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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I Remember America, Before She Was Cold and Comatose

America is becoming more and more, a country devoid of justice and equality. Not a day goes by that I do not grieve for the nation I grew up loving and admiring. There is an almost daily flow of insanity which I watch from my television, in the form of new laws, old laws being struck down or corrupted, Supreme Court decisions, new regulations, or more likely deregulations. In each of these cases, these changes in policy, code, and statute have a net effect: they hurt the rank and file American, while benefitting the American Aristocracy.

America is nothing like the nation I grew up with in the 50's and 60's. We had serious problems then too, but we were always getting better, seeking to become the nation we saw outlined in the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The U.S. Constitution. We were 2 nations back then: one with white citizens, and the other with black and other minority second-class citizens. But, The Supreme Court was not like our current Supreme Court. They upheld The Brown vs Board of Education case brought by the NAACP, which began the legal breakdown of 60yrs of "Jim Crowe" laws which upheld the evil "separate but equal" doctrine.

We had already begun to break down those barriars because there were business leaders who had a soul, and were willing to take a stand. That is what Branch Ricky did when he brought a black man into Major League Baseball a few years before the Brown decision. Baseball was truly the American pastime in those days. It was symbolic of our lives, our successes and our disappointments. When a dark skinned Jackie Robinson came to bat for The Brooklyn Dodgers, it was obvious to all, that this was no longer our fathers sport, and America was changing.

We were a nation struggling to live up to our constitution as we fought the localized wars of civil rights. President Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy took a stand for justice and equality during this struggle. Men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and others rose up to carry the standard of justice and equality, knowing full well they may have to make the ultimate sacrifice...and, they did.

All of the champions of my generation were murdered: John F. Kennedy, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and many lesser known warriors for justice and equality. But, we still were able to get landmark civil rights legislation passed in 1964 and 1965, and these laws were enforced, as we sent a message to the selfish, the bigots, the haters, the truly unamerican scoundrels: we will continue to develop and become the nation outlined in The U.S. Constitution!

There were valient battles fought in this nation, from the labor sit-down strikes of the 30's to the womens rights battles of the 70's. This is what allowed an expanding middle-class, and more people than ever to partake of The American Dream. We had some great days, where prosperity was within reach of most citizens who were determined, and willing to study and work hard. But those are days of yore, glory days that are now the material of legend. There is no such country today.

Today you have the American oligarchy/plutocracy where there is no true love of country, because there's nothing to love. There is no respect for The U.S. Constitution, nor the Bill of Rights in our legislatures or our courts. There are a few who want to rise up, be the new warriors for justice and equality, but their message and ability to recruite can always be hindered and dimminished, because the oligarchy controls the media and much of our communications. A political action movement cannot work today. The only thing that could stem this ever darkening tide now, is revolution; but that is too radical and frightening for most Americans today. By the time the average American realizes that the only real option was to "storm the Bastille", it will be too late.

I will always cherish my memories of what America once was, and what it could have been, but "America" is no longer that America. It is already dead, although most of us just don't know it yet. Many of us refuse to accept this as the impending American epitath, and struggle on. I sympathize with you, and admire you, but America is not on it's deathbed. It is already brain-dead, and has only a carcass that is being artificially kept alive by herculean life support measures as the rich drain what they can before deciding to pull the plugs. God bless America.

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