Beltane Waxing Last Frost Moon
The Arab Spring. A nice metaphor. I remember the Prague Spring. I have faith in people’s movements when they come out of the genuine frustrations and pains of everyday living. Ideology bends movements, often turns them into pretzels, twisted things that reflect the head rather than the heart, the so-called radical Islamists, the KKK, the Communist Party, the Kuomintang. When people begin to move and rustle together, when they become willing to take charge of their own destiny rather than allow others to dictate it, then they become powerful, often unstoppable. People’s movements topple dictators. Egypt. Tunisia. Yemen. Probably Libya. Maybe Syria. Possibly Saudi Arabia.
Even the Tea Party here has some of the ingredients of a people’s movement. Only some because the underlying motive force is a crackpot brand of political thought made famous by the Impeach Earl Warren and U.S. out of the United Nations billboard folks, the John Birch Society. I say crackpot in the unkindest way possible. Robert Welch, a guy who made his fortune making candy, including the caramel on a stick, Papa Sucker, founded the John Birch Society in 1958. He believed Dwight D. Eisenhower was a communist.
“In the 1960s, Welch began to believe that even the Communists were not the top level of his perceived conspiracy and began saying that Communism was just a front for a Master Conspiracy, which had roots in the Illuminati; the essay “The Truth in Time” is an example. He referred to the Conspirators as “The Insiders,” seeing them mainly in internationalist financial and business families such as the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, and organizations such as the Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission.”
With this sort of nut job analysis as its underpinnings, it’s no wonder the Tea Party hacks think Obama is a socialist, a Kenyan and a Muslim. I’m waiting for a new round of billboards.
Two tours this morning focusing on Spanish/Latin American art. I’m looking forward to them.