Woodstock D.C., Hippie Nirvana
If you look back to the sixties and early seventies, there is a lot to be learned about our current “groovy” leaders and their warped ideology. It was an era that shaped the Baby Boomer generation and became known as the Age of Aquarius, the New Age movement of great enlightenment, when the number one hit of 1969 was Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by the Fifth Dimension. The lyrics speak of harmony and understanding, drug induced mystic revelations and the mind’s true liberations. This dawn of a new drug culture and sexual revolution was the same time America began to be raped of it’s innocence and of God’s law and order.
The World War II generation had survived a depression and war and celebrated their good fortune by working hard to get ahead to provide their families with the material pleasures of life and a promising future. They moved into neighborhoods that offered better school systems and sent their children to colleges and universities, a first for many families. It was also a time in history when parenting was dealt a big blow and common sense was carelessly thrown into the diaper pail along with the dirty diapers.
In 1946, Yale trained, Dr. Benjamin Spock, published the book,“Common Sense of Baby and Child Care” that would become the bible of child care for the Baby Boomer generation. Spock broke with tradition and favored indulgent love and affection over strict discipline and routine. Sigmund Freud, the eminent early psychologist who opined that human behavior is largely the product of unconscious sexual drives determined by childhood experience, inspired Spock to theorize that repression of odd behavior should be overlooked.
In addition to the convoluted conjecture of Spock, existentialism became a significant philosophical viewpoint as well. Two French writers, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, wrote about individual consciousness and the creation of “oneself” that shunned both society and religion. Darwinism added to the oncoming tide of moral relativism and was used by creationists here in the United States who theorized that homo sapiens, or man, was simply another form of animal that evolved from apes, an atheistic naturalism. The cultural tsunami that ensued would begin the slow drowning death of America’s Judeo-Christian culture. It is interesting to note that later in life, Spock came to the realization that the major reason for most of the serious social problems in the United States today could be traced back to the weakening of the influence of religion and an increasing secular society.
Twenty years later, the Baby Boomers would be unleashed onto society, ready to “create oneself,” thousands of undisciplined, spoiled, contemptuous, narcissistic, kid’s who after too much psychoanalysis and intellectually induced permissiveness, were primed to rebuke all aspects of authority, including God. 1968 was deemed the “Year of the Student,” with 7 million students enrolled in colleges and universities, and the mood on campuses was rebellious; sugar cubes laced with LSD was their comfort. There were violent confrontations between college students and law enforcement officers, and derogatory euphemisms such as “the fuzz” and “pig” began to be used against the police as their distrust of them widened.
On January 14, 1967, an event called the “Human Be-In” took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, an introduction to the key ideas of the Baby Boomer counterculture; personal empowerment, sexual promiscuity, communal living, cultural decentralization, ecological awareness, higher consciousness, acceptance of illicit drug use and radical progressive political ideology. The event was a convergence of UC Berkeley radical militants protesting against the Viet Nam war, and the more pacifist, peace loving “flower children” of the nearby neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury. Many radical leaders spoke at the pivotal event, including Doctor Timothy Leary, a key promoter of his drug of choice, LSD, a mind altering, hallucinogenic, “acid.” His intellectually profound message to the crowd was “Turn on, tune in, drop out.”
That summer became known as “The Summer of Love” and Scott Mckenzie’s 1967 hit single, San Francisco was the harbinger of the times; “Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair if you come to San Francisco, summertime will be a love-in there.” Soon,100,000 “flower children” also known as hippies, descended upon the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Haight-Ashbury soon became a ghetto of bohemians who wanted to experiment with new ways of expression and awareness of one’s self, stemming from their frustration with both governmental and parental authority. Peaceful dissent turned into hallucinatory hell as LSD use became rampant. Acid parties, light shows, and drug induced orgies all led to a very dangerous and destructive psychedelic subculture. Spock parents who had been taught to become their children’s friends, joined in the free for all and began taking mood altering prescription drugs, characterized in the Rolling Stones song, Mothers Little Helper.
Acid and Psychedelic Rock music, began to unify and define the message of the hippie movement and it was to become the most revolutionary time in musical history. In 1964, the Beatles performed their number one hit single I Want to Hold Your Hand on the Ed Sullivan Show to an audience of 73 million people. As the drug culture took hold, so did their tunes. Pop music turned to Acid Rock and the Beatles began to write psychedelic songs that spoke of the times and the LSD experience. Fifty years later, John Lennon’s son Sean joined the modern day psychedelic surrealists, the “Flaming Lips” and paid tribute to the “Fab Four” by singing their trippy rendition of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds on the Dave Letterman show…and the beat goes on.
The media courted the youth counterculture with the breakdown of censorship in the motion picture industry and by opening up a plethora of pornography and previously prohibited subject matter. News coverage of the “Black Power” civil rights movement and graphic footage of the bloody reality of the Vietnam war fueled the fervor. Easy Rider in 1969, became a landmark counterculture film that depicted Wyatt, nicknamed Captain America (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) and their search for freedom while traveling on their motorcycles from commune to commune with a steady supply of drugs. In the end, Captain America prophetically said, “We blew it.”
Recreational sex became rampant, monogamy and marriage no longer important. Children were born to mothers who did not offer permanence and stability. It was an alternative society that lived in its own idealistic world, a utopia with boundless freedom. Despite the warnings, unsupervised “hippie trips” led to psychosis and demon filled dreams. The Bay area of California became a hotbed of evil. George Harrison began to liken hippies to filthy degenerates and focused on the spiritual through Transcendental Meditation and cosmic consciousness. Other forms of spirituality, including voodoo and witchcraft were explored and the Chicago author of “Satan’s bible,” musician and founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey, performed Satanic baptisms and Satanic funerals. Dangerous cults erupted, the most famous being led by Charles Manson, a career criminal who preyed on the rich and famous and whose cult, the Manson family, eventually murdered eight-and-a half month pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others on August 9, 1969.
The hippie movement came to its peak when more than half a million people gathered peacefully in Bethel, New York on August 15-18,1969 for the Woodstock Festival, three days of music that included 32 acts. Although she did not attend the event, Joni Mitchell penned a song about Woodstock that later became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young. Attendees came to be known as Woodstock Nation, now a catchphrase for the counterculture of the era.
Woodstock Nation imploded four months later in California on December 6, 1969 when the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, known as Woodstock West, erupted in violence as the Rolling Stones performed their demonically charged Sympathy for the Devil at nightfall. Murders, births, deaths from drugs, injuries, stolen cars and property damage brought the concert to its shortened conclusion.
The flower children wilted and many began to concentrate on planting their pagan radical seeds into “The Green Agenda” movement, such as Agenda 21, aimed at globalizing the United States environmental issues. Today, Woodstock, D.C., is full of Boomer’s who have the “New Age” counterculture spirit ingrained in their souls. They are the same, over-educated, existentialist hippies who refused to accept God as their authority. Their perceptions of how individuals should live their lives are still based on their own narcissistic psychosis and spiritual hollowness. The EPA, FDA, NSA, TSA, DOJ, DEA, DHS, DOD, FAA, FDA, HUD, IRS, are their ball and chains, federal agencies set up to enslave the American people in order to advance their “utopia” and New World Order. Their chain is now beginning to tighten around the necks of our children with the implementation of Common Core in our school systems and the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. Pot not only lowers the IQ of young people permanently, but a drugged child is easy to manipulate and subdue, manna for despots. Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young speaks of the continuing generational agenda to live by the “code” of a global community and to have your children abide by the liberal rules.
The current manufactured intelligence of most politicians in Woodstock, D.C. stems from the illusion to “create oneself.” The choice to assume the responsibilities that come with defending and protecting America’s freedoms have been ditched in favor of a more enjoyable, selfish and self-satisfying path to greed and power. Their blind desire refuses to acknowledge or answer to a higher moral authority, to obey God and his rules. Instead, groupie enablers foolishly continue to seek alternative enlightenment and sheepishly follow Messianic want-to-be’s who are led by pollsters and the political wind. The patched photo on the header of this post is just one patch in the giant quilt of progressive secularism that is determined to fragment Christendom and lead America to atheistic totalitarianism. “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Roman 1:21)
Christians must unite and fight this war between darkness and light. When the Constitution was adopted, “We the People” agreed to be governed, not ruled by evil authority. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)…. or …. Imagine what will happen.