Many Rivers to Cross – Rise!

The civil rights era, sparked a monumental movement in response to racism all throughout the nation and Jim Crow laws. The movement was ignited by Rosa Parks unwillingness to give up her seat, a long sought after lawsuit that E.D. Nixon felt would change laws in the South. As a result this led way for the success and rise of Martin Luther King Jr. King was deeply influenced not only by his Christian beliefs, but also the teachings of Gandhi. He deeply believed in standing up for change and what was right, but he believed in doing so by loving all people including one’s enemies, and saw peace as the way towards progress, even if this meant putting one’s self in harms way or going to jail.  King was quoted as saying: “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law” ― Martin Luther King Jr.  In order to understand what King meant one must first understand the source from which he developed his ideologies. He was heavily devoted to the teachings of Ghandi and at one point considered traveling to India to further understand his teachings. Mahatma Gandhi said: It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”  In conclusion, King believed that he was upholding the law because the law is supposed to be blind and just and that if the law is flawed then it is up to the people to change it, thus upholding the ultimate structure of the law and the belief that it is the action not the result of the action that is important.







We learned in class the war had taken many lives military and civilian over the span of nineteen years. During the Nixon administration efforts were made to end it somehow as the introduction of a new military stragety was introduced it was called “Vietnamization” it was an effort to began withdraw of US military and hand power over to the South Vietnamese.

Even with the “Paris Peace Accord” the fighting continued. Eventually the US had an emergency evacuation and the fall Saigon in 1975. People evacuated in military choppers and eventually made it to the US and began new lives.


Richard Nixon Presidential Library

The 37th President of the United States Richard Nixon was eventually impeached due to three counts of obstruction of justice, his evolvement in illegal fundraising raised eyebrows. As Attorney General was in charge of his committee CREEP, committee to reelect elected president Nixon.

1970 was a period of unrest, the war in Vietnam was centered stage and the economy was in a decline as stagflation took hold and oil prices were on the rise. Cost of living increased three times and production was low and prices high.

Watergate surfaced and eventually a wise blower came forward with information from Watergate. Eventually Nixon resign and his predecessor, President Gerald Ford pardon Nixon fully to avoid a trial and have Americans deal with the

Richard Milieus Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 under the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.

Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California. After completing his undergraduate studies at Whittier College, he graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1937 and returned to California to practice law. He and his wife Pat moved to Washington in 1942 to work for the federal government. He subsequently served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Reserve during World War II. Nixon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 and to the Senate in 1950. His pursuit of the Hiss Case established his reputation as a leading anti-communist, and elevated him to national prominence. He was the running mate of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Republican Party presidential nominee in the 1952 election. Nixon served for eight years as vice president – at 40, the second-youngest vice president in history. He waged an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1960, narrowly losing to John F. Kennedy, and lost a race for Governor of California to Pat Brown in 1962. In 1968, he ran for the presidency again and was elected by defeating incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey.


Questions for Inside Job

The crisis of 2008 was a series of calculated strategies from the financial sector of America and the war post 9/11. The loans on homes and insecure debt was the main product for sale. As I watch the film it hit home for me no pun inteded as I was given that product and sent on my way only to loose my home and everything I had work for in my early 20’s. I remember thinking why did my loan sell a month after I had been in my home? but I continue to make payments and live, then 9/11 happened and everything changed. Fuel went up and war began, many people lots jobs as the economy began to suffer this changes. This complex economic issue has many facets and the capitalism model gave way for it. The effects are largely felt by the woking class and other groups without capital or savings.


The Rise Of Consumerism

So much of the issues we find in society can be traced to consumer goods and our need to consume. Property followed the industrial revolution in the early part of the 1920’s we saw this change in the Roaring 20’s when opulance was met by the need for better and more beautiful things. Cars where available to most Americans we leaned in class that “Fordism” was in every Americans mind.

Today the amount of consumer goods is astronomical and the demand is great we want things and lots of them. A large sector of manufacturing has left America and shifted to other parts of the world were other people make things for us. We don’t know who makes what or under what conditions we simply buy.

History of the Internet

Watching the video in class of the young men that crated Silicon Valley was really cool I grew up before internet, and smart phones or social media and as soon as it became available to everyone the world began to change. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had a vision and as well as the others it was eye opening to see them follow this passion of discovery. They followed their passion to develop new technology and we all can enjoy it today. They work hard to achieve something that was unknown and they continue to create and formulate new ideas and inovation as a team. This group of young men collaborated in a small club at Stanford university and achieved to change the world.

The history of technology is still being created in years from now our technology will be a thing of the past, to think that a new discovery is out there undiscovered gives hope to the next generation of inventors change makers.

McWorld vs. Jihad

As I learn in class any ideology can both positive and negative to humanity, McWorld vs. Jihad was eye opening to me. Negative association to certain ideologies is what drives a lot of the conflicts in the world. Private and political interest shape the association to the terms we view as good or bad.

The fundimental reasons for war and conflict is the misinformation and the objectives behind war. Mainly understanding the reasons why a nation is interest in a conflict not so much the terms is what most of us should consider when viewing a war conflict. I particularly like the clip as it explain how easy one can take one side over another. Events are historical and bring information of facts we not necessarily seem to look into in detail as we have media and politics doing that for us most of the time.