The More Times Change

Many of us have spent much time documenting the “great divide” that exists in America today.  A country divided that seems to thrive on hate.  Even if those that we hate, are actually our friends and relatives. I have written much on that subject but sometimes I think it pays to remember that we have traveled this road before.  We traveled it and survived.

Despite being fairly young during some of these events I was very political and had a “large” social conscience.  I remember these and dozens of other occurrences like they were yesterday.  They take place in the short time frame of the mid 1960s to the early 1970s.

The Civil Rights Freedom Riders bus ride through the south

The Students For a Democratic Society

Riots in almost every major American city.

The Yippies

Assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy

The 1968 Tet Offensive, Viet Nam

1968 Democrat Convention riots

The Black Panthers

The Manson Family Murders

The Altamont Speedway Rolling Stones 1969 Free Concert

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, censorship controversy

The 1970 Kent State (university) Massacre

Those of you who are too young to remember any of these events, I would suggest that you read about them.  You will be shocked at just how divided we were along age, racial, gender, political and social lines. The teaching of American history has become so bastardized that I don’t know if you can find out the truth, but is worth a serious attempt.

Of course round about the mid (1861-1865) 19th century, America had its biggest divide.  Hatred, financial ruin and over 600,000 dead.  Maybe we don’t have it “quite” as bad today as we think.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. John Adams

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington

May God Bless

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2 Responses to The More Times Change

  1. ron says:

    What about Woodstock, and the many other “peace” protest.

  2. I thought about Woodstock, but most people today think of it as a crazy but good thing. Of course back in the day it was definately a divide among the ages. I couldn’t think of one specific peace protest to single out.

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