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We should take in 150 thousand of those kids from Central America, let them spend ten years here in our decaying cities with our help and support and then send them home.

The United States has stumbled through regime change and nation building for over 13 years now, looking for some way to secure the planet for our economic and political agenda.  It’s more than clear this is failing every bit as badly as the proxy wars and covert operations of a generation earlier.  Unwilling to wake up from the materialistic petroleum powered dream of the 1960s, America continues to squander its surviving wealth and influence trying to control the world.

Almost no one believes we’re really trying to bring democracy and freedom to the world, even in the US any longer.  The profits at Halliburton and Exxon make it clear we’ve spent 20 years providing profit and security for multinational corporations which aren’t really “American” any longer.

Central America is a prime example of how what we do, doesn't work.  We spent decades messing around with these countries.  They've been overrun with CIA operations, covert activities and bases.  We pay the generals which periodically take over the government or run it from behind the scenes. We screw up entire nations merely to assure the profits of a fruit company.  We maintain unpopular, ineffective governments to footnote conservative political agendas at home.

What did Hugo Chavez ever do to the US that caused us any real problem?  How does supporting a corrupt military in Honduras “undermine” him, particularly after he’s dead?  Are we even qualified to have an opinion on what day of the week it is in El Salvadore?  Probably not.  We’re so blinded by exceptional American ignorance we can’t govern our own country or anybody elses any longer.

I’m not an expert on Central America, but I have friends working there and friends who are from there.  I know that in the countries the US has had the most influence over, crime is out of control.  The men in control of their government don’t need the population’s support or cooperation.  We’ll send money and guns to keep them in power.  What happens on the street isn’t their concern.

We have entire cities falling apart and empty of people in America.  We squander billions on military aid to support Generals who are making a mess of their countries. All of this is to secure countries which allegedly will be friendly to the United States and share our values, whatever those really are.  It's been an epic, expensive, chronic disaster that violates the basic principles of success by insulating those in control from the consequences of their decisions.

For a fraction of that that costs, we could feed, educate and clothe these young people.  We could pull their backs off the wall of fear and provide them with the opportunity to grow up and learn.  They could learn English, Agriculture, communications and whatever else we’re prepared to help them learn.  We could enlist them in our military, teaching programs and agricultural development programs.  We could even send them, after a while, to work on our development programs in other countries.

What could 10 thousand young people make and do in a city like Detroit if they had a roof over their head and knew where their next meal was coming from?  What could happen there over the years?  How could they establish communication with their families back at home? What could they become if they knew they were going to have to make something work?

Than, in about 2024 we could send them home, by the tens of thousands, as a sort of large scale Peace Corps to rebuild their countries.  We could support their efforts in their own countries until they’re on their feet.  It would be more than the Generals could shut down and if they tried, we could simply cut off their money and the guns.  I’m sure it would be messy, but I know what young people that age can do and they might be able to give the gangs a run for their money.

I’m sure it’s a simple minded plan with lots of defects, but paying Generals to prevent Honduras from being socialist hasn't been working and it’s been very expensive.  We don’t even know how much our activities in El Salvador have cost.  I don’t even know what we’ve done to Guatemala, but that hasn't been working either.

We say America still has something to offer the world.  If that’s true weapons and money haven’t made it real in Central America.  Countries we haven’t been able to dominate, like Costa Rica and Nicaragua aren't sending tens of thousands of desperate people to us through the desert.  I can only guess which population hates us more.

Perhaps we should allow these young people to learn about our country from the inside and take back home, when they’re ready, what they believe is useful.  We won’t be in control of that process, but the process we think we control hasn't been working.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com. I also coordinate a local public tranist advocacy effort http://hungryneckstraphangers.com/

    by wjhamilton29464 on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 09:57:15 AM PDT

  •  What should we do for the thousands of American (3+ / 0-)
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    dallasdunlap, Gooserock, nextstep

    kids living similar conditions (violence, gangs and poverty) ?

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 10:04:07 AM PDT

    •  Americorps (0+ / 0-)

      Obama wanted to build Americorps to 250 thousand people, but the Republicans blocked that.  Since the left is too weak and divided for effective mobilization, the Republicans rolled over us.  Our fault as always.  We politely wait for the opportunity to educate our opposition.  They beat the crap out of us.

      http://www.politifact.com/...

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com. I also coordinate a local public tranist advocacy effort http://hungryneckstraphangers.com/

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 10:51:05 AM PDT

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      •  How Does "Weak" Equal "Fault?" Isn't That What (0+ / 0-)

        the Republicans blame the poor for?

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 11:24:43 AM PDT

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  •  Why dont we just send 150,000 American (2+ / 0-)
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    college graduates without jobs there right now?

    They could be a good example and show those brown people how to do things right? Right?

    As long as the USA decides where anyone gets to live any given year, let's just throw out some of these unemployed Americans.

    North Americans, Central Americans, American Americans. What difference does it make as long as someone can just show those countries how to run a Damn country?

    The only problem with that is that the USA has been screwing up those counties for well over 100 years and we're not slowing down these days. Maybe if we'd stop invading, stop arming all sides, stop pushing our violent drugs wars south, and about a dozen other ways we screw with them, including telling them what company they need to buy corn and herbicides from, we could consider their countries "failing."

    But in reality, the Huge Massive Fail in the room is US policy - across the board, US policy is responsible.

    So how is anyone going to learn how to run a country by living here?

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 10:32:04 AM PDT

    •  They're from There (1+ / 0-)
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      I thought this time we could experiment with just letting them do what they want after they've learned and grown up a bit.  When they go back they can try what they think works.  Our running them hasn't been working.  If we send them back now many of them won't live long enough to do anything.

      I've worked for Government programs where my room and board was deducted from my pay and I've lived in a tent.  I had a great time and learned a lot.

      This doesn't have to be expensive.

      Obama wanted to put a quarter of a million American youth to work six years ago this way, CCC style.  Only a fraction of that got done but it was productive and efficient.

      It's cheaper than shipping planes and guns to dictators and it can't work worse than that.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com. I also coordinate a local public tranist advocacy effort http://hungryneckstraphangers.com/

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 10:41:10 AM PDT

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    •  Learning how to run Honduras (0+ / 0-)
      So how is anyone going to learn how to run a country by living here?
      No, they don't have to learn from us. I say that the one thing missing from William Hamilton's diary is, in addition to providing food, education, clothing, etc. we should also strongly suggest, or even require them to attend a meeting once every two weeks with their fellow refugees. Let them figure out what they're going to do when they go back. Settle in neighbourhoods where they can stick together for their own safety, take over one of Honduras' political parties, start community-based economic development and law enforcement, whatever, but it's their decision. And if they need some financial help, show us the plan and budget, and we'll fund it if it looks good.
      •  Working Together (1+ / 0-)
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        They could begin by settling in some of the urban areas we've abandoned, populating them and returning them to habitable condition.  You can put young people in tents, give them tools and basic supplies and they'll get it done.  Once they're on their feet, you start sending them out to do other stuff and learn other things.  You don't have to strictly control this.

        You let them experiment with their own Governance.  Move them around the country working on projects and meetng each other and people from other places.

        Hopefully when it's time to go back you have thousands of people in the powerful prime of their lives ready to do back at home what they did here.  They're organized and connected with each other and the people back home.  They sell the beat up houses they've rebuilt here, so they've got capital.

        The Generals aren't stupid.  They and the gangs (which are probably on the same side) know this is trouble, so they'll try to undermine the effort.  However the more young people they drive out, the more massive the exile community becomes.

        We send them back to our own bases in these countries for "reintroduction" and make sure the Generals can't pick them off a few at a time.

        This wouldn't be perfect or pretty.

        William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com. I also coordinate a local public tranist advocacy effort http://hungryneckstraphangers.com/

        by wjhamilton29464 on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 06:56:53 AM PDT

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    •  It's a wonder Mexico, in solidarity with (0+ / 0-)

      the help of their southern neighbors aren't building walls, tariff barriers, TSAs, etc. to keep Americans out, considering our depredations. They could nationalize our companies, tax the hell out of our tourists/expats, accumulate some capital (from somewhere. China?), and have a go using their own economic and political models (they aren't the same as ours anyway).

      We in turn agree to forgo aid to their governmental or corporate entities, spruce up the U.S. Navy (east & west), so Americans can't slip in by sea (aside from the odd yacht).

      UnaSpencer's diary could be assigned as required reading for their citizens once those measures are in place.

      It'd be a brand new start for them. Well, except for maybe Cuba and Venezuela, who already seem to have things figured out.

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