We the People - What Has Happened To Our Voice?

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Do you feel America has lost its voice?

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This is a piece I promised billybuc I'd write after reading his hub about life in the sixties. It reminded me of a thought that had popped into my head one Friday night when I was listening to Crosby Stills Nash and Young's "4 Way Street". I'm a hippy at heart and always will be.

Bill, I keep my promises!


Remember when music was the Universal Language?

Remember when opinions were voiced and heard through Music?

In response to one of the ugliest wars our troops have ever seen, not to mention the fact that it was undeclared – America’s Voice was heard loud and clear – worldwide! Enter the age of Woodstock, Flower Power and the bombastic, out-loud yearning for Peace.

Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jimmy Hendrix, hell even Country Joe and the Fish had something to say about the state of the union! America came together through music. We rebelled against anti-disestablishmentarianism, smoked dope, we danced and sang out to the world, “give peace a chance”! We came together with a message: “Hell No We Won’t Go!!” The Vietnam era was perhaps the most vocal period of our time. At least in my lifetime. America was angry and had something to say. We held sit-ins and massive gatherings of those who wanted to “make love, not war”. And we were heard! – through music!!

When our soldiers were bleeding overseas, our hearts and souls were bleeding over here in our beloved US of A, Land of the Free. We were intent on being heard.



When Our Voice Was Heard

So what has happened to our voice?

Today, the state of the union is in dire straits. And what do we hear? Listen closely. Do you hear it? No? Neither do I.

Our opinions have been sequestered to the internet or inter-office political bashings grabbed from the internet. Someone else’s voice. One to be read, not heard.

We survivors of the Vietnam Era, remnants of the Peace Movement have become complacent, fearful of losing our worldly possessions if we speak our thoughts. Much worse, the successive generations have not been given the wherewithal to form opinions and be free to speak them. Today, it’s all about technology, going paperless and having the latest techno-gadgets. Where is the sense of self? Of sharing and caring? Of wanting peace of mind and soul? Of being free to be who we are? Does today’s generation even know who they are or who they want to be?

With the threat of the current regime infiltrating and monitoring our PCs, the freedoms built into our Constitution are being taken away. Are we going to stand for this? We all bitch about it behind closed doors but don’t have the balls to stand up and shout, “I won’t take it anymore!”.

Some of today’s music has taken the road of singing the praises of patriotism, which is commendable to say the least. And, today, very bold! But what about the big message? America, Land of the Free? Why have we succumbed? Why do we no longer fight to be heard?

What has happened to our voice?

Peace,

Bravewarrior


Shauna L Bowling

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Great write Shauna! I mat not be from the sixties but i have listened to the sixties... and the era is my favorite era!

The power music carried in the sixties has dried up in the present! In totality the voice has died out! I think people then were more holistic and global than now.. We talk of globalization and peace but we only yearn for personal success!

Your hub asks a question to human morale... has it died out and succumbed to the flawed state of man... has it lost all its luster, is their no hope!

I have always believed that music is the most powerful verbal weapon a man can possess, it has the power to change souls in seconds.. but yet again.. today the soul of music has also been compromised... for what,, bucks i suppose

Great write my friend... very moving


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Bravo my friend! You ask a question that each and every American should be asking but the answer is looking back at them when they stand in front of a mirror.

I have talked until I'm blue in the face about the sorry-assed protests of today, a few disgruntled standing on street corners with makeshift signs; not even speaking but just standing there until the weather turns bad. Where is the passion? Where is the willingness to go the extra mile to make sure someone hears?

And the music! What in the world are we to do with the music of today? Where is the common voice? Where are the causes other than what to do about heartache after love lost?

Again, bravo!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Holy Moly Sromboli! I guess I know how we Hubbers spend our Sundays! I no sooner hit "publish" then I had comments from my two dearest hubbers!

Rahul, you have capitulated what has happened to humanity! The only thread we had for a long time was music. I for one, cannot, nor will I live without it. And I continue to look at life thru rose-colored glasses. I wish the rest of the world could see Life thru my eyes!

Thank you, my friend. You and billybuc have come into my soul, and for that I love you both!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, you are a man of my soul. This is the hub I promised you weeks ago. Your hub (now linked!) prompted me to write it, although listening to my favorite music on a Friday night sparked me. I have much more I wanted to do with this hub (not with my words, but with "bling") and don't know how. I think my words are enough for now.

I wish today's youth to be as old as we are, yet as young of spirit and as full of piss and vingar!

This is the one I promised you my friend. How'd I do?


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Oh Shauna! The feelings are so very reciprocated from here! :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rahul, I cannot convey the strenth of the love I have found here. Especially with you and billybuc! I'm in earthly heaven! Thank you so much, my friend for coming into my life!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Again, Bravo! I'm proud of you Sha!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ok, it's late. I've been on the computer all day and I see typos in my comments I can no longer fix! Argggh! Forgive me, my fellow writers!


John 4 years ago

So darn true

"Where have all the flowers gone", Music was a way to really express our pain and feelings, today's kids should do the same...but they have no clue beyond a keypad and games on a computer. It's our fault so lets do something! Tough Love !!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Music spells culture, and our American past times have surely faded, as well as our drive and true spirit of brotherhood, as you have stated here. We have lost much but hope hasn't all been lost.

As we move further into the industrial era, also known as the tech age, we will lose many more things. Humans always want more, and want to do less to get it and so this is why things have gotten out of hand with technology.

We wanna have our cake, and the cake factory that spits out mini digi-cakes too lol, that aren't even edible. At the extremely high cost of losing our sense of self, and inner as well as outer nature.

I believe in god, and I feel that god will take and re-make the things we've all done wrong, and will undo it all to turn things around back to the right way it should be, so in due time we all shall see what is to come.

Awesome courageous hub you've written here, and thanks to Billybuc I located it on facebook, he's a great guy for sure, voted up and getting shared.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx for the comment CloudExplorer. Courageous, huh? Well, I suppose. I speak my piece. And thank you for sharing!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

I'm not an American but I honour and salute your standpoint! This is a great hub and you've definitely written something worth shouting about!! I think through the overload of technology we're slowly turning into robots. Machines can't sing and they can't hear the music or the message. But keep producing great hubs like yours and it might just help to stop the rot!

Voted up!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow, Seeker7, I certainly would love to help "stop the rot"! Love that line. I will keep on keepin' on and hopefully, through shares and comments, perhaps leading to others voicing what's in their hearts and their heads, we can bring the world to peace. After all, aren't we put on this earth to love and make a difference???

Thanx for taking the time, Seeker. Let's spread the word! (now if I could only figure out how to put YouTube videos into this piece, I'd make a bigger impact!)

Help, hubbers! I'm technologically challenged! How do I put YouTube in here??!!


Cook 4 years ago

Bravewarrior: We are too global as a nation. We are not elite anymore or even the majority.

Our corporations mesh so tightly with foreign countries that we don't hear "made in the USA" Doing it for the money? It isn't working. All of Europe is bordering on bankruptcy.

The U.S. is in an un-payable debt situation. Corporate CEO's are given obscene salaries and yearend bonuses.

Will they listen to us? I don't think so. They haven't for years.

Politicians promise to take our words to heart and congress, then when in office, they go about their business as usual. Personal advancement.

Popularity, travel, and power is what they hear and crave! They are as monstrous as celebrity entertainers in their greed for themselves. Listen to their constituents? Not on their agenda.

Barbara


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Maybe not, Mom, and you're probably right; but it would be nice if America started speaking up again instead of sending emails about their discontent. We need to speak and be heard, if by no one else than each other! Once upon a time ago, that voice was taken to song. We need to go there again.


mare 4 years ago

You are so right Brave Warrior we have lost PASSION and it is hard to express one's self if you do not have the passion for life. Find your passion, find life and listen to the music....it can only come from happy souls. GREAT insight....keep on writing and following YOUR passion.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

That's my aim, Mare! I always follow my passion! Thank you for stopping by my little corner and feeling compelled to leave a comment. That's exactly what we writers hope to invoke, is response to our thoughts!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Groovy read..super hip too! Billybuc is one of my hubHeroes, so i'm feeling your vibe, my hippy friend! (lol)

Somewhere along the line - protesting, disagreeing - or not towing the 'party line' has almost become synonymous with treason. The masses have seemingly been quelled, or - their energy sufficiently sapped by the daily uphill battle and worry of earning a decent living...how convenient for the 1%, eh?

more psycho than psychadelic...unfortunately..


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I agree with you, ImKarn. It's a shame. Our freedom of speech, and the urge to exercise it, has been squelched. What's more important? The need for the fancy sports car or the freedom to enjoy it?


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Found it and am linking back to it from my hub today. Awesome!!!!! Took me back to the days that I thought were going to change the world. Boy they were good times and good attitudes.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

We still can, Linda! Music is the avenue. Music is the universal language. People sing the words without even realizing it. It becomes so loud in the very fact of its subliminal message. Today's artists need to lose the head banger aspect and give us a message we can't help but spread. When we sing along, we are spreading the message!

Thanx for bringing this hub out of idle stage. All it takes is one click and our messages come back to life!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Good reminder! I'll start singing louder. lol


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sing loud enough for me to hear you in Central Florida and I'll join you!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Bravo bravo Sha! that was a deep topic you've created :)


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Great hub voted up awesome and more, if we do not speak we are not heard.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for reading, Spy. You're just all over the place today, aren't you? Glad you're surfing my little corner of HP my friend!!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're right, prettynutjob (love the pen name!). Everyone bitches behind closed doors, but no one speaks to be heard anymore. Thanx for taking the time with me!


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

Great Hub! Voted up! I still hear the voices. Now to teach the world to sing...again.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

You got that right, Heaven! Today's music does not speak nor will it survive the ages as the music during the VietNam era! What has happened to our voice?????


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

It does seem that we have become complacent and forgiving with our world today. Our your people are too busy texting and surfing the net to take heed to what is happening around them. I'm afraid our "United States" is becoming a slowly sinking ship and there are few of us left who care enough to bail! Our songs of today seem to have no meaning, no soul, nothing from the heart. I love the 70's music. It may have been loud, but at the time, it needed to be! We were heard back then! Voted up, awesome and sharing! Great hub! :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sheila, you are so right. Today's music is nothing but noise. Too often, when you can understand the words, they are vile and filthy. I'm afraid today's youth doesn't even conceptualize the importance of having a voice. Or perhaps they're speaking in the wrong direction.

Thanx for the share!


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ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

Hello BW ...

Just wanted to let you know that I have linked you up with my "Nineteen-Hundred and Sixty-Eight" Hub. Ciao!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Awesome, Ziyena. I forgot I had renamed this when I was tweaking my hubs that weren't featured. I'm glad you found it!


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Playdivadi 3 years ago from Cincinnati

Great hub, "We The People" All I had to hear is what happened to our voice and that caught my attention.. We need to start fighting for our rights. Keep shouting. Thumbs up


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I'm glad the title grabbed your attention, Playdivadi. Thanx for the comment. Yes, we need to shout until we are heard.


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Playdivadi 3 years ago from Cincinnati

I agree. Good title...I wrote an article Does China Own America. It goes into detail about Nafta and America selling our toll way to foreign Countries.. Keep it up.. I enjoyed it.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx. I'll have to check it out!


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Playdivadi 3 years ago from Cincinnati

Your welcome.. I go into detail. Also our Constitution is being changed. We hired them they work for us. We the people did not give them permission to do that.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I checked your profile page and it's not featured. Can you send me the link?


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Playdivadi 3 years ago from Cincinnati

I don't know why, it was. I am to busy to promote. I 'm going to put it in one of my blogs sites.. I'll stick to light things here. It's long because it goes into Nafta and videos explaining it and selling our toll ways and China is building a road from Canada through Michigan so they can get their products here that way also.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Playdivadi, I'll read it later today.


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Playdivadi 3 years ago from Cincinnati

Your welcome bravewarrior....


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Shauna, I read this and came to mind was the Dixie Chicks, who were told to shut up and sing, and I think of the song, American Pie: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9M6u7

Voted up, AI and shared


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Shyron, I remember that Dixie Chicks controversy. The voice of the 60s couldn't be quieted. Today's society just needs to stand their ground and speak. It's our right.


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heavenleigh707 2 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

Hi Shauna,

I'm doing a project to give voices to the children of the world. I think they have some very enlightening ideas. This is the first quote I got (from Melody, 10yrs. U.S.A.) "If you see a stray dog, tell someone.

If you see a tree get cut down, plant another next to it.

If you see a can on the grass next to you, pick it up.

You know you can do it, so why don't you try!" She also painted an amazing Unicorn picture to go with this quote. The book is entitled "Heal Your World for Children." It is a fundraiser project for World Child Cancer. If ANY one here has children/grandchildren who love to draw - I would LOVE to feature their work and wisdom in this book. You can email me at heaven@intuitivespiritguide.com This project fits so well with your article here. xoxoxox


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Heaven, what a wonderful project! Hopefully, others will read this and get in touch with you.

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