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          I have created this web site as a way to archive and bring to the people my thoughts and convictions to my study of the people, government, and private industry of the United States of America. I am far too opinionated to not have a way in which I can interact with the people from coast to coast in this great country, as well as around the world. This is what I have come up with. A website in which I can begin to publish myself. I am very interested in preserving our constitution as well as personal liberty. I believe there is a solution for this country which has either been overlooked or simply not looked at. I hope to inspire the creativity in myself as well as all of you visiting to come up with just that. If you are interested in having me write an article or essay for your website or organization please contact me. If you wish to simply have a chat I am happy to do so as I believe in a man who truly takes counsel. Below Ive listed my contact Information. Enjoy my site and thank you for your interest in visiting.


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Below I will post my most recent essay.
As new essays come each essay will be moved to the archive accessible at the top of this page. Thanks.


   I have decided to post a guest essay that was offered by a good friend John Walker. I found the material very interesting and relevant. I feel a call to action. The question for most of us is how to go about it. We are an active internet community and have made great headway in information and people who support our concerns and our patriot cause. I found inspiration in Johns essay and hope you do too.

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Guest Essay
"Where Are The Hippies?"
Written By: John Walker

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     I was recently asked by a young friend where are the hippies and why are they not “out in the streets” now calling attention to America’s problems like they once did. Where are the marches that once highlighted America’s troubles with chants and demands for change? Where are the crowds of people singing “give peace a chance” and demanding the end of the bad policy of a horrible war? Did they really ever do anything?


     I think those questions could be answered by referring to that time using a set of bookends. With a beginning to recall what began those movements and the end of that time to be understood might explain where the hippies have gone. Bookends that started with the loss of the hope of a youthful president’s vision and on the other end the failure of a horrible foreign war and a scandal named by the press “Watergate” after the hotel in Washington D.C.

     During that time America experienced many ups and downs. There were many broken dreams and soul killers on one hand and hopes and dreams on the other.

     John F. Kennedy encouraged many to believe in dreams of an America at the forefront of scientific research and the world’s leader of space flight. There was also the hope that this new young president would be the one who saw the need for a revolution in civil rights and a repair of the inequality some American citizens suffered.

     As the son of a military man who was part of the “Greatest Generation” my generation was deemed to have advantages that no American had ever been blessed with. My parents looked at me as the hope America had longed for during the Great Depression and a world at war. Those sunny days in 1960 were what America had waited so long to produce.

     The sacrifice of Americans on bloody battle fields had set the stage for not only a wealthy America but an America that could afford to live up to it’s long ago made promises. All men are created equal and free was the promise we all learned about from an early age. A promise paid for by American blood. America was not always a world leader and the aftermath of World War Two had left America as the only country still whole at home. We did not suffer the destruction most of the other countries had experienced.

     But the hopeful dream was not to be. It like so many dreams to come was left lying broken into pieces in the street. Shattered by an act of violence on a clear bright day in Dallas, Texas. That always made it seem so surreal, such death on such a beautiful day. But many more such sunny days were to come for America.

     But America is a fighter and the promise of the founders would not be denied for long.

     With that a new president from Texas, Lyndon Johnson set to out do his slain predecessor. He pledged to complete the call to the nation to “land a man on the moon in this decade” and to give his attention to long absent promises and then to complete a set of new civil rights. His “New Frontier” in the mid sixties given birth to some of the most sweeping changes ever seen in this country and full filled the sacrifice of those of a 100 years before during the Civil War of 1861 to 1865.

     We all had a sense that a century had just passed since the Civil War and I, as a child I felt it was ordained to be that way. 100 years was long enough to wait to recognize that sacrifice with actions.

     A young minister who also seen this as the time had begun his ministry. Martin Luther King began to ask America to full fill it’s pact with it’s people. No more segregation, no more inequality, a new day had arisen in America.

     After losing it’s youthful leader America found it’s way again.

     But again the trouble came. After many long days of death in Vietnam America spawned a peace movement. Soon after hippies began to appear. Long haired versions of patriots to join the black movement in the streets to ask for the promise still not keep.

     While not all the attention of the young of that time and the hippies was political but much of it revolved around a new day. A new way to live in peace and justice was at the base of this new vision which each "member" naturally embraced. All one has to do is recall what two raised fingers meant and how it was used to identify the brethren of the "cause".

     During that time we lost the young minister, who some called the “American Gandhi” to another assassin’s bullet. Robert Kennedy against his advisors’ wishes took the stage in a ghetto at Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, April 4th, 1968 the day Martin King was killed. After speaking to the African American crowd about the loss of one of his own family members to an assassin’s bullet, RFK pleaded for calm in a coming storm. He finished with one of the most graceful comments ever given by a politician.
His words are as follows.

     My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

     So in the speech RFK gave America the real vision it was destined to endure. We as a nation had to develop wisdom in great loss or parish.

     Just two months later, Robert Kennedy was gunned down during a celebration following his victory in the California primary, June 5, 1968. The peace movement had lost it’s one potential presidential leader.

     The peace movement faced many set backs at America’s colleges in the days to come. Police riots at the Democratic Party Convention in 1968 and the America “Love it or Leave it” crowd was gaining strength. Four students were shot down in the street during a peace rally at Kent State in Ohio.The opposition meant business. Many other acts of violence occurred against those seeking peace. As an aside, later in 1980 after this time a peace activist John Lennon was shot dead in New York City.

     America tired of division then elected one of it’s most conservative presidents, Richard Nixon. Later Nixon’s presidency was scarred by the “Watergate” scandal. The scandal began with an inept attempt to subvert the presidential election of 1972 by spying on a Democratic opponent. It ended with a cover up that used government funds to pay off conspirators.

     The Vietnam Conflict was nearing an end with a “peace with honor” agreement Nixon made which left the survival of South Vietnam to the people of South Vietnam. I remember watching helicopters being shoved off the deck of an aircraft carrier on the evening news as Saigon fell to the communists. America’s heart broke again.

     The end of the sixties saw a huge rock concert at Woodstock. It was lauded as a festival of peace and love. One looking into to the eyes of long haired hippies sitting in the rain and mud had to wonder what they were seeing in the distance while Sly Stone sang “I want to take you higher” and Jimi Hendrix played his version of the “Star Spangled Banner”. It was the same look I saw in my baby sister’s eyes while she sat in front of the television listening to Walter Cronkite during the Tet offensive.

     The entire decade was reflected there in those eyes. The hope, the dreams and the death and destruction was the vision left to us. “I want to take you higher” has a very different meaning if one considers the world it was being sung to, a world of lost dreams but still a hopeful people.

     So where did the hippies go? That is a question with many answers. Many gave up hope. Others grew tired of disappointment and joined the other side of the argument. Many still wait silently for peace and justice to rule the day in our country. All were effected in profound ways that brought them to rally in the streets and then to walk away alone as one by one of their heroes were killed by an assassin. The decade of a new and brighter America ended with many defeats and heart breaks. The vision and hope had lost it’s sheen. I suffered many life long and deep wounds to my soul in those days.

     A better question is did they have any sway in American life? Did the hippies and the peace movement have any effect?

     That answer is yes indeed. They called attention to the evils of the Vietnam War. They help to change the way America treats it’s citizenry. New Civil rights were born and old ones enhanced. The attitude of peace and love did have a positive effect and in some cases won the day. And America had it’s “man on the moon by the end of the decade”.

     Those rights secured in that time are under assault today. Civil rights are not in favor now and seen as big government interfering with the rights of the rich corporations. We have seen the rewards that the powerful leave to the people. The powerful walk away with huge bonuses while the elderly lose their life savings. Middle class lost their homes while big business gained a bottomless political voice recently, a gift from the Supreme Court.

     America needs to “pass the torch to a new generation”. A movement to support fair treatment of the people of America not the powerful.

     That is what the promise given was all about and why people took to the streets in the 1960's.

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