by James Hudnall
Once upon a time in America, the 1960s to be exact, a generation of
young people dissatisfied with the status quo decided they wanted to
change society for that they felt was the better. They resented the
culture of the time, which was a conservative, somewhat conformist
society born out of the 1950s. Taking a cue from the Soviets who
called anything that was against Communism "counter-revolutionary"
they referred their movement as the "counter-culture."
From this we got the hippies, the yippies, underground comics,
groups like the SLA and the Black Panthers, all sorts of pressure
groups and social movements. These were mostly influenced and
orchestrated by the left. In fact, leftists had a big hand in shaping
a lot of those communities and they infiltrated academia, education,
government, media. Over the years they effected a lot of change to our society.
You can judge for yourself how well that worked out. But you can't
deny they managed to get a lot of what they wanted. Except what
resulted is a typical example of human irony.
The counter-culture wanted to be free of what they considered a
constricting, conformist society. Yet what did they turn it into when
they got old and assumed power? They created a society more
restrictive and conformist than that "evil" repressive 50s culture
they love to vilify. They have become the new scolds. They have
ushered in an "Age of Unreason" where you have to do what they say or
else. They tell us what we can eat, what we can say, what kind of car
to drive, what kind of light bulbs to use, on and on. They lecture us
about our "carbon footprint" and "sustainable lifestyle". They claim
that the government, which they have spent the last eight years
railing against, can solve all our problems if we abdicate what's
left of our personal freedoms, without question.
The "establishment" these days is left wing. Look around, from the
administration to most of the entertainers on TV, the message is left
leaning despite the fact that the country is more right leaning. "The
Man" is a leftie tyrant. You don't dare speak against the system or
be scorned by the media and all the yapping chihuahuas of the echo chamber.
The comics of late night and cable are a perfect example of this.
They've become nothing more than palace eunuchs, simpering at the
thought of offending the hive mind. They do not serve the same
function of comics past. Johnny Carson at least lobbed mild jokes at
presidents, Democrat and Republican, all in good fun. Now, today's
comics don't find this administration something to laugh at, even
though it is one of the richest targets for sarcasm in recent memory.
You have a pompous, egoist of a president with almost no
accomplishments to show for all his hubris. It's funny enough on its
own. Then you throw in the collection of crazies from Nancy Pelosi to
the wacky czars. It's low hanging fruit to anyone with two brain
cells to rub together. Can you count all their collective brain cells
on one hand?
If the alleged comics of late night and cable have no imagination or
guts, that's where we come in. The new Counter Culture.
We, the artists who reject the politics of "the man," the propaganda
of the state. We artists, writers and creative people who are tired
of being pushed around and told what to do. Those of us who think
everything is going wrong and it's got to stop. We are using our art,
our work, to show the folly of the ways of the "establishment". We're
finding plenty to mock and criticize. And we don't need the approval
of the "cool kids" who really aren't. Not even remotely.
It's not a conservative vs lefty argument. It's freedom lovers verses
the statists. It's liberty vs tyranny.
The people have been sold out by those who never sought to give us
freedom. They want to entrap the people in greater dependency on the
state. They want to tax every person and business into the stone age.
They want to regulate every aspect of people's lives.
We say no. We reject that. "We" are those who are willing to speak
out and ridicule the corrupt bureaucrats and their enablers, just as
the counter-culturalists of the 60s mocked the "older generation,"
we're launching our own counter offensive to their propaganda. Our
own critiques to their rhetoric.
The Age of Aquarius is over. We're entering the Age of Libra. The age
of Balance. No more tilting to the left!
Unlike the old guard entertainers who continue to shuck and jive for
the state, we're here to expose, reveal and satirize the endless
tyranny being rammed down our throats. The real "change" is going to
come from those us who have the guts to say NO.
We're loud and we're proud. We're the new counter-culture!
Get ready, We're coming.