Finally the Colorado Historical Museum has acknowledged(http://youtu.be/EVskMECXJ0U) that Rocky Flats/Military Industrial Complex as a big piece of our Colorado history. (It didn’t think it was appropriate for an August display of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — the Curator of the Smithsonian was fired by Congress when he prepared an exhibit for the “Enola Gay” that raised questions about the use of the Atomic Bombs as a necessary step in the Japanese surrender.)
Unfortunately the State Historian (who has significant contexting segments in the video) seems to be a mouthpiece for the Military Industrial Complex and operates out of the conventional wisdom about the necessity for it. So while it covers the surface story it only tips the hat to what drove it into existence — economic stimulus to Colorado and the John Birch/Joe McCarthy attitude toward life in post-WWII time. and lies about missile gaps and the Soviet “Threat”.
Still this video does capture some of the legitimate divisions of opinion about the safety and clean up of the site and gives space to the long term protestors. But not once did their fundamental protest issue, that the weapons partially produced there were a crime against humanity and a commitment of vital resources of the US and the rest of the world to a project of destruction rather than the enrichment of human life. Viewing this Video would be a great discussion starter around that issue–the National Security State, the marketing of fear,and the acceptance of such a definition of civic duty as to devote one’s life to such a project.
Also not mentioned is the salary differential between employees at RF and comparable jobs in the surrounding counties. I know that a janitorial job at the Flats paid more than a teacher in Jefferson County with 20 years of experience and a Master’s Degree or Arvada Police personnel. And I know that Churches found swarms of members if they promoted the doctrine that Jesus would approve, even to portraying him as a medieval knight on a white horse. So the perfect storm: you get to earn more dollars than the common man or even the soldier, feel patriotic by defending your country out of uniform, and doing God’s work.
Now, will the State Historian do some similar effort with the entire structure of the Colorado Economy — starting with the robbery of land from its earlier inhabitants properly demonized as savages — the violence used for that effort Sand Creek is presented at the Museum but not within the context of this conquest. How about the federal dollars that produced the interstate highway system funded as a measure to make the military more mobil throughout the country. Would Vail and Aspen have been able to develop so quickly and profitably without that easy transportation from the front range? How about the impact of federal military spending on the growth of Colorado Springs — Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, Schriver AFB. What about the federal spending impact on Denver/Aurora of the Rocky Mountain arsenal, Buckley Field, the VA Hospital, Lowry. etc.
Without some of this economic based history, the myth of the independent well meaning John Wayne who has a right to “Freedom” to do what he wants and all the wealth he has “earned” all by himself free from government interference, will continue to blind us to ourselves. And this self made man image will drive his obscene growling gas hog pickup on government produced roads, use electricity in his mountain retreat that was made possible by the New Deal REA program, fill his gas tank with fuel produced and delivered via a system insured by the US Military, heat and light his home with coal’s high carbon footprint and transported by a rail system built with government subsidy and tote his 2nd Amendment right that was produced by an arms industry that is subsidized by US military contracts and arms transfers to all sorts of dictators and revolutionaries against them. He and now lots of “shes” will vote Republican or Libertarian out of their commitment to “conservative values” somehow ignoring the twisted version of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ that he now claims are the basis of those values.