Is Civil War Imminent?
Where are we going, and why?
From April 12 of 1861 until May 9 of 1865, the United States was thrust into turmoil. The "War Between the States" was fought over freeing people from slavery, or that's the way it's taught to us as we grow. Much of the all too many reasons for this conflict are kept from us for multiple purposes. Whatever the cause, Americans, even brothers, were killing each other over some kind of political ideology, a president was shot and killed, and, eventually, the slaves were freed. So it came about that the war was fought to attain a certain political goal. Could it have been economic in scope? Most likely. Every war has its roots in profiteering. WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq........the list goes on and on, back through the 1600's and beyond, and it will, most likely, continue on into the future. There is no Star Trek society in our future. It will most likely be more like Mad Max on a worldwide stage.
But, first, we will probably see a repeat of our own 1861 - 1865 history. The times, they are not a'changin' (apologies to Bob Dylan for the plagiarism). We are the victims of our own apathy; decades of disconnected Americans, apathetic about politics because of the feeling of not having a voice in government. And, now, we have become as divided as the North and South of the Civil War. Protests are becoming more violent since the election of 2016. It would have been the same no matter who won the presidency. One side hates the other and we are not hearing the call to reunite and work toward a common goal of running out the profiteers who own our representatives.You can see and feel the conflict growing.
So many choices, but, still, only two have control
This election cycle has been the first to prominently have all the parties placed before us to see. Each with its own ideology and candidates, both federally and local. But, the two establishment parties were the only ones to receive any actual publicity. Even Bernie Sanders had to run as a Democrat to have any notice taken of him. We know how that worked out for him. Non-establishment candidates will always get pushed to the back of the bus in favor of who the 1% want. That's how it works when big money has a stranglehold on us. Thank you, Citizens United, and thanks to the bought and sold Congress and Supreme Court for bringing us to the brink of slavery again. If you don't feel like a slave already, give it a while. You're not far from it, no matter your race, creed or ancestry. They've pitted us against each other, not just by North vs. South, but by who our ancestors were, where we come from and whom we support. Social Media has become their tool of choice, now, and you can see it every day in posts and arguments between people who were good friends before this. People are throwing away decades of friendship over posts that are concocted by the corporate controlled media. All designed to turn our heads from what is really happening behind the scenes. Brother against brother is so common now, that it's obvious to every one. We are not who we were two years ago. Was there racial tension? Of course there was, but not to the extent to which it has been brought. We have been so tuned into the propaganda that divides us, that we have no idea how bad things have actually gotten. We're numbed by the lies and half-truths of CNN, Fox, Breitbart, Occupy and all the others. And, in the meantime, we're beating each other and being abused by the Gestapo to control us.The situation is ripe for revolution. But it's going to be directed toward the wrong direction, When we should be trying to change things from the inside out, we're, instead, calling each other out. God save us.
The Kent State massacre, 1970
How many children will we have to mourn this time?
On May 4th, 1970, peaceful protesters at Kent State University, set off by Nixon's approval of the Cambodian incursion, were set upon by the National Guard. Several of those guardsmen, driven possibly by fear, inexperience or malice, fired on and killed 4 students. It was one of the saddest days in American history. Four families lost the children they thought were going off to learn the ways of the world. They didn't stand a chance. Now, seeing the protests at schools all over the country, I can't help worrying about how many will be killed this time. The kids of today, like us, have failed to learn from their parents' and grandparents' mistakes, those of trying to change from the inside rather than make themselves a target for the police and military tools of the uber riche. Not all cops are bad, but all bad cops are possible murderers. And they're walking amongst our kids, neighbors, brothers, sisters and the rest of America. Scared yet? You should be.
It doesn't matter who sits in the White House beginning in 2017. It's who is advising them, and the current picks for President Trump's staff are frightening. They represent every possible antisocial ideology that can, and probably will, bring us to blows. The time to start the movement toward inner peace and change is now. Time to stop quibbling with each other and work from within to effect political revolution rather than violence. Get involved in your chosen party's workings, whether it's just to make the public aware of them, or, like me, to run for state offices. A political change has to start somewhere. And support your party's chosen candidates, instead of voting the entire party line. We can't be lazy in the ballot boxes anymore. Our lives depend on it.