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In The Thick Of The Fight

“Oh we’re not gonna take it, No, we ain’t gonna take it, Oh we’re not gonna take it anymore”  Daniel Dee Snider

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Here I am, Stuck in the middle with you”  Gerald Rafferty / Joe Egan

It is a sad thing going through life and repeating all the mistakes that our fathers have made. To placate the young with trite answers never articulating the truth. 

boxing photo“You’ll understand when you get older.” It is often an answer that we give children when they are young and ask a very difficult question. Children are very perceptive and curious and they can see the reality of life. With the blessings of maintaining the consciousness of my youth and with the power of hindsight, I have come to some conclusions. Most people are living a lie.

I recall my religious indoctrination in the Catholic Church. My friends and I hated every single moment of it. Our ‘education’ was a trial void of joy. Worse yet we weren’t really taught much about God. Rather we learned rote rituals. But now that my friends are adults they are sending their children through the hideous process they once abhorred. What happened?

We don’t answer the hard questions because we don’t have good answers. Explain to a five-year-old why other children go hungry, while others have more food than they need. Explain to a seven-year-old child why there is war and we kill thousands of innocent people. Why don’t we tell little children what really happened on ‘Thanksgiving’? Did George Washington chop down a cherry tree and then say he cannot tell a lie? It is like my friend who was raised in communist China, Lenin, she was taught, was a very good boy.

I want to establish that as a whole we are dishonest to our children. We avoid answering uncomfortable questions. Eventually, the child will have become indoctrinated and part of the overall system. In turn, they will repeat the mistakes of their forefathers. When their children ask them hard questions they too will answer “You’ll understand when you get older.”

There is a righteousness in the young people. It is a burning flame that is in most dampened as the drudgery and tediousness of day to day life whittle away at our humanity. In the process, we become a zombie army of automatons. But this is not so for a few select minority. There are those who rally under a righteous banner seeking to improve the lives of all. This group is very diverse, with different philosophies and techniques, but they all have one thing in common, they want to make the world a better place.

This fragmented army of seekers of righteousness is confronted with well organized, sinister merchants of greed. This reactionary force is united under the sole desire for ‘profits’. As a result of the conflict of the forces for change versus the establishment, there is a constant war waging.

There is no freedom of speech in America. There is no freedom to form one’s own political parties. Rather certain ‘liberties’ are tolerated.  But as soon as some radical group gets things going they are targeted by the government of destruction. Look at the Black Panthers for example. A radical group that helped the ‘African American’ community in many ways. They stood up to a racist system, had a newspaper, encouraged people to participate in the political process, fed hungry children and most dangerous of all to the system they gave hope to the oppressed. As a reward, they were targeted by the United States government and destroyed. This destruction was done by infiltration through COINTELPRO and outright assassinations.

But one might object saying you can write these words, can’t you? Yes, I have the liberty to write these words but I am fairly insignificant. At best I have a dozen followers and it is not worth the governments time to even look at my words, based on the blog alone. The benefit of the government crushing me is far less then the would suffer in the act.  You see the highest law of the land, the constitution, promises certain freedoms. But the constitution is conveniently ignored when it affects rich people’s money. Here is a glaring example which will prick the hearts of many, the Civil War. The question is did the ‘South’ have the right to seceded from the union? Based on my understanding of the pertinent documents they did. But the United States did not live up to their ideals, just like they don’t today.

If you want to see America fall short of its glorious promise, I suggest that you study the civil right movement, the labor movement, and our affairs with the Native Americans. Of course, the internment of Japanese Americans violated the constitution so badly that it was no longer fit to clean one after using the bathroom.

Some will say that in times of crisis liberties have to be suspended. Well, there is a crisis in this world right now and that is greedy people are destroying this world to fulfill their carnal lusts. I stand with all those who have the vision to see that things must change if we are to survive. I am with you in the thick of the fight. Together we shall overcome.

Please check out a book that will make you think and give you a smile. It’s a book of whimsical poetic musings called “Letting It Out.”



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In The Thick Of The Fight

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). In The Thick Of The Fight. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 25, 2019, from


Last updated: 10 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 Jul 2018
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