“Today’s Goal — keep the Tiny Humans Alive”
Why are we paying BLOOD MONEY instead of saving them?
Yesterday a Facebook friend 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.
Most pounded their fists in similar frustration. Mothers and fathers wrote most of the responses.
As I read a few more, WHAM!! it hit me!
I know why sensible gun legislation never gets enacted or even seriously proposed in Congress.
I believe the general public wants this legislation but they 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 egregious failure of Congress for not even attempting to solving the seemingly intractable problem that seems so easy to solve.
Second: we repeat the above.
WE ARE MISSING THE POINT!
My AHA! moment.
Crystal Clear problem, Cyrstal Clear Solution.
When we respond the way we do because that is exactly how the 1% wants us to — we are cowering sheep!
When we cower before them we admit that we have no power to change what they have deemed to be right and proper — for them.
I assign the guilt for the blood of the tiny humans to the 1%.
They are the ones that control the wealth of the United States (and of the world for that matter).
They are the ones that invest in the businesses of gun manufacturers, bullet manufacturers and other business that benefit from these bloody actions- the hospitals, insurance companies and on and on.
Blood Money and Blood Diamonds
We agree to give up our rights in exchange for what is right — FOR THEM.
We accept that we are fearful of their power and accept their “Blood Money” to keep quiet.
We accept that they have a right to their “Blood Money”.
Is this any different than the “Blood Diamonds of Africa — Sierra Leone in particular?
Is this not what our children are to us “Blood Diamonds”?
By acquiescing to them and their surrogates — our congresspeople, they run the United States and we give up our right to call them out.
As long as they and their surrogates continue to make excuses and always put this topic on the back burner for further study, they are safe from us.
With our consciences now clear, (didn’t we just put up a royal stink?) we blithely go about our normal business.
Yes, we go on grumbling and mumbling and incoherently crying 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.
Do we want this constant drumbeat of crying parent and crying spouse to continue? Crying incessantly, crying over spilled blood — only to repeat this drama again in two or three months?
If we really wanted, we could change this situation. Right?
I didn't’ hear you!!
If we REALLY WANTED, we could change this situation, right?
If we set our national pysche we could solve this problem.
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.
HAS THAT WORKED? NO!
Why not? Because we are not causing discomfort to the top dogs!
They control the congress — REMEMBER THAT!
Our congress-people, as officious as they can be, 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!
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 where the money is.
I get posts from a gentleman. A man a year or two my senior so I listen to him.
I have never met him or talked to him. Our contact is on Facebook.
He KNOWS! He has never been wrong.
FOLLOW THE MONEY!
Think back to the 70s. What do you remember?
Say it out loud!
I didn’t hear you!
Say it louder.
V I E T N A M!!
That war was another hemorrhaging of innocent blood.
Remember the movie “Gone with the Wind”. Rhett Butler made everything crystal clear with this line:
“I told you once before that there are two ways 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 on 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”.
There is money to be made in war. BIG MONEY!
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 paid attention.
Who did we protest to?
Our congress-people — but they didn’t make changes because they had no power.
To our institutions — remember Kent State?
A protest by a small group of students protesting Nixon’s advance into Cambodia was met by 29 National 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 by or watching from a distance.
WE CAN CALL THEM OUT! WE HAVE DONE IT BEFORE!
WE CAUSED THEM TO CONSIDER THE BLOODSHED!
WE CALLED ON THEM TO STOP.
AND WE CAN DO IT AGAIN.
The young man putting flowers in the barrels of loaded rifles!
Lots of Courage!
Pictures tell 1,000 words and so can music.
The image played over and over for the next years.
Marc Riboud took this picture of Jan Rose Kasmir putting a flower in a rifle barrel.
The March on the Pentagon on October 21, 1967, engaged 2,500 soldiers against 100,000 protesters!
So what the hell, a Song? A Picture?
We were protesting to our congresspeople, even the President.
How did that work out?
Only the1% have the REAL POWER.
What happened that day was a turning point in the war some say.
The 1% realized they would not have a Nation if they didn’t retreat.
Slowly, oh so slowly.
But this day made them feel the discomfort of what they were doing.
Making money on both sides of the war!
Pictures tell 1,000 words and so can music.
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 many different backgrounds and needed something to bind them.
The music “energized the base” and provided a common touchstone.
Even today the songs stir our beings:
Bob Dylan “Blowin in the Wind” 1962 (It is now listed as number fourteen on 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 ‘Fortunate Son’ in response to the wedding of David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon). 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 protest rallies.
Jimmy Cliff “Vietnam” heralded by Bob Dylan as the greatest protest song ever.
Marvin Gaye, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio” (Kent State’s song of pain), 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%.
They helped meld us in mind and spirit so that at 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.
So now, how to reach these builders of riches?
Where to Discomfit the1%?
Where to hit them?
Where is the source of the Blood Money?
Protest the Blood Money’s purveyors Deep Pockets and Enablers: Banks where they invest; Insurance Companies where they invest; Newspaper Syndicates; Television Networks; Stocks where they make their money.
There is major activity Right Now in Syndicates and Networks!
Remember our Children are the BLOOD DIAMONDS of this battle.
To make the 1% ‘interested’ in stopping the killing requires you to make them discomfited.
Stop the “Blood Money”! All of our children and even those that are passing by are potential victims.
They could all become “Blood Diamonds”.
January 20, 1965, Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office and became President of the United States of America.
He declared “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 3 years.
The SDS peaked in early 1968 after the successful Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese troops.
The Tet 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 and escalated as the role of the US military grew.
The opposition developed 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.