As a vassal state of the Empire, NZ has to understand what is happening in the US because what happens there has implications everywhere. So their current madness about Obama's birth certificate and the violence around getting a better health care system is important. It just makes no sense until you read Dana Blankenhorn: The 1969 Game: Days of Rage
When a political thesis is overthrown, when a generation's assumptions about political right or wrong cease to be the majority view, the inevitable result is rage.
That's what is happening at the "town hall" meetings over health care. It's not just that activists are feeding their people lies. It's that people are acting on those lies, with a virulence and potential for violence that threatens our democracy.
The shoe was on the other foot, in my lifetime.
The year was 1969. The subject was Vietnam.The 1968 election had settled this question. The war was a "Cold War activity," as Robert McNamara said, and surrender was not an option. But those who opposed the war (and it was a stupid war) could not accept the peoples' verdict, resulting in a series of protests climaxing in the notorious "days of rage" protests organized by the Weathermen.
The Weathermen failed, the question is whether the birthers and the anti health reform people will succeed, they have behind them the full power of corporate America.
God help us all if they do.