In August 1969, the historic Woodstock festival was held in upstate New York. It represented the apex of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and has come to occupy a privileged place in the folklore of the American left. Wikipedia describes it this way: “Especially memorable were the sense of social harmony, the quality of music, and the overwhelming mass of people, many sporting bohemian dress, behavior and attitudes.” It has spawned a successful movie and fawning references by three generations of politicians who desperately want to be seen as relevant and trendy by the elites from Manhattan to Hollywood.
One of those politicians aspires to be president of the United States. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently sponsored legislation that would have appropriated $1 million in federal taxpayer funds to construct a MUSEUM to Woodstock and all that it symbolizes. Leave aside her folly of constantly criticizing President Bush for deficit spending and then voting to appropriate money for this. What does this tell us about her mindset, things in her life that she finds important? Was Woodstock really the antiseptic children’s celebration that it is now made out to be?