WASHINGTON, October 15, 2013 — 33 veterans groups are planning to march on Washington to restore common sense and prevent loss of VA benefits.
The march includes veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, members of The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Military Family Association, Air Force Sergeants Association and Jewish War Veterans.
This is the second protest in as many weeks by veterans groups.
Why are protests left to veterans? What happened to the youth of the 60’s that relentlessly marched and protested to eventually end an unpopular war and alter society for good?
Those youthful protestors are now boomers and have now been diminished by age to waving tiny American flags. The key to success in the 60’s was relentlessness, of not letting up. Without large crowds raising hell at the White House and the Mall, there is little response from the politicians. The President and the other politicians merely peer out of their office windows at small rallies then go back to their desks.
With today’s diversity, it is difficult to get enough people together to make a difference. Even those with common goals, such as furloughed government workers, remain silent.
Perhaps fear that they would coalesce lead the government to offer these workers retroactive pay as well as unemployment benefits, usually reserved for those who lost their jobs, not put on temporary leave. These bills essentially make the furlough a paid vacation, not a reason to protest.
Major history could be made if truckers, bikers and veterans – all of whom have expressed grievences and protested over the last several months – came together in D.C. and shut it down in the same fashion politicians shut the government down.
Don’t count on youth to show up. The most they seem to do is press ‘like’ and figure out ways to not leave the house in order to play ‘Grand X-Men Theft of Autos Driven by Spidermen to Human Croutons on planet Zork’.
The shutdown is growing mold and reflects poorly on this country. Could anyone imagine the board of a Fortune 500 company having a disagreement and shutting down business while the CEO does nothing to assure its re-opening?
Countries that are adversarial to America must be most entertained on how democracy and capitalism serves it peoples.
Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and psychotherapist
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