The United States and the world appear to be reliving the language, politics, and global instability of 1968. Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart. The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, antiwar protests, racial riots, political assassinations, terrorism, and a recession looming on the horizon left the country divided between a loud radical minority and a silent conservative majority. The United States avoided a civil war. But America suffered a collective psychological depression, civil unrest, defeat in Vietnam, and assorted disasters for the next decade — until the election of
Yes Victor! Just what I have been thinking too-this is 1968 revisited. The liberal left loved that year, but it was hell. The culture went crazy and way liberal in one year. In one year the country turned against the Government and the war in Vietnam, and therefore the solders, most who had no choice. In one year the music went from love tunes to hard rock and protest. In one year movies went from sex happening off stage to right in your face. In one year you went from story´s about love and getting married to women just being something to sleep with. And don´t get me started on those stupid min-skirts. I spent 5 years never bending over to pick anything up or worrying about the wind! And free love-bull-never works-always destroys the family and women. Somethings righted itself by the 80´s but much, much was lost.
Yes, it is 1968 all over again. A key similarity is that the msm forced/ is forcing its progressive meme on the citizens to try to get us to submit and give up our liberties. A key difference however, is that both political parties were somewhat functional in 1968 and their policies hadn´t had time to fully fail yet whereas today, both parties and their policies have failed and there is nothing left to bring the country forward.
For years I´ve been saying that between 1968 and 1972 the democrat party was taken over by people (marxists) who hate this country and the freedoms she stands for. To destroy it, they had to destroy the family and our culture. They have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. First legalizing the killing of babies, then promoting homosexuality as normal, Even ten years ago, who would have believed that men would be given the right to use women´s restrooms and dressing rooms? That sex is ´fluid´? That one day one could say they were a woman and the next say they were a man. That someone could be jailed for using the wrong pronoun to a ´gender fluid´ IT but not for deliberating giving someone AIDS?
I´m not so sure about that. Yes, we´re still involved in Afghanistan (in smaller numbers than the 500,000+ troops we had in Vietnam in 1968, a much more divisive involvement), but no religious or political figures of the stature of MLK Jr or Bobby Kennedy have been assassinated, major cities haven´t been put on curfew or aren´t burning because of riots (only portions of Progressive-led cities by a relatively small number of Antifa malcontents - things are relatively calm and quiet in Republican-controlled cities or states), the Nat´l Guard isn´t out (yet) patrolling or shooting protesting university students.
I think the political, cultural and social atmosphere is better than it was in 1968 (I was 12 then.)
The media only want us to believe it´s that bad now. We´re not as innocent as we were - we only had three major TV networks lying to us - and we lacked the ability to instantaneously find out for ourselves if they, politicians and the military were misleading us. With New Media such as the Internet, Twitter, Instagram we are better informed and prepared to confront the lies.
BOTH political parties are unraveling (the GOP much slower) but DemoRATS are faring much worse. The GOP controls 33 states to the DemoRATS 5 or 6.
The end result for DemoRATS will be uglier. They know they´re bleeding their traditional special interest constituencies (as well as losing political power) and that´s why they´re angry and causing mayhem and confusion. They believe the solution is to continue turning Hard Left Socialist and they´re being enabled and assisted by the media and Hollywood.
FTA: The smears “racist,” “fascist,” “white privilege,” and “Nazi” — like “Commie” of the 1950s — are so overused as to become meaningless. There is now less free speech on campus than during the McCarthy era of the early 1950s.
As a retired Marine I have a had a tough month after watching the Ken Burns Vietnam series which glorified the Anti war movement and the damage it and JFK/LBJ did to this country. 1968 is indeed a year that help destroy this country.
Yes 1968 was tumultuous. From the USS Pueblo seizure to the all the events in the interim prior to the election of Nixon. But 1969 was fairly momentous as well. The Manson Family. The Moon Landing. The Joe Namath Jets and the Miracle Mets. Woodstock and Altamont. Cappaquiddick. The first draft lottery. The Days of Rage. Hurricane Camille.
In my humble opinion, and no disrespect to Dr. Hanson, the events of the last couple of years pale in contrast but seem more consequential because the media megaphone is so much louder and pervasive than at the end of the 60s.
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