was telling me about the newsweek article that put forth the idea that the 2008 election is the 1980 election for conservatives. Trying to make a map and argument that the liberals had just run out of ideas, so of course it was time for a change.
What if the fine folks in the Main Stream Media are wrong. What if this is not about how the conservatives have arrived at their 1980 Moment.
What if the real question here is 1960,
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
[ cf John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address ]
I mean... We're sitting here on the group W bench....
But what if that is the core of the crisis that has made the PsuedoCons so emotionally irrational about their sets of issues.
How many of them have not been able to come to peace with where they really stand on both what was really the fifties - Brown v. Board of education, and Presidente Ike sending in the troops to little rock Ark. - and, well, those parts of the sixties where so many americans have remain fitful and uncertain of their moral superiority - such as the 1968 Police Riot in Chicago, where one group of draft dodgers spazed out about supporting the President to support the Troops, and the Other Group got to feel the batons of the police gone CRAZY!!!
And of course the comedy of draft dodging national guardsmen shooting down ROTC students at Kent State, as a part of their failure to cope with hiding out CONUS, rather than hiding out in the weeds in south east asia, or any of the other border wars of freedom...
I put it that way, since how many of the last few elections, presidential and congressional, have been pimping the whole @WAR
gambit as the excuse du jure for why folks should stop reasoning, detach from the flow of history and just say, "what great leader says is good enough for me."
Clearly the IRONY remains that none of the proWarTypes were willing to back President Clinton, when the evil liberal media, and the red hollywood elitists were whining about "Wag The Dog", nor were they willing to support the CIC, when the whiners in congress forgot the central maxim:
If the President does it,
It can Not be wrong.
- Richard M. Nixon
What if the fuggly that we can hope has TRULY CLOSED, is this mythological crisis of faith amongst the draft dodgers like Tom "No Retreat, No Surrender" DeLay, and his whole "the most important thing in time of war is tax cuts". Dudes, we have been seeking spare bodies for Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and where ever else we want to install torture chambers and economic chaos. So please. There was a Republican President, and a Republican Congress, so if you didn't get a chance to be the great war hero you felt that you should have always been, but those evil liberals got in your WAY.
GET OVER IT!!!
Some of us had the optomism when Bush's Smear of McCain back in 2000 nailed the coffin of any form of moral integrity in the draft dodger culture, and their myths about respecting veterans, and the whole dark ages when the evil liberals were spitting on vets; that at long last the SIXTIES ARE SO OVER!!! That the whole vietnam thing is so last century....
But that didn't happen.
So here we go for the fin du cycle - where we finally get to deal with the fact that we had Ronald "ZAP" RayGun running the Democrats for Nixon - and even with the backing of Red Hollywood, that was not enough to get nixon in office - and we got stuck with LBJ's Friend - JFK. But we would also get the chance to wonder what it means for the torch to be past from one generation....
Who knows, maybe this time around we can really learn that lesson.
Maybe now is a good time for us to start working on what will it take to get america out of NixonLand
and back into the USofA. Maybe now we can start over with working out what it is we REALLY want in this republic of ours....
OR do we really want to return to the 'new day in america' motif of trusting Great Father, and the various mythos about how authoritarianism IS the solution.
Ah yes, we can only hope....
What if we, as a nation, were able to step away from the Guilt and Angst about what folks should have done back in the sixties. What if we could step away from the myths about "the greatest generation EVER", and seek to deal honestly and openly with whom americans are, where they are now, and more importantly, where they want to be tomorrow.
It just might be worth the ride.