My goodness, people, if you are into drama that makes the TV drama “Game of Thrones” seem pedestrian by comparison, and hey, let us face, people, we’re all adults, afterall, we all are, what a time it is to be alive!
These times we are in right now, with earth-shaking events occurring pretty much 24/7 now with the cable news cycle, make the 60s look positively dull and boring by comparison, and so they should when you think about it, since that was in a whole different century, before RAP and HIP-HOP, when all there was, was the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean and Linda Ronstadt and surf’s up and the little old ladies of Pasadena ripping around all over town in Dodge Hemi-Chargers and all that kind of stuff that was popular back then, because, let’s face it again, people just did not know any better.
It took Duane Eddy and his rocking guitar to break us out of our funk back then and now, wow, the future is here, and what never-ending drama it has brought us.
People out in what used to be sunny California are getting drenched with sewage-laden floodwaters, which is pretty icky, when you think about it.
Texas, meanwhile, is getting overrun with feral hogs according to the CBS NEWS article “Fearing “feral hog apocalypse,” Texas approves drastic measures” on 22 February 2017 where Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the “feral hog apocalypse” in Texas where an estimated 2.5 million feral hogs in Texas are doing untold damage to suburban yards, God forbid with the cost of good landscaping and lawn maintenance services in America today.
Meanwhile, Chicago is plagued by some kind of bugs in their subway system, and hang on to your hats, folks, for “Flip or Flop” reality TV star Christina El Moussa is back on the market, having split with contractor Gary Anderson, her boyfriend of several months.
And then reappearing after a long absence, Lindsey Lohan has found religion and as a consequence was mistaken in an English airport for a Muslim terrorist because she was wearing a headscarf and had just been in Turkey where she just had had an audience with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
And SNOOKY of “Jersey Shore” fame has gone completely off the radar and seems to be nowhere to be found.
And how about that Mariah Carey, people!
If you can believe it, she is still bitter about the way her 2017 kicked off with that disastrous New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square and as a result, according to cable news, she’s already parted ways with her longtime creative director, dancer and tour choreographer Anthony Burrell over the live disaster, and now the diva is blaming “everybody” from the production crew to the backup dancers in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
“It’s just something where if I can’t explain it to the entire world, then they’re not going to understand it, because it’s not what they do,” Carey said, “Just like I wouldn’t understand somebody who had a desk job and how to do that.”
“I literally am incapable of being in the real world and surviving.”
And if that is not enough drama for you, people, we have America’s most favorite politician Hillary Rodham Clinton ✔ @HillaryClinton, TWEETING her little heart out, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the…Congress,” at 3:54 PM on 22 Feb. 2017 while taunting Republicans on Twitter Wednesday for dodging town hall events amid the growing protests from liberal activists infuriated by President Trump’s agenda, according to an article in THE HILL entitled “Clinton taunts GOP lawmakers for dodging town halls” by Jonathan Easley on 22 February 2017 where we were informed as follows:
The former Democratic presidential nominee, who has kept a low profile since losing to Trump in the November election, linked to an editorial in the Kansas City Star called, “Cowardly members of Congress should show up and face the public at town hall meetings.”
WAHOO, people, talk about tough talk, alright, that is showing them Republicans something, alright!
And that is after being quoted in an earlier article in THE HILL entitled “Clinton: ‘This is not who we are’” by Brooke Seipel on 29 January 2017, where we were told as follows:
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Saturday tweeted in support of numerous protests that sprang up Saturday over President Trump’s executive order banning many refugees and others from predominantly Muslim nations.
“I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution.”
“This is not who we are,” Clinton tweeted.
And that brings us to the title of this thread above – if that is not who we are, and I am not even sure at this point as to exactly which “that” we are even talking about, then who are we instead?
Since it was such an important American political icon as Hillary Clinton who has posed that question to us, I think it is incumbent upon all of us here in the United States of America who take our citizenship responsibilities seriously to pause and reflect on that question for the moment, and since it was Hillary who brought that question up for us to have to ponder today, I thought it would be informative to go back to the 1960s, specifically, 1969, when I was off in VEET NAM fighting GLOBAL COMMIE-NISM to keep it from spreading over to here, and at the same time, Hillary Clinton was at Wellseley College giving a commencement address that went a long way towards defining who Hillary thought we were then, anyway, on the theory that if you don’t know where you started, any direction is as good as any other, since if you don’t know where you started, you don’t then know where you are, which seems to describe us in this country today.
As to that address, we were informed in the April 13, 2015 Counterpunch article “From Nixon Girl to Watergate – The Making of Hillary Clinton” by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair as follows:
What first set Hillary in the national spotlight was her commencement address at Wellesley, the first time any student had been given this opportunity.
Dean Acheson’s granddaughter insisted to the president of Wellesley that youth be given its say, and the president picked Hillary as youth’s tribune.
Her somewhat incoherent speech included some flicks at the official commencement speaker, Senator Edward Brooke, the black Massachusetts senator, for failing to mention the Civil Rights movement or the war.
Wellesley’s president, still fuming at this discourtesy, saw Hillary skinny-dipping in Lake Waban that evening and told a security guard to steal her clothes.
Now, that is real drama, people!
As to Hillary’s political views back then, according to the Counterpunch article, while I was out near the Cambodian border in VEET NAM fighting off the Commie hoardes, the militant summer of 1969 saw Hillary cleaning fish in Valdez, Alaska, and in the fall she was at Yale being stalked by Bill Clinton in the library.
For Hillary, and this is back then, of course, when many of us still had an idea of who we were, especially those of us fighting off the Commies in VEET NAM to keep Hillary safe back here, the first real anti-war protests for Hillary at Yale came with the shooting of the students at Kent State, and this is of interest to us today, as we watch all these riots and demonstrations and mass shouting matches and group chanting that Hillary seems very much to be encouraging, back then Hillary saw the ensuing national student upheaval as a culpable failure to work within the system.
Culpable failure to work within the system, people!
Said Hillary back then: “I advocated engagement, not disruption.”
But, of course, that was back then when we still knew who we were.
So really, people, who are we then today?
And more importantly, will Hillary ever deign to tell us?
Or will she leave us on our own to have to figure it out for ourselves?