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I must confess, this is a repost of a blog post I did last week for my blog at http://www.lodestarandyou.com.
I hope you will take a second and look at the one also (more pictures!)
Why did I reprint this one so quickly? It is not as if people are jamming the WordPress servers up trying to log on and read it.
I have heard over and over again in the last few days, I guess it is more accurate to say ‘read’ over and over.
People have been moaning and groaning not only about how the Republicans manhandled that new trillion dollar gift thru Congress without hearings etc. But more and more I am seeing the not too pleasant mutterings focus on the bill itself.
A week or so ago, a buddy on Facebook decried “Rather than enact a 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) change your mind.”
I continued on reading some of the responses his post received. 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 postulation is applicable to many other acts that the general public wants to happen that are rebuffed at the foot of the steps leading to the congress.
When we react in the way that we normally do on Facebook: First: several more people speak out on the egregiousness of congress in not solving this seemingly intractable but yet seemingly fairly easy to solve problem. Second: we repeat the above.
WE ARE MISSING THE POINT – AS I HAVE ALWAYS DONE
This time was an: AHA! Moment.
When we respond this way, the way we have always done, we are doing exactly what the 1% want us to do – we are cowering stupid sheep. By cowering before them we are agreeing that we, as a people, have no power to change what they have deemed is right.
We agree that we give up our rights in exchange for what is right FOR THEM! We are accepting that we are fearful and accepting their ‘BLOOD MONEY’ to keep still.
BLOOD MONEY AND BLOOD DIAMONDS
We accept that they have a right to their BLOOD MONEY. FOLKS LET’S CALL IT AS IT IS (Is this money any different than the “BLOOD DIAMONDS” of Africa?)
After all, is this not what our children are “BLOOD DIAMONDS”?
By agreeing to let them and their surrogates (our congresspeople) do as they deem right we give up our right to call them out.
THEY AND THEIR SURROGATES HAVE ONLY TO KEEP STILL, MAKE EXCUSES AND ALWAYS PUT THIS TOPIC ON THE BACK BURNER!
What can we do to change this situation? WE CAN CALL THEM OUT!
This brings up the MOST IMPORTANT POINT: an example of what doesn’t work – WHICH WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE – protest to our congresspeople.
HAS THAT WORKED? NO! Why not? Because we are not causing DISCOMFORT to the top dogs!!! THEY CONTROL THE CONGRESS PEOPLE – REMEMBER THAT! Our congresspeople, as officious as they seem and as powerful as they want us to believe! THEY CANNOT DO A DAMN THING! NOW!!! Now, do you understand??
In order to discomfit the 1% THAT RULE THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE TO GO WHERE THEIR MONEY IS!! I get emails from a guy I haven’t met but whom I hold in high regard because he has never and will never say the wrong thing. His MANTRA IS: FOLLOW THE MONEY!!
Think back. Think back to the 1970’s. What was that all about do you remember?? Say it OUT LOUD!! VIETNAM!! That was another huge hemorrhaging of innocent blood. Was it not? WAS IT NOT?
Remember the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’? Rhett Butler made everything 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 to remember his words. That they may be of use someday.
THERE IS MONEY TO BE MADE IN WAR!! BIG MONEY!! Are we not in a war right now? Do you anticipate the wartime status to improve?
We faced the same situation back then that we are facing now: Blood was being spilled and for a time no one except the people starting to protest paid any attention. How long? When?
Who did we protest against? Our congresspeople -who had no power; against our institutions – remember KENT STATE? Remember that song?
What the hell is with a song? We were protesting against our congresspeople and did that help?
The power of the protest turned a corner that May day. Many people say THIS WAS THE TURNING POINT IN THE WAR for the American people. This is the time that they felt discomfort in their position regarding the war.
Songs didn’t stop the war. But I believe they were the rallying cry. The songs created a bond between all the different protest groups. It ‘energizes the base’ as an outlandish political figure is want to say these days.
Even today the songs stir something in my blood: Bob Dylan “Blowin in the Wind” 1962; (now it is listed as number fourteen on the list of the top 500 songs of all time); Phil Ochs “What are you fighting 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, Country Joe & the Fish “Feel Like I’m Fixin to Die” was a signature moment at Woodstock.
Bob Seeger, Creedence Clearwater Revival (written by John Fogerty in response to the wedding of David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon) “Fortunate Son”. The depiction of those born with a silver spoon and those without.
John Lennon. Recorded in June while he and his wife Yoko Ono were holding a “bed-in” in Montreal. Five months later, half a million people sang “Give Peace a Chance” at a protest rally.
Jimmy Cliff “Vietnam” heralded by Bob Dylan as the greatest protest song ever.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Ohio”; Edwin Starr “War”. Reached number one and ranked number five overall for 1970.
Marvin Gaye, George Harrison, Steppenwolf, The Doors, Bob Donaldson and the Heywoods.
Songs energize the masses! Protests gained momentum carried by anyone who listened to any of these songs. They screwed into your head, into your soul.
Songs gave the protesters (and the rest of us) the words to hurl at the organizers of the war. It helped us all be melded together so that we were at last (One Voice).
REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE 1%
The 1% were still invincible. Since they were 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.
So how to reach these builders of riches at the expense of the people? Reach out to 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!!
PROTESTERS – How do you DISCOMFIT THE 1%? Where do you hit them where the source of the BLOOD MONEY will feel the most discomfort?
PROTEST THE BLOOD MONEY ENABLERS: Banks where they invest; Insurance Companies where they invest; Stocks where they buy and sell tomorrows.
The way the superrich make their money is buying and selling stocks. Read their
|March on the Pentagon October 21, 1967, by Bernie
Boston for the Washington Star
bios on the internet; find the sales brochures that brag that they manage the stocks of the 1%. You can find them!
|Flower Power began with an image.
March on the Pentagon 2,500 soldiers against
Marc Riboud took this picture of Jan Rose Kasmir
OUR CHILDREN ARE THE BLOOD DIAMONDS
REMEMBER OUR CHILDREN ARE ‘BLOOD DIAMONDS’. To make the 1% ‘interested’ in stopping the killing requires that you make them DISCOMFITED.
Stop the “BLOOD MONEY” of those that are being slaughtered: children, anyone walking around outdoors is a target.
January 20, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath as president and 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 a Democratic Society (SDS), attracted a widening base of support over the next three years, peaking in early 1968 after the successful Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese troops proved that war’s end was nowhere in sight.
It took the North Vietnamese, by their attacks at the Tet Offensive for people in this country to understand 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 against the escalating role of the U.S. military in the Vietnam War and grew into a broad social movement over the ensuing several years.
In 1964 there were 23,300 American advisors in Vietnam by 1968 there were 563,100. By 1973 there were 50.
I tried to paint a short, fairly ‘thorough’ picture of the rise of American protests during the war. I am sure that there are people today that were not born during the time of the protests. That means those of us that probably had some explaining to do. I can’t show the emotions, the stress, the anger of those protests.
What I can do is say that it took a lot of time and anguish to convince the 1% that we shouldn’t be in Vietnam shedding American blood.
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