Forty years ago today, the Kent State massacre happened. After that, hundreds of colleges and universities around the country shut down, many for the rest of the school year. This was a culmination of the movement that had started with Mario Savio and the free speech movement of the early 60s. It was a continuation of the protests that disrupted the Democratic National Convention in Chicago a few years before. It changed the way the right to free speech and assembly was regarded in this society forever.
The Tea Partiers are direct descendants of the campus protesters of the late 60s and early 70s. I hope they acknowledge the debt that they owe those young people of a half century ago.
Sarah Palin is the new Abbie Hoffman.
Power to the People, Right On!