|Psychic Readings by Debra Nordstrom||
Aunt Debbie’s Short History of Politics
I will be posting this journal on my blog for the next few days. Since I recommend journals to help make decisions, I thought this might be helpful to those who may not understand the political mechanisms in the USA. It is a two-party system with an independent electoral college. For instance, in the 1960 vote, the popular vote in the South was assigned to the democratic ticket even though the entire popular vote in that state went to a third, Dixiecrat candidate. The electorate chose John F. Kennedy. The popular count ended up with the Democrats to elect Kennedy rather than Nixon. During 1960, my social studies class studied this. Then and there, I decided that the electoral college was not a good thing.
This effort began with Mr. Trump being elected by the electoral college method. This is my re-examination of the system. How the results of that system has effected me directly. What are the pros and cons of the system itself. So far, my analysis is that I still believe that the electoral college should go, despite the fact that without it, one of my personal favorites would not have been elected.
I. Democracy in the 1950s and 1960s – the Nostalgic years of beatniks, rock & roll, sexual revolution, and the push for human rights in the United States. I was born in 1950.
For all of those people disheartened and disappointed, I began this to be reassurance you. I think it is important to note that the Democrats had been seated in the White House and Congress for the majority of the adulthood of my parent’s lives and during my life. Father turned 21 in 1937 and mother turned 21 at the end of 1940. By the time I was born in 1950, Democrats had held the White House from 1933 until after I was born. (It might be interesting to you to look up the Truman Doctrine.) In the early fifties, I was not interested in politics, but was always listening to my parents talk Stevenson and Ike.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, was a decorated honored general from World War II and the first head of NATO. He was elected President in
1953 and served two terms (from 1953 to 1961). He was well respected, and known to play golf a lot. He was Independent before he was drafted by the Republicans to run as President. Stevenson was an intellectual.
Richard Nixon was Ike’s Vice President. He was known as Trickie Dickie because of campaign tricks he played on his opponents during his campaign for Governor in about the same year I was born. Eisenhower was going to drop him from the ticket until he made an apology speech about his dog, Checkers. I was a child and not much interested as my parents watched this speech. All I remember is Checkers. I love dogs.
THE COLD WAR
McCarthyism was rampant in the early 1950s. That was political suppression of people suspected of having Communist sympathies. All one had to do is show an interest in ideas that were not Capitalistic. McCarthy was a Senator who was allowed to ignore the Constitution completely. US citizens lost their jobs and were blackballed from society. US citizens were asked to inform on each other or lose their position in society and lose their livelihood, fostering paranoia and fear. Eisenhower was instrumental in putting the quash on that movement and warned about a future with the military/industrial complex that America was building. As a child, we were taught to hate Russia and the Soviet Union and other "Red" Nations.
Despite the fact that we felt pretty safe during the 1950s and 1960s, my parents considered building a bomb shelter in the back yard. I remember that conversation. It was too costly. Duck and cover drills were held every couple of months at school. Mother taught us, that if ever there was a bomb to go outside and greet it. (A fun fact – When mother’s house was hit by lighting in the late 1980’s, she thought it was the A-bomb, and went outside to greet it.)
Democrat John F. Kennedy was elected President, winning the White House for the Democrats again. He ran against Richard Nixon. That election was heated, but in 1960, no bad language was allowed on TV or radio, politicians were still mean and nasty, however. Although historians don’t record this, the popular vote was very close. Some said that Nixon won the election. Nixon continued to run until he was finally elected.
Kennedy expanded the US position in Viet Nam and narrowly avoided nuclear war with the Soviet Union. He was murdered (assassinated). Vice President Johnson became President (both Democrats.) The 1960s were tumultuous years. The young leadership had been killed off and there was no one to blame. Bye the end of the decade, there were riots in the streets. People were demanding equality. It also started to become recognized that women, who were introduced to the work-force during World War II, were not receiving equal opportunity or pay in the work force after WWII. Bigotry (hatred of people who look different than you) was rampant, and people were killing each other. There were riots causing fires and looting in almost every major city. Robert Kennedy was killed while campaigning for the presidency, and Martin Luther King was killed because he was for peace and equality for people of color. Demonstrations continued through the early 1970s. Those were the days. :-)
No one forgets the day your President is assassinated. Controversy and conspiracy theories survive to this day. I believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was working with Communist Soviet Union and their presence in Cuba. However, if that had been the case, and been proven and admitted to the American public, the Cold War could have very easily become hot, and nuclear bombs set off all over the world. Had that happened, we all would live in a very different world. So the Warren Report denied any foreign contribution to the murder of John F. Kennedy. I think it ludicrous to believe that Oswald’s trips to the Soviet Union and Cuba were totally innocuous.
Annihilation by nuclear warfare is still a possibility. After years of finally not having to worry about total nuclear annihilation, Mr. Trump has told us that “he will use nuclear bombs.” That statement alone makes me think that those who voted for the man just might want the destruction of the world to start completely over. I do not recommend any use of nuclear weapons, nor even the threat of the use of nuclear weapons. However, nuclear war would be a big change for those who want change for change's sake. I am against it, but most of us won't care.
Having expanded the US position in Viet Nam, the draft was needed to force young people to serve in the army. Kennedy is responsible for the Peace Corp. One way to avoid fighting was to join the Peace Corp and help people in other parts of the world.
In 1965, In response to Kennedy’s death, I joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was the only way I would meet black people, because there were none in my high school. My father was a racist and a bigot and was not fond of reading. He did not like black people (although I doubt if he ever met one). He did not like “Mexicans”, and lastly, he did NOT like Texans! My mother tried to be open minded, well read, and was introverted, but she was still in a kind of shock when a black man rang the doorbell to take me out on a date. My parents were separated. My father would have forbidden me to go out with him. Mother was much more generous and less racist.
End of Part I