'selective service' boards were safely ensconced in colleges and universities. 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 may be the working hypothesis of this blog the conflict in Vietnam and in reality most US 'wars' since WWII are already the result of both a growing sense of entitlement about the part from the burgeoning military-industrial complex as well as the insecurity in the majority population. The insecurity is propelled by way of a fear of people who are different, the ones from color---and not really just in those foreign nations we invade.
For almost ten years there would be half millions of 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 turned out the consequence of paranoid schizophrenic thinking---paranoid schizophrenic 'thinking' being along the same lines of leadership inside 'free world.' At worst it turned out the contrived and manipulated age for opportunistic capitalist extremists and leaders from the burgeoning military-industrial complex.
This nation had just emerged in 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 from the political right. That incubating leftist movement would cause conservatives to create a repression every bit as 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 form of Jim Crow laws plus a twice elected national hero since it's figure head.
But inspite of the iron-grip almost all White population had about the nation there is unrest fomenting inside the nation's womb.
The election of 1960 while very conservative rather than without 'voting irregularities' at the time seemed radical. Things radical would come after the 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 universites and colleges. The rate is even about exactly the same by type and level of degree. The numbers of high school graduation educated students who carry on to college has remained a constant of those many decades at the same time.
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 was obviously a good time, however tumultuous and radical, to become alive. It would have been a throw back on the days before the US Revolution.
The 1960's was a decade-sized maelstrom of music, art, writing reflecting the life span and times that inspired it. It was obviously a time once 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 already times within the history on this nation in the event the puppet masters have mislaid control of their carefully orchestrated conservative repression and control over their tools of social engineering. This was among those. But when you hold each of the cards, money and power any effort to veer from the course by upstarts may be placed down. In that sense the controllers of the nation aren't different compared to the controllers of Syria, China, Russia or other repressive regime for 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 always that real change is not so easy to get. If the 2008 election didn't disabuse the masses of concerned citizens of the 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 needs to 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 any intention of giving up any of its control or power. That's just 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 made a difference. OWS no less than woke up a few people. That movement was obviously a throwback on the efforts in the last century.
People's movements are insurgent in nature. Their counter-culture nature can be a threat as michigan lottery online games odds real just like any revolution. They are the essence of revolution and change.
What the united states is experiencing presently is as old because republic itself. It will be the age old battle between your 'haves' and the 'have nots.'
In Vietnam almost half a million representatives with the US 'have nots' struggled to survive inside jungles of Southeast Asia with only 'mother's little helper' to alleviate 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 the ones from Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites nobody 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 such an onslaught from the US.
Meanwhile, the 'haves' found Vietnam a ready to use research and development lab ready for your taking and exploiting. It was an R & D lab funded with the US 99 percent and the disadvantaged of Vietnam.
Critics of this hypothesis request proof. The proof is everywhere. It's a matter of reading, trying to find it and making the link. The proof is inside lies employed to justify the invasion of sovereign nations generation after generation---and there's a reason for that, too.
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