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And Speaking of the Cold Civil War…

April 6th, 2014 - 11:48 am

Lincoln with troops

Today, we are cock of the walk, king of the world, all our vices made virtues, and all us sinners, saints. While you were out trying to make your way in the world, earning a living, being responsible, raising a family, paying your taxes, we infiltrated your every institution: the schools, the law, Hollywood, the culture, the government. We learned to train your own weapons upon you and, while you weren’t looking, we shot you in the back with them, metaphorically speaking

And sometimes literally. The Cold Civil War, in its early stages, was marked by repeated clashes between the visionaries among the Baby Boomer youth (my dad, the sainted “Che” Kahane, was of course one of them) and their parents, between students and the pigs, between the Free Speech Movement of Mario Savio and the other Berkeley protestors, and the university deans and presidents who at first resisted them but quickly and cravenly capitulated to hordes of unwashed goliards and — at Cornell in 1969 – to an actual armed takeover of the school’s Willard Straight Hall on, fittingly, Parents’ Weekend, by gun-toting black students. Heck, we (and I’m talking Movement here, since I had yet to make my debut and missed out on the whole thing) even got our heads proudly bashed in on the streets of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention.

Those were heady early days, marked by the Left’s generational blitzkrieg against an unprepared and astonished Establishment. To hear my dad tell it, our side couldn’t believe how easy it was. I mean, here we were, ready to almost lay down our lives for what we believed in – and what we believed in was basically nothing, disguised as “protest.” We were the bastard idiot children of Rousseau as filtered through the nihilists of the 19th century (no wonder we all read the Russians in those days, for Dostoyevsky spoke to our suffering souls as did no other 19th century novelist, certainly not the overrated bourgeois Dickens or the impenetrable Thomas Mann), seething with rage against the Burroughs Soft Machine, but otherwise pretty much clueless as to what, exactly, we were protesting – except, of course, the draft; “Hell, no, we won’t go,” was our ultra-patriotic battle cry. We sure knew what that was about. And yet we rolled through our parents’ and grandparents’ generation like the Panzers through Poland.

In retrospect, it’s almost tempting to feel sorry for them. They capitulated so quickly and so completely – especially the academics, who made the French in 1940 look like the heroic Warsaw Ghetto fighters under Anielewicz in 1943. That was the moment when we realized that the universities, far from being instruments of the oppressor, were actually ours for the taking and a natural nesting place for the long term, pretty much in perpetuity. Even after we so clearly provoked Mayor Daley’s coppers during the convention, and later during the “Days of Rage” – “direct action” was our euphemism for violence and vandalism – the Walker Report blamed it all on the fuzz and said what happened in the streets was a “police riot.” Can you believe that? By May 1970, what had begun on the steps of Sproul Hall at UC-Berkeley just six years earlier was essentially over, and we had won.

Alas, as is our wont, we didn’t know where or when to stop. One thing you can say about us is that we just can’t help ourselves, cannot control our appetites or inclinations in any way; try as we might, animosity, snark and rage are in us, and they’ve got to come out. And so it was the Cold Civil War moved to the trenches with the last battle of the shooting war, which came at Kent State in May 1970.

You remember that: it was in all the papers. Shortly after Nixon (who had replaced Johnson in our eyes as the chief villain) announced the outrageous and illegal Cambodian “incursion,” students at the Ohio university protested and demonstrated. There were the usual brave calls to “bring the war back home.” On the first day of the troubles, liquor and the late hour predictably ignited into a street riot that was finally quelled by the cops. But tempers and nerves were on edge, and so the National Guard was sent to “maintain order,” and the governor called the kids “un-American.” Unbelievable!

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We are in a Civil War status and the last presidential election which was stolen by the Progressive Democrat party has destroyed whatever was left of the old Republic of diverse opinions. Now we live under a fascist/liberal dictatorship where you will not yet be sent to concentration camps for disagreeing with the regime but you will not get a decent jobs; you will not get a decent education and you will never be able to express an opinion or disagree with the American Ministry of Propaganda. Stop your children from joining the American federal forces and let the rich liberals send their own children off to their foreign wars; stop supporting the government schools which are run by the ministry of propaganda; stop participating in the civic life, absolutely refuse to serve on a jury in the corrupt legal system or try to undermine it; boycott the TV industry and the Entertainment industry which are controlled again by the Ministry of Truth; teach your children the truth about the corrupt amoral culture and government that the modern Americans have inflicted on the world.
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I notice that comments I saw just a short while ago have now disappeared. Did Firefox just buy PJM or did GLAD send over a censor?
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So the Left is beating it's chest and announcing "victory" in the Culture War? Nothing lasts forever; the Left is doomed if it thinks there won't be pushback, and a counter-revolution by the next generation.
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IT IS ALL BY DESIGN……
OUR MAN-CHILD’S DEEP HATRED OF AMERICA….THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD FEAR RIGHT TO THE BONE !!! OBAMA, THE WORLD’S SOCIOPATH HAS THE EARTH’S FREEDOM LOVING & GOD LOVING NATIONS LIVING IN FEAR. #1 HE IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST. HIS “FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY IS PRAYER TIME< WHEN HE HITS HIS KNEES AND BOWS TO THE EAST, #2 HE HAS EFFECTIVELY REMOVED ALL AMERICA’S ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST #3 HE HAS SCHEMED WITH AL QAEDA --- IN THE WHITE HOUSE --- TO DESTROY ISRAEL. #$ HE HAS DISMANTLED OUR MILITARY TO THE POINT WHERE WE PROJECT NOT FEAR, BUT LAUGHTER. #5 HE HAS BEEN WORKING DAY AND NIGHT --- UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOME FINE COLUMBIAN COCAINE --- TO DESTROY THE NATION’S RELIGIONS. #6 HE DESTROYED AMERICA’S PRIDE IN SPACE EXPLORATION. #7 HE HAS FOLLOWED THE COMMUNIST GAME PLAN OF DESTROYING OUR MOST CHERISHED AND MOST PERSONAL PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. MY FAMILY IN CANADA USED TO RUN HERE FOR SERIOUS MEDICAL PROCEDURES --- NOW THEY SIT HOME AND LAUGH AT US……AND ONE MORE THING: IT IS NOT INEPTITUDE…IT IS ALL BY DESIGN.
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So let me get this straight: all of the bile, all of the venom in baby boomers is the response to overcrowding? They were the proverbial bulge in the python and because of that, because competition for everything from parental love to college admission to simply being seen was fierce, because of that so many of them became vicious tearer downers of everything? Well, it's a theory.
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"...the student protestors got an ugly lesson in the first rule of protest – never throw rocks at guys with guns."

Yeah, guys who shot indiscriminately into a crowd, killing four, including two non-protesters who were just walking between classes. If you read about what happened, you'll learn that the students had largely dispersed as the guardsmen advanced. And there is no credible evidence that shots were fired at the guardsman (although who knows what you might find in the files of Hoover's FBI). Ugly lesson indeed.

What really ended the protests was the end of the war and the end of the draft. Bring back the draft, start another illegal war like Iraq, and the '60s will be back in a flash.

PS -- Of course some of these 60s radicals, who dodged the draft, later became chicken hawks. Some write for PJM.
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"..... like the syphilis virus..."

It's not a virus but a gram-negative bacterium.
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"...brigades of shrinks and “social scientists” (novelists manqué without any talent, otherwise they would be real scientists) arose to counsel us not to suppress our deepest id, but to let it have free reign in the real world lest it damage us in the imaginary world in which they habitually dwelled."

Said "imaginary world" is known as 'Meinong's Jungle.' (Google the Etymology of the word.) It's where you'd find Unicorns, floating cities, the sound of one hand clapping, honest politicians - you get the idea.
As for the state we're in? That is more like an abyss we're trapped in than a 'Civil War.' Wars can be WON! It may take several generations and millions of casualties to climb out of the mess we're in.
My attitude is, there's only one way out. Regardless of whether you're a subscriber to this blog (Read, conservative) or "opposition researcher," (Read, 'other!') the only way to discern truth from fiction, wrong from right, black from white? "Fact checking!" The truth is all that will set us free.
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Perfectly put! The 60's generation of American Liberals are hilariously pretentious asses, pompous snobs and cowardly hypocrites.
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We are in a Civil War status and the last presidential election which was stolen by the Progressive Democrat party has destroyed whatever was left of the old Republic of diverse opinions. Now we live under a fascist/liberal dictatorship where you will not yet be sent to concentration camps for disagreeing with the regime but you will not get a decent jobs; you will not get a decent education and you will never be able to express an opinion or disagree with the American Ministry of Propaganda. Stop your children from joining the American federal forces and let the rich liberals send their own children off to their foreign wars; stop supporting the government schools which are run by the ministry of propaganda; stop participating in the civic life, absolutely refuse to serve on a jury in the corrupt legal system or try to undermine it; boycott the TV industry and the Entertainment industry which are controlled again by the Ministry of Truth; teach your children the truth about the corrupt amoral culture and government that the modern Americans have inflicted on the world.
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It's a subject for another time and column, but I disagree with the notion of boycotting Hollywood, for reasons I've made amply clear on the "David Kahane" Facebook page. If more conservatives would steer their kids toward the Industry, some much-needed diversity of opinion would start to form.
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I notice that comments I saw just a short while ago have now disappeared. Did Firefox just buy PJM or did GLAD send over a censor?
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There has been a lot of spamming by people inviting the participation in too-good-to-be-true internet cash-making projects (I think the whole gig is just the spamming & nothing else). People click on the "Report Abuse" link & they have been coming in here lately & deleting those. Obviously, they are also deleting any commentary that is posted that someone clicks on the said "Report Abuse" link.
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They own it and this is America where one can do whatever he wants with his own property ... oh, wait.
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"PJ Media reserves the right to delete your comments or revoke your registration for any reason"

So then PJM is much less tolerant than FireFox and even less tolerant than the Gay Gestapo, or at least part of PJM is. Is there a group vote or does any PJM'er have Queen of Hearts authority? I suppose you will now delete this comment and revoke my registration too. Facepalm.
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Please check the PJ comments policy.
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Michael:
Last 2 posts have been perfectly awesome - thanks
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Eliminate God's laws. Declare Him dead. Replace him with god-kings, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hugo Chavez, Barrack Obama. Revel in the 7 deadly sins But most especially in the lusts of this world, sex, drugs, 24/7 video-games, all obsessions. Make killing easy as in abortion so that the mass elimination of the human species to levels your new god-kings say are necessary for Gaia to live won't affect your faith. Be convinced that the world was stolen by those who have from those who have not which justifies your stealing it back by any means necessary. Do all of these things and you have our world today.

We view these people as our bothers, our sisters, our neighbors, and we continue to play by rules of fair play. Unfortunately for us, they are ruthless and absolutely committed to the total destruction of us and all we hold dear. Yes, it's a Civil War but in the end it won't be bloodless.
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