"There's a battle outside and it's ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times, they are a changin'"
-- Bob Dylan, 1964
"We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West,
and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —
that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
-- Hunter S. Thompson, 1972
"We should change the names of AR-15s to 'Marco Rubio' because they're so easy to buy."
-- Stoneman Douglas survivor Sarah Chadwick
in a Tweet last week.
I don't properly know what to call them, this post-Millennnial generation, but they fill me with hope in a way I haven't felt since before we Boomers screwed up and then gave up.
Oh, yes, senators, congressmen, NRA, and associated hangers-on in the US and elsewhere, it's beginning to look like they're motivated, they're coming for you, they will be relentless and the political carnage won't be pretty.
Consider simple arithmetic, you Establishment dolts. There are 15 million high school students in the US alone, and within the next four years, most of them will be eligible to vote.
And right now they're all wondering if they're going to be next in some ammosexual's cross-hairs.
Contrast that with the 1.6 per cent of the US population -- five million -- who belong to the NRA, which is the tail wagging the dog, and whose motto appears to be that of most Trump supporters: "Fuck Your Feelings".
Rubio reportedly received $3.3 million over the years from the NRA. I can't begin to imagine how much more has been poured into other Democratic and Republican coffers.
Let me ask this: Do you bought and paid for political hacks really think this coming generation is going to put up with getting murdered in their classrooms so you can get rich on gun lobby money? Really?
Ask Sarah Chadwick and the rest of the youth who are refusing to be ignored and marginalized. I predict they're going to register in droves when they're able.
With their command of the intricacies of social media -- Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, FaceBook and all the rest -- they have an unparalleled opportunity to organize, mobilize and ostrasize. Another Stoneman Douglas survivor, Emma Gonzalez, has nearly a million followers on Twitter -- after a mere two weeks. (The NRA has 585,000.)
They're already firing a warning shot across the bows of the Ship of State by calling for a nationwide school walk-out on March 14 and a March For Our Lives protest on March 24.
Those of us who supported the ideals of the Movement back in the day were crippled in getting the message out to each other, never mind the larger population. We had Hunter Thompson writing in Rolling Stone, campus firebrands, the alphabet SDS, SNCC, CORE, etc., groups, and the music itself to hold us together ... but it was always a splintered, tenuous and fragile bond.
These youths are not hampered by time or distance. They can be truly international in scope and influence. And my belief, my fervent desire is that they will head to the polling booths and that they will not be denied.
And I'll tell you something else: The kids aren't just all right -- they ARE right.
Go get 'em, mes enfants, do what we failed to do: Drive the bastards under for good.