_ This is less cheery.
Last night, I watched a program on BBC, called Songs of America 1969, produced by Simon and Garfunkel. It must have been from the 19790s. It brought back many memories of that time, good and bad. The music was pleasant, but some of the visuals were disturbing.
There was footage of Civil Rights marches, migrant farm worker demonstrations in California, and a massive march of Washington to seek help for the hungry and poor. There were also shots of politicians talking garbage and telling lies.
One would think that a country as rich and powerful as the United States would attempt to improve the lot of its own people. Sadly, little has changed in 40 years, or perhaps it has become worse. Why?
The wealthy and politicians have improved their lot and increased their wealth, to the detriment of all others, especially the poor.
The program started with the song, Search for America. Many hoped and sought something better, but failed. Many dreamed of something that never existed, except for a few...and that number has become smaller. The American Dream is just that and, these days, is even more so.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.