• Jeb Brack

The most famous image from Kent State, May 4, 1970, is a screaming young girl kneeling over the body of a boy shot dead by National Guardsmen. This scene took place minutes before that, and the man waving the flag, Alan Canfora, was shot in the arm in the same incident. Some of the guardsmen were tried for their part in the massacre, and acquitted, saying they fired in self defense. Nobody thought they would fire until they did; even then many thought they were shooting blanks. When the shooting was done, 4 students were dead and 9 wounded.


Today, no one on his side thinks the President is serious about his dictatorial ambitions. He's "speaking off the cuff," or "he's being sarcastic," or "he doesn't really admire and want to emulate the works of Putin, Stalin, Mussolini, or Hitler."


Well, I think he's serious, and we should not wait for him to pull the trigger to see if I'm right.

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  • Jeb Brack

Empty shoes show up as protest symbols quite often, to represent people who can’t be there. Whether they’re kids killed by gun violence, or climate protesters kept home by the pandemic…that’s an awful lot of empty shoes.


But let’s think about how many shoes are empty thanks to the President’s criminal mishandling of the COVID pandemic. More than 200,000 (that’s TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND) people are dead, and not just because of incompetence, although there’s lots of that to go around. No, they are dead because the President and his administration willfully LIED about the dangers of coronavirus, withheld aid from states, actively encouraged people to attend rallies, bars, and restaurants, changed the wording of scientific papers in order to make them sound better, dismantled response systems and teams, undermined respected scientists, and promoted conspiracy theories and quack remedies.


How many more pairs of shoes will be empty by the time the pandemic ends…if it does? Every one of those pairs should be laid at the feet of President Trump.

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  • Jeb Brack

Another great protest from the year of my birth. On October 27, 1967, about fifty thousand people (mostly young, mostly white, mostly hippies) marched to the Pentagon to protest the war in Vietnam. Their aim was to make the Pentagon float by bombarding it with love and peace. It didn’t work. But photographer Bernie Boston took a famous photo he titled “Flower Power” as a young man stuck the stem of a flower into the barrel of a rifle pointed at him.

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