Got around to watching this past Friday’s “Moyers and Company” and company and his ending to the program was surprisingly similar to something I had written in the ‘Roundup’ in the ‘News’ the day before, specifically:
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). ” It’s not even a hundred years later and this country never had a ‘reconciliation tribunal’ so what we confront are the ghosts of yesterday still.
(the bold is what Moyers concluded his show with, speaking about how there never was a ‘reconciliation tribunal’ after the civil war (and that might be the biggest tragedy from the Lincoln assassination.))
And my traveling companions
Are ghosts and empty sockets
I’m looking at ghosts and empties
But I’ve reason to believe
We all will be received
If you believe Jamie Dimon must resign or be removed from the New York Federal Reserve Board of Directors, go here and sign Simon Johnson’s petition regarding that.
From the Moyers show: “BILL MOYERS: But listen to this. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 53 percent of self-identified liberal Democrats and 67 percent of moderate or conservative Democrats support keeping Guantanamo Bay open. Seventy-seven percent of liberal Democrats endorse the use of drones, which we know kill innocent civilians. What does that say about the moral compass both of you have talked about?” ; which is EXACTLY why I don’t identify with being a ‘liberal Democrat’. BUT it is also why Obama doesn’t feel the need to pay any attention to so called ‘Progressives’.
Now as towards the movie creation. Go here and follow the instructions. As the creators of this movie ‘set’ noted in their interview with Moyers, “So just take a few minutes, go to the website, pick a document, and somebody reads it and the other person films it. And for both people involved, you know, it will change your life.”
There is also the book “The Torture Report” available in print and online.
From the Moyers interview: “LARRY SIEMS: And interestingly, when you talk about the damage of torture, you know, we’re not only talking about damage to the people who have been tortured. But you’re talking about the damage that we have done to our service men and women, who we’ve put in a position that, you know, required them to violate their training, to violate their consciences. And there’s the damage that’s happened to the careers of many of the dissenters, people who stood up, felt they had to resign, were blackballed within the services, have had to leave the services. And we leave them carrying the burden of conscience.”
So this Memorial Day(Decorations Day) let’s get the reality of torture that the U.S. government encouraged and permitted out in the open so “the damage that we have done to our service men and women, who we’ve put in a position that, you know, required them to violate their training, to violate their consciences.” can be reconciled with their willingness to be of service to their country (no matter how misguided a direction they might have been lead in or so monetarily impoverished, military service was their only option to starvation).