We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Venezuela impressed me, in the years i worked in and around it, as a sour place with not too much citizen concern for one another. A lot of distrust between the poorer Indians and the richer Spaniards.
Individuals were fine folks but there was a schism. That's precisely what let a Hugo rise. We should beware that sort of schism.
You know darn well the schism already exists. In fact the fractures are more numerous today than at any time I can recall.
Today's kerfuffle is Bob Dylans's apologists for his anti-war participation verses someone who was there in Vietnam for the original production, not knowledge out of a movie or a book, or off the inside cover of a CD. And I was in my late teens ,early twenties when I witnesses the Dylan Baez et . al. anti war circus make it's concert rounds, fomenting anti war unrest and making beaucoup money from it.
Today I can't even get a straight answer out of any of the blogwriters here on their ages or military experience, if any.
It matters how they acquired their Dylan idolatry. If it came after, years after, Vietnam, then they cannot possibly know the tenor of those times, and that counts for a great deal. Nor can they have any concept of how much he and his ilk hurt the serviceman fighting that tough, tough war.
i know, habu. everything depends on where and when. I don't know what to say to make you feel any better. Dylan is America, warts and all. i know it sounds shitty to suggest it, but it would be good for your own sake to try to compartmentalize some of these things.
Kind words Buddy and I know the sentiment is real.
But how does one compartmentalize one of the defining moments of their life to satisfy those who weren't there and perhaps weren't even born? To me that isn't compartmentalizing it's capitulating to people who idolize an individual who cost the lives of good men through his active lyrics and passive-aggressive duplicity in an anti war campaign.
When the leading North Vietnamese general as well as a host of historians and North Vietnamese diplomats agree that North Vietnam was ready to quit the war just at the time when the protesters crank up the volume and prolonged the war by giving comfort to the enemy....so they kept on fighting .......in my world you don't forget or forgive that type of action ....we have it today in our Code Pinks and Cindy Sheehans and I despise them as well.
Enemy identification is critical in survival and the left is my enemy. Bob Dylan, back in the day was in that camp. He may not have been at headquarters but he was in camp.
Nope no capitulation via compartmentalization ......Europe tried that..they compartmentalized the Saar, the Sudetenland and on and on until it became too much.
I won't allow a rewrite of history I lived and help write with my own blood toil tears and sweat. You're asking too much.
well, there's nothing i can argue in that. Only thing to say is that the fight ain't over and you want to re-arm--not disarm--your old adversaries if they're now against the new enemy. That also is a time-honored way of winning large conflicts.