What They Don’t Tell You

It’s getting to the point where I can’t take it. I shut off the TV, close the windows and scream. It bothers me that much listening to optimistic Republican talking heads confidently predicting a comeback like the one following Goldwater’s landslide defeat of 1964.

After that election, the likes of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan appeared finished, dead and buried, the country headed in a new direction, similar to today. But Nixon and Reagan and the Bushes didn’t lie dormant long. No, they came back with a vengence by reframing the Grand Old Party with Southern-racist, Christian-conservative “Dixiecrats” and anti-abortion Catholics who switched parties and swung elections for more than a generation. Those people went to the polls in droves for guns and God while the Flower people withdrew, alienated and disillusioned, their leaders dead or jailed.

Finally, the wheels came flying off the wagon, compliments of incompetent puppet George W. Bush, a.k.a Bush Light, probably our worst, least-qualified president ever. The dreadful, corrupt Bush years energized a youth movement the likes of which had not been experienced since the Sixties, and out of it came Obama.

Today’s revisionist talking heads would have you believe that people came to their senses after the turbulent Sixties, saw the light, so to speak, and figured it all out in the Seventies. We were headed in the wrong direction and they made a much-needed correction, changed course. At least that’s what they’d have you believe; and those who weren’t around for the Sixties take it hook, line and sinker, victims of boob-tube manipulation. But what these talking heads craftily neglect to mention are the two Kennedy assassinations in the span of five years, not to mention Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and others who were silenced. Those murders and nothing else is what brought Republicans back into power. Even with JFK gone after 1963, had Bobby survived to win the 1968 election, we would have never seen Nixon or Reagan in the White House. Few would disagree.

Were those assassinations pure coincidence? Fate?

Yeah, right! Very difficult to accept for anyone who reads and reasons.

Count me among them.

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5 Responses to What They Don’t Tell You

  1. Millerbrown

    I’ll talk anytime. Just throw out a topic – salmon restoration, the Millers River, reactionary environmentalists. Your move!


  2. I knew Marilyn was going to enter this conversation. I too was there in the 60s-early 70s but was sympathetic to cause and loved the music. A real game-changer for me was Woodstock. Just turned 16 and wandering aimlessly. A life-altering experience; political awakening. It could not happen today without violence. Did then, though, and I was there to experience it. Saw one person I recognized: Robert Ferriter from Conway, early on. After that, on my own. Messy but fun, what I can remember of it. … It’s funny … didn’t connect you to Miller Brown until morning after your first post. Then had it pinned down. Maybe we should just talk about stuff other than politics, huh?

  3. Millerbrown

    Some say Marilyn Monroe’s death was because of her ties to the Kennedy brothers. Lennon was harassed by the US government because of songs and interviews. Lennon, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison were part of the “cultural left” that was hated by the conservative right. Were their deaths plotted? No! I mentioned that to point the flaws in your agruement. JFK, RFK, and MLK were killed without a plot behind it. Their deaths were not political but caused by pure individual hate. Wasn’t George Wallace a conservative??

  4. Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison were entertainers, not political figures.
    They died of self-induced overdoses. The Kennedy’s and King and Malcolm X were political hits, and so were many other “subversives,” mostly black,
    gunned down by city police or jailed. I would agree it was not a “conservative plot” that took the Kennedy’s and King out; much deeper than that. But you cannot deny that the assassinations changed the political landscape by removing dynamic liberal leaders, and that conservatives were the beneficiaries.

  5. Millerbrown

    Hmm…let’s throw in Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison as victims of an early neocon death squad action to blunt the youth revolution!!! How far do you want to take this?? JFK won by a whisker over Nixon, Nixon won by a whisker over Humphrey and that left plenty of time for Reagan to win in 1980. Outside of the “Valley” things can get pretty conservative!! We DID land on the moon, Obama IS an American citizen and those awful killings of the ’60’s were not a a conservative plot!!

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