When fellow AATTP author Richard sent me the link to this bit of absurdity from the Beckster and suggested I might want to have a go at it (I think he may have been alluding to my age, but I could be wrong), my first thought was, “This will be fun!” Well, it is, but the longer I thought about it the more I realized that there is really a lot more here than the obvious.
I really don’t know why Glenn is not more popular with the late night talk shows, he, like Sarah Palin is a treasure trove of material and I would be remiss if I didn’t pay homage to his talent for comedy…so here we go.
You’re right, Glenn. I clearly remember sitting around with my friends getting stoned and plotting for the rise of the Khmer Rouge. We always used to say that the world will be a better place when they came to power and started killing millions of their own people and turned Cambodia into Democratic Kampuchea. We could not wait until they had cleared the cities out and turned the country into an agrarian utopia. Actually, no, on second thought that never happened just like ending the war in Vietnam did not cause the rise of the Khmer Rouge.
The Khmer Rouge was part of a movement that was gaining traction in the area at the time, yes they were an outgrowth of the Vietnam People’s Army but they came into existence in 1970, five years before we pulled out of Vietnam and most likely would have attained power anyway even if we had stayed involved.
Enough of the historical part. His comparison of today’s progressives to those of the 60’s may be valid. I know that my leanings are still the same, but his characterization of us as radicals has no basis at all. We were not radicals in the 60’s we only appeared so to our parents generation. We were actually being more thoughtful and aware of the changes that had taken place in the world since WWII. That is what today’s progressives are doing, we are looking at the world through modern eyes, no matter our age, we are not wedded to what worked in the past we are looking for new solutions. We want future generations to enjoy the same benefits of a free society that we ourselves enjoy, I want my grandchildren and their grandchildren to have the same life or better.
My vision for this piece went through several iterations before I began to set it down and has continued to morph as I wrote but this one observation that I came to just before I sat down to start writing is the most important of all. Beck is ridiculous but this time he did make me think and I realized something that I had not thought about very much until recently.