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5 Reasons The Sixties Were Better

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iconic-photos-1960-man-on-moonA lot of folks will tell you this is the best time to be alive. Look at all the technology. The access to information. We’ve got entertainment coming out or going into every orifice. But some of us are old enough to remember a time when life was a bit simpler – and not just because we were young, although that’s a huge part of it, make no mistake.

Life wasn’t better for everyone in the sixties, that’s for sure. There was plenty of oppression to go around. People still hated other people because of the color of their skin or who they wanted to sleep with. Humans still stole money from each other. In fact, those things have been happening since they invented money, skin and sex – and will likely continue until the Earth resembles Mars. So why then were the sixties better? I thought you’d never ask.

5. You Could Actually Be Alone

Unless you’re stuck on a deserted island or tied up in the basement of a remote cabin in the wilderness, you can’t be alone today in ways that were possible in the sixties. Every kid today has a cellphone tethering them back to home-base. They don’t leave home without that connection, so that they can fill every bored or uncomfortable moment with screen swipes and emojis. In the 60’s you could tie up a sandwich and your little green army men in a bandanna at the end of a stick and get lost in the woods for hours. Do they even make woods anymore?*

4. The Movies Were Better

I know there are examples of bad music and movies from every era, but moving-making in the 60’s was an art. Sure, there were exploitation films and fluff, but theaters were teeming with auteur cinema like Midnight Cowboy and 8 1/2. Even the expensive studio pictures had lasting substance, like West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia and any number of Hitchcock classics. I’ll put up 2001: A Space Odyssey against any sci-fi film made today.

martin-luther-king-jr-august-19633. Hope And Change Were Everywhere

Civil rights movements were the real deal in the sixties. Not to downplay the successful movements of our day, but Martin Luther King got shit done. In fact, counter-culturalism was happening everywhere you looked whether you liked it or not – and some of those leaders were killed in the process. People were rebelling against the government and social norms in ways only halfheartedly mimicked these days. Everything from race and gender equality to gay and lesbian issues. You’d think we’d be a lot further along by now, although an African American President and gay marriage is nothing to sneeze at. Did I mention we made it to the moon in a ship made of tin foil and popsicle sticks?

2.  The Music Kicked Ass

Are you gonna fight me on this? Can you really compare today’s music with that of the 60’s? The 60’s is when music opened its own mind and invited everyone inside. There was something for everyone. You could turn on terrestrial radio and hear folk, blues, jazz, country, and rock in equal measure. Musicians were bursting with talent. Can you really compare Justin Bieber to Ray Charles? Or Demi Lovato to Aretha Franklyn or Janis Joplin? Can Coldplay ever compare to the Beatles or the Stones? Methinks not. And as good a guitar player as John Mayer may be, he’d be nothing without trailblazers like Hendrix, Clapton and Page. And if you’re gonna try to compare Lollapalooza to the original Woodstock, don’t waste your breath. There were no little boutique booths at Woodstock, I can assure you, and you were about as far away from a latte as humanly possible.

1. No 24/7 Media

There’s a lot of folks on this planet. Shit is gonna happen. But the more you hear about it the more paranoid and anxious you become. Unless you’re the kind of person that can put these things into proper perspective, you might be overwhelmed by factoids whose sole purpose are to make you uncomfortable. I’m not saying ignorance is bliss… oh, maybe that’s exactly what I’m saying.

Let’s put it this way… if the media decided to run stories everyday about folks getting struck by lightening, you’d be anxious about being struck by lighting. Meanwhile, you’re just as likely to win the lottery – and we both know you ain’t never gonna be struck by lighting or win the lottery. In the sixties we learned that the media is the message. We were warned that those that control the media control the minds of the great unwashed – as well as a generous helping of the washed, let’s be honest.

TV was doing everything it could to carry the outdated messages of the 50’s into living rooms everywhere. But not everyone had a TV, and if you did, you had a handful of stations that all signed off when they ran out of stuff to say. Like I’m gonna do now.

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*Apologies to George Carlin

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A Riot of Entitlement

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1. If a foreign government had pulled off what occurred on Capitol Hill last week, that nation would currently be a rubble laden parking lot, bombed into the stone-age.

2. If BLM had pulled off what occurred last week, we would currently be having conversations like “Y’all remember freedom?” and “You ONLY got shot 6 times?!! Sheeeeit. Everybody else got at least 9… yeah we all in the studio recording now…”

3. Why is the foreign policy response more stringent than domestic policy when the threat is much worse due to proximity?

4. Why is the current law enforcement response akin to aiding and abetting simply because the assailants resemble, and in some cases are “law” enforcement? Do bullets not kill when your cousin is the shooter?

5. True privilege is complaining about your rights taken away right AFTER and BECAUSE you used those rights to violate others. Rights were granted by LAW and as such, can be rescinded… by LAW! Why does this even have to be explained?

Sidebar: For future reference, this is how you properly storm the Capitol! With Beyonce and legal votes!! Ahhhh 2012. The good old days! Make Inaugurations Great Again (MIGA Please!!) Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Reluctant to get the Vaccine?

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Do me a favor, Open your fridge door and tell me if you have any insight into the regulation of those products and how they got there?

Whatever vaccine you decide to take (or not take) will probably be more federally regulated and scrutinized than 90% of the items you currently ingest. You share joints with people, eat food with ingredients you can’t pronounce, order wigs and sweaters from all over the world in the name of fashion, then turn around and loudly protest and profess about a vaccine and science, some thing of which you know little about.

Here’s the fun part; you don’t want to take it but you DEFINITELY want to commingle with those who have taken it as precaution and those who are still susceptible. Why? Because f*ck ‘em that’s why! Must be nice to not care about others while simultaneously requesting they respect your choices.

I would be riding with y’all if you actually had control, but more importantly, CONCERN for all things consumed prior but we seem to lapse our standards when there is a clear and direct benefit to our preexisting lifestyle. Y’all are wild inconsistent!!

Sidebar; Most of us will die of complications from a poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes but I don’t see anyone putting the BBQ sauce down or skipping happy hour. Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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November 16th – Trump Wins!

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Well, it’s official; President Donald Trump wins again!

While former Vice-President Joe Biden received more votes than any candidate ever, including winning the controversial electoral college, incumbent Trump has declared victory on Twitter as recently as this morning when he proclaimed “I WON THE ELECTION!”

And this is great news for the over 70 million of us that voted for Trump. We saw our horse lose the race, saw it confirmed, and yet here we are in the Winner’s Circle… again! There is a God, and thankfully it’s the one I believe in and not one of the weird ones.

Make America great again, AGAIN!

I’m sure I speak for millions of Americans when I say we look forward to four more years of keeping America great. Let’s face it, America was a shithole country four years ago before Trump made it great again. He promised that we’d be sick of all the winning, and he was, as always, right.

I’m praying that we can all look forward to four more years of the same kind of peace, harmony, and fair distribution of wealth we have enjoyed during his first term. Covfefe!!

 

 

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