"This isn’t the Democratic party of our fathers and grandfathers. This is the party of Woodstock hippies. I was at Woodstock — I built the stage. And when everything fell apart, and people were fighting for peanut-butter sandwiches, it was the National Guard who came in and saved the same people who were protesting them. So when Hillary Clinton a few years ago wanted to build a Woodstock memorial, I said it should be a statue of a National Guardsman feeding a crying hippie." –actor John Ratzenberger
Ah yes, I remembeh. We always talked about the establishment, as if it were a bad thing. Our mommies and daddies had done well, being part of that establishment, and we wanted to go play in the woods and start our own communities, where we’d live like a village with no worldy concerns. A bunch of wannabe artists with practically no marketable skills. We strung beads.
But then we discovered other aptitudes, and that having a career might actually be a good idea. Today we are part of the establishment. We have a vested interest in market performance, the economy, and not letting government run every aspect of our lives. The citizens of the Woodstock Nation are in their 60s now. They remember those ideals fondly and can’t figure out why they never changed the world. They’d like to retire with their 401ks and not see their fixed incomes threatened by some monstrous Marxist legislation that’s bouncing around in Congress.
They never changed the world because all it was was a big freakin party, that’s why. Most of us figured that out. Ach, the Whining.