I truly hate to rain on youse union and commie-lib/simp, lefty-pinko, commie/Marxist loving, useful idiots and ideologues‘ parade — well, actually I don’t. In fact I rather relish the idea. But no, what occurred in Madison was not a lesson in “democracy in action” — but to the contrary, it was indeed a rather stark object lesson in union and liberal-progressive “thugocracy”.
And it was thoroughly and very eerily reminiscent and redolent of the wild, mindless, chaos and anarchy and yes, violence, gratuitous and otherwise; of the turbulent and pandemonium-filled protests of the 60s and 70s; especially as focused in the anti-Vietnam War movement in particular, and in the excesses of the counter-culture in general.
Look here, dear readers, I’m not going to relive nor rehash the turbulent 60s and 70s herein. But I will provide you with just a slight and most cursory summary and encapsulation of it; in order to refresh the memories of those who have forgotten, and for those (born, let us say, after 1973) who have no understanding nor knowledge of history, nor see any need nor reason why they should.
Allow me dear readers, to focus solely on the anti-war movement. The phony claims to the effect that it was solely based on pure idealism, dissent and civil disobedience is an utter lie and myth. Save for a truly minuscule handful of true idealists; the anti-war movement was by far a matter of narrow and parochial, solipsistic, vested, self-interest.
No, the age of Woodstock was neither heroic nor advanced nor altruistic nor civilized nor rational; but rather, it was self-absorbed, narcissistic, primitive and utterly mindless, and thoroughly uncivilized. This was not the advancement of humanity and civilization, but its complete opposite.
And the anti-war movement fully embraced this “New Age” and “New Left” Marcusian age of unreason and naked solipsistic, vested self-interest while the counter-cultural movement embraced a mindless return to the Dark Ages and worse. And so the mantra and siren call of the former was “hell no, we won’t go!” Sorry, Charlie; but there ain’t nothing idealistic ‘bout that.
Proof: When Nixon began to draw down American troop levels in South Vietnam in 1970; OMG, what a “co-inky-dinky” – the wild protests in almost direct mathematical proportion also began to diminish in numbers, intensity and scope. To the point that when all American forces were withdrawn by Dec. ’72 and Jan. ‘73; guess what, the protests all but ceased and “disappeared” themselves.