Posted On: Saturday - February 12th 2022 8:16PM MST
In Topics:   Music  US Police State  History  US Feral Government
Now, I can't remember what got me thinking about that time and the reason to write this post. It was, like, a week ago. (I remember people didn't like, use "like" like that, so much, except for the latter purpose, if nothing else...)
Unless one is of the ctrl-left and/or a dedicated Communist from the get go, or lived in a bad time and place in history, he usually doesn't think of periods of his life based on what was going on politically. I could say that about my time in the early 1990s, right at 30 years ago. It's not that I wasn't already well aware of the politics of this country, thanks to lots of input from my Dad, but, I didn't obsess about it, much less have a blog (not an easy accomplishment in 1992!)
I was having fun then, and one could argue that it was my personal life that makes me remember this as still a pretty decent time to live here. However, I don't think it was that. I was struggling with money for some of that time, and I was struggling with other stuff for much of it too. What it was too, though, is that the early 1990s were a time before I personally realized that America was consistently headed in the wrong direction. This was before 3 big problems came to the forefront of my mind at least. I was young then, but even for most Americans, these 3 were not big issues yet at that time for the same reasons they weren't for me. They hadn't really metastasized, or we were all just not as aware, as say, a younger Peter Brimelow.
That name of course leads me to the issue that is most existential to American, the immigration invasion. Though the illegal Hispanic immigration had been big already - see 1986 Illegal Amnesty - Ronald Reagan's regrets - and especially right then during Senor Bush's* BIGGER amnesty, and it'd been over 25 years already since the Hart/Cellar 1965 immigration act, the numbers hadn't accumulated so much where I lived, anyway. You did see too many Mexicans around, and, yes, I was tired of seeing that. There were some big contingents of Chinese grad students and a few •Indians, but these, and other friends of mine at the time, were just a select very decent and smart people, who had not come over in massive numbers. Only one decade before this period, anyone from Mainland China was a rarity to be noted and met by the local dignitaries. No, I was nowhere near NY City.
I just didn't see what was coming. It was not, in fact, till over a decade later, that my Dad got through to me on the issue of the massive immigration problem.
Then, there was the continual increase in Totalitarianism. As I wrote in Part 2 of When did this country get out of control?, for me, it wasn't until the middle of the 1990s that I started to see that every question of freedom vs. authoritarianism seemed to go in the latter direction. In the early 1990s, all it had been for me was experiencing the Feral Gov't's blackmail of the States regarding the 55 mph speed limit and, later, the same with the 21 age limit for alcohol sales. There were still people, even in the US Congress of all places, that argued about the Constitutionality of proposed laws.
The US Gov't Waco, Texas murders were perpetrated in 1993, which gave us a preview of things to come. In my State, it was only by the middle of that decade that everyone was pretty much in agreement - yes, you can just stop cars at checkpoints, because, drunk driving. No violation of any Constitutional Amendment IV was even imagined, because who read that stuff anymore? Then, 9/11 happened, and things got much worse. By 2005, the SCROTUS said Kelo v New London "yeah, Big Biz can just go appropriating property, but the government's gotta help arrange it."**
In the early 1990s, I might have had a few pet peeves about government overreach, but I didn't see the big rise in Totalitarianism coming yet. Who did? (Well, Lew Rockwell probably, and Vin Suprynowitz - see "Papiere bitte!" - "Your papers, please!" and memories of Mr. Vin Suprynowicz*** - at least).
Then there was our country's foreign policy. The Cold War had just ended. We'd won. The money to be saved by not having to guard most of the free world ought to have added up to a lot. We had built up goodwill all around the world. What could go wrong?
Most Americans living in 1992 would have experienced that usually out-of-mind, but still existent, threat that the Cold War could one day go hot at the nuclear level for their whole lives until a couple of years back. Let's see, you'd have to have been born before 1942 or so to have some memory of a time before the looming USSR Cold War nuclear threat was around. So, that'd be anyone 50 or under knowing of nothing else bigger, foreign policy-wise, until just about then, 30 years back.
I've left off the internal Commie infiltration we see blossoming now with the Cultural Revolution in progress, the hard-left D-squad, and so on, because that is something that I wouldn't have even thought of in the early 1990s.
Of these 3 now-huge problems with our country, likely in the order I wrote about them in urgency (most to least), there wasn't nearly so much to worry about in 1990, or so it looked. Why would I, or my fellow Americans, feel a need to pay close attention to it? We all have a life to live. We know we will be mostly wasting time trying to solve the country's problems ourselves, and well, those politicians will hopefully not get too far off the rails.
After all, I did spend some time helping in the '92 Presidential election, and, of all things, it was a Democrat (his name was Paul Tsongas). Then, when Slick Willy pulled ahead, I supported Ross Perot for a while. You vote, you watch some Rush Limbaugh on the TV with a friend, you help out occasionally, you subscribe to a political magazine or two****, and you feel good enough about that. After all, it's just politics, not life.
Ignorance is bliss, they say. It's nice to not have to pay attention to it all. That's where I was in the early 1990s, politically. I guess most Americans were the same then and well before then. Most Americans seem to have been in blissful ignorance long since then too.
It's a great country when the politics interfere so little in life and don't seem to be any long-term threat. That was 1992. That's not 2022. How many Americans have come out of this blissful ignorance? Even if you still don't care about politics, politics really cares about you now. Sure, ignorance is bliss ...till it ain't.
Of course, some early '90s music is in order here, and on another venue, Mr. Alarmist embedded a favorite group of mine, The B-52's with a song from the '80s, but I can still use Kate Pierson here. This one is REM's Shiny Happy People from their1991 album Out of Time with Kate complementing Michael Stipe on vocals. I know I've featured this one before. What a shiny, happy time.
Yes, that Kate Pierson was something else! Wiki says REM (with Kate Pierson) performed this song on Saturday Night Live on April 13th of that year. I can find clips of rehearsals on youtube, but not of the show itself.
* It was a snippet of that guy's 30 seconds or so speaking in Spanish at some event in 1988 that turned me off of ever thinking of voting for him.
** This case got Peak Stupidity comparing China favorably to America on the issue of Eminent Domain in the post Fireworks from China.
*** First time I got his name right without copy/paste, and the other 2 of our posts in this series are here and here.
**** Yes, I shamefully admit it was National Review for about 5 years. Before that, it had been The American Spectator.