We can watch what's happening to us and pretend that we don't have the ability to change things. Or, we can change things.
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There might be many you you that don't need to read this article. People that have been reading me for the last decade know what I'm going to talk about. I'm no Chris Hedges or any other celebrity guru, but I can say this, I have been published on The Economist as many venues and my articles have been quoted on magazines like The Economist that used my assessment of capitalism to help somebody to win an award on an annual debate. Some may consider me a Sensationalist, but there are others that actually care about what I have to say. What I have to say today is probably the most important thing I have ever written.
For years I have been writing about how our government has been hijacked from the people and how special interests have been manipulating the media to fulfill the agenda of the Military Industrial Complex. You can call it the Military Industrial Corporate Complex or any new-age nuance, but it is still the thing that Dwight President David Eisenhower described in his last addresses to the nation. As you read this you must understand who I am.
I grew up in the '50' saying the pledge of allegiance with my hand over my heart all through my youth. I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout and at 17 in 1967, before I graduated, I joined the Army to serve my country. Sure I had my reasons, but I never really doubted why I did it. I got my GED in May of 1968, before my classmates graduated, and thought I was smarter than everyone else until I found myself in an organization that was despised by my peers. The entire nation started to hate the military. I wondered what it was all about and started to question my comrades who had been to Vietnam. I soon found out that reality had nothing to do with what you read I the newspaper or nothing you see on TV. The real truth was hidden and unmentionable. The real truth is that e were killing people in Vietnam ad mot only that, but sacrificing our on soldiers on a war that was not really meant to be won. This was a "limited war". It was run by politicians that used it for their own personal reasons. Our soldiers would take territory and lose hundreds of casualties, only to leave that territory the next day.
That is what I found out at 17. I saw that everyone was lying about this war. I saw that nobody but the Vietnam Vets knew what was really happening over there and how some couldn't even come to grips with it.
I really changed from the kid that joined up at 17. I was against the war from the age of 18 until it was over when I was 25. I stayed in the military, but went to every protest and anti-war gathering I could. I was in DC when Nixon flew off to Camp David and John Kerry was leading the Vietnam Veterans against the War. I actually met him but that's another story.
What I'm getting at is that the mindless crap you hear on TV and see in print is just that..."crap". This is what I have been writing about for decades. You can't think that the government can lie to its people any more than they did during Vietnam until they do. And they have, over and over again. What's worse, the America people, the so-called "exceptional" people keep buying it. Lock, stock and barrel. Over and over again.
I am so disappointed over my generation. We were so aware of what our government was morphing into, but as soon as the draft and the war was over, we turned into mindless clones. I believe now that most of the people (at least the men) who were against the Vietnam War were only trying to stop it so they didn't have to fight it. Otherwise, how could they accept the crap the government passes off as fact now? Is everyone senile?
The unvarnished truth is that you have no say in what happens you have no say in whatever this government does. It is no longer a government of the people and for the people and hasn't been for a very long time. Your vote means nothing. Because of gerrymandering and electronic voter fraud and disenfranchising certain segments of our population, it's all a joke. Still, the American people roll over and play dead.
The Good news is that you finally have a choice. You can either allow the Democratic Party to coronate Hillary Clinton as the war-monger-in- Chief, or you can put that Socialist Bernie Sanders in as the Democratic nominee and change the entire paradigm. It's all up to you. I don't care. That much. This year I have had three strokes, can't dress myself and can hardly type. Still, somehow I care enough to write this. It really is crunch time in America. You can either sit back or let the DNC decide who is going to lead this nation, or do some work and put in somebody that has been true to his word for over 40 years. Is this important enough to write about?
If Bernie gets elected, and things don't change, we need a revolution.
(Article changed on December 20, 2015 at 03:12)