between the 1960's Vietnam War
protests and that of
the 2011 Occupy Wall Street
- NLH May 19, 2013
I am a member of a generation who gathered to protest the war in Vietnam. The Occupy Wall Street Movement has two fundamental differences between what happened in that other mass revolt and what is happening now. It might be informative to take a look at that first massive exercise in the First Amendment by the People against the Establishment...
President Richard Nixon responded,
"Now, I understand that there has been, and continues to be, opposition to the war in Vietnam on the campuses and also in the nation. As far as this kind of activity is concerned, we expect it, however under no circumstances will I be affected whatever by it."
67 bullets in 13 seconds killed 4 students and wounded 9 others.
It was May 4, 1970. The Kent State shootings resulted in a revolt that saw an excess of 4 million students shut down more than 450 colleges, universities and high schools across the nation.
By May 8th, 100,000 protesters were in Washington and another 150,000 protested in San Francisco. At Universities across the nation 30 ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) buildings were destroyed. In sixteen states on 21 campuses National Guard units were mobilized. At New York University a banner was hung saying, "You Can’t Kill Us All".
At one of these gatherings a member of the Black Panthers was speaking. As he spoke the wind caught his jacket exposing a pistol underneath. The crowd booed him off the stage. The vast majority of Americans believed they could affect change with peaceful demonstrations. At that same gathering representatives from local Labor Unions were also speaking. America was definitely in revolt. In Washington they were calling it "civil war".
The main street linking the campus to the town of Amherst was absolutely filled with students. While not having an account at the bank, I was in the crowd. I saw both CBS and ABC cameras filming. I was sure the rest of America would soon know about the strike and join us. The bank closed its doors.
In 1976 as an Army officer one of my enlisted NCO’s heard me mention I had gone to the University of Massachusetts. He asked me if I was there in 1970 during the strike. Turns out he was there too as part of a U.S. Army team monitoring the University. He asked me if I had seen the network news cameras. Then he told me he had confiscated their film and it was never aired.
I have no clue how many Americans were aware of the massive strike. What is clear is that the Nixon administration was put into a state of fear. Nixon was rushed out of Washington to Camp David. Troops of the 82nd Airborne were inside the White House and probably at other places in the Capital. Nixon claimed the anti-war protesters were pawns of foreign governments.
The war continued and the protest did also, but no way near what had happened in 1970. A huge number of the campus organizers simply graduated. And that is one of the two critical differences between then and now. Then the University and College campuses were the sites of the revolt. And those revolting eventually graduated and went on with their lives.
He responded, "I wish that was true. It just doesn’t work that way."
When I heard his words I had a sinking feeling he was right. Dad was right. The American establishment really does not care what the American people want.
Back then and now the Establishment owns the news media...all except one. The Internet is the second difference between then and now. Now the People are right outside the doors of the Establishment and not locked on campuses where they will eventually graduate. Now the Internet can connect the world to the TRUTH. Until the Establishment tries to crash the Internet, the People’s voices will be heard and more and more will understand this is a battle that can be won and a battle that must be waged if America is to survive. This time Dad will be wrong. This time the Establishment will have to change or get out of the way.
In 1970 at the U of Mass I saw young people across the nation organize and the leaders just appeared. I am hoping the OWS movement will soon spawn new leaders. I do not think it will just go away. Heck the people in Syria have been at it for 8 months and they are being killed and wounded. Their courage is just mind bending.
It is really very simple. Resurrect the Constitution of the United States:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
We failed them by allowing the Constitution to be raped.
All we need to do is go back to the beginning.
Our real failure as a nation and as the People was in NOT defending the Constitution.
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