40 years later, Woodstock’s spiritual vibes still resonate

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(UNDATED) Organizers of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair planned for a crowd of 50,000 at their August gathering 40 years ago in rural New York. Instead, nearly 500,000 people showed up to hear Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Who, transforming the festival into an iconic — and some say spiritual — event that […]

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  • SteveB

    The spiritual elements of Woodstock ’69 cannot be emphasized enough . . . I’m looking forward to seeing the upcoming Ang Lee film TAKING WOODSTOCK based on Elliot Tiber’s memoir, which showed how Tiber reached out to Mike Lang and company care of a phone call to try to help save the festival from cancellation in Wallkill, New York . . . while also saving his family from forfeiture on their broken down El Monaco motel . . . there are so many broken spirits walking around right now, and I hope that the anniversary of this special concert might help bring everybody back into the light . . .

  • Debaters debate the two wars as if Nixon’s civil war on Woodstock Nation didn’t yet run amok. One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights or to Cuba for political prisoners. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to ongoing persecution of hippies, radicals, and non-whites under banner of the war on drugs. If we are all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance credibility.

    The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. In God’s eyes, it’s all good (Gen.1:12). The administration claims it wants to reduce demand for cartel product, but extraditing Canadian seed vendor Marc Emery increases demand. Mr. Emery enables American farmers to steal cartel customers with better product at lower price.

    The constitutionality of the CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) is derived from an interstate commerce clause. This clause is invoked to authorize funding organized crime, endangering homeland security, and throwing good money after bad. Official policy is to eradicate, not tax, the number-one cash crop in the land. America rejected prohibition, but it’s back. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

    Nixon promised the Schafer Commission would support the criminalization of his enemies, but it didn’t. No matter, the witch-hunt was on. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA halted all research. Marijuana has no medical use, period.

    The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. A specific church membership should not be prerequisite for Americans to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. Denial of entheogen sacrament to any American, for mediation of communion with his or her maker, precludes the free exercise of religious liberty.

    Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Puritans came here to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

    Common-law must hold that adults own their bodies. Socrates said to know your self. Lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration. The founding fathers undersigned that Americans’ right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable.

    Simple majorities in each house could put repeal of the CSA on the president’s desk. The books have ample law on them without the CSA. The usual caveats remain in effect. You are liable for damages when you screw up. Strong medicine requires prescription. Employees can be fired for poor job performance. No harm, no foul; and no excuse, either. Replace the war on drugs with a frugal, constitutional, science-based drugs policy.

  • Hippes still stink

    Woodstock was a gang of filthy doped-up hedonists united to destroy America,a goal they’ve all but achieved.Would that an errant nuclear test had hit the ground there..What a wonderful world it would be today.

  • grown up hippy

    Some people of my generation refuse to grow up— there was nothing “spiritual” about Woodstock— those who experienced a spiritual awakening— here’s a flash— it was the drugs—believe me it had NOTHING to do with God.

  • It wasn’t the drugs…it was the sense of community…the spirit of love and cooperation. There was a whole lot more spirituality at Woodstock than is in many organized religions. That spirit is still alive and well in individuals who are finding a direct link to GOD. The time of the church is over. The revolution is here!