by E.L.Christianson Jr.
"It is a day to remember those who embrace duty, honor and country and who make the ultimate sacrifice, down through the generations and in conflicts around the world..." in the news
On May 1, 1865, freed slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to commemorate the death of Union soldiers and the end of the American Civil War. Three years later, General John Logan issued a special order that May 30, 1868 be observed as Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day — a day set aside “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land.”
"When historians describe casualties of the war, they uncover photos of mostly white enlisted men — bodies strewn across an image of a battlefield or, worst, piled on top of one another in a deep ditch, dead from the effects of a cannonball explosion. What we don’t see is dead freedpeople. The death of white participants in the Civil War is both valued and commemorated: framed as part of a larger saga of war and victory, and then propped up as the heroic embodiment of nationalism on Memorial Day. White people’s death is reenacted annually by thousands of people—who, for a hobby on a holiday weekend, get to play dead."... Jim Downs, History News Network
In the face of real truth, we will celebrate this "Memorial Day" by declaring all sorts of lies to the memory of our war dead.
We are a sick society. The problem isn't the illness as much as it is the absolute refusal to take the medicine... ultimately, this will kill us !!!
Rather than take the medicine (reform), we pretend everything in the world other than face the truth, that 'we are sick', that we are not that 'shining beacon'. We've been sick more or less from the beginning, born with the disease. Since birth, we've attempted to divert attention away from the disease and toward various myths, for example, the myths of 'founding fathers' whom we glorify hoping the 'glory' would hide obvious blemishes.
And, there's the myth of 'those who died defending our freedoms'... those myths that we promote during Memorial Day Sales Events.
Racism screams from the mountain tops and from the sea shores of this country, along with other 'isms'. The counter is to praise the wisdom of the 'founding fathers' and to recite the mantra 'support the troops'.
There is really no pretense concerning who the founding fathers were in real life. Everyone admits and their own words confirm that they were racists. They saw their world in terms of race. Their own economic well-being (for which they were willing to fight the British) was totally submerged in racism.
Every part of the system of government, every detail of the system of laws, every aspect of social living was and is, based race.
The wonderful sounding words of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"... are in fact just so much of a pathetic joke. Were the situation not so desperately bad for minorities, one might even see some kind of irony involved...ha! ha! ha!...
that all men are created equal... except for the "three/fifths of all other persons", etc...
IN Truth - The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Racism evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Oppression, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--
Such has been the patient sufferance of these African Americans; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Government of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these people.
"In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."
Those "Petitions for Redress" are made to the supreme court of this country and the results are the same as those received by the colonists. The supreme court represents the values of those who wrote the rules (constitution) and who included their racist views in the law that fails to equate to the eloquent words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."... so long as those are all white men...
All of the specifics of the British Colonists against the 'Crown' are valid claims for minority populations against this country which claims some type of relatonship with god... and even that, is just a ruse.
The “Under God” phrase that we like to hear ourselves repeat, wasn’t even in the original text of our pledge of allegiance which itself didn't exist for more than a century after the war for independence.
As written originally, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” God was added in 1954 in the face of the 'godless' communist threat. In fact the theatrical value of god during the 'communist scare' caused adoption of a national motto, “In God We Trust” which we started printing on our paper currency.
We the White People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
That all of these people died fighting for 'freedom' and 'justice' is a sad, sad part of our fake history. The truth is that they died, as military people have always died, because the elite used them to advance their own ends... the deaths of patriots are simply 'Collateral Damage' necessary to secure the position of the elite.
Troop movements are no more than sliding chess pieces around a board. The concept of 'Sacrificing' a bishop or knight to accomplish a chess goal is exactly the 'Sacrificing' a platoon or a division of soldiers to accomplish the 'greater goals' of securing the position of the elite.
Many of those patroits who do the fighting for this great nation are theoritically fighting to secure freedoms and democracy for those in other countries... freedoms that those very soldiers will not have at home.
And here at home those same partoits, protesting lack of voting rights, are viewed by the elite as 'rioters' to be repelled by the militarized police. Having survived the war over there, they are killed in the war here... if not killed, then jailed as prisoners of war.
In 2004,10% of State prisoners reported prior service in the U.S. Armed Forces, down from 12% in 1997 and 20% in 1986. Since BJS began surveying Federal prisoners in 1991, they have shown the same decline over a shorter period. Overall, an estimated 140,000 veterans were held in the Nation’s prisons in 2004, down from 153,100 in 2000.
The majority of veterans in State (54%) and Federal (64%) prison served during a wartime period, but a much lower percentage reported seeing combat duty (20% of State prisoners, 26% of Federal). Vietnam War-era veterans were the most common wartime veterans in both State (36%) and Federal (39%) prison. Veterans of the Iraq-Afghanistan eras comprised 4% of veterans in both State and Federal prison. The average length of military service of veterans in prison was about 4 years. An estimated 62% of veterans received an honorable discharge
Veterans had shorter criminal records than nonveterans in State prison, but reported longer prison sentences and expected to serve more time in prison than nonveterans. Nearly a third of veterans and a quarter of nonveterans were first-time offenders. The average maximum sentence reported by veterans in State prison (147 months) was 2 years longer than that of nonveterans (119 months). On average veterans expected to serve 22 months longer than nonveterans (112 months compared to 90 months)... from Bureau of Justice
Let's try some truth with our Memorial Day, it could be healing.
Civil War reenactors
A historian grapples with the right -- and wrong -- ways to commemorate a war that should horrify all of us
GLENN W. LAFANTASIE ----- Salon
If you’re not familiar with what “living history” means, this is a term that Civil War reenactors use to describe their hobby of dressing up in Union and Confederate uniforms and acting out battles and other significant events that occurred between 1861 and 1865. On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces fired (for real) on Fort Sumter, a military installation manned by federal troops, and continued the bombardment for more than 30 hours, when, outgunned and almost out of supplies, the Union commander, Major Robert Anderson, surrendered the fort and its garrison. It was the fall of Fort Sumter that began the Civil War, and modern reenactors pretended to do it all over again, only this time they did not use live ammunition, did not keep modern Charlestonians from getting their sleep by sustaining the thunder of cannons through the night, and presumably did no damage to the preserved stone walls of the Fort Sumter National Monument, which is located on an island in the middle of Charleston harbor.
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