Life makes for some odd history. Remember “make love, not war” and “stick it to the man” of the ’60’s? Well, it’s back, but it ain’t exactly the same.
“They’ve all gone to look for America.”
Simon and Garfunkel
Somehow, over the last 40-50 years, the old Left has become the new Right. I don’t know how it happened, but it seems like the hippies of then are the Libertarians of now. The comparison isn’t perfect, but there are some odd similarities.
For instance, the counterculture opposition to authority is, in the 21st century, an antipathy for “big government.” The conspiracy theories (well, not all of them were “theories”) held by the left are now being taken up by the right-wing.
“Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away.”
A REPUBLICAN candidate for president has advocated for prostitution and recreational drug use. Ron Paul was actually cheered in South Carolina on national television when he declared that those activities were individual liberties that should not be impeded by government. Okay, so prostitution isn’t actually “free” love, so let’s call it … “more easily available” love.
More and more, those on the right also believe American should end participation in foreign wars; a dovish attitude from the traditionally hawkish side of the the aisle.
By demanding less government intrusion into personal behaviors, civil libertarians are now advocates for gay rights, although maybe in something of a left-handed fashion.
Some readers may also remember all the gorgeous flower-child girls. Now, the right has the babes (well, there IS Ann Coulter, but even she is hot to those who are into thin mints) and the left …
Nowadays, it’s more likely you will see some guy with dirty, shoulder-length hair at a Trace Adkins’ concert or the Mississippi state fair than on Haight-Ashbury. And, chances are, a lot of ’em will be buzzed on something.
“The struggle of our people for freedom has progressed to the form where all of us must take a stand either for or against the freedom of our people You are either with Your People or against them. You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.”
And demonstrations! Throngs of people protesting government policies. The difference is that the “thousand people in the street; Singing songs and carrying signs“ had to take off work to be there and many will have to take the next day off to recuperate.
“It’s an ideal existence. Out in the open. Berating the president of he United States… I’m free to thwart and torment the authorities – that is to say, I can get out my hostilities – because I’m protected in my conscience by the knowledge that what I’m doing is morally right. I’ve never been so relaxed. I’ve never been so happy.”
Dr. Benjamin Spock
More distressing, the far right is taking up the anti-law enforcement mantle, calling police “thugs” and “Gestapo.”
And, of course, look who’s complaining about the media in 2011!
“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.”
And… look who’s frequenting coffee bars – even if they ARE franchised kiosks in Target.
I don’t know…Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don’t seem the same. Actin’ funny but I don’t know why. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.*
Right on, and Power to the People!
* Jimi Hendrix