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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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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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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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