You don’t need a Weatherman, etc.

From the cover of “Weatherman,” edited by Howard Jacobs.
© 1970 Ramparts Press.

What do you think would have happened 50 years ago if prominent members of the Democratic Party, business leaders, clergy, and elements of the mainstream media had supported the Weather Underground’s bombing of the U.S. Capitol?

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15 Responses to “You don’t need a Weatherman, etc.”

  1. Si Little Says:

    Or the Wildlife refuge in Oregon? I despair. BTW, thank you for the humor these many years!

  2. khal spencer Says:

    For that matter, what if Presidents Eisenhower or Clinton had called out the military to stay in power when the Kennedy-Nixon race was practically a dead heat and Bush-Gore was hanging by a fluttering chad.

    What I have seen through my 68 years is more polarization, less trust, and more hate and anger. It was one thing to suck it up after 1960 or 2000. Heck, even Gil Scott-Heron’s critiques or Reagan were draped in poetry rather than violence.

    I think our friggin’ Republic is handing by a chad.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    What would have happened to Jacob the stupid if he would have defied and then approached, while armed with a spear with a flag zip tied to it, a city cop in Chicago, Minneapolis, or Detroit?

    By the way, I think Joe nailed it in his speech this morning. And, while he never spoke the asshole’s name, there was no doubt it was the dumpster. You know, a large and ugly thing filled with garbage.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I can’t think of a term vile enough for that orange trouser stain or the fart-sniffing GOP “leaders” who yap on his behalf like purse dogs. And I know a lot of bad words.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        I resist saying this, because it diminishes two of my treasures, but if I woke up tomorrow and and the news said the former president died overnight of natural causes, I would say oh well, nothing to see here, move along. Love was not in that little man.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I am a very poor Zen Buddhist, because I would’nae piss down his throat if his black, flabby heart were afire.

        • khal spencer Says:

          What heart? There were too many similarities between the Trump Administration and The Wizard of Oz, to wit, they were looking for a heart, a brain, and some courage.

  4. Dale Says:

    Please don’t forget General Smedley Butler. He was recruited to lead a coup attempt in 1934. The usual suspects were behind it all.

  5. Opus the Poet Says:

    Just came here to comment that Dems of that era were not anywhere near the crazy demonstrated by the current GQP.

    • khal spencer Says:

      I don’t recall either party being that nutty in my youth. Then again, we had a much more centered nation. Real union jobs, few megabillionaires, both parties supported public education, etc. Shit, it was Nelson Rockefeller who built SUNY into a powerhouse (full disclosure, I got my graduate degrees from SUNY so am somewhat partisan). Of course we had more institutional racism, gays and lesbians were deeply closeted, and we were barely removed from stuff like the Edmund Pettus Bridge violence.

      I think the economic changes of the past half century have driven a lot of the other shit into the center of politics and encouraged people to treat the nation as a zero sum game: anything you win, I musta lost. So finding a way to justify being angry helps. To a large degree, I put that blame-mongering on the Reagan and Clinton years and lovely people like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh.

      • SAO' Says:

        // Shit, it was Nelson Rockefeller who built SUNY into a powerhouse //

        And Ike built our highway system, and Nixon, the EPA. Building stuff used to be okay with that party.

        Wanna know how stupid I am? I no-shit thought, for at least a dozen years, that Limbaugh was an Andy Kaufman-style performance artist, who would eventually reveal that it was a gag. Dude called himself a champion of conservatism, but never once put forth a conservative solution to anything. No way folks will give him 2 minutes.

  6. Shawn Says:

    I think what helps to divide us the most in current times, is our means of communication and receiving information. People are now able to coalesce with others that more likely think like they do, and that gives them the confidence to be more vocal. In the past we got our information from fewer (and perhaps arguably by others) more dedicated sources. Back then, many people were closet crazies, but they weren’t able to meet up or interact like we can now.

    Oh! Was that a Freudian slip? “closet crazies” and “like we can now”.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Word. Cable news and social media echo chambers are very efficient bullshit magnifiers. The are engineered to be that way to make money. If you really want to get pissed and rub your head in disbelief, Sydney Powell got $18M in small donor contributions in the last year. The dumpster hauled in $200M on his save america bullshit site in the same period. You think they’re going to stop lying? Not likely.

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