Don Kerr en Communications and journalism, beBee in English, English Brand Ambassador • beBee.com 28/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 1,7K

The end of days? Peace out dude.

The end of days? Peace out dude.

This recent election in the Excited States caused a bit of a ruckus. Don’t know if you knew about it but it was in most of the major papers. (Not that they’re necessarily relevant anymore!)

We had a bit of a ruckus up here in Canuckistan as well in our last federal election when our version of the Alt-Right was booted out in favour of people who actually seem to have some humanity and values beyond military dick wagging and capitalistic fervour.

Commentary has run from the purely panic stricken, think Chicken Little, to let’s everybody just try to get along, to holy hell Martha, we gotta get the f*(k outta this place before the Orange Shirts come marching down the main street of Pleasanton!

Got me to thinking and reflecting.

Is it the end of days?

Are the four horsemen of the apocalypse saddling up and getting their steeds ready to rain havoc on the Americas?

Throughout I have had friends reflect on what they viewed as calmer times. “We’ve never experienced anything like this before!” “In all of history never has such a calamity arisen!” “I’m going down to the basement for the next four years. Call me when it’s over if we last that long!”

The end of days? Peace out dude.

I cast my mind back to when I was growing up. Just a little more than 18 months ago.

No, back to the ‘60s. The gauze of memory may have clouded our vision of that period, and so I took a look at what happened in the period of 1966 - 1969.

Come back with me now and visit the blissful and peaceful reality of that period.

1966:

The Black Panthers formed.

500,000 troops stationed in Viet Nam.

Massive race riots in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California.

England won the World Cup of Football.

1967:

Canada turned 100 years old.

Muhammad Ali stripped of his title.

Israel, Syria, Egypt engaged in the Six-day War.

7,000 National Guardsmen deployed to quell race riots in Detroit.

Interracial marriage declared constitutional.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson increased federal tax rates by 6% to pay for the war in Viet Nam.

Rolling Stone published.

40,000 gathered in Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to protest the war in Viet Nam.

The oil tanker Torrey Canyon ran aground.

1968:

The first heart transplant completed.

U.S. troops massacred innocents at My Lai.

In Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring uprising occurred.

Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated.

Robert F. Kennedy assassinated.

800,000 people participated in a General Strike in France.

President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act - after MLK murdered.

Viet Nam protest grow in number and intensity.

The Zodiac killer terrorizes California.

1969:

Charles Manson and his lunatics undertake a murder spree.

Woodstock happens!

Man lands on the moon!

250,000 people march on Washington, D.C. to protest the war in Viet Nam.

America introduces the draft lottery to keep feeding the supply of young people for the war in Viet Nam.

And, wait for it, Richard Milhous Nixon becomes President of the United States of America!

The end of days? Peace out dude.

Now, perhaps I’m just naive, but it’s gonna take an almighty effort by the Orange-Skinned President to rival those four years.

Nope. I wouldn’t underestimate his ability. Look what happened the last time people did that!

But, maybe, just maybe, with a little more focus on the common good and an effort to keep our eyes on keeping this world a decent place for our kids, we can ride out this storm.

God knows, we’ve done it before.

Hell, I didn’t even venture into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being taught to hide under my desk at school when the air raid sirens went off.

Of course, we Canadians have been in a bit of trouble lately for our commentary on Cuban affairs so probably best to leave that one alone.

Peace.

The end of days? Peace out dude.

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Brian McKenzie Hace 6 d · #21

I prefer high ground with a long rifle and hot scope over a bunker. They are going to kill me one day, until then - I will not cower in a bunker, give me the fight.

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Don Kerr Hace 6 d · #20

#19 You are so genuinely amusing @Brian McKenzie. Back to the bunker now until you're next summoned above ground.

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Brian McKenzie Hace 6 d · #19

Thai Chili peppers will make me tear up and eyes to leak . Not much else. Certainly never a tie dyed college 'radical' that is burning nostalgic for socialism while ignoring the piles of corpses that such ideology always generates. I care not whether the meme is from the 60's nor the contemporary millennials - if you are going to 'embrace' socialism, Marxism, Leninism and the shining path of the communal "WE" - step out of the philosophy department tripe and go read some history. Millions of dead bodies abound under the progressive push to the 'Left'.

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Don Kerr Hace 6 d · #18

Thanks for stopping by @Malcolm MacNeil and once again so pleased to have you on BeBee. Can't remembering if I introduced you to the bees so must do that.

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Malcolm MacNeil Hace 6 d · #17

I was just reminded by your comment,"Hell, I didn’t even venture into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being taught to hide under my desk at school when the air raid sirens went off." I experienced the same thing, and was telling my students about this just last Friday.
I was a roommate of a school friend from the U.S. When the 6 day war started he was sure it was going to become a bigger event spread through the middle East. He also believed that in turning 18 the following year he would be drafted into the army to fight. We are still here. So yes I see there will be a calming of the minds eventually and then hopefully some good beneficial progress can be made.

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Don Kerr Hace 7 d · #16

#9 wet wipes at the ready!!

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Don Kerr Hace 7 d · #15

#10 Tempus fugit

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Don Kerr Hace 7 d · #14

#11 indeed.

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