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1.
Where have they gone
The young and the proud?

Will we say their names again?
Will we sing their praises on Sundays in church?
Will their photographs hang in Willies’ barbershop windows
Alongside the heroes of World War 2,
The Norman Rockwell prints
And his autographed photos of Ted Williams and Rocky Marciano?

Will there be a celebration of their sacrifices in the town square
The mayor making a speech and mounting a plaque?
The mothers and sisters and wives crying inconsolably?

Or will their fathers hide their grief in bottles of moonshine
The bitterness growing with every drop
Their mothers asking themselves in secrecy what they’ve done wrong
Sisters feeling unprotected without big brother
Little brothers lacking a role model, what chance do they have?
Will no one waltz in the street when their names are mentioned
Or will they merely turn their grief away?

Who will lead us into the future?
Who will install that first traffic light?
Their photos in the Sunday paper big smiles all around
Where will our smiles come from without our boys as heroes?

There will be no continuity here
A generation is lost
Our sons have been ripped from their future
Johnny will not come marching home again.

Where have you gone, my heroes my heroes,
Why have you left our lives?
Where have you gone, my heroes my heroes,
And what will become of us?

2.
Where have they gone
The young and proud?

Where is Gus?
He who could run like the wind
Down the field to victory on homecoming night

Where is Eddie with the cannon right arm?
He who threw the winning touchdown pass to Gus?

Where is Lawrence?
He who made his grandmother so proud
Her slave life stories were so vivid in his mind
The first one in the family to finish school

Where are Gunvald and Bengt?
The town’s only immigrant sons,
Those two new Sons of the Town who worked so much harder,
Just to fit in,

Where is Tom?
He who always drove too fast
Son of the local sheriff,
Racing in the streets on Saturday nights?

Will their parents mourn their loss?
Will we notice their absence?

Greg, he whose Diner has already closed down,
Crippled after his hip surgery failed, and now
Gus is not there to take his place
Irene, his wife, she who couldn’t deal with the loss
The towns first civilian casualty
Of a war so far away

The 5 and Dime store won’t last long either,
Mr. Nichols, he who is getting older by the day,
Never stands outside the shop door anymore, greeting everyone,
His health is failing and Eddie isn’t coming back to take over
It’s a matter of time now they say.

Pete he who can’t climb the trees anymore to trim them,
Says he’ll have to sell his orchards and land to pay his mortgage
Gunvald and Bengt will be trimming trees only in Pete’s memories

Where have you gone, my heroes my heroes,
Why have you left our lives,
Where have you gone, my heroes my heroes,
And what will become of us?

 

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Well well, today is the 4th of July and unless you live on another planet, I’m sure you all know, it’s the day Americans celebrate their independence. Truly a worthwhile thing to celebrate, But I want to look a little deeper at this, let’s scrape away the red white and blue varnish shall we?

Let’s get rid of the tired GOP rhetoric and get down to the business of where are my 40 acres and my mule? What happened at Wounded Knee?  The 504 who died in just four hours at My Lai, the 4 protestors killed at Kent State, the more than 200 years of violent oppression based upon race, creed, sexual preference, marital status, gender, place of national origin, religion, education, economic status, class,  and so many other forms all supposedly illegal, finally, under the US Constitution, (If you doubt this, I’ll be more than happy, dear reader, to enlighten you), the secret military actions against governments that are not on the weekly revised BFF list,  How many legitimately elected governments has the CIA illegally overthrown only seeking economic or political favour or colonial domination in a geopolitical arena?  Do you realize that Al Queda and the Taliban were armed, trained and funded by the American Government? They grew out of the Mujahedin, which was armed and funded by the CIA and Reagan in response to the Soviet Unions invasion of Afghanistan. That short sightedness lead directly to where we are now, in a war in Afghanistan, where everyone in the military knew the Soviets had no chance, what made them think the US would fare better?  Arrogant fools!

How about a cigar?  Not if your name is Fidel Castro and the person handing it to you works for the CIA!!  We all know about the CIA attempts to assassinate Castro with exploding cigars, but how many other leaders have they tried to kill that we don’t know about? Costa Rican President Jose Figueres twice!! Che Guevara? Michael Manley of Jamaica? Ahmed Dlimi? Mohammed Mossadegh of Iran? Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala? Sukarno of Indonesia? Patrice Lumumba of the Congo? General Abdel Karim Qasim of Iraq? The CIA helped establish Saddam Hussein’s bloody regime. It backed his Ba’ath party’s overthrow of General Abdel Karim Qasim’s military government, though it tried to kill Qasim first. He had overthrown the monarchy, exposed CIA ties to the royals and became friendly with communists. When the Ba’ath party initially failed to assassinate Qasim in a gunfight, the CIA’s so-called Health Alteration Committee mailed a monogrammed, poisoned handkerchief to Qasim, as detailed in a 1975 report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Qasim apparently didn’t need to blow his nose, so it took a bloody coup to unseat and kill him.Salvador Allende of Chile? Sadam Hussein? The list continues almost ad infinitum. For a greatest hits list, have a look at this website, which I cannot vouch for the accuracy, but i do believe most of them to be correct.   http://www.trutv.com/conspiracy/assassinations/cia-hits-misses/gallery.all.html

It’s a bloody history that we celebrate today, dear reader, a sad desolate evil arrogant self-righteous demeaning violent racist sexist ruthless way of life, and the worst is that now it has turned on it’s own citizenry in the form of Homeland Security.

Benjamin Franklin wrote that if a people willingly surrender their freedom in the name of security then they deserve neither. Sadly this is what Americans have done. While most of Black America has never been allowed inside the hallowed halls of the American equality, neither have Native Americans, women, gays, transgender, Jews, Islamists, Muslims or almost any other group you might chose to mention if one were inclined to, (and I for one am not, we are either all free or none of us are is my belief)

Having said that, it’s time to bring this rant to a close as I am rapidly approaching the midnight deadline. I suppose what I want to say is that you MUST be aware, it is the price of freedom, you MUST question your leaders, or they will continue to lie and operate behind closed doors and continue to break the laws, you MUST be involved, demand your voice, it IS the birthright of every person on earth.

I will not celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, but will say a silent prayer for the freedom of us all. I would love to see it in my lifetime.

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