Over There And Over Here
By Elias Alias on October 01 2012
As a Viet Nam Veteran, USMC, I find various random tidbits of our history rather fascinating. When I quit college in 1965 and volunteered to serve my country, I trusted the government’s story of the day, which ran something like this – We must fight communism “over there” so that we would not later be forced to fight communism on our doorsteps, “over here”.
That was the official line, the story which justified embarking on an undeclared war which would last ten years and cost America fifty-eight thousand military deaths while countless others were maimed for life. Some, all these years later, still languish away on upper floors in Veterans Administration hospitals, out of sight and for the most part out of mind.
In looking back upon those tumultuous times, I realize that I had been predisposed to believe the government’s deception by simply being confused throughout my school years. That which confused me had supplanted the truth of America with a subtle but powerful deception. The deception had it that the government was America.
I say to you today that America is not the government, but instead is the people and the land. America is our good neighbors who live and work out their lives on the most bountiful continent on earth, and it is our tradition of moral uprightness, personal responsibility, family values, the honor and dignity which arises naturally from living a life based on love. It is “We The People” and our properties, our creativity, our ingenuity, our inventiveness, our work ethic, our loyalty to the vision of the founders who created the greatest written documents of human history, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for the united States of America. That is America to me. And that America is worth fighting for. It is worth dying for. And it is worth living for.
That is a bit of what America really is, and that is not to be confused with the government which came out of those documents signed by the original Patriots. To confuse this country, these people, this land, with a man-made government is of course the single-most damning alienation to ever hit a youthful mind, and cannot help but render a confusion which distracts one’s patriotic allegiance, makes one unwittingly subjected to the control of power-mongers who would influence American policy, both foreign and domestic. That deception erodes the vigilance required for proper oversight of our self-governance.
So in my old age I hark back belatedly to the words of Henry David Thoreau:
“That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.”
The Viet Nam war was the second serious war spawned by the United Nations, (Korea being the first). The influence of the United Nations is why our Congress did not “declare” war as required by the U.S. Constitution. The fact that the Congress did not declare war is not an indictment of the founding documents, but instead is an indictment of the government which came out of those documents. In fielding an army to a foreign sovereign nation-state without a declaration of war, the government displayed its ability to act outside the parameters of its granted authority. In other words, the government violated its own law. It has done so with every war since WWII.
Still, across ten years of war in Viet Nam, three million young American military women and men, rotating in and out, served “in country” in Viet Nam. After the fall of Saigon in April of 1975, Viet Nam became Vietnam, its name morphing into one word instead of two. And it came under communist rule. Of course you already know this.
But what many reading here may not know is that when American troops were deployed “across the pond” to Viet Nam, we were not really going over there to stop communism. We just thought we were, and we believed that we were because at that time, a mere twenty years after our victory in WWII, we trusted what the Federal government told us. After all, the nation which decided the outcome of WWII was an honorable nation and would never deceive its people over something as serious as a war, right? Young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines seldom question the morality of a war this nation sends them off to fight, until long afterward. It is as Viet Nam poet Steve Mason once wrote: “Old soldiers with bad gums find out too late whom they really served.”
Americans generally were mesmerized by the nationalism touted from the government-obliging media – America could do no wrong. If suddenly communism reared its ugly head to become America’s new enemy after we had defeated the Nazis and the Japanese, then so be it.
But enough of that. History since the Viet Nam war is clear enough, and it is embarrassing when peered into very deeply. A government which would deceive a generation and send armies afield against the red communist enemy would later build on that deception in subsequent military activities, such as the deceptions which gave us Gulf War I and II, and Afghanistan. One must ask, how do these “enemies” continue to pop up, generation after generation?
Yet if one supposes that our enemies have been manufactured by secretive operations which hide behind a veil called “national security secrecy”, one is branded by minions of the powers-that-be as a “conspiracy theorist”.
I, being old now and looking back upon Twentieth Century history through wizened eyes, am one such conspiracy theorist, and because I did serve in Viet Nam I cannot overlook some things which escape the scrutiny of Fox News, CNN, and the other networks. The fact that today our government is known to readily sell large packets of the U.S. national debt to the largest communist nation on earth, Red China, gives me pause. What’s with that, eh? How does a government which sacrificed fifty-eight thousand of America’s finest in a vicious war against communism turn right around and openly sell our national debt to the world’s biggest communist nation? How does this government justify today the Viet Nam war when it permits U.S. corporations to openly offshore America’s manufacturing base to communist China?
What are we to make of GM’s love affair with communist China? Recall the old adage, “What’s good for GM is good for America”. Did you catch this video when it went around the Internet a while back?
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And of course Wal-Mart is in bed with communist Red China, as we all know. Much of our manufacturing base has been off-shored to China. Many Chinese communist business interests have bought their way onto U.S. soil. So it begs the question – why was I really sent to fight in Viet Nam? Obviously this government has a cozy relationship with the largest communist nation on earth, yet it told my generation we should be willing to sacrifice our very lives to fight communism. What gives?
There are, of course, to the patient and persistent, answers to such questions. In my search for answers I encountered much information which has been conveniently hidden or down-played until the Internet arrived. I will share a couple of examples.
It is public knowledge that the Rockefeller family donated the land in New York City on which the United Nations international headquarters building stands. The following paragraphs are found here on September 30 2012 _
Quotes from David Rockefeller’s Memoirs (Random House, New York, 2002) Chapter 27, pages 404 and 405. Cited by Dr. Dennis Cuddy:
“My lifetime pursuits as an internationalist might best be summarized by one rather extraordinary day in 1995. October 23 was a busy day at the Council on Foreign Relations. The fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations had drawn almost two hundred heads of government to New York, and many had asked to speak at the Council. but even then the day was unusual for the diversity of the speakers: Jiang Zemin, president of the People’s Republic of China and heir apparent to Deng Xiaoping; Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic… Yasser Arafat… and, finally, Fidel Castro…. With the exception of Havel, these men had vowed to fight to the death against imperialist America. Now, with the end of the Cold War, they flocked to the center of world capitalism, eager to meet and close deals with American bankers and corporate executives, or at least to be seen with them — even Castro….
“For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
“The anti-Rockefeller focus of these otherwise incompatible political positions owes much to Populism. ‘Populists’ believe in conspiracies, and one of the most enduring is that a secret group of international bankers and capitalists, and their minions, control the world’s economy. Because of my name and prominence as the head of the Chase for many years, I have earned the distinction of ‘conspirator in chief’ from some of these people.
“Populists and isolationists ignore the tangible benefits that have resulted from our active international role during the past half-century. Not only was the very real threat posed by Soviet Communism overcome, but there have been fundamental improvements in societies around the world, particularly in the United States, as a result of global trade, improved communications, and the heightened interaction of people from different cultures. Populists rarely mention these positive consequences, nor can they cogently explain how they would have sustained American economic growth and the expansion of our political power without them.”
-end quoted passages-
Those are words written by David Rockefeller in his autobiography. Now let’s look at excerpts from an article he published in the New York Times on August 10, 1973, after taking a publicized trip to China:
From A China Traveler
By David Rockefeller
One is impressed immediately by the sense of national harmony. From the loud patriotic music at the border onward, there is a very real and pervasive dedication to Chairman Mao and Maoist principles. Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high moral and community purpose.
The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history. How extensively China opens up and how the world interprets and reacts to the social innovations and life styles she has developed is certain to have a profound effect on the future of many nations.
-end quoted passages from David Rockefeller’s 1973 New York Times article-
While savoring the accolades Rockefeller lavished upon Chairman Mao, let us remember that Mao was the fat cat who brought communism to China after WWII. And for a couple of quick glimpses of just one aspect of Mao’s “social experiment”, let us look at the amazing discipline demonstrated by specially trained women in today’s Chinese military. This sort of discipline can produce the perfect war machine, and convert the human being into a trans-humanized robotized mechanism of the state. Isn’t that just what the economic and monetary geniuses of the internationalists’ New World Order want for all of us? In its beautiful and impressive uniformity, it represents the total subjugation of the individual by the state – the ideal goal and achievement of communism.
The Fedgov mantra of the 1960s was that we must fight communism “over there” so we would not have to fight communism “over here”. Have we heard that same mantra repeated for the War on Terror? Did the Fedgov dare trot that old lie out one more time after 9/11/2001? Did Fedgov change the lyrics from “communism” to “terrorism”? Did the American people buy it again? Can the same reader who thinks he can tell me why I was sent to Viet Nam in the 1960s please tell me why our troops were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan a half-century later?
And finally -
As a Marine I ask, head bowed, will the few and the proud beneath deception’s cloud stand above the crowd, extinguish sins Fedgov allowed, in the name of the Oath once vowed?
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