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Roger L. Simon

The First Hippie President

December 2nd, 2013 - 9:46 pm
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Don’t trust anyone over 30.

 

Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president.

Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie.

And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not in the slightest. That was a masquerade — remember Altamont? It was a put-down of “The Man” and violent aggression toward everything that was decent just because it was normal and the status quo. And the methods were — pace Bill Ayers, the Chicago Seven, the Weathermen, et al. — “by any means necessary.” “Burn, baby, burn” whether you were white or black. As Jonah Goldberg eloquently pointed out in his brilliant book, hippie culture was part and parcel of “liberal fascism.”

Which accounts for a lot of where we are today. Trust a hippie to negotiate with the mullahs and trust a hippie, yet more incredibly if reports are true, to negotiate with Hezbollah.

I know. I was one myself. Sort of.

Of course, most of us grew out of it. Obama, however, was late to the party and, like many latecomers, didn’t quite see it for what it was. The hippie period latecomers I have noticed were envious of their forebears and didn’t quite grasp that the whole might have been mere teenage rebellion. Lost in a nostalgia for what they never quite had, they took it all a bit too seriously. (Some of those forebears too, like Tom Hayden, trapped themselves for life in their tired rhetoric. They weren’t able to  grow up and face anything close to reality.)

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Sorry, Roger, but you have painted all hippies with the leftist radical brush, and it just wasn't that way. Most hippies were just naive hedonists - smoking dope and hanging out, not getting up the energy to be activists.
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Obama is not and never was a hippie. He's a member of the professional victim class who has lied and cheated his way through life aided and abetted by the professional ignoramus class that infests the halls of ivy and the fetid alleyways of DC.
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Sunset, Obama was bred by communists, raised by communists, educated at the finest schools with communist money, his political career was launched by communists and his controllers in the White House are communists. Obama is the lynchpin of a multigenerational plan to hand America over to the Russians and to the Chinese communists.

He did not just wake up one day and decide to weaken American defenses and hand over the country to the Russian communists. Obama was groomed for this position for the past several years. He is indeed the right communist, at the right time, whose mission is to bring America the most crippling form of communism the world has ever seen.
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NOT A HIPPIE. JUST A LIAR.
This guy has been lying his whole life -- and has never been called on it. So even now this guy still doesn't understand why telling people what they want to hear -- even though it's a complete lie -- is a bad thing. After all, everyone still applauds his teleprompter performances.
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Well Roger, you couldn't be more mistaken. Music, hair length and drug use may have been similar but you're confusing a small subset of the youth culture with those of us who weren't particularly political but just wanted to get high have some fun. Yeah pretty much everyone of a certain age wanted to stop the war and stuff but the SDS/Black Panther/Weather Underground types were not hippies. They were and are naive fools and tools. As for Altamont? That's what happens when you hire the Hell's Angels to do security. They had long hair but were definitely not hippies either. You might want to read Tom Wolfe's Electric Koolaid Acid Test for perspective. Ken Kesey declared the death of Hippies in 1967. After that there were a mixed bag of charlatans, wannabes and rip off artists trying to cash in. Or do you think Ayers, Dohrn et al and the Manson family were hippies too? Don't let the hair fool you. The Nazis had very short hair. Does everyone with very short hair become a Nazi?
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Well, we're the same age pretty much, when he was touring Pakistan, I was in the Air Force doing my cold war service. So my view of hippies is colored by my past, which was very different, than lil Miss Marxist's was..

When the Uncle I idolized as the family hero was coming home from his second of three Vietnam tours, these hippie "peace" types spit on him.. I have hated them with the passion of the Sun since.. They didn't buy into violence, I could accept that people were pacifists, hippies weren't...

They wanted the other side to win.. convinced Ho Chi Minh was just a kindly grandfather, who just happened to murder entire villages of Southern Vietnam government supporters, because Uncle Sam.. "made" him do it..

some were just in it for the weed and the lazy lifestyle.. but a lot were not, and those.. can slow roast in Hell... Kerry at the top of the list with Hanoi Jane and the rest of the pro-Communist protestors..
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Maybe he should just step away from the crack-pipe:

Your twice-elected commander-in-chief can’t express an opinion until his handlers give it to him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rZXk_AU8Ww

...AND (yet another fine example!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjBLdAyHP0

Njoi!

;-)
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(in that pretentious accent, as if anyone could conceivably know how Genghis really pronounced it)?

You've nailed the 'pretentious'. But there are folks running around Mongolia with that name today, and an unbroken string back to the thirteenth century, who certainly do know how to pronounce it.

Agreed, that John Kerry hadn't a clue in the 1970s, and hasn't learned anything since, of the languages used in Mongolia. Too arcane for his east coast social climbing purposes.
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Hippies were communists in the Archie Bunker sense, they like to live in communes... commune-ists. Beyond the immediate teepee group socialization they were not so high-minded politically as this. Hair and Godspell sums them up better than hard Communism.
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They still worship group-might-made-rights over individual human ones; they are all criminal extortionists aka gangsters, no matter how they dress or act.

;-)
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Stop slandering Hippies by conflating control freak progressives with Freedom loving long hairs. My take on the Hippie ethos...Family, Community, and the least amount of government necessary to ensure Liberty. The Commies that Obama/Ayers love banned Rock. 'nough said. Republicans pushing the Drug War sucks but it's the Progressives that are the true control freaks. Limited government as the Founders envisioned is the True Path. Be brave Comrades!

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Sorry, Roger, but you have painted all hippies with the leftist radical brush, and it just wasn't that way. Most hippies were just naive hedonists - smoking dope and hanging out, not getting up the energy to be activists.
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But they furnished the perfect sea for the well-organized hard leftists to swim in, furnishing Daddy's money and crash pads and enthusiastic nookie for the oh-so-conscientious social justice purveyors.

Yes, many of them got their degrees ten years late, and morphed into the Yuppies of the 80s. And many more of them, in that delayed academic flowering, took such root in the universities that they proved Gramsci's theory, that organized ideologues could indeed stake exclusive claims in institutions, and coldly banish nearly all competitors not members of the club. And a few of them remain dropped out to this day, and for the last three decades have peopled the armies of the homeless - who are led by yet more ideologues, who do well for themselves scoring tax dollars through their community organizing, and more through Democrat maintenance of urban voting blocs.
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I grew up in the 60's and knew several kids who later became hippies. The most common attribute among the Hippies I knew was laziness, and an aversion to hard work.
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Yep, it was "tune in, turn on, drop out"... Disengagement, detachment from "mainstream" culture was their mantra.
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I think characterizing Obama as a hippie is too benign. I think of hippies as laid back dope smokers, easy going nature freaks, peaceniks not wanting to harm anyone. Maybe this is a facade that Obama adopts in the hope of deceiving people. If you examine what Obama has done -- he is far less a laid-back hippie than an outright radical, a tyrannical destroyer (of the Constitution, of the American economy, of American foreign policy). Furthermore, I could never imagine a "hippie" proclaiming that he/she is "really good at killing people." Maybe a SDS member or a Black Panther would have bragged in such a way, but they were not "hippies."
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Exactly. Hippies were never poltical, they were dopers, stoned out of their gourds much of the time.

Bill Ayres may have looked like a hippie — ditto Bernardine — but that functioned as camoflage. Mark Rudd, SDS & gang were/are always hard-edge political.
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Obama is not and never was a hippie. He's a member of the professional victim class who has lied and cheated his way through life aided and abetted by the professional ignoramus class that infests the halls of ivy and the fetid alleyways of DC.
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