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Summer of love: 40 years later - Hippie Hippie Shakedown: But where was love?
DailyNews.com ^ | 06/16/2007 | DAWN EDEN

Posted on 06/17/2007 12:07:44 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Summer of love: 40 years later

Hippie Hippie Shakedown: But where was love?

BY DAWN EDEN, Guest Columnist

LA Daily News

WHEN it comes to inappropriate names, "Summer of Love" has to be right up there with "Joy Division," the name the Nazis reportedly gave to the sections of concentration camps that housed the guards' sex slaves.

For one thing, it was not just a summer event. The countercultural happening that swept through San Francisco and beyond began with an April1967 planning announcement by concert promoter Chet Helms, aka Family Dog, creating the "Council for the Summer of Love."

It still goes on today in the burned-out minds of its rapidly fading survivors, remnants of the thousands of teens who ran away to find Love in San Francisco, only to wind up wasted on a street whose name sounds like hate.

Where, indeed, was the love in the San Francisco of Helms, the Diggers, the San Francisco Oracle, and other Summer of Love organizers, of whom so many have died young?

Helms would later boast on his Web site that the event "sowed the seeds of a compassionate idealism which still lives in the hearts of many of our own and subsequent generations." He pointed to the organizers' efforts to feed the runaways. Other Summer of Love chroniclers note that the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, founded in the summer of 1967, still help the needy today.

The irony is that there would have been no need to feed those runaways, nor to care for so many drug abusers, alcoholics and venereal-disease victims, had Helms - who succumbed to hepatitis C at 63 - and his compatriots not encouraged youths to flood San Francisco. And for what, exactly? Drugs, to be sure, and "free love" - "free," as opposed to the kind that costs money, apparently.

Thanks to the Pill and a counterculture that defined rebellion as annoying one's parents, thousands of youths became guinea pigs in a kind of mass experiment propagated by prurient Beat Generation relics such as Helms, Allen Ginsberg (died at 70, hepatitis and liver cancer) and Ken Kesey (died at 66, liver cancer). They were told that they would overcome the superficial consumerism in which they had been raised, reaching a higher spiritual level by uniting their minds to drugs and their bodies to willing takers. Instead, they themselves became products to be consumed - victimized by pushers, treated as sexual objects to be disposed of, or corrupted into predators.

It boggles the mind to think what the Summer of Love's sad victims could have accomplished if, rather than seeking to fulfill their own juvenile desires, they had aimed to create a true culture of love. Instead, in following their leaders' urging to do their own thing, they found themselves locked in a society that gave them all the restrictions of communal life - poverty, squalor, and social pressure to self-destruct - and few of the protections.

At the celebrated Be-Ins and Love-Ins, the mob ruled, while - like those Playboy cartoons of orgies where one person's orifice is indistinguishable from another's - the individual was subsumed.

Meanwhile, one corner of the culture, recognizing the counterculture's threat to the individual, composed a clarion call for the restoration of human dignity. A work in progress during the Summer of Love, published the following summer, it attacked those who, in pursuing solutions to overpopulation and other contemporary concerns, put forth "an utterly materialistic conception of man himself and his life." Instead, it urged world powers to develop a solution "which envisages the social and economic progress both of individuals and of the whole of human society, and which respects and promotes true human values."

That's real love.

However, when those words of Pope John XXIII, quoted in Pope Paul VI's "Humanae Vitae," emerged in 1968, few of the hippies bothered to read them, let alone follow them as far as they led. All they knew was the five-word condensation of the encyclical that appeared on a popular poster, underneath an image of the Pope pointing his finger Uncle Sam-style: "The Pill Is a No-No."

Supporters of the hippies' objectives argue that they and future generations benefited from the dismantling of repressive Eisenhower-era values that restricted sex to marriage. Well, say what you will about a culture that presumed women found their highest fulfillment in motherhood, but one doesn't see many repressed housewives panhandling on modern-day Haight Street. One does see lost geriatric flower children with stringy hair and rotten teeth who contracepted or aborted the children who could have taken care of them in their old age.

Years after the Summer of Love's Bay Area invasion, a more moneyed class of Californians popularized a term that parallels what the hippies accomplished: garbage in/garbage out. The true measure of the success of the Love-In is the love that came out.

Today, the counterculture's victims are dying with few children to mourn them - at least, few who are willing to speak to parents who put their own desires ahead of their children's. It is the end of a long, bad trip.

Dawn Eden is director of the Cardinal Newman Society's Love and Responsibility Program. She is author of "The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On."


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"Today, the counterculture's victims are dying with few children to mourn them - at least, few who are willing to speak to parents who put their own desires ahead of their children's. It is the end of a long, bad trip."

Amen.

In just a single generation, America went from The Greatest Generation to The Worst Generation.

1 posted on 06/17/2007 12:07:50 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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2 posted on 06/17/2007 12:10:24 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
....ran away to find Love in San Francisco, only to wind up wasted on a street whose name sounds like hate.

Reminds me of the Sly Stone song "Luv N' Haight" from the (amazing) album There's a Riot Goin' On.

3 posted on 06/17/2007 12:13:03 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo (There are four types of homicide: felonious, accidental, justifiable, and praiseworthy)
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4 posted on 06/17/2007 12:14:40 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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5 posted on 06/17/2007 12:18:01 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

It wasn`t the summer of love, it was the summer of drugs.


6 posted on 06/17/2007 12:20:52 PM PDT by Screamname (On this date in history; Al Gore invents the Algorithm)
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To: DogByte6RER

HIV, Aids, and STDs are proof trhat we humans lost the sexual revolution of the 60’s.

......Bob


7 posted on 06/17/2007 12:21:14 PM PDT by Lokibob (Some people are like slinkys. Useless, but if you throw them down the stairs, you smile.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The hippies aren’t gone...they are faculty in many universities, in Congress and even running for President...check out pictures of Hillary Clinton in her 1960s glad rags.


8 posted on 06/17/2007 12:22:02 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: The Great RJ

check out pictures of Hillary Clinton in her 1960s glad rags.


I can’t imagine those rags would be glad about anything.


9 posted on 06/17/2007 12:24:03 PM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’ll take number 1 for what ever it takes, Alex.


10 posted on 06/17/2007 12:29:43 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: DogByte6RER

LOL!!


11 posted on 06/17/2007 12:33:18 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: DogByte6RER

The last time I met real hippies was in 1982. There were two of them, man and wife, and they were landlords who happened to be very upset about a tenant who wouldn’t pay his rent. The flower wreaths in their hair and their bill-collector tone made it seem as though Rod Serling would step around a lampost at any moment.


12 posted on 06/17/2007 12:37:18 PM PDT by farmer18th
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To: DogByte6RER

Interesting how those famed drug users all died of liver ailments.


13 posted on 06/17/2007 12:41:06 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney (...and another "Constitution-bot"))
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To: DogByte6RER
"Summer of Love"

Was the successful propaganda campaign by the record industry, Hollywierd and the MSM to undermine our nation by substituting the word love for sex. It was delayed 15 years Because of "Tail-gunner Joes' and The House Unamerican Activities revelations.

14 posted on 06/17/2007 12:45:52 PM PDT by fella ( newspapers used habitually to poison the public opinion)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Hippie Hippie Shakedown: But where was love? "

Hmmm ... can't remember .... maybe .... nahhh, that wasn't it .... The Common?

Maybe.

Hard to tell.

Discovered acid in '67 ...

Woke up in '81

What a long, strange trip it's been

(So I've been told ... can't remember)

15 posted on 06/17/2007 1:22:17 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: DogByte6RER
They are still around, from todays Tennessean: Hippie-era fans dig old vibe at Bonnaroo
16 posted on 06/17/2007 2:08:23 PM PDT by sticker
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To: knarf

The only Woodstock I knew of in ‘69,
was on my M-14.


17 posted on 06/17/2007 2:10:17 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (Life is Good!)
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To: The Great RJ; DogByte6RER
The hippies aren’t gone...they are faculty in many universities, in Congress and even running for President...check out pictures of Hillary Clinton in her 1960s glad rags.

True, and here's proof!

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18 posted on 06/17/2007 2:13:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

That deserves a Semper Fi!


19 posted on 06/17/2007 2:17:15 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: smoothsailing

Classic.


20 posted on 06/17/2007 2:22:51 PM PDT by SolidWood (Gaza delenda est.)
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To: DogByte6RER
But where was love?

In the same token, where were the multiple, daily drive by shootings? Millions of illegal aliens, and organized gangs? Today we have Manson style brutal murders weekly, not to mention senseless mass murders of students, work place shootings etc, sky scrapers being leveled etc.

Don't know about you, but I'd take what we had in the 60s any day.

21 posted on 06/17/2007 2:29:42 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

The sixties sucked but kids could still play outside without guard towers.


22 posted on 06/17/2007 2:34:17 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: wtc911
kids could still play outside without guard towers.

Yeah, without worrying about some twisted nutcase kidnapping them and cutting them up into pieces.

I remember playing outside on summer nights at 6 years old, with no adults around. Shooting BB guns and pellet rifles in the neighborhood with out the police and swat being called.

23 posted on 06/17/2007 2:38:23 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: DogByte6RER

Good article! I was in SF that summer and what I saw was appalling. I remember that one poor girl was raped to death in a bathtub by druggies in the Haight; the streets were filled with middle class kids strung out on whatever, begging and prostituting themselves, and it was virtually an everyday thing to see somebody on a bad trip trying to jump off a roof.

But I beg to differ. The Greatest Generation may have been the earlier crop of those who were drafted and fought in WWII, but the really creepy theory behind all of these things - ranging from drug use to total sexual chaos - came from people who were older than the young people of the 60s - that is, members of the “Greatest Generation.”

Timothy Leary was not a teenager; neither were any of the horrible Marxist philosophers who corrupted American education. Many of them were left-wing Europeans who had come here prior to WWII, but they were received with great joy by American universities, and the younger faculty adopted all of their positions. This includes members of the “Greatest Generation” who had come home and gone through school on the GI Bill and were teaching teenagers in the late 50s and early 60s. That was where I heard most of the garbage I heard at that time: from the “Greatest Generation.”


24 posted on 06/17/2007 2:42:01 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
but the really creepy theory behind all of these things - ranging from drug use to total sexual chaos - came from people who were older than the young people of the 60s - that is, members of the “Greatest Generation.”

Charles Manson was well into his mid-30s when his "family" committed the Tate/LaBianca murders.

I think he was born in 1934 or '35.

25 posted on 06/17/2007 2:46:47 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: dragnet2
Don't know about you, but I'd take what we had in the 60s any day.

Of course, it could be argued that today's social pathologies you mentioned are a direct result of the permissive attitudes of the 1960s.

26 posted on 06/17/2007 2:49:15 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: DogByte6RER

Where was the “love?”

Love?

Think, “crotch.”

Which, is apparently where it remains, to this day.


27 posted on 06/17/2007 2:50:33 PM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: livius
I was in SF that summer and what I saw was appalling. I remember that one poor girl was raped to death in a bathtub by druggies in the Haight

LOL! This was not the norm. Today we have middle class house wifes downing their 5 kids in the bath tub. We have daily drive by brutal shootings in every city in America. Daily!

It is so common in todays America, it don't even make the freaking news unless 30 people are murdered at one time. Every week we read about insane, brutal murders and almost monthly work place, and school mass shootings etc.

Again, I'd take what we had in the 60s any day over what we are left with today.

Would you even think of letting your 7 year old girl play outside with other little kids, after dark in the summer time in todays America? I think not.

28 posted on 06/17/2007 2:51:21 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: DogByte6RER

Well, it was the “greatest generation” (an invention of the Lib Tom Brokaw) that brought us 70% top marginal tax rates, the postwar welfare state, and an overregulated economy. Otherwise, I see your point...


29 posted on 06/17/2007 2:52:37 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Today, the counterculture’s victims are dying with few children to mourn them...”

Well, the city of Boulder is trying their best to pass on the ideas of experimenting with sex and drugs.


30 posted on 06/17/2007 2:53:04 PM PDT by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: Drew68

Of course, blame what is happening today on the 60s. Even though the 60s were completely innocent compared to the nightmarish violence of today.


31 posted on 06/17/2007 2:54:12 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: DogByte6RER
Supporters of the hippies' objectives argue that they and future generations benefited from the dismantling of repressive Eisenhower-era values that restricted sex to marriage.

Written by some one who obviously wasn't alive during the fifties. It would be funny if it weren't so naive.

32 posted on 06/17/2007 2:56:20 PM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Clemenza
Well, it was the “greatest generation” (an invention of the Lib Tom Brokaw) that brought us 70% top marginal tax rates, the postwar welfare state, and an overregulated economy.

Not too surprising. The "Greatest Generation" was, on the whole, raised on the gospel according to St FDR. Given that we should be grateful that we didn't go completely Communist.

33 posted on 06/17/2007 3:00:32 PM PDT by surely_you_jest (I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers)
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To: Drew68
I remember in the 50s and 60s people for the most part would punch each other senseless if push came to shove. Now? LOL! You got neighbors blowing each others brains out over stupid issues and minor disputes.

And don't even think of mouthing off to another driver today. It could very well escalate into a chase, ending brutal murder.

34 posted on 06/17/2007 3:02:30 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Drew68

All of the people who are considered the “founders” of the hippie movement were born well before it - even people such as Kerouac, the odious Alan Ginsberg, etc.


35 posted on 06/17/2007 3:02:42 PM PDT by livius
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To: dragnet2

Things have definitely gotten worse, because the 60s were the beginning of something very evil, on many levels. But the point I was making is that the people who made this happen in the 60s - that is, the people who were preaching the “if it feels good, do it” mantra - were not the teenagers who actually did it, but older people from the earlier generation.


36 posted on 06/17/2007 3:05:30 PM PDT by livius
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To: dragnet2
Of course, blame what is happening today on the 60s. Even though the 60s were completely innocent compared to the nightmarish violence of today.

The 60s were relatively peaceful because they were still under the umbrella of societal values that promote such peace. It was all the hippie leftists who broke down those values, directly leading to one of the worst social pathologies of today - fatherless children. Those fatherless children are the ones doing the drive-bys.

Marxists and hippies are a virus on society, an auto-immune disorder. Get rid of them and their philosophy that there is no right and wrong, and society can be rebuilt into something stable.
37 posted on 06/17/2007 3:13:40 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: livius
Things have definitely gotten worse

No kidding. But to blame it on the 60s, where it innocent compared to what is happening *now* is not a good comparison.

I never even heard of a "drive by" in the 60s for Gods sake.

As a matter of fact, the word "drive by" never even surfaced until almost 30 years later. Look at just what occurred in Kansas when the young lady went to Walmart for a purchase. She ended up kidnapped, raped and murdered by some 26 year old. This is so common now, it's bizarre and disgusting.

38 posted on 06/17/2007 3:15:24 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Drew68
Of course, it could be argued that today's social pathologies you mentioned are a direct result of the permissive attitudes of the 1960s.

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If you want to argue this then you must also acknowlege that most boomers were in grade school during the sixties and even the leading edge minority couldn't even vote until 1968. No boomers held elected office in the sixties. No boomers ran corporations or media in the sixties. Many boomers died in Viet Nam in the sixties.

This mess falls at the feet of pre-boomers and that my friend is your greatest generation.

39 posted on 06/17/2007 3:18:04 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: dragnet2

I agree. But I think it’s an effect of things that happened decades ago.

We have had 40+ years of people seeing garbage on TV, being told that morality and decency are jokes, and actually getting big book contracts for being the most hideous mass killer in jail.

This all came out of an earlier mindset. It started in the late 60s, but it was not started by teenagers: it was started by their parents, the children of the 20s and 30s.


40 posted on 06/17/2007 3:20:04 PM PDT by livius
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To: fr_freak; dragnet2
It was all the hippie leftists who broke down those values, directly leading to one of the worst social pathologies of today - fatherless children. Those fatherless children are the ones doing the drive-bys.

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Bullshit. The epidemic of fathers running from their responsibilities is a direct outcome of the Greatest Generation's 'Great Society' experiment which was hatched in DC years before the oldest boomer could even vote. Nice try though skippy.

41 posted on 06/17/2007 3:21:04 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: dragnet2
Of course, blame what is happening today on the 60s. Even though the 60s were completely innocent compared to the nightmarish violence of today.

Well, it took a few years for the 1960s to bear fruit.

Truthfully, though, much of the serious social problems we have today can be directly linked to LBJ's "Great Society" programs. Seriously. The opening of the floodgates to 3rd World immigration with the corresponding loss of shared American values, the destruction of the black family, the rise of violent street crime and a predatory criminal underclass, the rise of single motherhood, and on and on. While other factors definitely helped, LBJ's policies were instrumental in getting the ball rolling.

That's why I consider Johnson the worst president in the 20th century. I'd say the worst president ever but our current one is really trying hard for that title.

FWIW, I was born in the 60s and a child of the 70s and a teenager in the 80s and I can remember playing outside till nightfall without a worry in my mind.

42 posted on 06/17/2007 3:22:49 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: wtc911

Agree.


43 posted on 06/17/2007 3:23:13 PM PDT by dragnet2
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Well, it took a few years for the 1960s to bear fruit.

That is laughable.

44 posted on 06/17/2007 3:23:51 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: wtc911
This mess falls at the feet of pre-boomers and that my friend is your greatest generation.

Yes, and I went on to mention "Great Society" but it looks like you beat me by about a minute.

45 posted on 06/17/2007 3:26:10 PM PDT by Drew68
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That's why I consider Johnson the worst president in the 20th century. I'd say the worst president ever but our current one is really trying hard for that title.

This we can agree on. Since some here are attempting to place blame, is it not interesting that Johnson came out of Texas, and where, oh where has this current President surfaced from?

46 posted on 06/17/2007 3:26:35 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: DogByte6RER

Never question anything! Just live like everyone else, and you’ll surely be happy.


47 posted on 06/17/2007 3:30:47 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle (I think Jamie Dupree is annoying.)
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To: dragnet2

Hopefully the next President will be from California!


48 posted on 06/17/2007 3:31:38 PM PDT by MrLee
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To: DogByte6RER
And these miserable people actually accused their parents' generation--the generation that gave thousands of its finest young men to destroy fascism--of "fascism!" That should tell you something about these ingrates.

The Sixties generation has got to be one of the most evil generations in world history. They cursed the country that defeated Nazism while celebrating one-party totalitarian states headed by "great leaders" (like Mao and Castro) where dissent was against the law and the press was entirely controlled by the regime. These miserable Communist ratholes were embraced as the antithesis of fascism while their own country, a country where dissent has almost always been tolerated (barring a few short emergency situations), whre there is a presidential election every four years and a full congressional election every two years--a country where the government doesn't own the press (though sometimes the contrary seems a possibility!) was despised. The hippies dismissed all these "petit bourgeois" freedoms as illusions and embraced carbon copies of Hitler and Mussolini because, they claimed, they fed their people.

So I guess according to the hippies, if Hitler and Mussolini had merely "fed their people" (instead of merely making the trains run on time), they would have been "morally superior" to the United States of America!

Does this means if President Bush "feeds his people" that he can declare himself "president for life" and outlaw all dissent, and then be supported by the Stephen Spielbergs and Michael Moores???

These Sixties hippies are the scum of humanity!

49 posted on 06/17/2007 3:37:51 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator ( . . . veyiqchu 'eleykha farah 'adummah temimah, 'asher 'ein-bah mum, 'asher lo'-`alah `aleyha `ol.)
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And these miserable people actually accused their parents' generation

You mean the generation where only the Dad had to work? The generation where they said, "gimmy a bucks worth of regular"? You mean the generation that purchased brand new homes on *one* income where Mom was actually able to say home and raise the kids without having to worrying about making the mortgage every month? The generation that had secure jobs, great, affordable family medical benefits? The generation that not only had secure jobs, but actually had retirement pensions? The generation that left lights on without worrying about paying the electric bill? The generation that used and wasted resources like they were endless?

Oh, that generation.

50 posted on 06/17/2007 3:50:54 PM PDT by dragnet2
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