During a radio interview Wednesday, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert spoke about the success of Democrat presidential contender Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, is garnering tremendous support among millennials who claim to be all-in for socialism (even though they cannot define what the word means).
According to Gohmert, Sanders is enjoying such strong support now because "we let some of the hippies from the ‘60s influence the education system."
"That’s also because we let some of the hippies from the ‘60s who created such chaos then start teaching the teachers," Gohmert said. "... and teaching them how great socialism is and just rewriting history and keeping them from realizing socialism has never worked, it will never work in this world, in this life, because if you’re going to pay everybody the same thing then they’re going to quit working."
Yes, Rep. Gohmert, that about sums it up.
The baby boomers -- who have held key positions in academia, entertainment, media and government -- have wielded their influence for decades and are responsible for society's cataclysmic shift leftward.
Gohmert believes that the country is "really hanging in the balance" and he couldn't be more correct.
For many, talking about the 1960s hippie culture often conjures images of Ben and Jerry's and the Yellow Submarine. The era has been trivialized in today's popular culture, depicted merely as some colorful, zany time in which now-cuddly old-folks hugged trees. It's painted as a movement that's to be taken with a grain of salt. The truth is anything but.
Hippie culture was gritty, grimy, subversive and in many ways incestuous. It permeated its own warped heyday as well as all subsequent generations with a disrespect (not just disregard) for authority, with a view that deviancy should be normalized and applauded, and that the very principles upon which civil society thrives, be dismantled.
This is not to sound prudish or puritanical. The era did produce (for those whose tastes run that way) some great music and artistic expression. It's even commendable that a people thirsty for greater knowledge and freedom sought to lift the veil on aspects of life that were stifled in the more conservative era that preceded them. As always, there's a way to do things and a way not to do things. And, just like with today's social justice warriors, the pendulum swung too far.