Since the days of the Furthur forum I've come to know some of the people who post here. I've never met any personally, although I got to know one person pretty well through regularly keeping in touch. Having done a little catching up on the activity 'round here, I'm blown away at the diversity of folks. Everyone has one thing in common, yet we differ on issues and leaders to a degree that leaves me dumbfounded.
When I went to Dead shows something I'd do every once in a while was ask a security guard if he'd seen my friend. I'd say, he has long hair, a beard, and is wearing one of those tie-dyed shirts. The security guard would say "shit, that's half the people here!" In one instance I asked a security guard what he thought of the crowd. He said "last week we had AC/DC and those people were crazy...drunk and a pain, but this crowd is the nicest bunch, real polite".
Can you imagine being a security guard at a concert venue? Might make you a bit jaded. It made me proud to think the group of folks to which I consider myself one of was praised by someone who might just write us off as a bunch of stoners lost in a vacuum.
So I ask myself, what would the current occupant of 1600 say about the Grateful Dead, and our happy band of odd balls? I imagine he'd say we are like this
24/7, and lost in space. Besides, he'd say, those guys reformed in 2008 to support that guy who I want nothing more than to erase his legacy. So I guess you could forget about the Donald having ever gone to a Dead show. His wife, maybe. Steve Bannon? Maybe, but I see him as more of a 70's MOR guy. If he'd been to a Dead show I could see him imagining how he could mobilize this group into becoming conservatives (i.e. spreading rumors Jerry is really a republican, and Bob Weir wears Izod shirts so that's a sign, etc.) Any of the administration? It's hard to keep track of them given the revolving door over the last two years. Jeff Sessions? Nah. I don't think any of them would fit within the criteria of when the security guard sung our praises.
I've followed politics going back to the Watergate hearings. I vividly remember the night Nixon resigned. Who wasn't watching their tv's that night?
Yet despite that moment I've never witnessed anything like what we have today. The polarization of this country will distinguish this moment now in history books.
I see another thread has been locked. I didn't see anyone throwin' stones. I discuss current issues regularly with those whom I disagree, and never, ever, resort to name calling, or insinuating someone is stupid, et al. I had a friend back in the day, who was a serious Dead head, and had moved to SF in '67. Oddly he supported Reagan in the 80's, and we'd discuss this my not being pro-Raygun. We didn't cease being friends. I guess I don't know why we can't discuss certain issues without someone thinking we shouldn't, even when there's civil discourse. I'm curious who those who consider themselves Dead heads and are pro-Trump are, and why. Then again, I don't do anything to keep this site running, so maybe I have no right to bitch. So many questions...so few answers.