Addendum: October 11,2018
I added a very short retort I read the other day. It is at the bottom of the post.
Why the image of festive holiday lights when we are talking about BLOOD MONEY and BLOOD DIAMONDS?
First, to brag about Duluth MN and Lake Superior.
Second, a special sneak preview of “THE VIETNAM WAR” The epics PBS Documentary Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premiered on Sunday, September 10th at the Duluth Depot prior to its Nationwide Debut on September 17, 2017.
Dated: December 15, 2017
Subtitle: Keep the Tiny Humans Alive
First, I apologize slightly for featuring a view of this year’s Bentleyville, Duluth MN.
How often have we seen a full moon as a backdrop? Fabulous!
I don’t know who took this shot but it was posted on Facebook by Duke Skorich.
Second, the graphic for this post is shown above.
The poignant statement is “KEEP THE TINY HUMANS ALIVE”.
I first saw a graphic today on my desktop. I use a slideshow of Unsplash! images as wallpaper to have something of interest around my desk instead of just all of the clutter (No I won’t show a pix of my desk!).
This is not the exact image that I saw, but I will keep looking for it since it so much more poignant than this graphic.
So we begin.
Yesterday on Facebook a buddy asked a very vexing question:
“Rather than enact rational gun control legislation we are willing to accept the necessity for ‘Active Shooter” drills in our elementary, middle and high schools. If you don’t think we are in a free-fall as a democracy, this might (should) convince your mind.”
I continued to read some of the responses to his post.
Then WHAM it hit me!
I know why sensible gun legislation never gets enacted or even proposed in congress in any real way.
I believe that my hypothesis is applicable to this and many other actions that the general public wants to happen but are rebuffed at the foot of the steps leading to congress.
When we react as we normally do on Facebook:
First, after the original post, several more people speak out on the egregiousness of Congress for not even attempting to solving this seemingly intractable but yet, on the other hand, seemingly easy problem to solve.
Second: we repeat the above.
WE ARE MISSING THE POINT-JUST AS I HAVE ALWAYS DONE!
This was my AHA! moment. Crystal Clear problem, Crystal Clear solution.
When we respond this way we are doing exactly what and in the exact manner the 1% wants us to – we are cowering sheep! By cowering before them we agree that we, as a people, have no power to change what they have deemed as right and proper and just.
Assignment of Guilt
I have assigned the guilt for these bloody actions to the 1%.
They are the ones that control the wealth of the United States (and a very large portion of the world’s wealth also).
They are the ones that invest in the businesses of gun manufacturers, bullet manufacturers and other businesses that benefit from these bloody actions, such a hospitals, insurance companies and so on.
Framework of the Argument
BLOOD MONEY AND BLOOD DIAMONDS
1.) We agree that we give up our rights in exchange for what is right – FOR THEM. We accept that we are fearful and accept their “BLOOD MONEY” to keep still.
2.) We accept that they have a right to their BLOOD MONEY.
FOLKS LET’S CALL THIS WHAT IT IS (Is this money any different than the “BLOOD DIAMONDS IN AFRICA”?). After all, is this not what our children are to us “BLOOD DIAMONDS”?
3. By acquiescing to them and their surrogates (our congresspeople) they run the United States and we give up our right to call them out.
4. Therefore, as long as THEY AND THEIR SURROGATES KEEP STILL, as long as they continue to MAKE EXCUSES and then, AS ALWAYS PUT THIS TOPIC ON THE BACK BURNER, they are safe from us. With our conscience now clear we blithely go about our normal business.
5.) Yes, we go on grumbling and mumbling and incoherently cry for our ‘BLOOD DIAMONDS’ as they die before our eyes. We have done our duty. We have called desperately to our congresspeople. We can now move on.
6.) Do we want this constant drumbeat of crying parents and crying spouses to continue? Crying incessantly, crying over spilled blood only to repeat this same drama again in two or three months?
7.) If we really wanted we could change this situation. I didn’t hear you!! If we really wanted we could change this situation right?
8.) If we set our national psyche we could solve this problem. HOW?
9.) We know that by doing the same thing again and again, protesting to our congresspeople, that we will receive the same response again and again.
10.) HAS THAT WORKED? NO!
Why not? Because we are not causing discomfort to the top dogs! THEY CONTROL THE CONGRESS – REMEMBER THAT! Our congresspeople, as officious as they are, are not as powerful as they want us to believe! These people are not the top dogs! The 1% ARE THE TOP DOGS! BUT THEY DO NOT DO A DAMN THING! NOW!! Now, do you understand?
11.) In order to make a change, real change we have to do what we have done before-BRING DISCOMFORT TO THE 1% THAT RULE THIS COUNTRY! HOW DO WE DO THAT? WE HAVE TO GO TO WHERE THE MONEY IS!!! I get posts from a gentleman, I have never met him or talked to him in any way except on Facebook. But HE KNOWS! He has never been wrong. His MANTRA? FOLLOW THE MONEY. FOLLOW THE MONEY!!
Think back. Think back to the 1970s. What do you remember?? Say it out loud! VIETNAM!! I didn’t hear YOU! Say it louder V I E T N A M!! That war was another huge hemorrhaging of innocent blood.
Remember the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’? Rhett Butler made everything absolutely crystal clear with this line:
“I told you once before that there were two times for making big money, one in the building up of a country and the other in its destruction. Slow money on the upbuilding, fast money in the crackup. Remember my words. Perhaps they may be of use to you someday. “(Rhett Butler)“-Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
He even told us to remember his words. That “they may be of use to us someday”!
12.) THERE IS MONEY TO BE MADE IN WAR! BIG MONEY!!
13.) We face the same situation now as we did back then. Blood was being spilled and for a time no one except a few protesters really seemed to care. No one seemed to pay attention. How long? When?
Who did we protest against? Our congresspeople – who didn’t make changes, Why – because they had no power. Against our institutions – remember KENT STATE?
14.) A protest by a small group of students protesting Nixon’s advance into Cambodia was met by 29 Guardsmen. 67 bullets were fired, 4 people were killed, 9 injured (one permanently paralyzed). Some of these people were not even involved in the protest they had merely been walking nearby or watching the protest from a distance.
15.) WE CAN CALL THEM OUT! WE HAVE DONE IT BEFORE! WE CAUSED THEM TO CONSIDER THE BLOODSHED! WE CALLED THEM TO STOP AND WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!
The young man putting flowers in the barrels of loaded guns! Crazy move! Lots of Courage! The scene below was also taken at The Kent State Massacre.
Pictures tell 1,000 words and so also can music. The image played over and over for the next years. Marc Riboud took this picture with Jan Rose Kasmir. FLOWER POWER HAS EMERGED!
The March on the Pentagon on October 21, 1967, engaged 2,500 soldiers against 100,000 protesters!
16.) So what the hell, why a Song? A picture? We were protesting against our congresspeople? How did that work out? They didn’t have the power to do anything! ONLY THE 1% CAN!
17.) What happened that day was the turning point in the war some say. The 1% saw that they would not have a Nation if they didn’t retreat. Slowly, oh so slowly. But this day made them fill the discomfort of what they were doing. Doing? Making money on both sides of the war!
18.) Songs didn’t stop the war. The protests didn’t stop the war, even as they got more violent. Songs were a rallying battle cry. They created a bond among the protesters. The protesters were from so many different backgrounds and needed something to bind them. It ‘energizes the base’ as an outlandish political figure calls it in these days.
19.) Even today the songs stir something in my being: Bob Dylan “Blowin the the Wind” 1962 (now it is listed as number fourteen song in the list of the top 500 songs of all time); Phil Ochs “What are you fightin for”; Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction” recorded in one take (many radio stations refused to play it “you’re old enough to kill, but not for votin”; Tom Paxton “Lyndon told the Nation”; Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Country Joe & the Fish “Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die’ was a signature moment at Woodstock.
Bob Seeger, Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogarty wrote this song in response to the wedding of David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon) ‘Fortunate Son’. The depiction of those born with a silver spoon in their mouth and those without.
John Lennon. He recorded a song while he and Yoko Ono were holding a “bed-in” in Montreal. Five months later half a million people were singing ‘Give Peace A Chance” at a protest rally.
Jimmy Cliff “Vietnam” heralded by Bob Dylan as the greatest protest song ever.
Marvin Gaye, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio”, Edwin Starr ‘War’, George Harrison, Steppenwolf, The Doors.
Songs gave the protesters (and the rest of us) the words to hurl at the organizers of the war, the 1%. It helped us all be melded in mind and spirit so that at last we were One Voice.
The 1% were still invincible. Since they were both the architects of the war and the beneficiaries of the wealth of the war they were able to ignore the will of the people for a very long time. That is a testament to their power.
20.) So how to reach these builders of riches at the expense of people? Reach out and touch them! Show them something to discomfit them and they will start to respond.
Reach out to them where they will feel it! A facebook buddy has had the correct answer from the outset: FOLLOW THE MONEY! FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!
21.) PROTESTERS – Where do you DISCOMFIT the 1%? Where do you hit them where the source of the BLOOD MONEY will feel discomfort?
PROTEST THE BLOOD MONEY’S DEEP POCKETS AND ENABLERS: Banks where they invest; Insurance Companie where the invest; Newspaper Syndicates; Television Networks; Stocks where they make their money. There is major activity RIGHT NOW in Syndicates and Networks. ACT NOW!
REMEMBER OUR CHILDREN ARE THE ‘BLOOD DIAMONDS’ of this battle. To make the 1% ‘interested’ shall we say, in stopping the killing requires that you make them discomfited.
Stop the “BLOOD MONEY”! Those that are being slaughtered: children or as at KENT STATE, anyone walking around outdoors. They are all potential victims.
They could all become “BLOOD DIAMONDS”.
January 20, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office and became President of the United States of America. He declares, “We can never again stand aside, prideful in isolation. Terrific dangers and troubles that we once called ‘foreign’ now constantly live among us…”
Anti-war marches and other protests, such as the ones organized by Students for Democratic Society (SDS), attracted a widening base of support over the next three years. The SDS peaked in early 1968 after the successful Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese troops. The offensive proved that war’s end was nowhere in sight. The people of the United States now understood that our leaders were lying. There was no end in sight for that misbegotten war.
Opposition to the United States involvement in the Vietnam War began with demonstrations in 1964 as the escalating role of the US military in Vietnam and grew into a broad social movement in the ensuing years.
In 1964 there were 23,300 American advisors in Vietnam. By 1968 there were 563,100 troops. By 1973 there were 50.
PBS hosted the preview of the PBS Documentary “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It debuted on WDSE-WIRT TV on September 10th, 2017. It debuted nationwide on PBS stations on September 17th. This has grown into a statewide Minnesota Television Association and community organizations organized to tell the story of veterans and other impacted by the Vietnam War.
Addendum: October 11, 2018
A short and sharp retort that was published in the Washington Post 10/9/18
Are AR-15s Worth it?
“In his Oct. 5 letter “The pushback against gun control,” David Adams, vice president of the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, argued that murders by rifle are acceptably rare, and that semiautomatic rifles are great fun in competition and useful in hunting. He further asserted that a lot of people get killed by knives, blunt instruments and fists and no one wants to ban them.”
“So the rest of us should accept Newtown, Conn; Orlando; Las Vegas; and Parkland FL, because it’s more fun to shoot a semiautomatic rifle that can kill a lot of people in a short time than settle for the boring bolt-action rifle or revolver”.
Kudos to Craig Hoogstra, Washington