It has been interesting to read the various responses to the original posting of "Gone, But Not Forgotten” on the Internet:
"Gone, But Not Forgotten!
"Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others. BUT, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:
The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The religion out of school,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The Nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending, or
The ambition out of achievement,
And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!
Does anyone under the age of 50 know the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner? Just look at those Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts!
And, unless many of our younger generation learn to count in the absence of computers and calculators, they will be
back to counting on fingers and toes.
Remember......Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened!”
I waited to see just how people responded to this message. With apologies to Paul Harvey, I would like to give the
"Rest Of The Story."
Granted, that the generation that fought and won the Second World War did NOT, in the vast majority of cases, DO any
of the iniquitous things listed in "Gone, But Not Forgotten." That generation, MY generation had been raised in a totally different intellectual, social and spiritual climate that what exists today.
We had been, generally, given a reasonably good education which included American history, American geography, the concepts of free enterprise and individual rights, etc. Tragically, the vast majority of us believed that, since our children were going
to the same schools, they were receiving the same education. For the most part, we believed (as most people do today) what the mass media and the educators were telling us, i.e., that government schools were doing a great job of imparting knowledge to our children. Very few of us took the time to verify that such was the truth.
As the mass media and the education establishment realized that their disinformation campaign was working, they went further and further in destroying the education curriculum and practices which had been in existence until about the beginning of the 1930's. The nation we see around us today is the result of that destruction.
My generation, by and large, were so involved in making a living and enjoying "the good life" that we failed to recognize the warning signs which were popping up around us. Even when efforts were made to alert us, the mass media worked energetically to
"demonize" those few who saw what was happening and to convince the general public that the patriots were really a "lunatic fringe" who should be shunned at all costs.
The tactic WORKED! Americans were lulled into a false sense of security and the scam went on. Eventually, the
public was so conditioned that even when incontrovertible evidence was (and is) there, right before their eyes, they failed to recognize the truth. Ever since the end of WWII, Americans have been hoodwinked, bamboozled and conned into turning a blind eye toward ever more blatant attacks on our freedoms, our society, our culture and our Constitution. It is the "Emperor's New Suit Of Clothes" all over again!
There is a book, “The Prince,” written in 1513 by Nicolo Machiavelli. It is a manual on political conspiracy and intrigue. In that book, the author uses an analogy, likening a political situation to a disease:
“In this matter the situation is the same as physicians report concerning hectic fever: in the beginning
the disease is easy to cure but hard to recognize; with the passage of time, having gone unrecognized and unmedicated, it becomes easy to diagnose but hard to cure. So it is with a state; when ills are recognized in advance (and only the prudent can do this),they are quickly cured. But when, having gone unrecognized, they are allowed to increase until everyone may recognize them, then remedy is no longer possible.”
Today, we are faced with the situation described above: the ills have been allowed to increase until they have
become easy to recognize by any one willing to look at the true facts. In fact, the situation is rapidly becoming desperate.
Should those of my generation have been “prudent” enough to recognize the coming threat? Possibly! However, as pointed out above, the mass media were diligently covering up the true facts of what was going on.
Aldous Huxley, in the Foreword of the 1946 book “Brave New World,” stated the generally unrecognized truth that:
“The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but greater still, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects, by lowering what Mr.Churchill calls an ‘iron curtain’ between the masses and such facts or arguments as the local political bosses regard as undesirable, totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion
much more effectively than they could have done by the most eloquent denunciations, the most compelling of logical rebuttals.”
In the book “Decline Of The West,” Oswald Spengler wrote in 1939 that:
“What is truth? For the multitude, that which it continually reads and hears...What the press wills, is true. Its commanders evoke, transform, interchange truths. Three weeks of press work and the truth is acknowledged by everybody. Its bases are irrefutable for just so long as money is available to maintain them intact.”
In his book “Philosophy of Politics, Vol. II,” p. 463, Spengler wrote:
“...The press today is an army with carefully organized arms and branches, with journalists as officers and readers as soldiers. But here, as in every army, the soldier obeys blindly, and war-aims and operation plans change without his knowledge. The reader neither knows, nor is allowed to know, the purposes for which he is used, not even the role that he is to play. A more appalling caricature of freedom of thought cannot be imagined. Formerly, a man did not dare to think freely. Now he dares, but cannot; his will to think is only a willingness to think to order, and this is what he feels as his
“And the other side of this belated freedom— it is permitted to everyone to say what he pleases, but the press is free to take notice of what he says or not. It can condemn any “truth” to death simply by not undertaking its communication to the world— a terrible censorship of silence, which is all the more potent in that the masses of newspaper readers are absolutely unaware that it exists...”
Going even further back in time, in his book “Orthodoxy,” G. K. Chesterton wrote in 1908 that:
“So again, we have almost up to the last instant trusted the newspapers as organs of public opinion. Just recently some of us have seen (not slowly, but with a start) that they are obviously nothing of the kind. They are, by the nature of the case, the hobbies of a few rich men... It will not be necessary for anyone to fight again against the censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press.”
The situation has only gotten worse with the advent of television. Once, people got most of their knowledge of current events from newspapers, magazines and books, of which there were literally thousands to choose from, making full control of the information available to the average citizen difficult. The Insiders were aggressively succeeding, by consolidating as many newspaper, magazine and book publishing firms into ever fewer cartels which they controlled, when television burst upon the scene, making the job of controlling information almost laughably simple. Now they needed to
control only a few major networks and they could control close to 90% of the information which reached the minds of most Americans.
While they were working to control the printed material available to most individuals, they were working just as assiduously to reduce the ability of the average citizen to even READ and comprehend the books and papers which they could obtain. Truly a double whammy!
Again, should Americans of my generation and later have been “prudent” enough to recognize the attacks on the American way of life? I can only speak for myself. I was born in 1924, graduated from high school in 1941 just in time for WWII. After the war I graduated from college in 1951. In spite of what I considered a reasonably well rounded education, I hadn’t a clue to what was REALLY going on in this country and who was doing what to whom.
Although there had been “voices crying in the wilderness” trying desperately to awaken a slumbering America, the ability of the mass media to “condemn any truth to death” kept the vast majority of us from ever hearing those truths. Almost forty years of research have uncovered many of those early warning voices— unfortunately TOO LATE!
My own personal awakening came in late 1963 when I read the book “None Dare Call It Treason,” by John Stormer. It was a brutal awakening!
The analogy I like to use is that of a jigsaw puzzle. If I come
to your house with a new jigsaw puzzle, go to your dining room table and turn the pieces out on the table. I turn every piece over so that the right side is up but I DON’T LET YOU SEE THE BOX! There--- you have every part of a complete coherent picture right before your eyes but until you or someone else puts the pieces together properly, you have NO idea what the picture is!
John Stormer took the many and varied “pieces” of the puzzle of what had been happening in the USA since WWII, in various fields such as education, religion, labor relations, national defense, internationalism, etc., and put each set into a completed coherent picture. Those completed patterns were mindboggling. I have never read another book which made me so angry with myself as that one did. The evidence had been there all the time and I hadn’t recognized it! (Incidentally, that book is even more valuable today, since we can look back over the past 40 years and judge the validity of what he reported and predicted.)
DID my generation DO the iniquitous things mentioned in “Gone But Not Forgotten” above? Certainly not. Were we guilty of ALLOWING those things to take place because of our inattention, ignorance and blindness? Certainly YES! But no more guilty than the millions of Americans who have lived and are living in the United States since the beginning of the 1900's. Rather than
perpetrators, we are all victims of a small number of conspirators who are intent upon ruling the world.
Conspiracy theory? NO! Conspiracy FACT! And the sooner Americans of every walk of life wake up to that REALITY, the sooner we will have a chance of returning a world gone mad to sanity once again.