Monday, February 11, 2008

A Strange Resonance

Apparently I'm not the only one who is hearing some distant echoes from 1968. Stephen Pizzo over at OpEdNews.com has his own analysis of the oddly echoing parallels between 1968 and this year.

Check out Chicago 1968 - Denver 2008:

· In 1968 support for the Vietnam war had hit new lows.
· In 2008 support for the war in Iraq has reached new lows.
· In 1968 the Democratic Party insider candidate, Humphrey, had supported the war and, while public option was increasingly for withdrawal, he preached against a mandated withdrawal from Vietnam, deeming such a withdrawal as reckless and potentially dangerous to US security.
· In 2008 the Democratic Party insider candidate, Hillary Clinton, who was for the war until she was against it, now argues against a rapid withdrawal or setting a hard timeline for withdrawal.
· In 1968 an unconventional, anti-war candidate -- Senator Gene McCarthy, captured the imagination and rekindled the hopes of a new generation of voters, even bridging racial divides garnering support from civil rights groups including the Black Panthers.
· In 2008 an unconventional, anti-war candidate -- Senator Barack Obama, has captured the imagination and rekindled the hopes of a new generation of voters, again bridging historical racial divides.
Adding to this strange brew is the odd coincidence that both conventions will start almost exactly on the same date (Aug 26 in 1968, Aug 25 in 2008) forty years apart.

Go read the analysis. It's some compelling stuff, and let's all hope that it doesn't work out the way it happened forty years ago.

3 Comments:

pepsiholic said...

"In 2008 support for the war in Iraq has reached new lows."

Really??? Care to back that up with some real numbers? Since the surge has decreased violence in Iraq, the polls I looked at show that the lows for support were in 2007.

http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm

Anonymous said...

Robert Parry is seeing the parallel, too:
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/021108.html

Farnsworth68 said...

PH-- It wasn't my story, they weren't my statistics, and it isn't August yet.
We'll take another look at it then.
Anon-- Here's a clickable link to that Consortium News story. Thanks.