November 28, 2014

Mine Enemy Grows Older

A few days ago a chance remark to an elderly woman in Chico that incorporated the name "Richard Nixon" elicited a response from here along the lines of "He was the first of a long line of evil presidents such as Bush One and Bush Two."

I replied that you could not overlook the really demented daily evil of Obama.

She responded, "Oh, you people only hate him because he's black."

I said, "Actually we despise him in spite of him being black and the fact that he can't play the blues."

She started to blink rapidly and small white flecks of spittle began to form in the corners of her lips. I put the car in gear and drove away confident that my work with her was done for the day, but noting her address so that I could reserve her a seat in the tumbrils.

All of which put me in mind of this item from 2011 concerning the roach motel of the progressive mindset where the evil checks in but it doesn't check out.

Gary Laison, his wife Diane Laison and Joan Kosloff, all of Philadelphia, take part in the Occupy Philadelphia protest outside of City Hall in Philadelphia. Gary Laison, 75, said: "I think the kids like seeing older people there. I think the sense (that) they are not alone, that they are a part of this span of generations is important to them."

They that beg us barter—wait his yielding mood—
Pledge the years we hold in trust—pawn our brother's blood—
Howso' great their clamour, whatsoe'er their claim,

"Suffer not the old King under any name!"

Their infernal machine lops and trims the green upstarts, the single emerald sprouts, the high stalk topped with the blue cornflower down to the level of their dull brown mass. Down there in the dull damp, down among the dead men, the mass molders and they love to inhale the musk of decay.

Their minds are the godless grave of words muttered by Mao, garbled by Goebbels, and limned by Lenin from which no life or liberty can ever hope for escape and resurrection.

Their secular "green" religion has its bad rap but no hymns.

Their "progressive" policies eviscerate all prayers.

Their fantasy of a "fairer world" will become their grandchildren's small and shrunken lives on a nightmare planet where all men, finally equalized, will live like dung beetles on the desolate wastes of what once was.

They persist , like zombies lashed to a dying animal, in their death-in-life existence, seeking only the freedom of an approved and "assisted" suicide as their reward.

They call themselves "progressives" and flatter themselves that their thoughts and actions are "revolutionary" when they are as reactionary as any mob that can be remembered from history.

They chain themselves deep in the pit of pretend, and celebrate their servitude by bending heaven and earth to get you down in the hole that they're in.

They believe that the individual should become the mass, and that the mass should worship its apotheosis; that single one who best reflects their ossified visions on which the anointing oil has long since dried to a brown crust of thought.

They are the monarchists of the masses. They seek a state in which the head that wears the crown may change but where the crown itself grows forever larger.

What happened to all those who, in my youth, marched and sang for "freedom?"

How did they become so old, so hidebound, so shrived, so shriveled, so stuck in the past?

When did they become so mired in "Imagine?" How, from once striving so hard against colonialism in all its guises, did they allow their minds to become so utterly colonized by a matted mass of dim and discredited notions?

They no longer "rage against the machine." They are the machine.

"Drive them fast to their tomb."

Posted by Vanderleun at November 28, 2014 3:24 AM
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"Any man who's not a socialist at twenty, has no heart. Any man who's still a socialist at forty, has no head." -- Winston Churchill (attributed)

"And any man who's one at sixty has *neither*!" -- Skorpion

Posted by: Skorpion at October 13, 2011 12:58 PM

I'm memorizing that, Vanderleun. Where are the Philly flash mobs of yester May? We could use a nice brutal flash mob on these folk..oh wait, never mind. Same crowd.

Posted by: Jewel at October 13, 2011 1:01 PM

Support democrats, get them out of office and back home now!

Posted by: FL-DoubleU at October 13, 2011 1:08 PM

"Support democrats, get them out of office and back home TO OCEANIA now!"

They'll be better there.

Posted by: sherlock at October 13, 2011 2:22 PM

Youth is wasted on the old.

Posted by: RedCarolina at October 14, 2011 6:38 AM

Not again! I had to live through all all these kinds of useless demonstrations before in the 1960s and simply assumed the protesters were just young and naive. A half century passes. The protesters grew up, aged, and are no longer naive, but have become senile.

Posted by: Gloria at October 14, 2011 11:10 AM

I thought these idiots were idiots when I was a teenager in 1970. My opinion of them has not changed in the intervening years.

@Bill Jones, as Gerard noted in the article, these assclowns demand that the US become some socialist Borg Collective (we've seen how well that worked in places like the former Warsaw Pact, Cambodia, Cuba, and North Korea). The Tea Party is essentially 180 degrees out from that, with its emphasis on the individual. Really, the only point of congruence is the belief that Big Business (to include banks, in many cases), is screwing the ordinary folks. But the proposed remedies are diametrically opposed.

Posted by: waltj at October 14, 2013 6:26 AM

Most pampered and useless generation ever.

Posted by: Richard at October 14, 2013 7:54 AM

Yeah, they're the establishment but think they're fighting the man. Few things are more pathetic.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at October 14, 2013 9:04 AM

There's an old commie who stands on the corner by our county admin building once a week.

He waves a sign that says, "PEACE." I once asked him, "If I attacked you, would you fight back?"

His answer, "Of course."

Then why the Peace sign? Because he wants to show how morally superior he is.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at October 14, 2013 9:11 AM

"Any man who's not a socialist at twenty, has no heart. Any man who's still a socialist at forty, has no head."

That may have been true a hundred years ago, but not today after a century of socialist disasters.

Posted by: pst314 at October 14, 2013 10:17 AM

More on Gray Laison:

Posted by: chuck at October 14, 2013 11:29 AM

I'm living in housing for old folks in what is to date the leftiest town in which I've ever lived. These life forms are everywhere, like grubs in humus. The day I moved in, two separate couples in their '70s asked me "What's your sign?"

Without irony.

I used to think that The Invasion of the Body Snatchers was an allegory about yuppies. Now I think it's about Baby Boomers and their older siblings who saw a way to avoid growing up. All of 'em, as I've pointed out before, seem primarily dedicated to getting high school to finally work out right.


Posted by: Rob De Witt at October 14, 2013 1:45 PM

I reckon by now they know the words to Kumbaya. What we need is Joan Baez. Oops, is she still alive?

Posted by: chasmatic at October 14, 2013 2:32 PM

My anger and hostility against these smug shits is overwhelming at times.

Posted by: Grace at October 14, 2013 5:50 PM

Gerard, you bastard! Why do you have to insult the dung beetles? Dung beetles are probably the best way to deal with these old shits.

Posted by: edaddy at October 15, 2013 9:00 AM

I've always felt that I was under the ominous shadow of the boomer generation. Born at the tail-end, I missed out on the party but I'm here for the cleanup.

Posted by: StephenB at October 15, 2013 11:03 AM

"but noting her address so that I could reserve her a seat in the tumbrils"

You've give her a seat?

Posted by: pst314 at November 28, 2014 9:37 AM

Point taken.

Posted by: Van der Leun at November 28, 2014 10:24 AM

Whiny, delusional old Boomer pukes. Understand their frozen-in-the-Sixties frames of reference, and you'll get why they're so insane.
To them:
* Every domestic issue is *The Civil Rights Movement*
* Every foreign issue is *Vietnam*
* Every Black leader is MLK
* Every Black male accused of a crime is Tom Robinson
* Every street crazy is Randall P. McMurphy
* And every President is either LBJ (if he's a Democrat) or Nixon (if he's a Republican)

Posted by: Skorpion at November 28, 2014 3:55 PM

I am pleased that my work with "tumbrils" did not go unappreciated.

Posted by: Van der Leun at November 28, 2014 9:12 PM

Time to get the Joan Baez songs out, dab on some patchouli oil and really make a difference.

Posted by: chasmatic at November 28, 2014 11:40 PM

The 'progressive' mindset seems to be some combination of altruism, idealism, self-righteousness, the arrogance of ignorance, and the drive to be recognized as doing and being something worthwhile.
To reject this attitude is to reject oneself, with what one has self-identified. This would be a suicidal act. Easier to hide the great lie of their life by rejecting consideration of opposing evidence.
Thus the need to defend their dead end facing away from the light and going deeper into the tunnel of shadows and shame.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at November 29, 2014 3:40 PM

Yes, Howard, denial is not that river in Egypt.
There is nothing quite so sad as an aging hippie.
Libertarians take them in out of pity.

The Democrats convention of 1968 held in Chicago was the pinnacle and singular achievement of the Hippie, Yippie, Abby Hoffman rebel movement.
The Chicago Seven, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner— all had their fifteen minutes of fame.
They later swung over to more conservative positions once they figured out where the money was coming from. Hayden was a CA state senator.

Posted by: chasmatic at December 2, 2014 12:07 AM