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Americia In Crisis

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Why Can't We Get Along?: What Disturbs Me About AmericaEvery time I log in to facebook, or Google Plus, it's  the same thing: We are divided, it seems, into two camps who cannot for the life of them say a civil word about each other.  Republicans and Conservatives look down their noses at anyone who does not agree with their business oriented view of America, and consider all Democrats and Liberals parasites and a drag on the country. They look at them as lowlife individuals who don't want to work for a living. The Democrats and Liberals, on the other hand, look at all Republicans and Conservatives as heartless, demonic souls who only look at the bottom line with no concern about the humanity that drives the economy of the country, and who want to control every aspect of a citizens life, while claiming to want less government. Both sides claim to have the best interest of the American People in mind. Both sides claim that the other side has distorted what America is suppo…

Beware of Anarchist Groups.

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In 1934, a group of industrialists, unhappy with the direction that President Roosevelt was taking the country, attempted to recruit a group of WW I veterans to mount an armed insurrection and overthrow the democratically elected government and install a facist type dictatorship in it's place. They might have accomplished this, save for the man that they recruited to lead the insurrection: two time medal of honor winner and Marine Corps General, Smedley T. Butler. Although a vocal critic of the administration, General Butler was true to his oath, to protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The plot was foiled, the conspirators were never prosecuted because they represented the rich and powerful of the time. If the plot had succeeded, things would have been very different, and the outcome of WWII may very well have been very different, and the course of the history that we all remember today would have been changed forever.

My Back Pages: Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2013

My Back Pages: Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2013: Martin Luther King Day,  January 21, 2013   On April 4, 1968 I was a young Marine in a casual company barracks in Okinaw a, w a iting f...

Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2013

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Martin Luther King Day,  January 21, 2013
On April 4, 1968 I was a young Marine in a casual company barracks in Okinawa, waiting for my orders to leave for Vietnam. It was actually April 5 in Okinawa, because we were a day ahead in the Western Pacific. It was early morning, and we were getting ready for chow, when the word came that Dr. King had been assassinated. When I had left the States, the civil rights movement was in full swing, but being from the north, I did not fully understand the sweeping changes that were taking place in the country. We didn't have blatant segregation in New York. Not to say that there was not discrimination, there was, but is was a more subtle kind of discrimination. There was discriminatory hiring in jobs, and schools in some towns, indeed, in some areas of cities, were strategically placed so that they were segregated. I had lived in a integrated neighborhood. Blacks and whites living side by side with very little tension in the '50s and early &…

My Back Pages: My Back Pages: Thoughts At Year's End and the New ...

My Back Pages: My Back Pages: Thoughts At Year's End and the New ...: My Back Pages: Thoughts At Year's End and the New Year Ahead : 2013 is just over the horizon.... one day and a few hours away. Wouldn't it ...

"Every time I think I'm out... they pull me back in.."

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The best line from Godfather 3 belongs, fittingly, to Michael Corleone: "Every time I think that I'm out, they pull me back in!" Well, I am not comparing myself to the fabled son of Vito Corleone, it's just that these damned politicians just can't seem to act like reasonable men and women. Rather, they think that they are above those kinds of emotions, and think that they serve a higher purpose. Well, I have news for them, there is no higher purpose in the business of the congress of the United States than serving the people that live here. In fact, the force that put you here is not celestial, it is, in fact, the will of the people. You swore an oath to protect and defend, and you are doing neither. Not far from where your crying speaker sheds his crocodile tears, just up I 95 and I 80 from the halls of Congress, where  better men than you debated and compromised on issues affecting this great nation, we have American citizens living in the worst conditions imag…