This week, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, I can't help but note the contrast with our current news. In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy both were assassinated. The war in Vietnam was raging and political unrest exploded at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
And yet, just one year later, nearly half a million people gathered on a farm for “3 days of peace & music.” Despite the lack of food and torrential rain, there were no shootings, no arrests, not even a fist fight. In the midst of troubled times and political unrest, it was truly three days of peace and love.
Fast forward to today as we mourn the victims of El Paso and Dayton. According to the current issue of TIME magazine, America has had 253 mass shootings so far this year. I know that Woodstock was a bubble in time that will never be repeated. Peace and love have been replaced with guns and a president who incites division and fear. A president who thinks he is above the law. A president who misuses his power.
Jimi Hendrix said, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” People, it's time for us to come together once again and do something!
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