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America at a Crossroads- “Oh… Oh… What You Gonna to do About Me?”

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By Richard Eber, CA Political News and Views

03-29-24

While taking an introductory geology course at UCSB, the professor beat into our brains “The key to the present can always be found in the past.”  As it turned out this theorem proved helpful in other fields of study as well.

These sage words came into perspective years after attending a concert at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom in 1970. It’s headliner was rock icon Jimmy Hendrix. I had no idea over 50 years later, this event would figure prominently in the Presidential election of 2024.

No, it wasn’t Jimmy’s electrifying guitar expertise which still resonates today. Instead, Hendrix’s opening act The Quicksilver Messenger Service left a lasting impression.

Their song What you going to do about me mirrors the clash of cultures going in today’s society. Written by Dino Valenti (Chet Powers) it begins:

You poisoned my sweet water.
You cut down my green trees.
The food you fed my children
Was the cause of their disease
.

Doesn’t this sound like the train disaster that occurred in East Palestine Ohio in 2023? It took over a year for President Biden to visit this community who has still not fully recovered from the train derailment.  This has come to symbolize Democrats Green Agenda.  It imposes stringent environmental laws on citizens while ignoring their fundamental needs.

How the government handled the accident may well determine the outcome in swing States this November.

The song continues:

I work in your factory.
I study in your schools.
I fill your penitentiaries.
And your military too!

And I feel the future trembling, 
As the word is passed around.
“If you stand up for what you do believe,
Be prepared to be shot down.”

This symbolizes the disconnect polarization with young people in this year’s Presidential race. There are millions of alienated youths who don’t care very much for either major political party.

Such a situation could not be found in the election of 1968. Back then we had Robert Kennedy as the voice of change.  Today, his “not ready for prime time” son is unsuccessfully trying to carry on his Dad’s legacy.

Neither political Party today can answer Valenti’s cry

And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw.
An’ I’m always on the run.

An I’m always getting busted
And I got to take a stand….
I believe the revolution
Must be mighty close at hand…

How can this alienated segment of society be brought back to the fold with no meaningful direction coming from social media or cable TV networks?

Instead, voters of both liberal and conservative persuasions find themselves wading against the currents of name calling, phony court cases, and topics that have little to do with the future well-being of our country.

The electorate is begging without success for the presumptive candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump to tell them how a better life can be created for their families.

The answer isn’t allowing some 10 million illegal aliens to pass thru our borders during the Biden Administration. 

It isn’t Tyson Foods shutting down a pork processing plant in Perry Iowa while replacing workers with less expensive migrant labor.

It isn’t higher petroleum prices to fuel autos and homes brought about by the United States reducing exploration for fossil fuels.

It isn’t the inflated attention on the incident in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2020 for which only one side of the story was told by the biased Democratic select Committee.

It  isn’t that continuous attention given to abortion laws being more important than the sinking fortunes of  a shrinking middle class.

It isn’t the billions spent each year on defense expenditures that show little tangible results. Whether we like it or not, the United States is facing a classic guns or butter dilemma that has plagued our country since its inception.

It isn’t Donald Trump’s divisive remarks made to opponents and those who care to disagree with him.

This is why I am so concerned our form of government js being placed on the chopping block this year.  Will our society be able to survive the onslaught of woke cancel-culture and political parties controlled by extremist ideologies?

It scares me a substantial part of the population believes our Constitutional democracy along with its Bill of Rights foundation are outdated.

With this dismal assessment, might we have to suspend the truths of Geology and the sciences, to embrace a Socialist system of government?

Can we ever forget to emulate Jimmy Hendrix’s immortal words, “Excuse me while I kiss the sky?”

So we must ask:

Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?

Link to original publication: Eber: What you gonna to do about me? – (capoliticalnewsandviews.com)


The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal Florida.

 
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