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Connie Wrote: I have been a Democrat all my life but during the last two decades the Democratic Party has moved so far to the right it has fallen over a cliff into that corrupt corporate realm to the point I can't recognize it anymore and that is why so many Dems have become Independents and these Independents are now voting for Bernie Sanders because they know what a true Democrat is.
I cannot speak for how left or right the Democratic Party was in the 70s, 80s and part of the 90s because I spent much of that time overseas. However, I can relate to 1968, the year I graduated from college. It was a year of considerable political turmoil as the Vietnam war was very much on our minds...or rather the prospect of getting drafted into that war. I flunked my physical (knee injury) so I wasn't drafted, but many of my classmates were drafted and some of them have their name on that black Vietnam Wall in Washington DC. It was also the year in which both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated.
The yippies (Youth International Party) were the counter-culture revolutionary movement at that time. Led by Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner and others, they caused havoc at the Democratic Convention in Chicago of that year. From Norman Mailer via Wikipedia:
"Yippie theatrics culminated at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. YIP planned a six-day Festival of Life – a celebration of the counterculture and a protest against the state of the nation. This was supposed to counter the "Convention of Death." This promised to be "the blending of pot and politics into a political grass leaves movement – a cross-fertilization of the hippie and New Left philosophies." Yippies' sensational statements before the convention were part of the theatrics, including a tongue-in-cheek threat to put LSD in Chicago's water supply. "We will fuck on the beaches! ... We demand the Politics of Ecstasy! ... Abandon the Creeping Meatball! ... And all the time 'Yippie! Chicago – August 25–30.'" First on a list of Yippie demands: "An immediate end to the war in Vietnam."
In any case, George McGovern was defeated by Hubert Humphrey at the Convention. Humphrey went on to lose to Richard M. Nixon in a landslide.
The Yippie movement didn't die at the convention. It went on to conduct more protests in the early 1970s, but eventually it just sort of died out, officially closing in 2013.
Bernie Sanders political revolution is still young. It remains to be seen what impact it will have on the future. That history hasn't been written yet.