by Julie Telgenhoff
My heart has been weighing heavily lately. I was thinking about how we Americans are being told that we’re going to make America great again and how many believe that somehow this is going to happen, yet I don’t see many people taking the necessary actions for us to be able to move our country forward in the right direction.
Today, the US government admitted that there was no evidence that President Assad was behind the recent false flag chemical attack in Syria, but that they will retaliate regardless (see article here).
So with that said, I’d like to take us all back in time to the 1960s ….when Americans were great, when our country was great in my most humble opinion ….and that was when the people stood up against war and illegal invasion of another country.
Can we make America great again if we Americans continue to allow the pillage and murder of other human beings in other countries to keep happening over and over again?
Watch this brief video where we were witness to real Americas doing the right thing, standing up for their country by doing something other than just sitting by and allowing atrocities to be committed in their name.
On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Pete Seeger and seven others (including playwright Arthur Miller) for contempt, as they failed to cooperate with House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in their attempts to investigate alleged subversives and communists. Pete Seeger testified before the HUAC in 1955.
In one of Pete’s darkest moments, when his personal freedom, his career, and his safety were in jeopardy, a flash of inspiration ignited this song. The song was stirred by a passage from Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “And Quie Flows the Don”. Around the world the song traveled and in 1962 at a UNICEF concert in Germany, Marlene Dietrich, Academy Award-nominated German-born American actress, first performed the song in French, as “Qui peut dire ou vont les fleurs?” Shortly after she sang it in German. The song’s impact in Germany just after WWII was shattering. It’s universal message, “let there be peace in the world” did not get lost in its translation. To the contrary, the combination of the language, the setting, and the great lyrics has had a profound effect on people all around the world. May it have the same effect today and bring renewed awareness to all that hear it.
Click HERE for the transcript of Pete’s testimony before a sub-committee of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Pete is an American patriot. He stands for the very best of the American character. He has never been intimidated by the likes of Senator Joseph McCarthy whose accusations turn people of courage into quivering jelly. He wrote and sang the songs that still stand up to the bullies who assassinate the character of others by means of innuendo and association. His joyful resilience exposes the demonic (the twisting of the good) character of public manipulation, mass hysteria, scapegoating, and the misplaced patriotism that marches to the drumbeats if war.
About the author: Julie Telgenhoff is the owner of Sheep Media DBA: A Sheep No More. She lives in Northern California, is an avid yoga participant, loves nature and is currently pursuing her passion in the field of healing.