So what did happen to the anti-war movement?
I think it’s both a function of politics, lack of a draft and the outright lies of the left.
1) Politics: the left and the media (who created George W. Bush in the first place) made President Bush into a laughing stock and a pariah. A huge anti-Bush culture/climate was in the pop culture and the internets. There was a movie about the assassination of a sitting president.
Try that with Obama. The left took the anti-Bush feelings, merged them with the Obama movement. With the new administration, they are on other things now.
2) The outright lies of the left: I’ve commented before on this blog. Go to any right wing blog. Yes the right lies, but with the left it’s not a bug but a feature. “Veterans” who never served, “fake but accurate”, movies, music and tv shows that shill the narrative (but are bullshit). It was like a river of sewage. With the left in charge…not so much.
In the 60’s it was a 3 network pop culture world. The newspapers were the world to many people. So the myth of the hippie and the lies of the left could go unfiltered. Fast forward to 2010: the internet, 24 news, blogs, the internet, google, twitter…did I mention the internet? A lie can get halfway around the world, but will be chased by the naked truth…
3) The biggest one: No draft.
But the reality is that most campuses did not become hotbeds of unrest until the
Boomers’ precious butts were at risk as the Vietnam War escalated. They didn’t
want to end the war because they were bothered by working-class kids being blown
apart; if they had been, they wouldn’t have spat on those working-class kids
when they came home from Vietnam, or tried to make heroes out of the Communists
who were trying to kill them.
Yet as troubling as that may be, the Sixties were in many ways the Boomers’
finest moment. It was at least a fad then to pretend to care about racial
justice at home and war abroad, to speak out against pollution and prejudice.
But it was mostly just talk. As they came of age, and as idealism might have
required some real sacrifice, idealism suddenly became unfashionable.
“The Worst Generation”
by Paul Begala, ESQUIRE, April 2000.
There. Is. No. Draft. That’s right slackers! You can stay in your dorm room (or your parent’s basement), smoke weed and play Wii and not worry about the draft. No being sent to a far off land. Sure, that friend down the street may join-but you’re better than that! You’re a college student/activist/socialist/living off the grid/[insert leftie artist cliche here]…
Why learn useful skills when you can carry a banner? Why do work when you can sponge off your parents without fear? With nothing to scare the youth, the “anti-war” movement never took off. Oh they left tried many, many times…but see #2…
So now the “anti-war” movement will be but a footnote. No music, culture (thank god) or memes. It ends as it began..a bunch of weirdos with signs.