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The end of days? Peace out dude.

The end of days? Peace out dude.

This recent election in the Excited States caused a bit of a ruckus. Don’t know if you knew about it but it was in most of the major papers. (Not that they’re necessarily relevant anymore!)

We had a bit of a ruckus up here in Canuckistan as well in our last federal election when our version of the Alt-Right was booted out in favour of people who actually seem to have some humanity and values beyond military dick wagging and capitalistic fervour.

Commentary has run from the purely panic stricken, think Chicken Little, to let’s everybody just try to get along, to holy hell Martha, we gotta get the f*(k outta this place before the Orange Shirts come marching down the main street of Pleasanton!

Got me to thinking and reflecting.

Is it the end of days?

Are the four horsemen of the apocalypse saddling up and getting their steeds ready to rain havoc on the Americas?

Throughout I have had friends reflect on what they viewed as calmer times. “We’ve never experienced anything like this before!” “In all of history never has such a calamity arisen!” “I’m going down to the basement for the next four years. Call me when it’s over if we last that long!”

The end of days? Peace out dude.

I cast my mind back to when I was growing up. Just a little more than 18 months ago.

No, back to the ‘60s. The gauze of memory may have clouded our vision of that period, and so I took a look at what happened in the period of 1966 - 1969.

Come back with me now and visit the blissful and peaceful reality of that period.

1966:

The Black Panthers formed.

500,000 troops stationed in Viet Nam.

Massive race riots in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California.

England won the World Cup of Football.

1967:

Canada turned 100 years old.

Muhammad Ali stripped of his title.

Israel, Syria, Egypt engaged in the Six-day War.

7,000 National Guardsmen deployed to quell race riots in Detroit.

Interracial marriage declared constitutional.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson increased federal tax rates by 6% to pay for the war in Viet Nam.

Rolling Stone published.

40,000 gathered in Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to protest the war in Viet Nam.

The oil tanker Torrey Canyon ran aground.

1968:

The first heart transplant completed.

U.S. troops massacred innocents at My Lai.

In Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring uprising occurred.

Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated.

Robert F. Kennedy assassinated.

800,000 people participated in a General Strike in France.

President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act - after MLK murdered.

Viet Nam protest grow in number and intensity.

The Zodiac killer terrorizes California.

1969:

Charles Manson and his lunatics undertake a murder spree.

Woodstock happens!

Man lands on the moon!

250,000 people march on Washington, D.C. to protest the war in Viet Nam.

America introduces the draft lottery to keep feeding the supply of young people for the war in Viet Nam.

And, wait for it, Richard Milhous Nixon becomes President of the United States of America!

The end of days? Peace out dude.

Now, perhaps I’m just naive, but it’s gonna take an almighty effort by the Orange-Skinned President to rival those four years.

Nope. I wouldn’t underestimate his ability. Look what happened the last time people did that!

But, maybe, just maybe, with a little more focus on the common good and an effort to keep our eyes on keeping this world a decent place for our kids, we can ride out this storm.

God knows, we’ve done it before.

Hell, I didn’t even venture into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being taught to hide under my desk at school when the air raid sirens went off.

Of course, we Canadians have been in a bit of trouble lately for our commentary on Cuban affairs so probably best to leave that one alone.

Peace.

The end of days? Peace out dude.

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don kerr

5 years ago #15

#19
You are so genuinely amusing Brian McKenzie. Back to the bunker now until you're next summoned above ground.

don kerr

5 years ago #14

Thanks for stopping by Malcolm MacNeil and once again so pleased to have you on BeBee. Can't remembering if I introduced you to the bees so must do that.

don kerr

5 years ago #13

#9
wet wipes at the ready!!

don kerr

5 years ago #12

#10
Tempus fugit

don kerr

5 years ago #11

#11
indeed.

don kerr

5 years ago #10

#12
just what might get you teary eyed Brian McKenzie😥

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #9

we have been at crossroads before and we will reach some new ones when the orange order will be gone and forgotten :-)

Randy Keho

5 years ago #8

#8
You old softy, Don. Just when the world needs its diaper changed, you grab the handy wipes and go to work. The temper tantrums will eventually subside and we'll make the best of it. That's all we can do. As you've clearly indicated, we've weathered much bigger storms and lived to bitch about it. Peace, brother.

don kerr

5 years ago #7

#1
Hope lives Ren\u00e9e Cormier

don kerr

5 years ago #6

#2
Kind of tough to see the forest for the trees at times.

don kerr

5 years ago #5

#3
Pardons and acquittals seem to run rampant where cronyism rules. Thanks for your commentary Chas Wyatt I always enjoy your fresh perspectives.

don kerr

5 years ago #4

#4
Thank you Jim Murray

Jim Murray

5 years ago #3

As you know I don't write long comments on the posts that I thought were quite groovy. So I'm out. Reposting this in the Beezers Hive.

David B. Grinberg

5 years ago #2

Thank you, Don, for sharing your keen insights and historical perspective. Hopefully, this will cause some folks to calm down a bit (at least here on beBee...you know who you are). It's always helpful to look at the big picture and remember that everything is relative. Keep buzzing!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

5 years ago #1

Yes, I agree. When has the US not had some sort of turmoil to deal with? I'd like to think the American people are too intolerant and armed to allow themselves to be oppressed by anyone, much less a loud mouth with orange skin. If they choose peace, then they can take comfort in knowing there will be an election in four years, eh?

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