Where Have All The Protesters Gone?

As a child of the 60’s and after my stint in Vietnam I came home and started protesting a war I did not agree with…..I have fond memories of those protests and even some of the arrests.

The US has been at war for 25 years….and there has been very little antiwar protests…..only small voices in the wilderness like mine.

And now that we have a whole White House flexing its muscles around the world and even some threats of using nukes (mostly from idiots that have no idea what they are talking about) I would think that there would be more people rising up and joining in protests….I would be mistaken.

Why?  Because of this……

A series of accelerating and interlocking security crises, from the Middle East and southwest Asia to North Korea, makes the first months of 2017 an especially perilous time. Increasing the dangers is the way that domestic politics in the United States are coming to shape the Trump’s administration’s global military adventurism.

To understand what is happening, look back a few months. Trump’s electoral success in November was partly owed to his stance as defender of the ordinary American facing an entrenched Washington establishment. This elite, he proclaimed, was out of touch with and ignorant of the everyday problems of post-industrial and rural middle America.

Source: Trump’s Wars: More to Come | By Paul Rogers | Common Dreams

All does not look promising….but I could be mistaken (probably not)…..

In recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era.

On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea’s continued tests of nuclear weapons and missiles, tweeted that “North Korea is looking for trouble.” If China does not “help,” then “we will solve the problem without them.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded by announcing that, in the event of a U.S. military attack, his country would not scruple at launching a nuclear strike at U.S. forces. In turn, Trump declared: “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. We have the best military people on earth.”

Source: Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War? – LA Progressive

What will it take?  What has to happen to force people to face the possibility?

Where have all the protesters gone?


9 thoughts on “Where Have All The Protesters Gone?

  1. If there were a draft and the wealthy were susceptible to it ……There would be protesters. When less than 2% of our population is fighting no one cares. I remember when I was stationed at the Pentagon in 69/70 the protest, and the hatred of the military was MASSIVE almost daily !

    1. I agree with shared experience in war would produce a better reaction to those wars. My protests were never about hatred for the military but rather those that call on the troops to fight moronic conflicts. chuq

  2. There are many reasons why the “spirit” of protest is dead. Some of the biggest, if unacknowledged reasons: fear and paranoia as they spread throughout the land. It is safer and easier to accept the lies than to seek for the truth. In Pakistan they lynch truth seekers… how far from that is America when all that can be known about a person is available at the touch of a screen to any member of the growing number of security forces?

      1. Thanks for the link to an interesting read. Over here at least, I regarded ‘Occupy’ to be an Anarchist-led movement, and you know how I feel about those! 🙂
        Regards, Pete.

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