By Nathan Barton
I date myself with this column, but that is fine, after spending an evening (while working, I admit) listening to Peter Paul and Mary, and the Kingston Trio, from the long distant 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
What is going to happen in the next few days, months, and years? Here in the Fifty States, and throughout the world? The answer…
What will a Trump administration be like (after the first few days)? The answer…
What will Britain be like outside the failed relationship of the EU? The answer…
The people who sang that song, now fifty years ago, as a protest against discrimination and racism and warmongering have transmogrified into their own enemies. The Progressives and Liberals (which I call Tranzis: Transnational Progressives) are now the ones exhibiting racism, wanting war with – and supporting wars with – more and more countries around the world, from Yemen and Iran and Syria to Russia. (This has become even more obvious since the November elections.) Yeah, the heralds of a new age of peace and love and all that jazz have become the new bigots and haters and advocates of war and aggression – in defense of their supposed liberalism.
They are the ones who discriminate – often against the very people that they claimed were discriminating – as well as those being discriminated against for their skin color or other features, who do not toe their party line. To “fight the haters,” they have learned to hate the haters – thereby making themselves hypocrites even worse than the establishment that they started fighting back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Was it because of the lust for (and temptation of) power? Lack of training and education, including way too many fathers off fighting WW2 and serving (courtesy of the draft) around the world during the Cold War? Or some other reason? Clearly, the bizarre and oft-demonstrated-false idea that government can solve all our problems is at the root of that. And a replacement (or so they fondly believe) of “old-fashioned” racism with new-style evil prejudices of their own?
I believe that people who hoped and prayed that Trump would win and be able to make significant changes in the course of American society and politics and government will be disappointed. Four years from now (assuming he survives) the answers will STILL be blowing in the wind.
The song is, actually, very liberal, very progressive, in nature. The song implies that we cannot find the answers for ourselves: we must depend on something (or someone) else to find and tell us the answers. And even then, we cannot really know the truth, because the wind may not carry it to us, and we have no control over what the wind blows where.
But for lovers of liberty, for people willing to take responsibility and act in their own self-interest, and guided by a strong sense of moral behavior, the wind CARRIES the answers and they are there to reach out and pluck it from the breeze. Or go and find out for themselves. That wind is no more beneficial or damaging, by itself, than any other natural phenomenon. While the progressives, the Tranzis, can use it as a convenient excuse for their failure to accomplish anything productive or beneficial in their own lives, those who love liberty can take advantage of the opportunities presented by the natural world, even if it is something as simple as making lemonade out of lemons.
Mama’s Note: The answers for peace and prosperity always rest in human integrity, non-aggression and individual liberty. The barrier to these answers is always the desire of some people to control the lives and property of others, assuming a false “authority” to do so. When most people deny that bogus authority, and take personal responsibility for their lives… they can find answers almost anywhere.