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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.

10 Responses to “Diva Model on the Runway – Heads Up!”

  1. Dot Says:

    Your father sounds like a wonderful man! I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall at those discussions, too. He certainly had a strong effect on that one Senator. I wonder what my life would have been like if I had had such a parent. As it is, I grew up so tired of arguments, constant arguments over everything, that to this day I run from debates. So I guess my choice is flight.

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  2. Mark Says:

    Thank-you for this intimate insight into US history and policy making. You are on point for cutting through the smoke screen of internal political conflict and finding a way that benefits the people of this great country and therefore this country as a whole. Thank-you for all that you are and will be doing!

    Marks last blog post..Compounding Interest in Your Relationship

  3. Jannie Funster Says:

    Your fatherr sounds like he was an amazing man, painting an ever clearer picture of how you turned out to be such strong and fine a person yourself.

    Yes, altogether too easy to blame. Republicans blame the Democrats. Democrats blame the Republicans. Its’ a shame we have to have government at all.

    So what can we do? Just be as kind to everyone as we can, try to listen. Always forgive.

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..Like a bord on a wire, 4

  4. Patricia Says:

    My Father was an amazing man and very, very brilliant – he saw the goodness in every person absolutely immediately and he was a consummate educator. Most of my life he was away saving the world. When he was home, which was rarely, he was a good father, but extremely strict (his parents died when he was very young and he learned how to parent from my maternal Grandparents who were English, strict and solid members of the community. I think he would have been a phenomenal Grandfather!
    Debate was served with every dinner plate when he was home.

    It was your two posts about Illusion and where we are right now on our journey, that inspired me to leave the discussion about Nonviolent communication and write this post today. Thank you for your inspiration and you favorable words here and now.

    I think it is listening and forgiveness that will move the mountains that must be shifted….I had just written and posted about blame and how that gets one no where at all….and I knew that I was headed in this direction…

    I am accused of dabbling in something that I only know a few buzz words about…maybe so..except the words that I know intimately are from the people on the ground running for their lives and their lively hood…..

    This is not a quick fix…but a whole paradigm change in society…at least with the political infighting, the folks in the here and now can make beautiful fragrant loaves of bread and quilts of amazing color and warmth.

    Thank you for your loving words…and for listening to what I have to say….I appreciate your comments so much.

  5. Robin Says:

    This is so interesting, Patricia! Unfortunately I don’t understand all you have described, being the ins and outs of another country – but I get the gist.

    I was at school (and uni) during the Vietnam war, too – but my family were a little less informed than yours. I remember the boys at uni ringing up to get the ballot results to see if they had been conscripted – scary stuff.

    Robins last blog post..Finding Our True Selves

  6. Dot Says:

    Patricia, as you surely know, you have every right to blog about whatever you want, and if your information isn’t complete, your readers can steer you towards more.

    I also wanted to say, on a previous post where you asked how we would make a decision like the one that you were thinking about (not bankrupting the family), I thought about that some more. For me, it would feel unfair if a family member made such an important decision without discussing it with the rest of the family.

    You may know what they’d say, but they also need to know your thinking and have a chance to affect the decision, don’t you think? After all, you probably wouldn’t want them to feel totally disappointed and hurt if you made the decision without them.

    Dots last blog post..OpenOffice Extensions

  7. Patricia Says:

    I do so remember how scary the draft was during the Viet Nam war and how fiercely competitive the university slots were for the fellows in my High School.

    I want to believe that our peace making efforts will evolve and that respect, dignity and affirmation of life will become a more significant response.

    Thank you for your thoughts and comments

  8. Patricia Says:

    I think you have hit the nail on the head here…..thank you.

    In both posts that you refer to, I am talking about digging deep to place your values and knowledge together – integrate the ideas and figure out exactly where you reside at that very moment – then you carry the conversation to family, friends and readers and ask them to delve deep and integrate their values and ideas

    It is then time to begin the conversation and the sorting and the planning for different outcomes.

    As long as folks are blaming and being loud and noisy, they do not have to dig deep and figure out their position….and they spend large amounts a time distracting.

    Even Jeffery Sachs, the economist, when he slowed down and talked with folks like Bono have started changing their tune – digging deep and modifying their pursuits, instead of just shooting from the hip…

    instead of fire, ready, aim….the READY is the most important command…

    Have I responded to your comment satisfactorily? Where should we go with this conversation?

  9. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    Your father does sound like a brilliant man. I’m sure he would have been very proud to see what you’re doing today. No doubt you have learned a lot from him.

  10. Patricia Says:

    He would be most proud that I am still learning and studying and acting on my learning.

    I keep learning so many new things from you – thank you.