And the fruit did not fall far from the tree. Hearing that Arlo Guthrie turned out to support the communist occupation of Zucotti Park was no surprise. Where else would one expect a 1960’s hippie anti war communist to be, besides Alice’s Restaurant? Like daddy’s song said, this land is your land. Private property? Who needs it? This land was made for you and me.
As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me! – Woody Guthrie
It only surprises me that Hanoi Jane Fonda and Genghis John Kerry have not linked arms and strolled through Zucotti Park proudly displaying their communist North Vietnam flags. Their glory days revisited. Come on Johnny, you can throw someone else’s medals at the Wall Street bankers.
“I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists.” – Hanoi Jane Fonda
I always wanted ask Jane to whom does a communist pray? Shallow rich liberal. She would blend in well at Zucotti Park. Maybe the occupiers would pray to her then return to raze Zucotti Park in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.
I suspect that if your mother was a communist, if your father was a communist, if the grandparents who raised you were communists, if your adolescent mentor was a communist, chances are you did not fall far from the tree either.
History has not broken through to the liberal mind otherwise they would know how communism turns out for “the people.” Typically it ends with mass murder of millions in a fashion reminiscent of Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Pol Pot, the North Korean Kim Clan, and Ho Chi Min. Not to steal any thoughts from Dick Durbin. We know how communism turns out and it never turns out well, yet we still cheer for it. Be careful for what you pray Jane.
Some old sage once said that if you live long enough you will see things twice.
In 1979, “we” were thrilled that we helped depose the Shah of Iran so that he could be replaced by a moderate religious man. I still recall hearing the breathless, excited reporting of ABCs Peter Jennings as Khomeini entered Tehran while the masses cheered the end of what little freedom they did have. I suppose that was the Persian spring or maybe the Islamic spring. Whatever you call it, we encouraged it and we also know how that turned out.
Clearly we learned nothing. We cheered the Arab Spring. Meanwhile the Egyptian Army busies itself cleaning the remains of Coptic Christians from the wheel wells of their armored vehicles. In Libya, we assisted, then watched while a country’s leader no matter that he was a vile human, was captured alive and then summarily executed. Not much outrage there because we are seeing freedom spread by the Arab Spring while Libya’s interim leader assures us that in Libya, Sharia will be the basic source of all law. He is the interim leader because the caliphate has not decided which Ayatollah will take charge. We are cheerleading for the same outcome in Syria. Is it not interesting to you that we support deposing oppressive yet secular Arab leaders, but when the people of Iran wanted to throw off their oppressive Islamic Thugocracy our stated national position was that we should not meddle. It is a head scratcher. Not to worry though. We know how these things turn out.
Bugging out. Yes, I do believe we have been too long in Iraq. We were too long in Vietnam too. Both thanks to politicians. I have resisted drawing any parallels between Vietnam and Iraq. But, now I am forced to do it. Forgive me, my brothers in arms, but once again Washington’s politicians have turned your military victory into a political defeat. Not to worry, they will again not take responsibility for the generation of young men and women mentally and physically scarred by their wars and political fiasco. The defeat is yours. There will be no welcome home celebrations for you other than those provided by your grateful families. Sadly, we know how this turns out for “the people” in Iraq. Much the same way it turned out for the Vietnamese who were murdered outright for supporting US Forces or forced into communist reeducation camps, or like the Cambodians whose lives ended in Pol Pots killing fields. But, politicians were not responsible for any of that, it was just a product of misguided military adventurism.
Freedom loving people of Iraq, do not concern yourselves. We know how this will turn out. We left Soldiers in Germany and since there has been peace in Central Europe. We left Soldiers in South Korea and there has been peace and much prosperity. We left Soldiers in Japan and there has been peace and prosperity. Your peace and prosperity is in the hands of the Persians and their allies in Washington and inside of Iraq. Do not worry peace and prosperity is near.
When you know how things turn out, it is probably a good idea to reinforce and stock the personal bunker.