Repeating the 60’s

I think that’s the point.

“[I’m] old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen,” – Rep Peter King (R-NY)

Leave it to yet another bought and paid for politician to decry the 99% movement but this is going too far. He doesn’t want to repeat the 60’s? What about Medicare, something that the republican base loves as much as the rest of us? What about Civil Rights? What about basic environmental care? Ending a pointless and costly war? What about all of the progress in making America a better place to live?

Apparently Mr. King hated all that and is fearful about a repeat of such events. The republican base has been steadily moving away from the right wing stance on a number of social issues, even as conservative politicians press those issues into the forefront of policy debates to please their ultra-right wing.

He might look at the 99% and fear a repeat of the cultural changes brought about by the 60’s protestors (who did lack the grand unification of message that the right can usually find but still attained success), I look at the 99% and say, “about god damned time.”

A large democracy is like a snow globe, shake often to receive the desired effect.

(Source: Think Progress)


  1. fastlane says

    I read that comment by King on another thread, and ..I’m not even sure how to describe my reaction, but yeah, it seems either he completely missed the whole point of the civil rights movement in the 60s (and similar social progress), or we got it and really wishes all those uppity sorts would get back in their place.

  2. mike c. says

    I became a teenager in the mid 60’s and grew up a stones throw away from Oakland, CA with the Panthers and Berkeley, CA with the free speech movement. I thought at the time that my generation would change the world for the better. The Vietnam war turned out to be the defining element of the whole liberal movement and once that was over, the middle class went back to work and seemed to forget most of the “other” issues. I’m very happy to see the younger folks getting worked up about the inequities of american life and I hope this makes a positive difference. However, being somewhat of an old fart now, I can think of no quote better than this:
    If there’s a new way
    I’ll be the first in line
    But, it better work this time.

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