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Saturday, May 15, 2010

1960s: Lennon - Give Peace a Chance

I don't usually just provide a LINK but embedding has been turned off. This is a phenomenal  video with scenes from peace demonstrations all over the country. To get the full impact blow it up so it fills your entire screen. It really is exceptionally powerful.

I wonder if Tea Baggers would ever get clubbed like these people did.

"This song was officially released by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band in 1969, following John and Yoko’s famous Bed-In to promote peace, during their honeymoon. The couple had set up camp in a Montreal hotel, attended by the world’s media and celebrity visitors. Basic recording equipment was brought into their room for the session and there was a party atmosphere. Lennon was joined on acoustic guitar by comedian, Tommy Smothers. Other well-known faces present, included counter culture spokesman, Timothy Leary, beat poet Allen Ginsberg and DJ, Murray the K. The rousing chorus was echoed around the world and it became the most popular chant of the anti-Vietnam War movement. The sentiment is both clever and simple. How could anyone, logically, argue against it?"


  1. Imagine
    If he was alive now.

    I can assure you he would still be singing the same song.

    And he would not be happy with the Obama administration.

  2. Probably not, but he would have been even less happy with a McCain/Palin administration.

  3. Sue - deleted all those little chit-chatty things.

  4. For some strange reason, Frodo is humming "Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore. . ."

  5. "Probably not, but he would have been even less happy with a McCain/Palin administration."

    Yes.... because, unlike with the Obama administration, with Palin and McCain the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would still be going on, even now.

  6. Frodo: I hear ya.

    dmarks: It's always easier to start a war than it is to end it. Nixon couldn't end a war that a previous administration had started in the 6 or 7 years he reigned as president. Obama has been in office for only 15 months.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the video.

  7. YAY L!! See, those who believe Obama is God and can end the war within a year are just fooling themselves.

  8. Dig the video Leslie, even though hippies always make me feel like showering.;-)

    As far as the wars go, Obama never promised that we'd be out the next day and anyone who insists upon a timeline like that has no knowledge or appreciation for the reality of warfare. Yes, it's a horrible thing but there is still a right and wrong way to prosecute it. Remember that Obama's a strategist rather than a tactician: he sees the long game.

    As Leslie says, disengaging from a war theatre is a tedious and precarious process so I'm still giving Obama some time to get it right. As a supporter I think I owe him that.

  9. JBW:
    RE: "Remember that Obama's a strategist rather than a tactician: he sees the long game."

    Obama is neither.
    He is a politician, and a puppet. Just like all the rest of them.

  10. JBW: Now, now - I used to take a bath at least once a month!

    "I'm still giving Obama some time to get it right. As a supporter I think I owe him that."

    Me too.

    RZ: You obviously detest Obama and, from what I've read over the past year, you don't seem to care much for this government either. It distresses me to see non-Republicans being just as critical and angry as the right wingers.

  11. tnlib:
    Here is what I detest.
    It is democrats that claim they are "liberals" and or "progressives" that do not hold Obama's feet to the fire.
    It is ok if O does it, because he is a dem. But it is not ok if so and so does it because he is a repub.
    They keep being apologetic for him, and giving him "more time".
    There is no more effen time.
    He is almost half way through his term. Soon he will be out campaigning again. Something he was very good at it.

    I expect much much more out of a democratic president, than just to [go along to get along].
    Obama has shown that he is not a liberal or a progressive. He is center right.
    He has given the MIC, and the Pentagon everything they want. And then some. He flip flopped on off shore drilling. His HC was a joke and a disgrace. He panders to the right. He lied about taking on immigration in his first 100 days. He is a war president of choice.
    I could go on and on.
    He has been a complete failure.

    I do not even want to start on him keeping Summers, Geithner, Bernanke, and Gates.

    I wanted a new era. what did we get. Same ol same oil. I was not shocked because I did my home work before the election. I even came home early from S/Korea to vote for him. Knowing it would not make any difference because I live in Az.
    So yes I detest this administration, not as much as the W one. BUT it is getting there.

    These next few months, years will make, break, or eff this planet.
    We are heading into the EFFED phase.

  12. This is from my Noam Chomsky thread from today. Where he was denied entry into Israel.

    "Chomsky has long labeled himself as a "libertarian socialist" or "anarcho-syndicalist," a form of anarchism."

    I have finally found my tags. LOL
    I guess this would make me a Socialist Libertarian who is prone to anarchy. LOL

    I like that. :-)

  13. RZ...

    We all know you are right...

    But realistically, in Congress you have two progressive senators out of 100. We probably have no more than 20 progressive house members.

    Then if you look at the bureaucracy, which is civil service, you can bet your bottom dollar that all the liberals who came up through government are totally conservative to moderate....all the true liberals that worked for the government retired a long time ago.

    Look at MMS and the oil spill...that whole department is nothing more than Cheney appointees...and now they cannot be fired.

    The Reagan Revolution and the desire to kill off the federal government has been going on for over 30 years and it is about complete.

    To get the government we want is going to take another 30 years....

    Look at Obama as the Ronald Reagan of Liberalism...

    Obama is just a President, he is not the Emperor...

  14. OH NO ! !
    I totally disagree. It is now or never. They longer the status quo prevails the quicker we turn to the far right.
    In hard times, all societies have ran towards the perception of "safety". It happened before it will happen again. The fear card has just begun to be played out.
    This go-along-to-get-along mind set must stop.
    Most of us are in the same age set.
    So I am sure you all remember the SDS.:-)
    I was more of a Eugene McCarthy supporter. Here is one of his poems.

    How old are you, small Vietnamese boy?
    Six fingers. Six years.
    Why did you carry water to the wounded soldier, now dead?
    Your father.
    Your father was enemy of free world.
    You also now are enemy of free world.
    Who told you to carry water to your father?
    Your mother!
    Your mother is also enemy of free world.
    You go into ditch with your mother.
    American politician has said,
    "It is better to kill you as a boy in the elephant grass of Vietnam
    Than to have to kill you as a man in the rye grass in the USA."
    You understand.
    It is easier to die
    Where you know the names of the birds, the trees, and the grass
    Than in a stranger country.
    You will be number 128 in the body count for today.
    High body count will make the Commander-in-Chief of free world much encouraged.
    Good-bye, small six-year-old Vietnamese boy, enemy of free world.

  15. RZ...

    We need to move this discussion over to Democracy Central...

    Actually, I was only 10 years old in 1968 so most of what I know from those times came from being interested in the times and researching.

    Do you see the turblence in society today like that that existed in the 1960's?

    I am reading a book right now and if you really want to know how absurd our little middle east adventure is then read:

    "The Great Game, by Peter Hopkirk, is the single most valuable book one can read in order to gain an understanding of Central Asia. Hopkirk, formerly a reporter for The Times of London, pieces together research ranging from public news stories to private journals and intelligence files in order to chronicle Russia and Britain’s battle for supremacy in Central Asia. (Note: Central Asia, as a regional designation, generally includes Russia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, and the other “stans.”)

    The title of the book refers to the “game” played between Tsarist Russia and Victorian England for control of the region. The term was coined by Captain Arthur Connolly of East India Company, who was beheaded in Bukhara as a spy in 1842"
    Nothing has changed much in 150 years...nothing! Same stupid politics and same stupid games...

    Its no win then and its no win now...

    Back then neocons were called russophobes....

  16. I will check the book out.
    Russia and Turkey were going at it heavy back then. Turkey gave Russia a big surprise.
    Yes, Rudyard Kipling and his "white mans burden".
    Chaos in the Stans also means chaos in the Balkans.

  17. RZ: "...Socialist Libertarian....". There's a complete contradiction between the maximum-government and minimum-government philosophies.

    But I agree with you completely on the blunder of Geithner!

  18. Did I miss anything? ; ) Sorry, I had to tuck it in a bit early last night.

    I don't feel I'm an apologist for Obama. I just think I have a more realistic view of how the mechanics of politics work. I do think he made a mistake in trying to get cooperation from Republicans but I don't think anyone could predict the organized onslaught of NO. I don't believe there's ever been another president who has had to face stonewalling to this extent.

    I hope the two speeches he gave this past week are an indication of a new trend.

    That's a good one.

    TAO: "We need to move this discussion over to Democracy Central..."

    Shame on you!!!

  19. I haven't heard anyone talk about baggism lately. But most of the other isms and "ations" are still being talked about. True prophet Lennon was.