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Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:28 am, Wed Jun 6, 2012.

Swimming upstream takes on a new meaning to me.

In 1598, Henry IV stopped the persecution of Protestants (Huguenots) by Catholics and tried to unify France with the Edict of Nantes. King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and two million Huguenots, tired of swimming upstream, fled France for America. Hate in the name of religion is a hypocrite's tool used by the powerful to oppress people.

In the 1890s, corporations and individuals bribed politicians in order to break treaties with the Indians and steal land from settlers. The Rockefellers and Morgans became wealthier by taking the stolen lands and natural resources. Politicians must have rejoiced. American Populists (Progressives), tired of swimming upstream, united farmers and laborers in opposing the power of large corporations. This power struggle seems close to ending in 2012.

Wealth and power, like water, has always been about who is nearest the headwaters. Our "bought and paid for" government is the headwaters. Concentrated wealth and power is another hypocrite's tool used to oppress people.

In 2000, a new type of government employee took over America. That one only serves concentrated power. And that power depends on your vote. They cannot take your vote (yet), but they can make you stupid, make you not care, give you the choice of awful or ridiculous and make you swim upstream.

I have no choice. I am not voting for any incumbent in Congress, and I am sure swimming upstream continues in my future.

Jerry Bransom

Lodi

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11 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:04 pm on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jerry...normally I understand your letters and posts. This time, I am confused as to what is is that you really mean. Mike appears to get it..I am slow on this one.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 5:17 pm on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1413

    I assure you I read the letter and the comment and now a third comment. I loved the history lesson here, some of the letter I agree with some I don't however the topic as a whole did not seem compelling enough to respond to. Your what implies you expect another discussion over little to question. There is too little soil between the rocks to grow a forest. Woa I just made that up. In the 60's I would have declared "thats heavy."

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 2:21 pm on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Daryl said "WHAT?"
    Duh.. don't waste your vote on Hypocrites
    Mike if I had a boat for this mess, I would use it. I think I need a swamp buggy..

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:11 pm on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Heuer... please read more carefully, you did not read Jerry's comment he posted at 8:39 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 in the letter he submitted to the editor.

    I was asking for clarity from Jerry since it did not make sense to me. I could have misunderstood.... as you know, I sometimes make mistakes as do we all. Rather than say something negative, I posted " what"?

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 11:49 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1413

    You repeat what I jst read in this letter and for ... what?

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 10:31 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1362

    There seems to be a lot of water sport involved here. Maybe you should buy a boat or just get out and sit on the beach.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:24 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jerry stated... Wealth and power, like water, has always been about who is nearest the headwaters. Our "bought and paid for" government is the headwaters. Concentrated wealth and power is another hypocrite's tool used to oppress people.
    In 2000, a new type of government employee took over America

    then Jerry stated... this is a greatest nation on earth - as long as we are vigilant with our votes.

    response...what?

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 8:39 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Thank you Walter. Apparently you are one of the few who get my point. And you said it right, this is a greatest nation on earth - as long as we are vigilant with our votes.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:34 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr. Chang... I spend months at a time every year in Asia (China, Thailand, and India)... I think a vast majority of people there swim upstream all the time with anchors around their necks.

    It’s why I feel fortune and grateful for having the environment to swim upstream unfettered. It is also sad to me that our government is attempting to give us anchors

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 7:10 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1111

    I've only known swimming upstream.

    The whole family for generations, ardent swimmers.

    I'm not really feeling "oppressed" these days. Just occasionally fleeced!!

    But it doesn't seem to matter much as to whose in charge...

    The taxes get paid, our life goes on and the swimming continues.

    Jerry, good letter. At least you're still voting!!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:01 am on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    The problem is not swimming upstream as struggle in life is a norm. My concern is the government should be helping us to swim upstream. In my view, government is doing what it can to stifle and prevent people from swimming at all.

     

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