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1968 returns

By John Ruberry

This year could end up being the most tumul­tuous year since 1968. Dur­ing that year there was of course a heated pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the Democ­rats nom­i­nated Vice Pres­i­dent Hubert Humphrey, who rep­re­sented the sta­tus quo, one that was not espe­cially pop­u­lar. The Repub­li­cans chose a for­mer vice pres­i­dent, Richard Nixon, whose crit­ics decried as some­one who pre­sented a dark vision of Amer­ica. Sound familiar?Chicago Police SUV

Miss­ing of course in 2016 is a third-​party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who can win elec­toral votes; in 1968 avowed seg­re­ga­tion­ist and rene­gade Demo­c­rat George Wal­lace fed on racial dis­cord – and there is plenty of that this year, most of it brought on by left­ist groups such as Black Lives Mat­ter, which seems very keen on protest­ing the rare shoot­ings of African-​American crim­i­nal sus­pects but is largely on silent on the daily car­nage in cities such as Chicago, where so far this week­end over thirty peo­ple, most of them black, have been shot. In most of these shoot­ings it’s very likely that other blacks pulled the trigger.

What is largely for­got­ten about the 1968 elec­tion is that it was the first pres­i­den­tial con­test since Recon­struc­tion in which a south­ern blacks voted in large numbers.

We’ve pro­gressed far.

The penul­ti­mate year of the tur­bu­lent 1960s also brought us the Tet Offen­sive of the Viet­nam War, North Korea’s seizure of the USS Pueblo, the War­saw Pact inva­sion of Czecho­slo­va­kia, the assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy and Mar­tin Luther King – the anger from the lat­ter caused dozens of deadly riots in Amer­i­can cities – the May Insur­rec­tion in France, and the tur­moil of the Demo­c­ra­tic National Con­ven­tion in Chicago.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_54680” align=“alignright” width=“206”]John ruberry John “Lee” Ruberry of the Mag­nif­i­cent Seven[/caption]

I’m sure I over­looked something.

This year has seen sev­eral deadly Islamist ter­ror­ist attacks, includ­ing last month’s Orlando night club shoot­ing and the Nice, France truck killings, two assas­si­na­tion tragedies – one in Dal­las and the other in Louisiana – where mul­ti­ple police offi­cers were killed, “Brexit,” Britain’s vote to leave the Euro­pean Union, the attempted coup in Turkey, and of course the fren­zied US pres­i­den­tial campaign.

Remem­ber: We still have five more months in 2016.

On the pos­i­tive end, the Apollo 8 mis­sion brought the moon within reach at the end of 1968.

Let’s hope 2016 ends with good news.

Oh, it was also in late 1968 when Star Trek’s “Plato’s Stepchil­dren” episode aired. Cap­tain Kirk and Lieu­tenant Uhura deliv­ered Amer­i­can television’s first kiss between a black and a white, and this embrace was not an inno­cent peck on the cheek.

As Mitch Albom wrote in Tues­days With Mor­rie, “Love wins. Always.”

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit. And yes, he was alive in 1968.

By John Ruberry

This year could end up being the most tumultuous year since 1968. During that year there was of course a heated presidential election, the Democrats nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who represented the status quo, one that was not especially popular. The Republicans chose a former vice president, Richard Nixon, whose critics decried as someone who presented a dark vision of America. Sound familiar?Chicago Police SUV

Missing of course in 2016 is a third-party presidential candidate who can win electoral votes; in 1968 avowed segregationist and renegade Democrat George Wallace fed on racial discord–and there is plenty of that this year, most of it brought on by leftist groups such as Black Lives Matter, which seems very keen on protesting the rare shootings of African-American criminal suspects but is largely on silent on the daily carnage in cities such as Chicago, where so far this weekend over thirty people, most of them black, have been shot. In most of these shootings it’s very likely that other blacks pulled the trigger.

What is largely forgotten about the 1968 election is that it was the first presidential contest since Reconstruction in which a southern blacks voted in large numbers.

We’ve progressed far.

The penultimate year of the turbulent 1960s also brought us the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, North Korea’s seizure of the USS Pueblo, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King–the anger from the latter caused dozens of deadly riots in American cities–the May Insurrection in France, and the turmoil of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

I’m sure I overlooked something.

This year has seen several deadly Islamist terrorist attacks, including last month’s Orlando night club shooting and the Nice, France truck killings, two assassination tragedies–one in Dallas and the other in Louisiana–where multiple police officers were killed, “Brexit,” Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the attempted coup in Turkey, and of course the frenzied US presidential campaign.

Remember: We still have five more months in 2016.

On the positive end, the Apollo 8 mission brought the moon within reach at the end of 1968.

Let’s hope 2016 ends with good news.

Oh, it was also in late 1968 when Star Trek’s “Plato’s Stepchildren” episode aired. Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura delivered American television’s first kiss between a black and a white, and this embrace was not an innocent peck on the cheek.

As Mitch Albom wrote in Tuesdays With Morrie, “Love wins. Always.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. And yes, he was alive in 1968.