Making a Difference and Affecting Change

I’ve knocked knots on my head from beating it against the wall trying to wake people up. 99% of the population actually still believe in the American dream and when you try to tell them that their voices count for very little the way things are, they turn on you like you’re some kind of treasonous anti-American pinko subversive. The American public doesn’t have a clue and more importantly, they don’t have the guts anymore, to shovel their way out of the shit-pile that’s suffocating them.

Remarkably, there is a movement taking root. Armed revolution will never again work for us. Change needs to come as a socio-ideological force and that can only come from education, involvement and awareness. I believe, provided we don’t collapse as a society in the meantime, that we will never see another travesty of an election such as the present one. I believe that in the next four years there will be some pretty high figures torn from their thrones and some structural changes will be made within the U.S. government.

Not all politicians are hopeless and many are waking up. Our job is to see that they get the support they need and to educate our countrymen to seeing the truth that they apparently don’t want to see. It’s going to be a struggle for sure, but one that’s worth it. Personally, I’m counting on minds that can see things for what they are to help get the message out there.

I find that the younger generation is more aware than most give them credit for. It’s the iron-clad galvanized old coots my age that don’t want to face the truth of how the system betrayed them that will not wake up. The BOOMERS that were raised on lies that ANYBODY with determination and intestinal fortitude can grow up to be president blah blah blah. Ironically, these are the people who, in the 60s and 70s, were in the trenches of the social upheaval that, through determination, commitment and in some cases sacrifice, brought about the end of the war in Vietnam. I guess at some point we got on with chasing that American dream and went on to staff the enemy ranks. We became the politicians arrogantly thinking we could do it right. “We’ve met the enemy and they are us.”

These are the problems, not the young. The college students of today, as loose-knit and directionless as they seem to be, are at least doing something for the first time since my generation were in the streets with bandanas around our faces hurling the police and national guard gas grenades back into their ranks, facing guns and night sticks and risking our necks in Washington, New York, Chicago, Newark, Phildelphia, Kent State, etc. Finally the youth of this country are rallying. This is the way it started with us. In my day it was SDS (Students for Democratic Society). Today it’s the Ron Paul revolution. Different times; different means. Don’t be so quick to write them off.

The fight we are facing in some ways is more strategic and complex than it was in my day because it requires that we make the people understand the way things REALLY work. And with the speed of information today, people committed to the cause can’t rest. If we take a week off we come back to a whole different set of issues and circumstances. Such is the strength of the opposition we face. They dazzle the unaware with glamour and style and trends and change the rules midstream and foment confusion. Our president tells us that his main mistake and reason for failure in the past four years was that he “didn’t tell the American people a story”. The news agencies give this convoluted rhetoric great credence and import and the “American people” applaud his assessment of the situation and people like me sigh and scratch their shaking heads. You’ve got to be on the ball today if you want to affect change. You can’t rest for a moment.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago

    This method of effecting change I can deal with. Up til now you have been inciting an armed revolution and I couldn’t have agreed to such. Now you are promoting change primarily through education and agressive campaigning to bring the change. That I believe is the more effective and surely the more acceptable way of progressing. Hell, I’ll even add my two cents worth and give the movement a two thumbs up to people. Maybe we can raise up leadership to take charge of effecting the right kind of change for a change. LOL Sorry for the pun. By placing the key figures into the system we can more agressively effect change from within the system. Root out the problem by eliminating them and placing the new crowd in its place. Let us show that “We the people” still exist and that the powers that be must change in order to survive.

  • On the contrary, John. I have never condoned armed confrontation. I’ve resisted it as far back as the 60s. I HAVE used it as an example and admit that there are some times when there is simply no other option. It’s certainly NOT the answer to our current problems. It wasn’t the answer to the Civil War, why would I support it now. Don’t let my rage translate into my being a proponent of violence. If such were my message and methods, I would be wielding the sword and NOT the pen. Education is the only way out of the lethargy and political Doldrums I see today. I’ve always believed that for true change, leadership must come from example.

    – George Yesthal

  • OwassaLori
    OwassaLoriabout 2 years ago

    Right on George! I believe you are absolutely correct about this younger generation and that change needs to come through enlightenment. It can only happen when we see through the social engineering that is being put upon us.

    By the way; you talk like a long haired commie pinko queer….

  • I beg your pardon…it’s “GAY”

    – George Yesthal

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago

    When you were campaigning for Ron Paul I started looking into his politics and saw a leader I could stand behind. I did everything in my power to help get him on the dockets. Then I started reading your rants and backed way off. It had appeared that the only solution being promoted was violent armed conflict. I suppose that I shouldn’t read too much into a person’s views, especially when my voices are screaming on top of it. LOL I do humbly apologize for thinking the way I did. I should have realized that you were trying to get a point across and not trying to promote revolution. Effective change starts at home and I’m effecting a change in my own thinking thanks to your response. You’re a good man George and I truly do appreciate you.

  • Actually I do advocate revolution, just not violent revolution. After all, anger is my co-pilot.

    – George Yesthal

  • cburns4vta
    cburns4vtaover 1 year ago

    I like the Ron Paul reference, even with him gone Rand Paul is speaking with as great a voice matching the one (plus some) his father railed the left and right at times with. Libertarians are conservatives and conservatives are republicans we are victims of an ages old tactic “divide and conquer.” However, I often hear republican and conservatives alike raising opposition against this argument swearing they are nothing like those libertarian dope legalizing idiots. Of course you will always have the libertarians getting offended that your lumping them with republicans. It began with people that were centerists claiming to be republicans co-opting the name for a number of reasons like the district they running has a slightly bigger right wing demographic. So began “The Conservatives” people who didn’t want to associate with these new comers that didn’t belong and with similar beginnings libertarians began but with a few other odd twists that I will leave alone for the time being. Instead of breaking off I believe we should have fought for our nomenclature, when a party does this it forces any underlying differences to surface and internal discussions occur and we come to agreement and become stronger.
    Since this did not happen the left for the past 40 to 50 years has really not been opposed in certain areas and in others has quietly become dominant for example our public indoctrination… opps! I mean school system is decidedly left. And with no competition to drive performance Americans to put it mildly have become noticeably dumber and politically disinterested (ex.: reality TVs popularity). Several of our founding fathers most notably Washington and Jefferson wrote a great deal about the importance of a educated and informed populace, specifically on that being a necessary precondition for this form of government to work. So as we fractured our party into political sects instead of having galvanizing discussions the very footings of our country where being subverted.
    I hear the author and others writing here armed revolution is not the way, I agree to the extent that if it is avoidable of course avoid it! I am though a Randian subscribing to almost all of Ayn Rands presuppositions about the world. In that light I hope that we as a nation can step back from this precipice without violence and try to cobble our country back together, Ayn Rand though believes and I think the world adequately underscores this opinion that mans rational self interest can not be counted on. You can hope for the best but prepare for the worst, don’t light the torch yet but keep the pitchfork nearby.
    If we are to put this country back together peaceably the question is who is right Libertarians? Conservatives? Republicans? We are all right in our belief in the constitution and that it will never be outdated but Libertarians realize one thing about freedom, it affords in many areas people the right to be wrong but I’ll be nice and say the right to disagree as long as the constitution is not what is being called into question. Conservatives forget this especially evangelicals. For example I believe in Christian God (despise organized reli

  • cburns4vta
    cburns4vtaover 1 year ago

    accidently hit enter oppsss!!!…….
    religion) I do believe in life at conception but I realize that this ideal is based on faith and in America we have freedom “of” religion not from so you can’t tell me take down nativity scenes in the town square during christmas but I can’t tell you what to do with your body but don’t ask my tax dollars to fund where you go!
    Back on topic I would say that in my opinion with issues like the above mentioned that are highly controversial and some on the right insisting on legislating their morality that is non constitutionally important I am more then hesitant to give people my age and younger enough credit as to fool myself that hope is ever present.

  • cburns4vta
    cburns4vtaover 1 year ago

    Remember
    Thomas Jefferson said :

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

  • cburns4vta
    cburns4vtaover 1 year ago

    And this scary Prophetic quote from

    Ronald Reagan:

    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

  • I think you’re right. I see some real proactive resistance from the right. There is a Libertarian push that I’m happy you see and I think by the next election we will see significant change. I’d like to see this bipartisan addiction licked and some creative politics, (is that an oxymoron?) taking place. I guess we’ll see. I like your politics. Send me a friend request on FB. I’m listed by my name. Thank you for a lucid and well thought out comment, (several actually)It’s a pleasure when intelligent reply intelligently.

    – George Yesthal

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