Election 2012: The Final Victory of the Counter-Culture

It is fitting that President Obama gave his victory speech from Chicago this week, for his re-election is the final and decisive victory by the left in the four-decade culture war that began with the hippie riots at the Democratic Party Convention there in 1968. That year, Republican Richard Nixon won the presidency by championing "law and order" and pursuing an electoral strategy that appealed to patriotic and traditional values of the "Silent Majority."  In 1969, country legend Merle Haggard released the hit "Okie From Muskogee."  The song derided the counter-culture with the lyrics "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee/We don't take no trips on LSD" and "We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy/Like the hippies out in San Francisco do."  Haggard followed with the hit "Fightin' Side of Me," which threatened the hippies with a punch in the nose: "When you're running down my country, man/You're walking on the fightin' side of me." By 1972, George McGovern captured the...(Read Full Article)

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