Sunday, November 07, 2004

The Dinosaur's Farewell Tour

Bush's re-election offers a rare opportunity to watch an ossified creed march into its overdue sunset. I'm talking of course about 60's era liberalism. Ronald Bailey recounts a pathetically hilarious episode of such, at a Joan Baez concert:

Sixty-three year old Baez came out on stage and asked how the audience felt about the election? Of course the audience groaned and moaned—after all, this IS a Joan Baez concert. For her part, Joan said that she felt like she had been run over by a truck. One audience member yelled, "You give us hope." Now I like a good rendition of "Joe Hill" or "Diamonds and Rust," as well as the next person and I do recognize her talent as a singer. And Baez has a perfect right to dedicate a song, as she did, to that insufferable, lying self-promoter Michael Moore, whom she praised for doing his best to save the country. Later Baez announced that she was going to sing a song that she sang only in countries that were undergoing extreme political strife. In fact, she hadn't sung it in the United States in the last 20 years. The song? "We Shall Overcome."

However, the most remarkable and disturbing episode occurred halfway through the concert when Joan stopped singing and announced that she had "multiple personalities." One of her multiple personalities is that of a fifteen year old poor black girl named Alice from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas. Baez decided to share with us Alice's views on the election. Amazed and horrified I watched a rich, famous, extremely white folksinger perform what can only be described as bit of minstrelsy—only the painted on blackface was missing. Alice, the black teenager from Arkansas
Baez was pretending to be, spoke in a dialect so broad and thick that it would put Uncle Remus and Amos and Andy to shame. Baez' monologue was filled with phrases like, "I'se g'win ta" to do this that or the other and dropping all final "g's." Baez as Alice made statements like, "de prezident, he be a racist," and "de prezident, he got a bug fer killin'." Finally, since Bush won the election with 58.7 million votes to Kerry's 55.1 million, Alice observed, "Seems lak haf' de country be plumb crazy." Since Baez was reading Alice's notes, it is evident that she thinks that Arkansas' public schools don't teach black children to write standard English.

It is a sure sign of your dinosaur status when you begin to parody yourself. The 60's liberals once prided themselves on open-mindedness. That Baez and her audience could believe that George Bush stands for racism shows that the liberal mind slammed shut sometime shortly after January 1st, 1970, and has been reliving its glory days as an endless rerun since then. In their senescence they will suffer far more ridicule from younger generations than they visited upon the elderly dinosaurs from their youth. Karma indeed!


Blogger Hey Skipper said...


I simply can't figure out their utter immunity to history, or their inability to engage in any serious analysis.

As a f'rinstance: You are the president, considering changing, or not, Iraq's regime. Since you are anti-war, defend the no answer. Explain your alternative course of action, and its consequences. Use charts and graphs as appropriate.

Maybe I have missed it, but the Left seems to have taken the luxury of gainsaying anything the President has done (reminiscent of Monty Python's argument clinic), while utterly failing to offer any consdired alternative course of action.

November 09, 2004 2:12 PM  
Blogger Michael Herdegen said...

As Jeff says.

I have no problem whatsoever with anyone telling me that I'm wrong about something, and in fact I welcome it, but only if the person so declaring has a serious, considered, alternative analysis.
Yelling "You're a warmonger !! " doesn't meet that test.

Seeing protesters in London carrying signs showing President Bush and the words "World's Biggest Terrorist", one has to wonder if the far left has truly gone insane, losing all touch with reality.

Here in the States, I have found some people with legitimate and thoughtful reasons to oppose the Iraqi pacification, and especially the tax cuts, but those people are a distinct minority among the horde of shouters.

November 09, 2004 3:34 PM  

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