The NATO Chicago Summit is about to begin and with it there is a sense that protestors will be coming out in force to show their dismay for the continued proliferation of America and her allies dictating their will upon the world. Things, it seems, haven't changed much from the turbulent 1960's when it comes to the free world governments thumbing their collective noses towards its citizenry and their well-being. The world limps along in a constant state of strife despite the fact that we should have learned something from the people who have continually braved authorities grip to demand change.
But change never comes - does it? Promises and lies and then more promises and lies have been the status quo while the hawks look to profit from yet another conflict somewhere, anywhere in the world, at the expense of the victims left behind. It is a tale that is too often repeated, going on unabated. The military complex continues to grow and profit while the people must suffer the consequences of that pursuit.
Now the powers that be will all come to Chicago to discuss newer and even more ingenious ways to maintain their stranglehold grip upon the world. Vast sums of money will be promised to ensure that democracy will be installed somewhere. Meanwhile those doing the offering will tell their own people that they will have to cut back, expect less from the taxes they pay and ultimately accept austerity programs.
I don't know about you folks, but something sure sounds out of kilter here.
Sadly, the world today is no more safer than it was in the past. As a matter of fact, the world is an even more dangerous place than ever before! As a result there will again be protests in the streets and some will view them as counter-productive and oppose them. Naturally that is their right of opinion to feel that way, but as I see it protests are the only way to deliver a message by the 99% who have grown tired of the status quo.
Some will stick to the notion that change can only be forced strictly at the ballot box, unfortunately that is a myth. The status quo exists by creating deep divisions among the populace with the use of never-ending rhetoric and negative campaigning designed to further confuse the sensibilities of potential voters. And in many ways they have won that battle given the plurality seen election after election.
As such, I am convinced that those promoting the Days of Rage Protests during the 60's were right when they used the phrase "The Elections Don't Mean Shit—Vote Where the Power Is—Our Power Is In The Street." As we know, up until now the City of Chicago and Rahm Emanuel have done everything in their power to deny protestors the right to protest lawfully during the NATO Summit, but I hold out hope that they have discussed the inevitable - people will none the less still be in the streets voicing their opinions.
After all, it is their right.
Hopefully Rahm Emanual has instructed his charges that it would be unwise to interfere with non-violent protestors in the event they stray from designated areas. That would only incite a group that already feels as if they have been played with throughout the process of planning. Let's face it, the last thing Chicago needs is for violence to erupt, but given the history of similar events held in the city, I can't help seeing someone on either side screwing up the works and that this summit will somehow end very badly for all concerned.
I hope not, but I do know one thing; just as during the 1968 Democratic Convention
- the "Whole World Will Be Watching."
This Time In Real Time And In Color Worldwide!