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And Speaking of the Cold Civil War…

April 6th, 2014 - 11:48 am

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Well, you know what happened next. Faced with insults like that, the students upped the ante; to which the Guard responded with tear gas. (As Che tells it, you were nobody back then until you’d been tear-gassed, and then you could get laid anywhere, at any time. Never been tear-gassed myself.) Finally on Monday, May 4, a mass rally was held, the administration tried to cancel it, to no avail. The Guard tried to break it up. They fired tear gas, but the wind blew it away. The cry went up: “Pigs off campus!” The kids threw rocks and empty tear-gas canisters. And then the Guard fired back – not with rocks but with real, live bullets. In thirteen seconds, 67 rounds were fired and when the shooting stopped, four kids lay dead.

And that, my friends, was the end of the student protest movement.

Sure, some of the alter cockers on our side will tell you that’s not how it was, that the movement continued, that the fight went on and the dream never died. But that’s a lot of hooey. The minute those young Guardsmen turned their M1s on the crowd, and the student protestors got an ugly lesson in the first rule of protest – never throw rocks at guys with guns – that was pretty much the end of the violent prelude to our current conflict. (Luckily for us, no one cares about newly declassified FBI files relating conversations among agitators planning to torch businesses and the campus ROTC headquarters and foment a riot, and credible reports of shots fired first at the Guards.)

But after Kent State, the movement went both underground, with the heroic Weathermen bombers (shame about that townhouse in Greenwich Village) and, much more effectively, above ground: into the schools, the law firms, the journalism programs, the civil-rights movement, the environmentalist movement (which, believe it or not, actually started in the seventies, with the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 – inspired by a call from a Democrat senator and activist named Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin) where, like the syphilis virus, it went dormant for decades until it finally burst forth, with what happy results we now enjoy. We are nothing if not incubators.

Now, just between us, I have no more intention of giving up my Escalade than I do of jumping off a bridge: hardship and penury are for the little guy, not big-time screenwriters like me. But if you think back over the events of the past several decades or so, you will see how even the craziest notions that we introduce gradually get accepted, mostly by sheer dint of our repetition. So that what started as a “clean up the garbage day” back in 1970 has gloriously turned into the “carbon dioxide is a pollutant” transparent but potent nonsense of our own time. Really, you have to give us some credit: what other movement could convince you that the very air you exhale is dangerous to the planet, and will eventually charge you a tax for the privilege of not having to hold your breath until you turn blue and die?

There, I said it: die! The purpose of war is to kill your enemy, but after Kent State – when it was we who were getting killed – we had to stop fighting up front and out in the open, and instead begin a gradual process of getting you to kill yourselves. Now, that’s what I call a Cold War! Probably for the first time in history, one side pins its hopes of winning on the other’s gullibility and willingness to believe even the most patently impossible things: Polar bears who can’t swim! Melting ice caps! Seas rising! And that’s simply “global warming,” the magnificent hoax with which we succeeded “global cooling” when that one didn’t work out thirty years ago.

But there’s oh-so-much more:

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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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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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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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"..... 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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They own it and this is America where one can do whatever he wants with his own property ... oh, wait.
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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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According to my husband who was an OSU senior, Ohio State closed down the Columbus campus in anticipation of out-of-state agitators. Unfortunately Kent State didn't get the memo. The anarchists by-passed Columbus and headed to Athens.

According to my brother-in-law who was at Kent State, the agitators weren't there to protest the war, they were there to cause anarchy on campus, provoke, harrass the authorities, incite the resident Ohio students, plus provoke the national Guard. By the bye, most of the national guard were very young Ohio men doing their service.
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Here is something for you. When I was in the service G-d's humor put two guys from each side in my unit. One was National Guard. One was a protester.

FS was the boy friend of one of the girls shot dead. The Guard Guy told this story. He was at the end of the Guard's skirmish line. A FBI agent in a suit fired at the students to start the festivities. The rest is dark history. There was not enmity between those two, they knew their roles. Hows that for incite?

Here is what I will say to Kahane. Even if you come for my guns I still get a vote.
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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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Pushback? I have been hearing that since the 70s and it hasn't come yet. Maybe it will come. Maybe it takes a lot longer than any of us ever thought. But I've grown old hearing about "pushback" and I would like to live long enough to at least witness it's beginnings.
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Waiting to 'witness' brings about nothing.
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Speaking at length about the weaknesses of human nature in the face
of prolonged, unearned, unbelievable prosperity which would have
corrupted and corroded the soul of angels, and for which we will
all pay dearly in the near future; This is not news.
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Exactly. Anyone who thinks civilization as we know it today is going to last forever is deluded; there will be that inevitable apocalypse, whether man made or natural, which will wipe out all but just a few, knocking them back to square one, where they get another stab at it.
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