By Susan Steffen - Kraft
For different reasons in different countries protests, demonstrations, and riots occur. These are usually brought on by the government or other authorities, and sometimes by the citizens who are tired of the way things are being done. Sometimes for good reason and sometimes not. In the case of Kent State there was reason.
President Kennedy had wanted to end the Vietnam War......excuse me, I mean Police Action. However once he was assassinated President Johnson continued the war and upped it a notch, where it was "a no win policy!"
Then we got Nixon who had promised to end the war for which reason many Republicans supported him. What a liar he was! He stated when under investigation "Let me make this perfectly clear, I am the President"! As if that was enough to excuse anything he or any President has ever done. But indeed he was the President and he played the part of the coy blushing virgin as such!
The U.S. was financing both sides of the Vietnam War and the media, although in the hands of the Liberal Democrats, was in the advertisers pockets and most of the advertisors were theoretically Republican. And all that ever needed to be done was to withdraw the advertising monies and the media would have collapsed and capitulated.
If you want information on President Nixon get the book Nixon: The Man Behind the Mask by Gary Allen.
I have no doubt that the young people who were protesting this Vietnam War across the Nation and at Kent State were confused and angry as it was a corrupt war, and we had a President who seemed to want to expand the war by bombing Cambodia. I can see why these groups of young people were confused and angry at the hypocrisy that was part of that era.
And now for the Kent State story about 4 young people who were killed May 4, 1970.
The reaction to this event was astounding. The President on tapes released later felt "they had it coming!" The atmosphere that Nixon created, made students who were against this war fair game for anyone who supported the government. A man by the name of William Gordon said "these were the most popular murders ever committed in the United States!" And yet two of those students were on there way to class and the fact that possibly they had been part of the protest or not, seems to have meant nothing to those who supported the war.....Oops once again I meant Police Action.
If you excuse what happened that day then wait until you object and it happens to you or your children. Who will mourn for you and who will cheer that kind of action on because they support the government? Perhaps you will then realize that this incident and others like it were not so wrong when they are based on our freedom to assemble peaceably and to object strongly. These students were doing nothing violent but were pushed to the breaking point by the National Guard who was under orders. All all this over a Police State Action which would not have happened had President Kennedy lived.