Diva Model on the Runway – Heads Up!
Going to school during the Vietnam War was quite an experience. My Father had been talking about this coming conflict for years and he thought it was going to be a world changing event. This is not to say that my Father knew about this specific war and was predicting it, rather he was a very brilliant guy and he was integrating all the information coming to him; he knew what kind of results would be expected. My Father was an educator, working on behalf of mentally challenged and physically handicapped children. He needed to understand the biggest picture, the most global picture he possibly could envision.
He taught parents, doctors, teachers, Governors, Senators, and through his discussions he got the ear of the President of the US. My Father’s ideas became too unsafe, too radical and he disappeared when President Kennedy died. Our State’s public schools went from being 10th in the Nation to their current 45th status.
The Republican Senator from our State was one of my Father’s best friends. They would have long discussions far into the night every time the Senator was in town. I learned a great deal from this fine man and my father’s conversations. He was a maverick in Congress on education; I am sure because of those discussions. This Senator was Pro War and Pro the Chicago School of Economics. My father thought war was not the way to make money and the costs were too high in relation to human beings; it was a waste. My Father was an Officer in the Canadian Navy during WWII. My father thought the Chicago School of Economics was a nearly perfect economic plan, but it was a disaster for people and inhumane.
There are moments when I am glad my father died young, because the rest of us have watched how this economic plan has played out in the world and it has been exactly as he predicted. The cost in human life and the loss of citizen voice has followed just as was outlined in the program. He was with us long enough to see the Republican Party adopt this system of economics into their party platform and he was overwhelmed with grief.
I had an opportunity during a political science class to take a workshop from the Republican Senator from my State. The war was in full swing and this fellow was on “high”. He was delighted to find I was in his class and spent the better part of the second day talking about his debates with my Father. It was fascinating and I learned one extremely valuable political lesson that day.
“If you do not wish to have your personal opinion discovered by anyone, organize the folks into at least two groups of opposition. Keep the groups fighting with each other and you will never have to make a public statement or declare your position – ever. “
To this day, there is absolutely no public record of how this Senator stood on a number of controversial issues – particularly AB..T..N. (I am not spelling out the word here, because I do not wish to receive 1,000s of computer generated comments labeling me a murderer)
Currently my eyes see we are at war, party against party, Congress against People, Banks against Congress and the People, and we are busy fighting with each other, arguing and not focused on what is going on….we are name calling and moaning and groaning and focused on what is best for us – within the old model – and not figuring out how to discover some of the other models.
If you would like to see how the old model has been playing out, I would still suggest you read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine – cover to cover.
I will refer you to a very interesting discussion of some fresh ideas about recovery from PBS/Bill Moyers
Truly nothing is going to change or happen until we stop blaming, arguing, attacking, demanding, and forming the masses into distinct groups which keep at each other –
Fight or Flight?
Which will be the best strategy for you?
I am going to keep learning as much as I am able and I am going to keep working with the people from all over my State with hundreds of ideas and opinions to keep the conversation going so that we may make our own decisions; get our citizen’s needs taken care of and made a top priority. We are working hard and fun to keep the lines of communication open and enabled and not form into two conflicting groups without resolution. It is exciting work and I love sharing it with my children.
My Father would be proud of our efforts and activities.