August 14, 2009, - 8:03 pm

Woodstock: 40 Years Ago, An Orgy for the Quickening of America’s Fall

By Debbie Schlussel

Forty years ago tomorrow (Saturday), a stupid concert that helped hasten America’s decline happened.  And because of it, this past week, we’ve been treated to an endless undue nostalgia for something unworthy–an orgy to America’s end.  That’s what Woodstock was, nothing more.  And certainly nothing worthy of celebration or glamorizing.

When You Celebrate Woodstock, You Celebrate This . . .



For those of us with critical thinking skills, the nakedness and pothead mania at that jerk Max Yasgur’s farm is not only not worth celebrating or remembering with fondness, it’s worth looking back upon with the only things it deserves:  disgust and condemnation.

I really don’t care that the “greatest names in rock of the day” performed there.  So what?  And who cares if Jimi Hendrix played there?  Look what happened to him just over a year later.  Dead of a drug overdose and too much alcohol.  Typical of the Woodstock idiots.  They, the rockers,  and the hippies, yippies, and other numbskulls making up the boomer generation  at this infest-o-fest brought us free love . . . and STDs and AIDs, single mothers and baby mamas, and a whole new hipness to out-of-wedlock births that has brought us crime waves, sensitive men a/k/a wimps, and a whole lot of other problems.  Their sexual mores brought us sky-high divorce rates and a rate of out of wedlock mothers–40%–that rivals many Western democracies.

Their anti-war peace and love was really just America-hatred which glamorized violent protest against the country and parents and authorities who gave them everything; it was uber-tolerance for Black panther racism, violence, and murder (of cops and others); and it was the big love and tolerance of those who hate and want to destroy us.  Woodstock was anti-patriotism-palooza.

Yup, the drugged-out Woodstock free-lovers of 40 years ago are the aging ACLU lawyers for Islamic terrorists of today.   And don’t forget how they spit on our Vietnam Veterans . . . the ones who didn’t return in body bags, while their fellow Americans–Woodstock pondscum–had educational deferments and other methods of staying in America for this stupid self-esteem-on-steroids party.

The Woodstock alumni are the 60-something-year-old cat ladies who watch America’s Al-Jazeera, PBS (while your tax dollars subsidize it), and idolized Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, and they are the converse:  the aging groupies who slept with every hippie and druggie that ever professed a hatred of Nixon and the Vietnam war (the chicks who now look like burnt leather in overstretched lace camisoles and tank tops covered by ugly multi-colored jackets from Chico’s).   They slept around so much, they brought us abortion on demand to help eliminate the “baggage.”

They are the liberals who voted for Barack Obama and not too long before him, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.  They are the ones who made today’s consideration of socialized medicine possible.  They are the fathers of the modern stimulus package.  And don’t forget that Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was part of that wigged out, acid-tripping generation.  And look what she gave us.  Talk about being a mother…  .

Sorry, Woodstock worshippers and glorifiers, there is nothing to exalt there.  You worship at the altar of Ben & Jerry’s.  Your god is dysfunction.  It was a giant party for the selfish generation, probably the most selfish in U.S. history.  In addition to stinky people with afros and bad perms and packets of weed, there was little more to it than a bunch of dirty, muddy people stoned and tripped out and badly in need of a shower, a haircut . . . and probably a good spanking from  mom or dad, something that spoiled Woodstock generation never received.  Instead, they toked up America’s future in smoke amidst their rolling papers.

40 years ago today something happened from which our country will, sadly, never recover.  The cancer was unleashed.  While we had temporary victories with the Reagan Revolution and the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994, we are at a point of metastasis, in which we are only trying to slow it down.

Woodstock, August 15, 1969, isn’t a memory to celebrate.  It’s an everlasting nightmare to spit on.

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105 Responses

All I feel here is a lot of hate for people who NEVER asked to be born. What do you call ANY generation…every generation has had some kind of impact on the USA.

What do you suggest all of we so called “baby boomers” do, NOW
that we are already born …euthanize ourselves before we start having to use the SS and the Medicare that we have been forced to pay into for over 40 years. I feel like I should have been an abortion and I never did drugs,walked naked or
went to Woodstock. I DID part-take in a RACIAL rights movement
and did go to a couple of anti-war rallies in 1970…oh, free
love, NEVER did that either. But let me go jump off a bridge before I insult anyone of you perfect people.

cthelight on August 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm

it seems to me that charles manson was the prototypical progressive of that era… we have obama

shmujew on August 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Excellent post. There is much information about that weekend that the MSM/DNC won’t talk about. Drugs, property destruction of innocent neighboring farms, businesses and homes, etc. The facts exist and they support Debbie’s summary about the kind of people that attended Woodstock and that have subsequently worked to destroy civilization.

salt1907 on August 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

All of you hippies from the 60’s really don’t get it, do you? You unfortunately transformed our society for the worse. Think back to the fifties, just a decade earlier. I know everybody wasn’t the model ‘Leave it to Beaver’ type of family, and there were a lot of dope smoking, racist, wife beating screwballs. But at least then, for the most part, the type of stuff that happened with the hippies in the 60’s was frowned upon in the 50’s, and people were castigated for their low morals. I was born in the sixties to one of those dope smoking, free love, immoral single mothers. Fortunately for me, I was adopted by my grandparents and learned about morals and decency. These hippies should be excoriated, not praised.

Jarhead on August 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Thank you for your courage in telling the truth. You are right.

joyce on August 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

They promised us peace and love then gave us crack and aids.

To summarize that generation of drug soaked losers one needs to look no further than what occurred at the Altamont Free Concert on December 6, 1969. These weird tribal thugs killed a man in a type of human sacrifice as the rolling stones played on. 40 years later as NBC glorifies Woodstock people are still trying to figure out exactly what happened at Altamont but that nightmare is never mentioned in the media. The “festival” in December of ’69 showed the world exactly what these creeps are capable of…And it only gets worse from there…

Johnny on August 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Apparently, “Sorrow” and few others are too literal-minded to look at the issues. Well, I’ll be a bit more thorough this time.

First, to equate Woodstock with “baby boomers” is pretty presumptuous. It is generally accepted that the baby boom lasted from 1946-64. Woodstock took place in August 1969. Anyone who thinks there weren’t large numbers of people at the festival over the age of 23 is living in a fantasy world.

Second, there were some 76 million people born in this country during those years. That covers a lot of territory in terms of attitudes and behavior in politics, culture and economics. Anyone can draw wild generalizations based on one supposedly signal event blown up by the media. Few people really believed in any “Woodstock Nation.” I didn’t. (Yes, I’m a baby boomer, and no, I don’t profess to speak for any others).

Third, most of the attendees at Woodstock weren’t there to crap all over America. They were to there to enjoy the music and comraderie — nothing more. The unexpected overflow crowd was due to poor planning on the part of the promoters, not because of some show of rampant “Anti-Americanism” on the part of concert-goers.

Fourth, hippie-haters had a way of getting wild and out of control back then, too. Or perhaps you may have forgotten about how the cops handled themselves during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. (For the record, I’m a conservative Republican who simply likes music — not crime in these parts, I hope).

Fifth, my “sexist” jokes paralleling Schlussel with Roger Kimball and Midge Decter were examples of comic license. As if Debbie is any stranger to exaggerated comic license.

Seek on August 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Seek. A simple thank you will do…from one baby boomer to another.

    cthelight on August 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    “Apparently, “Sorrow” and few others are too literal-minded to look at the issues. Well, I’ll be a bit more thorough this time.” Shall we look at the meaning of literal? Yes, most people would like an unimaginative and accurate rendering of the facts. Who claimed that everyone at Woodstock was a “Baby Boomer”? However, it would be really hard to argue that too many people past their mid 20’s attended that event, aside from staff, organizers, and free floaters. Also, you may wish to look at the advertising poster if you think this was some sort of apolitical event. As for the 1968 Democratic Convention, you do seem to ignore the SDS and YIPPIE actions when you hurl the accusation of police misconduct at the Chicago Police. As for your comedic license on sexism excuse, that is simply one of many of the responses a bigot might give when cornered.

    sorrow01 on August 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

“Their anti-war peace and love was really just America-hatred which glamorized violent protest against the country and parents and authorities who gave them everything; it was uber-tolerance for Black panther racism, violence, and murder (of cops and others); and it was the big love and tolerance of those who hate and want to destroy us…” Well, well, well, everything old is new again !! Sounds like the current administration?

RoadsScholar on August 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Here is an interesting take on things from someone who is not a Conservative:

Todd Gitlin. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1987

sorrow01 on August 16, 2009 at 9:37 pm


Great post! I think you pretty much said it all. My only hope is that somehow America manages to recover from the “Woodstock” generation.

Suzanne Quigley on August 17, 2009 at 10:01 am

Going to Neverland must have been much like being at Woodstock, I think.

FeFe on August 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm

The vast majority of “boomers” were just people, just like you.
We went to school, didn’t wear the tie-dyed clothes, didn’t do drugs.
We were patriotic, some of us died for our country.
Some towns never had hippies at all. We went seamlessly from the 50’s to the 60’s and the 70’s and hardly noticed the confusion of the large cities. We would watch the evening news and shake our heads over what the anti-war crowd did. It was like it happened in another country.
Please don’t assume all the baby boomers were drugged out hippie trash.

interestinconundrum on August 17, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Debbie, nobody says it better. Thanks for your work.

PDMac60 on August 18, 2009 at 9:29 am

Wow Debbie tell us how you REALLY feel. Though I must say I do 100% Agree with you on this. It was a direct result of this idiocy that the number 1 question the College Kids had for Obama was “Hey, Dude, are you like going to make pot like legal or something?”
California, the hotbed of American Communism is the total end result of Woodsuck. It may have taken place in NY but they all slid into their VW micro-busses and ran out to San Fran right afterwards. And so began the age of the Ugly militant Lesbian and the pussification of the American Male. Not to mention Social Programs that have bled California dry forcing the vast majority of SUCCESSFUL people to vacate the state leaving it in the hands of the Hollywood Idiots and the Illegal Invader loving Liberals.

Martin Fee on August 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm

When will these hippies die of a drug overdose already? They contribute nothing but whining and drug abuse. Our country was at war and these spoiled brats go to a concert so they can do a bunch of drugs and have lots of sex. I’m glad I can look back on my 20’s and see something more meaningful than cowardice and self-indulgence.

CJ on August 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Never ever looked at this way and glad to hear the perspective…
I wondered why this re-celebration of woodstock bothered me so.
Love your column.

rightmind~leftcoast on August 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Debbie, I read your columns about once a week and laugh are entertaining and informative…Your Woodstock rant may be way over the top…perhaps in your world of “dearbornistan politics” and edgy rants against Islamofacists, you miss that despite the drugs and maybe over the top love you complain about, this was a necessary evolution from the 50’s boring and phoney TV life that Americans really didn’t have…Woodstock represents an awakening, of thought, of character, of frustration, and of ideas…Many of the tech ideas developed from these same people who you condemn…Perhaps I detect a hint of jelousy in your tone…for I am amember of the Woodstock generation who was innocent, able, strong, weak, and yes, manipulated by people such as John Kerry and Jane Fonda (KGB) to hate war..but .to question authority, to free my mind and expand it, to appreciate and use music, to be able to communicate with a spirit that we all shared was well worth the sometimes agony, and most time bliss associated with this…you just missed out, but I didn’t and developed into what I believe is a whole and sarcastic human being…

joel paige on August 19, 2009 at 8:05 am

hilarious piece. you do indeed have a sense of humor.

rob on September 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

Ran across your rant Debbie..I have compassion for someone as angry as you. I’m a product of those days and am pleased to be an example of a hippy gone good. Yep, I loved LSD, Hendrix, Janis, freedom to play in the mud and had hair down to my ass. We didn’t all turn out bad as you seem to think. I’m a respected physician, don’t do drugs or even drink but will always be grateful for those experiences as they are part of my growth, my path,and the molding that made me a loving, compassionate man. Sorry you ended up so angry. Acid may have done you some good. Peace.

okiedoc on December 13, 2014 at 2:52 am

You can’t blame Americas downfall on one group of people. So what they did drugs. Nobody’s perfect. You can say hippies ruined America but I could say Christians ruined America. Everybody has an opinion. Put a sock in it.

Michael bright on January 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm

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