April 15, 2016
Say you want a revolution…” That’s the line from the Beatles song “Revolution,” one of John Lennon’s best. It came out perfectly timed in 1968, a year of revolution if ever there was. Now in 2016, there seem to be some folks who want to reprise ’68. Mobs of left wing thugs—and that’s what they are—shut down Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s planned rally at the University of Illinois Chicago campus.
Bring back 68! The year America was torn apart, and everything fell to pieces. Well, to a Che Guevara T shirt-wearing progressive kid, it probably seems the height of romantic cool. To an aging collegetown character, it’s probably a dream come true. To a committed leftist warrior, it’s a battle cry.
And it’s not just a random, happenstance call, either. Thousands of “activist protesters” didn’t just happen to show up outside Trump’s rally for a medical marijuana break. This was a coordinated attack, to disrupt and silence Donald Trump’s campaign. From Think Progress: “Thousands of protesters from all over the city, led by black, Latino, and Muslim activists, spent days organizing the protest, motivated by Trump’s incendiary remarks about communities of color and religious minorities. Organizations “tapped into existing networks of pro-Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter activists.”
Proudly taking credit on Twitter is MoveOn.org. “MoveOn members proud to support student organizing of nonviolent protest against hate outside of #TrumpRally. March 12, 2016.” This is interesting. Moveon.org is a tightly controlled group wholly owned by shadowy billionaire and Democratic power broker George Soros. So Mr. Soros can command a private political thug army, deploy it at will, coordinate it with a wider “activist” forces, and send it out to fight in the streets against Republican candidates. Welcome 1968, indeed.
Well, before all you would-be soldiers of the Revo head out, here’s a few things to think about:
1) This Aint Sixty Eight. And aren’t we all glad? For those of you who weren’t there, 1968 was a year of incomprehensible instability and insensate violence. Start with the fighting in Vietnam (check out how high overhead the names go next time you’re at the Wall) and the Battle of the Bulge-like Tet Offensive.
And then the unthinkable became commonplace: Martin Luther King was shot dead. Next came Bobby Kennedy, less than 5 years after his brother. The cities were burning, and rioters besieged the Democratic Convention. America was clearly coming apart at the seams. Today, revolution is mostly “astroturfing,” fake grass-roots displays, coordinated by certain interest groups (see George Soros, above) like the Occupy movement, which mysteriously vanished after the 2012 Election.
2) The masses aren’t with you. In ’68, revolutionaries could fool themselves into thinking the “whole (out)house was ready to burn.” Popular culture, entertainers, movies, rock and roll groups, all openly talked about violent revolution. Today, outside the miniscule, usual-suspect, campus Red Guard crowd, nobody is even thinking about armed Revolution. Heck, there’s enough work overthrowing the Establishments inside our normal political parties to keep the most seditious troublemaker busy.
3) Don’t play with fire. Violence is a very nasty genie to let loose, it makes nuclear energy look like Pillsbury muffin mix. One a threshold gets crossed, it takes on a momentum of its own. Middle Class college kids should be very wary of attacking Donald Trump rallies, which are full of working class blue collar folks who’ve lost their jobs. Jacksonian rebels aren’t turn-the-other-cheek kind of folks, and while the Democrat partisan media will always run interference and blame the Republicans, street fights can go both ways. And violence has an ugly way of quickly escalating, with long term consequences.
4) Who really won ’68? Americans don’t like chaos and instability. In times of unrest, they generally choose the person who’ll put things back to normalcy. In 1968, that was an ostensibly reformed Tricky Dick Nixon. He appealed to the ‘Silent Majority’ of Americans, appalled at the craziness, and won the Presidency. “Power to the People, Right On!”
teaches Political Science at Oakland University and serves on the Board of the Regional Transportation Authority. He was elected to represent the 40th District in the Michigan House and was appointed Chairman of the all-important Appropriations Committee, responsible for the entire state budget. Prior to politics, Chuck was political columnist for the DETROIT NEWS, and has hosted talk shows for radio and television.