I followed the rise of the Woodstock generation. I was never a part of the hippie movement but I was the right age. Defying my parents on what they felt the mores of our culture should be would have lead to an early death; not theirs, mine.
Although the hippie movement arose partially because of opposition to the Vietnam war, with the exception for a few calm war protests, hippies were not involved in politics.
Those who participated in the lifestyle either felt alienated from middle-class society or rejected the mores of materialism and repression. “Free to be who I want to be” became their mantra.
The group dressed in loosely fitting, shabby clothing and sandals with love beads as their only jewelry. Dozens lived under one roof, sharing unprocessed food and practicing holistic medicine.
The most common criticism of the hippie generation was “free love.” The definition of sexual freedom became more than a mistress or a one-night stand. Free love is a social movement that accepts all forms of love and a belief that sexual relations that are freely entered into should not be regulated by law. In other words, it’s no one’s business what you do in your private life.
Flower children used psychedelic drugs because they felt it helped them achieve a higher level of consciousness. All night peyote (a hallucinogenic drug ) ceremonies combined a psychedelic experience with traditional Native American spiritual values.
Hippies were criticized for being lazy and rebellious. There were those of us, however, who admired the courage it took to ban together in peace and love, severing ties to mainstream ideologies. No one feared that a hippie would threaten to gun you down if you opposed their beliefs. More than likely hug you and flash a two-finger “V” peace sign.
The hippie lifestyle oozed peace and love.
This, taken from http://scholar.library.miami.edu/sixties/aquarius.php: "Hippies put their faith in an open set of values that were at the same time naively honest, revolutionary, and kind, but those which, above all, celebrated life. For most celebrants, their revels represented more than appeasing appetites, as the "roaring '20s" parties did; the new generation had a cultic concern for making and living in a better world, and backing away from repressive cold war behavioral codes and the military mentality that characterized American political rhetoric."
When the Hippies disbursed many became Yuppies (young urban professionals) and took their brilliant minds and ideas to create a better world.
In every season, there is a reason is a cliché many believe. For me, there are times I can’t find a reason. And what was yet to come is one of those times.
THE AGE OF MOBOCRACY
What is Mobocracy? Simply put, mobocracy is when a mob becomes a ruling class.
Mobocracy was predicted to happen not by just one but two of the most influential men in history. The first was Alexander Hamilton, one of our Nation’s Founders in l787, and the other was Abraham Lincoln.
Below is a small portion of Abraham Lincoln’s Lyceum speech in 1839 where he addresses the “mobocratic spirit.” ( I’ve added a few definitions for a few of the words President Lincoln used, not so much for you, but me.)
Lincoln explored how vigilantism frayed “the strongest bulwark (any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in a time of need, danger, or doubt) of any Government, and particularly of those constituted like ours … effectually [breaking] down and destroy[ing] … the attachment of the People.” Lincoln warned that trading the rule of law for extralegal ((of an action or situation) beyond the authority of the law ) mob justice would sever mediating institutions from their democratic obligation to order liberty and restrain popular passions.
Mobocracies sustained themselves on an authoritarian rejection of law, reason, and constitutional constraints. A once-free society then mutated into a repressive demagogic regime. (If you say that someone such as a politician is demagogic., you are criticizing them because you think they try to win people's support by appealing to their emotions rather than using reasonable arguments.)
When a political minority unduly obstructed the constitutional process or rejected the outcome of a legitimate election, it courted disunion. “The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism (the exercise of absolute power, especially cruelly and oppressively) in some form is all that is left,” Lincoln explained amid the shadow of Southern states seceding from the Union before his 1861 inauguration.
Have elections been disputed before? Yes, going way back to the Election of 1800 when the first Presidential election went before the House of Representatives for resolution, after Vice President Thomas Jefferson received the same number of electoral votes as his fellow Democratic-Republican Aaron Burr.
Numerous disputes followed through the year 2000 when the race between Texas Governor George W. Bush and then-Vice President Al Gore came down to Florida.
The difference in past elections is that disputes were resolved peacefully. People were angry and spouted threats to do this or that if their candidate wasn't elected but respect for our country was, at that time, a priority and never happened.
In every way, we have witnessed mobocracy. From the Black Lives Matter protests to the siege of the Capitol, angry mobs rejected law enforcement and got away with it.
And, don’t get me started on what I feel happened at the Capitol. Those starting at the top made sure help wouldn't be available, terrorizing security guards and holding elected officials hostage.
This from protestor Jenny Cudd, "We did break down [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi's office door and somebody stole her gavel and took a picture sitting in the chair flipping off the camera."
Two days after Cudd was indicted on five federal counts, including one felony, she was granted permission to go on a weekend retreat with her employees in Riviera Maya, Mexico,
Huh? You’re kidding, right? But this was no joke. Cudd was rewarded for her part in seizing the capitol and terrorizing those inside with a trip to sunny Mexico.
An imperfect storm started by a now past president who was told “no,” and then targeted the rejection toward the innocent committed to keeping our country safe.
Insanity at its worst.
I do not make statements or write about the Republican or Democratic party. Quite frankly, I’m not that politically educated or even smart enough. My believe is that, just like people who take up church pews, not everyone believes every aspect of a political party or share all of the church’s beliefs. If they did no one in the Catholic Church would be on birth control, and anyone who attends Sunday morning services would have never had an extra-marital affair.
I am an observer of people. What they believe in, how they treat others, and how they react under pressure are high on my priority list. I cast my vote for the person I feel has outstanding character, ethics, and leadership skills; someone my children and their children would not only look up to but strive to pattern their lives after.
If given the choice which of the pictures above would you be prouder to be captured in?
You know my choice.