The Apolitical Inactivist

The Kennedy's arrive in Dallas

November 22, 1963 The day the universe changed.
November 22, 1963 The day the universe changed.

The more things change......

Since the murder of President John F. Kennedy, have you been frustrated that things just don't seem to change much? It doesn't seem to matter whether the Republicans or Democrats have control of congress or the White House or both. There perpetually seems to be a "conflict" or a "skirmish" or an outright WAR going on somewhere in which we have to become involved. But don't worry, we have the "military industrial complex" standing ready to supply us with the weapons our sons need to kill the enemy. Like Country Joe said, "Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box." The rich get richer. The poor get poorer and the middle class gets squeezed even more. Look at how many people work for the government now. Look at how many people get some form of government assistance either in the form of medicaid, medicare, unemployment benefits and many other forms. These are all good, but what's going to happen when the "Baby Boomer" generation is fully ensconced with their social security benefits. Will they have any? Has our congress become a separate elite "ruling class"? They exempt themselves from some of the things they force on us. The list could go on and on.

Buy it now!

Bulworth
Bulworth

Biting political satire. How much of it is true?

 
JFK - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
JFK - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)

An amalgam of conspiracy theories. How much of it is true?

 
Captains and the Kings: The Story of an American Dynasty
Captains and the Kings: The Story of an American Dynasty

Supposed to be a novel. But...how much of it is true?

 
Charlie Wilson's War (Full Screen)
Charlie Wilson's War (Full Screen)

Does one person's vote count more than another's?

 

My awakening began shortly after college. My first employer was an enthusiastic supporter of several groups that billed themselves as "educational" organizations. They were devout conspiracy theorists. My father had been a Mason and I thought it was a good thing that so many presidents had been, too. What a surprise to learn of all the many conspiracies out there! One of these groups advocated the same action that "Deep Throat" told Woodward and Bernstein, "Follow the money." It was also during my tenure at this company that Taylor Caldwell had her book,Captains and Kings published. It echoed the theme that the "controllers" were the international bankers that influenced many organizations (clubs and secret societies) who could suddenly turn on the man they made and have him assassinated. JFK Jr.'s magazine, George ran more than one article revealing that the ultra rich and powerful have their enemies assassinated. Some even suggest that JFK Jr. was a victim as well. I was in the sixth grade in Louisiana (home of Jim Garrison) when President Kennedy died. I grew up in a community of hunters and was familiar with firearms and was shocked when I heard the claims that Oswald had acted alone. How could anyone fire a bolt action rife that quickly and accurately? Even for an eleven year old the magic bullet theory was impossible to swallow. I began to doubt Walter Conkrite. After the sixites, by 1972, my mind was a fertile field for serious conspiracy theories to germinate. Throughout the rest of the seventies and the next two decades my frustration grew with the observation of the lack of real change in the way our country was going regardless of which party was in power.

For me there is no news -- only history.

Flash forward to 1997 and Dr. Andew Weil's book, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health. Several of his suggestions made sense to me and I tried them. One of them, I really liked! A one week news fast sounded too difficult but I tried it anyway. This was at a time in my life when I was reading three newspapers a day and had the television set on CNN most of the day. It was amazing! I didn't care what Bill and Hiliary were doing anymore by this point anyway. It was such a refreshing change -- no news! I'm still enjoying the benefits today by continuing my news fast. So much of the news is politics. Not having a constant influx of news and politics made it so much easier to go about the business of living my own life. In 2000 my life changed again -- separation. A divorce ensued in 2001 and in June I married a woman who taught me the importance of living my life without being concerned about what anyone else would think. Without the news and the politics it brought, combined with this new life philosophy, I was liberated!
The same old theories abound and are now like choruses sung by new choirs. Was Bullworth correct with his claims that 5% of the population control 95% of the money? He must have been correct. I haven't seen any real change, regardless of which party is in power. Don't the big money companies divide their funds on both sides of the aisle in congress? Can you imagine General Electric, Bank of America, Kraft, Alcoa, or Pfizer putting all their eggs in one basket? Was Viet Nam fought to satisfy the desires of the military-industrial complex? Is it true that the first casualty of any war is the truth?

Vintage voting booth.

Growing up with these things, I'd never heard of paper ballots.
Growing up with these things, I'd never heard of paper ballots.

..and to the republic......

So why should I vote? Does one person really make a difference? Joanne Herring did. She was the driving influence behind Charlie Wilson. Julia Roberts played her in the movie Charlie Wilson's War and she really did make a difference. She did a lot more than vote though. She was at the time, according to Charlie Wilson, "the sixth most wealthiest person in Houston". Do we really want one person to be able to make that much difference? Is my vote being diluted by hundreds more who are voting because of "drive-through voter registration"? When I took a course in civics in high school, we were taught that our government is different because we are not governed by the masses but by informed voters who had earned the right to vote. Our voters were people who knew how our government worked and that by avoiding a simple "majority rules" system, America was different -- and better.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

It is disheartening, isn't it? I keep waiting for change but it seems like 'business as usual'. Meanwhile, we just watch the richer grow richer and the poorer grow poorer. I keep praying that something will wake the world up but then again, I fear that the results on that awakening might be pretty frightening - as in 'look what we have done'. Great writing!


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain Author

Thanks!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

FC...if the truth be known, I guess we all had smoke blown up our ass. Where we are today reminds me of wading into a bog. At first the ground seems firm and you take a couple more steps, then you notice your right foot starting to sink in so you step forward onto the left only to see it sink in more. At this point, you are almost committed and the idea of turning around seems to come with more trouble that just pressing on through the mud. The mistake in that thinking is that we have no idea how deep that mud is until we have sank to a point of being trapped. America is getting very close to the mud that entraps and we are being led there not stumbling into it by accident. The baby boomers may really become the first flock to feel the slaughter and America will never get the crying of the lambs out of their head. WB


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nifty@50 6 years ago

One refreshing thing is like professional wrestling, at least we know the news media is just entertainment! It's bias either left or right is too obvious to be other wise!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

You made a lot of good points in your hub and I believe there have been many underhanded things done. Now things have steadily declined even more with Obama as president as government jobs have grown and private ones have taken a big hit. Even some of the big banks are closing hundreds of branches and laying off hundreds. Now that student loans have been taken over by the government via the health care bill which makes no sense, people are losing their jobs. I know 2 that have worked in this field for over 20 years but there jobs will be gone soon. Government is way too big and it has been growing for several administrations now. We don't need to have the government running everything. Socialism isn't the way I want to live.


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain Author

Thanks everyone! I appreciate your comments and support.

Chip


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your hub was really well written and thought out.IV,E always felt that there is much more to the JFK assassination, the wealth rules this nation,always has and will continue to do so unless we do something about it, now, what can we do, VOTE, term limits, even for the supreme court, people say, 'we can,t change politics'

yes we can, money didn,t buy the last election, people did 51% Everyone expects Obama to cure all of our problems, give him time, he,s not God, he can only do so much, give him 4 more years,we will see a turn around.

Thank you for a great piece


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

This is one fantastic hub. I think I wish to write more like this but I don't have your elegance. I'm not sure if America ever existed. Not the America we have loved and fought for. I'm Vietnam Vet and I'm not over the Gulf of Tonkin lie that put us deeper into Vietnam.

I am told that Vietnam has tin that we wanted.

I was told the a fort in Alabama has a berm for mile surrounding the fort with tungsten buried there. I was told that most cargo transports were carrying "something" back to the US.

Regardless- it was as much to promote wealth for the rich as it was to stop any communism domino effect. Businessmen want the money.

So over two million people died. Yes, most were Vietnamese, but they are God's children too.

But- did not Kennedy and Ike both have elected leaders of Latin American countries assassinated? That's what my history tells me. ANS- it was for businessmen! The United Fruit Company made life a living hell for the native people as well as the mining companies. Che Guevara took his motorcycle ride, saw it all, and liberated Cuba from evils like the United Fruit Company and other nasties.

Our court system? The Civil war ended slavery? Nope- what was reconstruction? 1776- White people set up a government so that white people who owned property could decide the course for everyone, so that whites could own blacks, so that the whites could be free to take land and lives of the red man. Sorry- I'm getting myself into another quagmire- like Vietnam. History is written by the conquerors.

This is an extraordinary hub! Keep the truth flowing!

The Golden Rule isn't just a good idea. It's the law.


Lynn Voedisch 6 years ago

Can't say I agree with you. There's a major difference between the parties, starting with who supports the working man or woman and who supports the rich. Dems have some bad apples, but for the most part do support union workers and fair wages. Also, do you honestly think Gore would have invaded Iraq after 9/11? Think seriously now. I don't think so. In fact, because he be paying attention to the memos they were circulating about "Bin Laden Deterimined to Strike in U.S." I wonder if there would have BEEN a 9/11. Clinton kept close watch on Bin Laden, and the Bushies just pushed all that intelligence away like it was so much garbage. (Read Richard Clarke.)

Torture? No Dem would do that. I could go on and on.

Yes, the power structure is bad, but there are philosophical differences that are so set in stone that separate the two parties and I'm surprised you can't see it. The GOP will always be the part of the rich and the corporations, and the recent (political) Supreme Court decisions just proved that.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Glad to see you have a new hub! Hope the new business is going great. This is really well done Chip. Many of the points and 'suggestions' you pose have been wondering the halls of my mind for some years now. Government is becoming the largest employer in history,...not how things were written to pan out in America. Getting a handle on at this point in history I am affraid is too late,...we may well have missed our chance during the Kennedy administration...


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singlmomat52 6 years ago

It is amazing how much the people who govern this great country have become so selfish, self-centered and self- serving. It is a very sad state of affairs. I am sure our Presidents who truly served The People, are rolling over in their graves. Great Hub, Thank you for sharing!!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Seems like with each new administration the corruption gets worst. At what point do these people realize the middle class cant take it anymore? I wish there were term limits for senators, and a real option to the democrats and Republican parties.


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Another interesting Americanism: other countries are ruled by 'masses' whereas the U.S. is ruled by 'informed voters.' Right! Now that's funny!

An excellent hub, full of those questions most people should be asking themselves. All you need to do is look at the circus passing for a government these days to understand why nothing changes.


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain Author

Thanks everyone for all your comments!

Immartin thanks for the "circus metaphor", I like that!


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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

you were a brave man to write this piece...it brought so many different points of view forward didnt it?

well I agree with Mickey on one thing at least and ray the rest cannot be true but in my heart I fear it will be shown eventually to be true

"keep the truth flowing"

or as it was said in one of my favorite sci fi stories

"nothing can stop the signal mel"


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I like your style of writing! Look forward to reading much more!


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain Author

Thanks RNMSN and LillyGrillzit. I appreciate your comments.


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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

This is a sad hub but so very true. We have all been duped and it just gets worse. Very excellent writing though and great explanation so even I can understand it. Thanks.


Ghost32 5 years ago

Just a glass-half-full, rose-tinted, optimistic view from a political activist:

Between 1963 (JFK assassination) and 1995, not too much in the field of politics seemed encouraging to me, either. In fact, by midsummer 1994, there were some real signs out there (for those who knew how to look) that shouted out the real possibility of another literal Civil War. I wasn't depressed about it, but neither was I convinced a long and happily engaged life was to be my destiny in this incarnation, either.

That all changed (for me) in 2009. In early 2008, I'd picked up sufficient Internet skill to be able to write Google-friendly content and had also hooked up with HubPages. In November of 2009, I wrote my first truly political piece--about Sarah Palin's first book, Going Rogue.

Which quickly evolved into writing political hubs almost exclusively, analyzing legislation and/or current events as well as supporting conservative candidates for public office.

I found that (a) I wasn't that bad at it, and (b) most importantly, I purely loved it.

Then, on November 2, 2010--Election Day--our Palominas (AZ) Tea Party, a mere handful of interested citizens, went 3 for 3 at the polls in local elections: We helped defeat a proposed Water District that was a purely evil power grab designed to take over control of privately owned wells...replaced an incompetent incumbent Clerk of the Superior Court with a super-qualified conservative challenger...and ousted-and-replaced enough members of a corrupt Board governing our local Fire District that the Board is now controlled by unbelievably good (and unbelievably qualified) people who are donating many hours per week to fixing THAT problem (Board members are NOT paid).

I'm not preaching political activism to anyone else--that's not up to me. Just wanted to say that all politics is local, and it DOESN'T have to be all bad. Our community will receive many years worth of benefits from this one election...and my writing here at HP had an impact in all three contests (water, fire, clerk). That makes for a good feeling.

--End of meandering monologue!--


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FCEtier 5 years ago from Cold Mountain Author

Thanks for your comment Ghost, I appreciate your opinion.

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