Tale Weaver — Then and Now

EA2CBDD8-9D78-46B2-9ECB-3065C5B40AD1Taking a look backward about fifty years, back to the late Sixties and early Seventies, I used to be active in the anti-Vietnam War/anti-Nixon protest movement. It was a turbulent time in America; a time when a lot of people felt divided, alienated, and disenfranchised.

Ultimately the U.S. cried uncle and gave up engaging in that unwinnable war. Sadly, so many young men lost their lives in the Vietnam, and those who made it back home were treated very poorly, even though they, as individuals, most of whom were drafted into military service, were not responsible for that unjust, unnecessary war.

Now flash forward to 2020 and we see the build up of yet another turbulent time in America. Another time when large segments of the population feel just as divided, alienated, and disenfranchised as they did fifty years ago. Maybe even more so.

People are, once again, taking to the streets, staging large protests.BE4EA7A9-9BFC-41F3-98DC-1E6F19723281But what is different now than then is that these protests are not about a war. They are about the very fabric of our American society. Back then, Richard Nixon, the corrupt president, resigned, the war ended, and America came together to heal.

But Donald Trump, an even more corrupt and morally bankrupt president than Nixon, is not going to resign. And the American institutions that have stood for 250 years are crumbling beyond repair. I don’t believe our country will be able to weather the Trump storm.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, where the topic is “protest.” Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (backwards), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (alienate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (uncle), The Daily Spur (Service), Your Daily Word Prompt (responsible), and Jibber Jabber (build).

15 thoughts on “Tale Weaver — Then and Now

      • Marleen June 12, 2020 / 9:30 pm

        I think it could have been, in the sense of continuing to be, but something got stuck in the craw (whatever a craw is) of the Bush family and/or of Cheney — or skull and bones or some dark cabal — and they had to go stir up some shit.

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  1. Sadje June 12, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    You’ve said it so well Fandango.

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  2. Lolsy's Library June 12, 2020 / 9:26 pm

    “Young men, fighting old men’s wars”. It’s kind of a war, it’s old white racist men, against young black people. Trump wanted a War, and well, here it is. And he ran into a bunker,lol

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    • Marleen June 13, 2020 / 8:20 am

      “ Trump wanted a War, and well, here it is. And he ran into a bunker…”

      Good observation. The video below references chicken hawks.

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  3. Marleen June 13, 2020 / 8:11 am

    Major Danny Sjursen on Soldiers’ Resistance and Empire’s Endgame

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  4. anotherday2paradise June 13, 2020 / 8:13 am

    All so depressing that people don’t learn from history. I really hope America can survive Trump. 🙏🏻

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  5. leigha66 June 14, 2020 / 7:24 pm

    One thing I have not been able to get out of my mind since this whole thing started was the extremes that were present in the 60’s like what happened at Ohio State with the national guard and the bombings that took place. I just hope the protests stay mostly peaceful. But more important, they cause change.

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  6. Sue June 15, 2020 / 8:43 am

    The next few months will be very telling, won’t they?

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    • Fandango June 15, 2020 / 11:51 am

      Let’s hope the story has a happy ending.

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