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.

Making a Difference and Affecting Change

George Yesthal

Brodheadsville, United States

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