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There's a Monster On the Loose Pt. 1

Updated on January 14, 2016

Mike's Common Sense

I am what they call a “baby-boomer”, that means I was born during the period ten - fifteen years after the end of WWII. This was a scary, exciting, tumultuous time to be growing up. It was a time of abundance; it was a time of happiness. But we as a country were going through tremendous growing pains. Things were changing, and they were changing fast.

To begin with, America was just settling in to it’s new role as leader of the “free world”. Before WWII America had always been an isolationist country, not caring, or getting involved with the affairs of the rest of the world. But now, the rest of the world was looking to this young, upstart of a nation to lead the rest of the world towards democracy.

However, America was not a total democracy, especially in it’s southern states. The black population, was still considered inferior, and as second class citizens by most of white America. This way of thinking went about a drastic change with the new rulings of the Supreme Court, and the nonviolent challenge of Martin Luther King. The black populace, sensing a change, went into overdrive; rioting, and looting ensued for the summer of 1964. In reality, the tea pot was just beginning to boil. After the elections of 1964, President Johnson, decided to escalate the “peace keeping” of America in Viet Nam.

For the next nine years, the Viet Nam War dominated the news, And news papers reminded us of President Eisenhower’s words as he left office in 1960; “Beware the military industrial complex”…..


To be continued.


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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Paper Moon, not a bad idea!

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      You should link to part two at the bottom of this one.

      I am off for part two.