Sunday, October 21, 2007

Woodstock Museum

In 1969 over 400,000 people gathered near Woodstock, NY in a massive festival of booze, sex and drugs. Hillary Clinton recently tried to earmark one million dollars of your tax dollars to help fund a Woodstock museum to commemorate this drunken sex-fest (FoxNews).

Considering all the broken marriages, STD’s, pain, and heartbreak resulting from the sexual revolution, and all the billions of dollars spent and thousands lives destroyed either directly or indirectly (e.g. robberies, prostitution or murders) because of drugs, isn’t it a bit insane to honor all this with a museum? Is this really the kind of message we want to send to future generations of young people? Are there no poverty-stricken people in New York who might be better able to use a million dollars? And finally, do we really want Hillary Clinton managing our money from the White House?


Robert said...

It's hard for me, someone who was not born in that era, to truly understand the hippy movement. In my case, I guess you could call me the counter-counter-culture. I dislike the hippies and their "no responsibility" attitude. The amount of social ills they brought really extends far beyond politics and it's frustrating to see people hold them up as something special. It’s especially annoying when aging hipsters now shake their fingers at today’s youth, quacking about responsibility to the environment or diversity or insert your favorite trendy cause. It comes off as entirely hypocritical considering their views on other topics and I’m less likely to accept what they’re telling me.

In regards to Woodstock, I'm not sure I care all that much. If someone wants to make a museum to commemorate it, I say, “good for them.” I just don’t like the idea of public money going to it.

professor ed said...

The "60", as I have mentioned on this blog before, certainly affected our nation. Fashion (Mini Skirts), Music (protest songs and broadway shows), Civil Rights advances (Selma, AL, to name just one), and Science (landed a man on the moon). These positives were certainly counter-balanced by negatives (public figure assasinations)and the Democratic Convention tohubohu of 1968. But the gathering at Woodstock offered NOTHING positive then, and certainly not now--unless of course you didn't inhale. Woodstock is not worth remembering, with, or without, public funding. Despite the nostalgic aura of aging hippies, it is better forgotten.

Dennis said...

Last night in the Republican debates when Mike Huckabee was discussing health care he joked: "When all those aging hippies find out they can get free drugs on Medicare, just see how much that's going to cost you."

That's not an excact quote but you get the idea. I thought it was pretty funny. And maybe it wasn't a joke :-)