Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ecce irony

That would be “behold the irony,” for those readers not trained in classic Latin like your reporter.  See?  You can always learn something on Other Side!

The Sunday Portland paper had an interesting “Maine Voices” column by a Cape Elizabeth resident entitled “Where have all those hippies gone?”  You can read it here.

Always mindful of local sensitivities, I’ll resist the urge to suggest that many of those free spirits of the 60’s and 70’s have settled here in Subaru heaven.  Or sent trust funded offspring to represent their interests.  (Where DID that wealth come from????? Certainly not the fruits of capitalism, we trust!)

At any rate, the column talks about the free spirits of that era and their lust for freedom to “do their own thing,” and the need to always question “The Man.”

The author, Eric Lusk, ends with this:

Let's skip the constitutionality of the health care legislation for a moment and admit we've landed in curious times: The freedom-lovers of Woodstock past are the gray-haired statists of today.

I miss the hippies who loudly questioned "The Man's" authority to tell people what to do with their lives.

Come back, we need you.

I hope you don’t miss the irony in this; you’ll need to know what “statist” means, of course.  If you don’t know, it’s time to find out, because it symbolizes today much like “flowers in your hair” symbolized the hippie era.

Come back and write again, Eric Lusk.  We need you.


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