Saturday, September 17, 2005

The 60's , where did you go..........

as i sit and listen to bob dylan sing the times they are a changin i wonder what that time must have been like to grow up in. i also wonder where those people are today. that mind set could be used right now. that generation was actually able to make things happen. they got together and took a stand that people today arent willing to take...and i wonder why. i was very young in the late sixties and remember so little now but from all that i can gleen from things well, people hadnt given up hope. was government so different then? people were willing to take a stand against things that were wrong. against there parents in most cases. why wouldnt someone young do that today. it seemed that generation didnt care if mom and dad threw them out because they could go it on their own. now it seems like the mindset is "what if mom and dad cut off the money train". that generation had hopes that jobs would be there and they would survive but i dont see that in most people today.this was a comment that was left on the blog monday.....
AllyCat said...
I don't understand why you just can't relax and realize that what ever is going on is out of your hands and you can't do anything about it but worry. So why don't you save your self some energy and time, and ulcers and just leave it to those responsible and in charge, no matter how they decide to handle things. You can, however, ever have your own opinion, but just chill out dude.

i guess i just cant understand this reasoning. things shouldnt be out of our hands. we are the voters. the country belongs to us. not the republicans and not the democrats. they work for us folks but lately we are working for them. its all backwards. leave it those responsible and in charge? no matter how they decide to handle things? those people arent very responsible. eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. no matter how they decide to handle things....what if they decide something you like is wrong. what if they decide that dancing or music or alcohol or dark skin people are wrong? just relax? i cant. i cant bury my head in the sand while this country seperates into the haves and the have nots. when people who played the stocks got rich while hard working people from a factory town cant make ends meet. when rick santorum calls for mothers to quit working and stay home and then votes to cut the minimum wage. and i dont think you should either. i think republicans and democrats need to get together and vote in good people. politcian shouldnt be a career. its something you do to serve your country and then get on with your lifes work. no one should come out of office wealthy......and they all do, with pensions that pay them in full for the rest of their lives and paid benefits. trust me YOU cant find a job like that now no matter what. we are allowing our rights to be taken from us. the patriot act is against everything the constitution stands for. they can throw a person in jail indefintely, without a lawyer or contact to the outside just by going before a judge and saying hes a terrorist......without proof i might add, and its going on right now. and dont give me that shit about us being at war. our constitution was made while war loomed for this country. most of those men who signed the constitution were hunted down for that. what if they decide my blog is wrong and i should be jailed....what if they decide that about yours?


well these are just some thoughts that have been running through my head lately. i hope that someone might think about what i wrote and do something.

4 comments:

Abraham said...

I think I can answer that question for you. For those of us on the left it was a wonderful time. The iron fist of convention was being loosened. Blacks and women were beginning to speak up, demanding rights. There was an energy in the air, a sense that the people had real power and that they could make a difference. You had an increasingly unpopular war, traditions were being questioned at eery turn. For those who had the most power to loose it was a frightening time. But it was necessary. The country had not dealt with race relations. The south had slid back into virtual slavery. Women were just a tad more than second class citizens. I guess the only way to describe it is like this: EVERYTHING BEGAN TO CHANGE. Clothing, music, art, culture in general. For better or worse it was a time of tremendous energy, vibrance, and restlessness.

Now the good or bad news--depending on your position--I think we're in for a 60s type revival in the next few years. It may have started already, thanks to W. Shortly after Bush was re-elected in 2004 I thought, "my liberal friends do not know it but this is the best thing that could have happened to the left." Bush has performed so badly and so dishonorably, that he has actually begun to alienate the independent swing voters. The pendulum is beginning to swing. As a result of Katrina and the physical/economic/spiritual damage that has been done, the phony moral issues are now on hold. We're going to look at real issues now. Bread and butter, rights, equality, federalism and states rights. The current brand of conservatism being so thoroughly discredited on an almost daily basis, we may see a decrease in the growing number of conservatives, evangelicals, and fundamentalists (i.e. the Republican core). At the same time we may see a gradual swing towards something a little more progressive. Maybe not to the extent that we saw in the 60s, put perhaps something a little more pragmatic.

One more thing,Mister Pissed. This might be a nice time to drag out those old Beatles recordings. I would suggest a lovely little tune on THE WHITE ALBUM (THE BEATLES) called "Revoluution" to go hand in hand with Times Are A Changin'." My oldest nephew played that album incessantly while he lived with us a few summers in the late 60s and early 70s. In fact, if you want to get a good idea as to how the 60s evolved and changed listen to Beatles albums in the order they were released. The evolution from the more restrained 1950s rock and roll into something all at once heavier, lighter, and decidedly more personal and political should give you an audio idea as to what was going on--anr, perhaps more importantly, how it felt.

Mike said...

I miss taking ACID!

Grampapinhead said...

Actually what you call 'growing up in the 60's', was 'coming of age in the 60's. See, they all grew up in the 50's, and were coming of age in the 60's. We rebelled against a rapidly changing world that we could not understand, because we were raised in the 50's. The 60's were pretty scary to us. Everything we were taught in the 50's was falling apart. It wqsn't great at all. It was like 'where the hell is 'Bill Haley and the comets', what planet is Herb Alpert really from, and why is Elvis making movies only for the people in Hawaii. There was an awful lot of forgettable crap going on in the
60's. Just sit back and listen to your 8 track player and think about it.

shoes said...

see grampa, thats where you and i disagree. i think the young people in the sixties heard the beatles and wondered why they ever listened to bill haley. they smoked a joint and thought of new ideas (so of which were bad but al least they were new). i dont think they were scared of the sixties i think the people stuck in the fifties were scared of the sixties. in the words of abe simpson "i used to be with IT but then they changed what IT was. now what i'm with isnt IT, and whats IT seems scary and weird". thats how you are sounding grampa