The Dutch Rayal Family – aka the Orange’s
According to Webster: Or·ange1, Princely family of Europe ruling continuously in the Netherlands since 1815. The name was first used for a former principality of southeast France that passed to the house of Nassau in 1530.
Orange 2, A city of Southern California, north-northeast of Santa Ana. It is a manufacturing center in a citrus-growing area. Population, 110,658.
Orange 3, Color. The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between red and yellow,
..but then of course, ..we’re NOT talking about a princely family from Europe, ..a City in Southern California, ..or a hue lying between red and yellow here…
We’re talkin’ bout a product manufactured by…
A product, ..that I myself was.. (courtesy of the U.S. Army) i.e., (a subsidiary of the U.S. Government) ..exposed to.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Lyndon Baines Johnson, (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963–1969), a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States (1961–1963).
Johnson’s agenda was to create a (GREAT SOCIETY) ..and why not? ..Johnson was a Democrat.
According to Webster: con·trol, To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over.
According to Webster: freak, A thing or an occurrence that is markedly unusual or irregular.
Although I personally don’t understand how killing 58,156 “son’s, fathers, and husbands of America” (the best we had to offer) wounding 303,704 and having 2,338 listed as MIA improved our society?
Johnson escalated America’s involvement in Vietnam by increasing our troop numbers from 16,000 advisors/soldiers in 1963, ..to 550,000 combat/sacrificial goat troops in early 1968, and the price of doing business, (trading American sons, fathers and husbands for corporate profits) became very expensive for those of us wearing government issue attire, ..while the profits for the stockholders and managers of corporations like Monsanto and Dow “shot” through the ceiling.
The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed in the “Roundup” brand, and in other brands. Monsanto is also the second largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it provides the technology in 49% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the U.S. market. It’s headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri. (Source Wikipedia)
As America is currently without a news media that has an unfettered interest in America’s population…
According to Webster: un·fet·tered, (in context ) Free of restrictions or bonds.
..I learned about the (USDA) “United States Department of Agriculture’s” intention to approve the use of a toxic…
According to Webster: tox·ic, – Poison; capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means.
..from a friend via e-mail, ..who as a patriotic American asked me if I would “look into the matter” ..as in his opinion, I might possibly find enough material to compose a Blog?
My friend was wrong! ..I found enough material to compose 20 Blogs.
The substance in question is identified as (Dioxins) ..which contains the Monsanto/Dow “chemical compound” (2,4-D).
A key ingredient in the defoliant “Agent Orange” which was used extensively, ..and in “my opinion,” (irresponsibly) in Vietnam between 1961 and 1973…
Dioxins and their effects on human health…
- Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants.
- Dioxins are found throughout the world in the environment and they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals.
- More than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish. Many national authorities have programmes in place to monitor the food supply.
- Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.
- Due to the omnipresence of dioxins, all people have background exposure, which is not expected to affect human health. However, due to the highly toxic potential of this class of compounds, efforts need to be undertaken to reduce current background exposure.
- Prevention or reduction of human exposure is best done via source-directed measures, i.e. strict control of industrial processes to reduce formation of dioxins as much as possible. (Source..
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9513 For more information, “double click” the URL to visit the site.
Now then, ..if you’re not in a hurry? ..or even if you are, ..it’s well worth your time, ..if you have proclivity for NOT dying of cancer, ..and avoiding birth defects in your descendents. You will want to watch the ( 4 ) minute ( 41 ) second video below..
(This video contains footage that might be disturbing to some)
An excerpt from Wikipedia…
“Johnson increasingly focused on the American military effort in Vietnam. He firmly believed in the “Domino Theory” and that his containment policy required America to make a serious effort to stop all Communist expansion.
At Kennedy’s death, there were 16,000 American military advisors in Vietnam. As President, Lyndon Johnson immediately reversed his predecessor’s order to withdraw 1,000 military personnel by the end of 1963 with his own NSAM #273 on November 26, 1963. Johnson expanded the numbers and roles of the American military following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (less than three weeks after the Republican Convention of 1964, which had nominated Barry Goldwater for President).
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave the President the exclusive right to use military force without consulting the Senate, was based on a “false pretext,”…
(Sidebar) Big “whooping” surprise, a President of the United States, basing his policy on a “false pretext.”
..as Johnson later admitted. By the end of 1964, there were approximately 23,000 military personnel in South Vietnam.
U.S. casualties for 1964 totaled 1,278. Johnson began America’s direct involvement in the ground war in Vietnam. By 1968, over 550,000 American soldiers were inside Vietnam; in 1967 and 1968 they were being killed at the rate of over 1,000 a month…
(some, ..friends of mine).
Politically, Johnson closely watched the public opinion polls. His goal was not to adjust his policies to follow opinion, but rather to adjust opinion to support his policies.
Until the “Tet Offensive” ..of 1968, ..Johnson systematically downplayed the war: few speeches, no rallies or parades or advertising campaigns. He feared that publicity would charge up the hawks who wanted victory, and weaken both his containment policy and his higher priorities in domestic issues.
Jacobs and Shapiro conclude, “Although Johnson held a core of support for his position, the president was unable to move Americans who held hawkish and dovish positions.”
Polls showed that beginning in 1965, the public was consistently 40-50 percent hawkish and 10-25 percent dovish. Johnson’s aides told him, “Both hawks and doves [are frustrated with the war] … and take it out on you.”.
(Sidebar) Poor Lyndon, ..after reading that, ..one might believe that he believed the war was all about him?
Additionally, domestic issues were driving his polls down steadily from spring 1966 onward. A few analysts have theorized that “Vietnam had no independent impact on President Johnson’s popularity at all after other effects, including a general overall downward trend in popularity, had been taken into account.” The war grew less popular, and continued to split the Democratic Party.
The Republican Party was not completely pro or anti-war, and Nixon managed to get support from both groups by running on a reduction in troop levels with an eye toward eventually ending the campaign.
He (Johnson) often privately cursed the Vietnam War, and in a conversation with Robert McNamara, Johnson assailed “the bunch of commies” running The New York Times for their articles against the war effort. Johnson believed that America could not afford to lose and risk appearing weak in the eyes of the world. In a discussion about the war with former President Dwight Eisenhower, Johnson said he was “trying to win it just as fast as I can in every way that I know how” and later stated that he needed “all the help I can get.”
Johnson escalated the war effort continuously from 1964 to 1968, and the number of American deaths rose.
In two weeks in May 1968 alone American deaths numbered 1,800 with total casualties at 18,000. Alluding to the Domino Theory, he said, “If we allow Vietnam to fall, tomorrow we’ll be fighting in Hawaii, and next week in San Francisco.”
After the Tet offensive of January 1968, his presidency was dominated by the Vietnam War more than ever. Following evening news broadcaster Walter Cronkite’s editorial report during the Tet Offensive that the war was unwinnable, … Johnson is reported to have said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”
(Sidebar) Damn, ..that must have really been hard on him? Not as hard as losing an arm or a leg, ..or your life, however it had to be hard, ..can you image trying to digest a 10 ounce Texas steak after reading a casualty report?
As casualties mounted and success seemed further away than ever, Johnson’s popularity plummeted.
College students and others protested, burned draft cards, and chanted, “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?”
Johnson could scarcely travel anywhere without facing protests,…
(Sidebar) I know exactly how the man felt, ..as during my stay in Vietnam, ..I could “scarcely” travel anywhere without being shot at.”
..and was not allowed by the Secret Service to attend the 1968 Democratic National Convention, where thousands of hippies, yippies, Black Panthers and other opponents of Johnson’s policies both in Vietnam and in the ghettos converged to protest.
Thus by 1968, the public was polarized, with the “hawks” rejecting Johnson’s refusal to continue the war indefinitely, and the “doves” rejecting his current war policies.
Support for Johnson’s middle position continued to shrink until he finally rejected containment and sought a peace settlement.
By late summer, Johnson realized that Nixon was closer to his position than Humphrey. Johnson continued to support Humphrey publicly in the election, and personally despised Nixon.
One of Johnson’s well known quotes was “the Democratic party at its worst, is still better than the Republican party at its best”.
(Sidebar) I believe that Barack Obama pretty much believes the same way, ..otherwise, ..why would he have purposely led the Democratic Party into the crapper.
Perhaps Johnson, himself, best summed up his involvement in the Vietnam War as President with these words:
I knew from the start that I was bound to be crucified either way I moved. If I left the woman I really loved, — the Great Society, — in order to get involved in that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, ..then I would lose everything at home. All (my) programs….
(Sidebar) Again, ..you really have to feel for a guy that has (his) aspirations dashed by the “mindless selfish” population he works for. Just imagine how wonderful life would be for a President if people behaved like Lemmings.
But if ( I ) left that war and let the Communists take over South Vietnam, ..then ( I ) would be seen as a coward and ( my ) Nation would be seen as an “appeaser” and “we” would both find it impossible to accomplish anything for anybody anywhere on the entire globe.”
Question: How many of you reading Johnson’s summary/analogy, ..concur that sacrificing 58,000 human lives for an individual’s vanity is an accomplishment?
From 1964 though 1973, ..Vietnam was a threat to the lives of Americans, ..both from North Vietnamese troops firing metal projectiles, and from Monsanto/Dow, indiscriminately covering the country with agent orange.
Agent Orange, ..in “this Blogger’s considered opinion,” ..is not the apocalypse, ..however, ..if we, “We the people” of the United States of America, .. Allow “Monsanto” ..in cooperation with the (USDA) United States Department of Agriculture, ..to contaminate America’s food supply with (Dioxins) i.e., Agent Orange, ..in any form, ..or by any other name, ..then God help us…
Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow