Do you remember the Neil Young song “Ohio“? It was performed by Crosby, Stills Nash and Young and recorded after the National Guard shot four students dead during a protest at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970. While viewpoints regarding the matter varied widely at the time, it was an eye opening event.
I have often said that what is beating in the hearts of TEA party folks today is the same yearning for freedom from government intrusion which burst forth in the late 60’s and early 70’s among what was then America’s youth. Those youth are today’s adults and senior citizens.
Like the freedom movements we are witnessing in the Middle East today, the freedom movement in the United States 40 years was usurped by socialists as a vehicle by which to advance their own agenda. They piggy backed upon a very healthy and patriotic call by thousands of young people, the children of WWII heroes, for more liberty, more freedom and less government intrusion. Of course the socialists, like the Chicago Seven, The Weather Underground, The Black Panthers and the SDS, saw the energy and crafted a way to re-direct it, not only to sway the minds of impressionable youth, but to force subtle changes which would pave the way for them to advance their insidious agenda on the backs of unsuspecting, good kids.
The Neil Young song captured the horror of what happens when an armed military opens fire on unarmed citizens. We are outraged today when this happens in Syria. We send money and troops to help kill the leader of Libya upon reports of the same thing. And we rightly objected when students were shot dead in Ohio by the National Guard.
Today, in the United States, more mature Americans have be aroused from a 40 year slumber to the encroachment of government intrusion. The TEA party movement is in one sense a manifestation of this heightened passion for liberty.
No one has fired a shot at unarmed citizens, yet. But uniformed agents of the government are pushing the envelope every single day, and here is but the latest example:
A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.
Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.
Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.” [News Herald]
Where are the protest songs today? Have we become so afraid of our government that we dare not speak out? Are the youth of the 70’s now too old or too tired to take a stand?
As time goes by we can see more clearly how our youthful exuberance left America exposed to the wrong influences in politics and culture; that is an advantage of perspective and maturity. But that shouldn’t mean that we give up our passion for smaller government, lower taxes, open markets and more liberty. We still just want to be left alone to pursue happiness in our own uniquely personal ways.
The TSA is not about airline safety. Their own survey shows that they miss hidden weapons and other contraband 60-90% of the time. No, the TSA is kindergarten for sheeple. It is part of the re-training of the American public. It is the civilian security force that Obama said he wanted.
Kindergarten didn’t teach you math, how to read or anything else of substance. Kindergarten taught you to sit down when told, to stand up when told, to be quiet, to submit to authority or, in other words, how to be obedient.
It won’t be long until the last of we, the children of WWII heroes, has passed away. The world we leave behind will not know the experiences we had, the lessons we learned or carry into their future our sense of freedom and liberty unless we take a stand today.
You might ask, “why”? In return I’d ask, if not us, who? If not now, when?
This summer I hear the drumming.
(cross posted from BluegrassBulletin.com)