One thing about being old, is there is little that you haven’t seen before.
I was young during the Second World war: but I remember the fear; mothers and wives had star flags in their windows – white stars if you had a love one in the war – a gold star if your love one had been killed; there was rationing of food and most family needs; It was a scary time.
The Polio pandemic. Families were afraid for their children and themselves. In Mississippi, my grandmother insisted I stay in the house between noon and four p.m. – the heat of the day. There was no rational, but people were panicked and listening to conspiracy theories.
Atomic bomb drills were held in school, and kids hid under their desk for protection from the attack we were sure was coming.
I remember the Korean War. That was a bloody war, under terrible conditions, against a vicious enemy. Military men suffered greatly.
I was new in the military during the Cuban Crisis. People were afraid of mutual destruction and a nuclear presence in Cuba.
I watched the racial violence of forced integration of the south. The country split between the north and the south. Southern states determined to maintain Jim Crow control over black southerners. The violence against African Americans was on display for all to see.
I served in Vietnam and witnessed the death and maiming of young military men over politicians playing election politics. 57,000 men lost for nothing.
I remember the Rodney King riots. The city burned.
And let’s not forget 9-11 and the never-ending political war that ensued.
Finally, the Bush financial crisis that left the banks ruined and the stock market in shambles.
I have seen it all before, but not like this. Now it seems everything is repeating in one disastrous moment:
A corrupt president dividing the country for his personal means.
Racist, bigots and white supremacist emerging into public view.
U.S. military in the streets, activated against civilian peaceful protesters.
A deadly pandemic panic
An economic collapse.
And a obstructive Republican Congress and Senate that are refusing to act.
We have survived the other crisis. They came one at a time. I am not sure how this one will play out. There is some thirty-eight percent of our population that seems content to stand by and watch our democracy destroyed.