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Monday, August 8. 2011
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I propose adoption of the term monoversity rather than university, for accuracy's sake.
I was not there, I did not do it and I will not do it again. My Uncle Sam gave me green clothes and sent me on a trip overseas in 1967 and I did not come back until 1970 and you guys sure did screw up my country. I was out saving the world from rats-assed-bastard, commie sons-a-bitches and the rest of you let those hiippie, pervert slime-balls get away with all types of crap because it sold time on TV and space in print.
So now as we swirl down the drain of history, I tend to blame the folks who were a bit older and in charge and put up with all of the self-cnetered crap of a spoiled group of kids and their self appointed leaders who told them to distrust anyone over thirty. They re-set the bar on stupid and out country followed right along.
And here we now sit in this current stinky mess, are you surprised? Remember as we sow so shall we reap and we really got what we asked for as a self-indulgent, don't offend anyone society moves right on along without much fore-thought or concern about actual results of our actions and unforseen consequences.
I am older now and good for maybe another 15 or 20 years max but my kids and grand kids are going to have a real hard time working out of this mess and you and yours are too.
God Bless us one and all.
I sure did not screw it up, either. However, I sure am being screwed by the people and problems they generated during those "creative, idealistic, and loving 1960's", drug infested society we were forced to tolerate, and I am still being screwed in the ass with out the Vaseline over 40 years later by them.
I was a young, working woman in Boston, MA in the late 60's. On my lunch hour I would sometimes wander down to the Common and encounter a mob of stinky, foul-mouthed, hate-filled mobs (who frequently tried to sponge money from me in order to sustain their workless existence). These were the hippies, the "love-filled" creative, idealistic mobs that the morons of today reminisce about. Vile, drug-addled, immoral vagrants causing trouble then and today.
I'm with #3, though I did not get my green clothes until after HS in '69.
I went to the link but am too cheap to pay for the article. Is there a clean link to the article, or can you post the article, or am I out of luck?
The 60's movement radicals thought they were creative because (a) they were stoned, and (b) because they were saying things their parents had not said, and imagined that their parents had never thought them, either.
The truth is that their parents had thought these things, and realized that it was destructive foolishness.
It's sort of like the self-styled "artist" who submits a blue rectangle as art, and proclaims that nobody else had ever created a blue rectangle before. But it is not creativity that was lacking (for many thousands of people conceive of blue rectangles each day), but audacity. Normal people do not grant the name "art" to crap; audacious people do.
If you have to keep pointing out to people how creative you are, you ain't.
God bless you too, Old Texan. We did, and still do, the best we can and that will have to be enough. Keep up the good fight, as i try to do ...
Marianne -- another Old Texan
"God bless you too, Old Texan."
Really? So you agree that in just three short years, the entire country became "screwed up"? Really? In three little years?
You agree that having thousands of soldiers slaughtered every MONTH was a good thing? Really? I always viewed you as a little more compassionate than that.
Furthermore, you agree that every bad thing out there today is a direct result from some kids who thought being in a war where we were getting slaughtered was wrong? Really? Feb Lib, Gay Rights, Paris Hilton -- it's all because of some kids 40 years ago?
You Texans sure are full of surprises.
This may come as a shock to you people, but not everyone on Maggie's agrees with the right-wing propganda as espoused by some of its bloggers. When I opened Doc's Secrets a few weeks ago, Bird Dog liked my 'hippies' post so much that he linked to it the next day in the morning links.
You want to be brainwashed, kids? Let New Criterion show you the way.
You want to be unbrainwashed?
That's my job.
last week we had a 22yo come in form Chicago to spend a few, her parents shipped her out of Athens last month, apparently she was getting all caught up in the spirit ... me, i am now 60 and i don't know what to think of all this unrest today, sometimes i feel like the adult watching in the 60's, wondering where the unravels going to lead
My dear Dr. Mercury,
You are a real piece of work. As an Old Texan who has been there and done that and expressed my opinion about what I have seen, one you can agree with or disagree, you have made rash assumptions about my views on things not discussed and indicated that anyone who agrees with my point of view is brainwashed. That is your job to attack and write off those who don’t see eye to eye with you.
I have no idea what you actually do think except for the death rate in Viet Nam and I have to agree that lives were wasted and lost. After the Tet Offensive in early 1968 when we really cleaned their clock and they were down for the count the media in this country lost the war for us. We won the battle in the field but we lost it in the streets and that was a waste. After that the limited engagement conditions imposed on men in the field enabled a war of attrition to go on for years with the eventual outcome that a lot of lives were lost that should not have been.
As for my other viewpoints, like most of my conservative friends I am all over the place and I usually vote for the jerk, male or female, that I dislike the least. Yes, I think we screwed up in this country and that the late 60’s were a big mess but, it started long before that and it will continue long after I am gone.
I also think the good intentions of folks to right a lot of injustice were hijack by some very liberal people who are not working in the best interests of this country.
As for you my dear Dr. Mercury I don’t mind you having your points of view and while I might at one time have enjoyed some discussion about them, now I would just as soon see you share them with someone else and not me. Good luck to you sir and may we all have a nice day. It is sure to be a hot one here in Texas.