"Today's New Right looks a lot like the New Left of the '60s"
The denizens of DUmmieland consist of leftover hippies who remember the '60s (through the drug-addled fog) and younger lefties who romanticize the '60s. As such, they resent being compared to the right-wing "teabaggers" of today--just as much as we conservatives resent being compared to them! But that comparison is the gist of an article that has got the DUmmies talking. The article was posted by Pied Piper Pitt (not written by him, though, thank Gaia!), as the discussion-starter for this THREAD, "'Today's New Right looks a lot like the New Left of the '60s' - your take?"
So be sure to wear some flowers in your hair and some tea leaves on your sleeve, as the DUmmies Recreate '68, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson--who remembers the '60s (see my book, "I Was a Teenage Nixon Republican") and can tell the difference between a dope-smoking, draft-card-burning, flag-burning, Commie-pinko hippie and a law-abiding, too-much-tax-paying, flag-waving, stay-at-home mom--is in the [brackets]:
"Today's New Right looks a lot like the New Left of the '60s" - your take?
[The "New Left of the '60s" is now the Old Left IN their 60s.]
Tea Party: Woodstock 2?
[Pot Party: Woodstock 1.]
What the Tea Party actually does represent seems to have a lot of observers baffled. Are its members just a bunch of kooks? Racists? Dittoheads? Survivalists? Libertarian extremists? Gun nuts? Thoughtful conservatives in wolves' clothing? Can they really be all those things?
[How about . . . American citizens exercising their right to free politicial speech and assembly to protest a federal government that is taxing and spending and controlling WAY WAY WAY beyond the limits of the Constitution? Did the "baffled observers" ever consider that?]
Yes they can. It's a familiar pattern. I've seen it before, albeit from the opposite political pole. The Tea Party is an organization in no greater sense than "the Movement" was in the 1960s. Sure, between 1964 and ’74, millions of Americans - many young, most educated - coalesced around the shared goals of ending the Vietnam War and fulfilling the promise of the civil rights movement.
["The Movement" coalesced around the goals of getting high, having sex, and dodging the draft.]
Opposing war and racism was our common ground, but our causes were many - feminism, vegetarianism, socialism, transcendental meditation, abortion rights, gay liberation, communal living, Puerto Rican statehood, macrobiotics, drug-law reform, Krishna Consciousness, ecology, etc.
[Opposing traditional morality was your common ground, and your causes were goofy.]
Still, it was nice to have the people wearing tinfoil pyramid hats and the miniscule third-eye contingent chanting "nam myoho renge kyo" in your corner when it came to swelling the crowd at an anti-draft demonstration.
["Nam myoho renge kyo" = "I don't want to go to 'Nam."]
The Tea Party is no different, except, of course, its ties that bind are small government, lower taxes, and begrudging vital social services.
[More like, small government, lower taxes, and dislodging virulent socialism.]
Just as the '60s New Left was plagued by all manner of progressive cohorts and lonely neurotics, the Tea Party is an magnetic bandwagon for conservative activist, ranging from pro-lifers to climate-change deniers to prayer-in-schools absolutists to people haven’t quite accepted heliocentrism, never mind evolution.
[Actually, I have become a firm believer in evolution: I think the DUmmies ARE descended from monkeys!]
Those factions, along with a giant cluster of conspicuously angry lone wingnuts, are climbing aboard and, in most media reports, overshadowing the group's core of seemingly moderate sympathetic white, middle-class, suburban voters.
[So this lib writer even admits the Tea Party's "core" IS made up of nice average folks, not a bunch of wacky wingnuts. Thanx! Now let's see the DUmmies' take on being compared to "teabaggers" . . .]
The ONLY thing I see in common is some degree of anger at the establishment.
[The ONLY thing I see in DUmmieland is boiling anger at EVERYTHING!]
The tea party has a demographic problem.
[The tea party has a Democratic problem.]
The New Left gave a voice to people who were previously underrepresented in our country; women, people of color, and the GLBT.
[Historical-revisionism much? The hippies of the late '60s were white guys trying to pick up chicks and smoke dope and stay out of the army.]
the Left was ahead of the curve, and the tea party is behind the curve
[The Left was a head shop with germs, and the tea party is aligned to cure.]
The whole comparison is insulting.
[I agree! Insulting to the Tea Partiers!]
Sullen, essentially hopeless anger of the Teabaggers versus the bright, multicolored, tie-dyed optimism, dedication to the life principle, and openness to all kinds of experience that typified the 60's--No contest.
[Your "tie-dyed optimism" is really a "brain-fried" euphemism.]
They're murdering pigs. . . . They're racist @ssholes.
[And you're the people of peace and love, right?]
what they're doing is coming from a whole different part of the brain than what we were doing back in the day.
[Which was, frying your brain.]
They are ludicrous popinjays, and nothing more.
["Popinjays"! +1 on your "Word of the Day" calendar, DUmmie ixion!)
There was nary a peep from them while BushCo -- systematically and with great malice and forethought -- destroyed what was left of the Constitution and Bill of Rights with their thinly-veiled machinations towards implementing Pax Americana and the New World Police State Order.
[Wow, DUmmie ixion, you must be prepping for the Bad Pitt Writing Contest!]
At that time, these "small-government" patriots were on their hands and knees speaking in tongues and praying that Little Lord Chimpenfurher would be safe while he cleared brush from the pig farm and destroyed the American Way of Life.
["Little Lord Chimpenfurher"--you're on a roll, DUmmie ixion!]
+ infinity +1
[To infinity . . . and beyond!]
I remember the sheer nuttiness on the youthful left in the mid 70s, wild eyed suburban kids preaching revolution. . . .
[Speaking truth to POW-ER! Standing up to THE MAN!]
The tables are turned this time, with senescent people being the ones to be wild eyed and preaching violent revolution to maintain a senescent movement, radical reactionary conservatism. . . . Still, for those of us more sanguine movement types of the 60s and 70s, the parallels of a dying paradigm breeding fanaticism and threats of violence among the diehard adherents are very telling.
[It's telling me that "senescent" and "sanguine" are your attempts to match DUmmie ixion, DUmmie Warpy.]
Given that most of these teabaggers seem to be Boomers I think it's an interesting mirror image.
[The drugged-out, dropped-out, lefty hippies never did represent MOST of us Boomers (i.e., those born 1946-64). A lot of us Boomers became Reagan conservatives. So your "mirror" is cracked.]
Some, like me, refused to embrace capitalism. . . .
[Is that you, Barack Obama?]
Even the Weather Underground and the Motherf***ers never intentionally killed their political opponents. Most of the casualties in the '60s and '70s were . . . the unintentional death of someone who refused to vacate a lab bombed at the University of Wisconsin. . . . The SLA killed a bank customer in Oakland, but that was unplanned part of a robbery.
I actually think it is wrong to mix the anti-war movement with the civil rights movement. Civil rights can date its way back into the '50s at the very least.
[You win today's Kewpie Doll, DUmmie zipplewrath, for a brief moment of mental clarity. Your fellow DUmmies who keep invoking "civil rights" and "opposing racism" are trying to upgrade their hippie movement by association with the earlier civil rights movement, which in the EARLY '60s was still a righteous cause.]
there was a frequently a sense of playfulness with the counterculture. The teabaggers are f**ing pissed. I can't imagine them laughing at anything. . . .
[Welcome to the DUmmie FUnnies, where we laugh at you guys A LOT!]
The bulk of the Tea Baggers are the 60s rejects who weren't getting laid during the sexual revolution. They were pissed off at the hippies and hated them for their freedom (sound familiar?). Now they're trying to recapture their lost youth with their misdirected anger aimed at everyone who can still ejaculate. Impotence, thy name is tea bagger.
[Degenerance, thy name is DUmmie.]