Skip to comments.Myths Of '68 (Thomas Sowell)
Posted on 01/08/2008 6:43:44 PM PST by jazusamo
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I hate the sixties. Cant even stand the music anymore
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Ditto that right through the 1970’s.
"For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you".
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
"And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."
Borman then added, "And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you - all of you on the good Earth."
In terms of economic productivity, the boomers WERE the greatest generation since at least the 1920s.
The riots in Detroit were in ‘67, not ‘68.
I wonder why Sowell let that out of the article.
Thank you for your service. Full Stop.
Your comments bring back to my recollection a long but extremely well-written piece by marron. Please consider clicking on it; trust me, if you start reading it you will finish it.
Like Imam in Iran there was the ruthless Ayatollah khomeini
‘68 produced Right Biased as well.
wow what a year!!
Please add me to the ping list, if you would.
Thank you for your service.
I remember 1968. I was 10. I loathed hippies. I thought they were dirty, rude, spoiled, mean, arrogant, drug-using leeches who wore ugly clothes.
40 years later, I realize I had too high an opinion of them.
Pity their parents didn’t just cut off all money and let them starve until they grew up or died.
Thanks, it was worth reading. I first went to RVN in ‘63 and in ‘64 on temporary duty on various staff assignments from the parent Marine forces in Japan and Okinawa which oversaw the forces we had committed at the time. I was just a captain with a couple months “in country” at the time, but my judgment then was that the advisory role was about right, the tactics and technology being provided to the RVN was appropriate, and that in the long run all we had to do was stick to it, slowly upgrade the technology, steadily improve the training, and the RVN would eventually prevail. I was also appalled when the coups started, and personally was suspicious of the Kennedy Administration on that count.
My big tour was in ‘67-’68. After Tet, the First Marine Regiment went with the First Air Cav on Operation Pegasus, as the relief of the siege of Khe Sanh was called. The First Marines stayed in Khe Sanh after that, relieving the 26th Marine Regiment which had been there for seven or eight months. At the time, we were issued maps of North Vietnam. We had a Marine Division and two thirds of another one up on the DMZ, along with the First Air Cavalry Division and the 82d Airborne Division, and other forces mobilized up there. These were the most mobile major units in the US order of battle, and we could have taken half of North Vietnam in three or four days. We didn’t get the order to go. Instead, my regiment got orders to destroy Khe Sanh before the summer monsoon, which we did.
My last involvement with Vietnam was from Okinawa during the fall of Saigon. I was on the III MAF headquarters staff. Many of us were hoping that the orders would come to send a few brigades back in to shore up the ARVN and reassure them that the US hadn’t written the little guys off. Unfortunately, the orders we got were the pitiful ones that lead to the evacuation of the embassy in Saigon, and all that went with that.
Kennedy and Johnson, and their incompetent SecDef, and the leadership at the top level botched the Vietnam opportunity just the way they botched the Bay of Pigs. I thought that the only competence in the national leadership element in those years was that of Senator Sam Nunn, and of Secretary of State Rusk. The rest of them were feather merchants.
That is one part of history that makes me despise liberals.
Is this the set of ads that has the “Gimme Some Lovin’” tune in the background?
And the guy/host sounds kind of smarmy about “you’re not playing shuffleboard”?
Yes, the communist is the United States.
A brilliant man.
The ad should feature “ Gimme Some Herpes “ as a tune in the background.
I personally believe much of the “Greatest Generation” hoopla, beginning with “Saving Private Ryan” was an effort by the boomers to bask in the reflected glory of the same people they used to call “facist,” “capitalist,” “imperialist,” etc., over the breakfast table back in the day.
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