Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
Nixon's landslide re-election over a man too decent to be President shook that confidence, but the system's self-correction through the mid-70's provided reassurance that an America still recognizable as a free nation would be preserved until "we"--the Boomers--got our chance to do things the right way.
Well, we're taking our shot right now, and it seems certain that a Republic that survived a Civil War, four Presidential assassinations and Tricky Dick will be brought to an end under Baby Boomer leadership.
Clinton was bad enough, his life a revealing example of how most of us repeatedly chose ambition over principle, momentary satisfaction over long term progress. An administration that began by singing "it'll be better than before," ended up settling for welfare "reform," "don't ask, don't tell," and NAFTA. Its greatest victory was managing to avoid a vote to convict in the Senate.
Forty years ago, Dylan thought it was still worth asking questions about how long human misery, oppression and war could go on without its victims and its perpretators working together to find a better way. The answer proved elusive, blowin' in the wind, and that wind turned out to be as fickle as a 1st century Palestinian Jew was reported to have claimed it to be.
The wind blows wherever it wants.
And it has blown the answers to questions about peace and justice and freedom far, far away from the United States to lands that know better than to think that yesterday's gone, that instead remember the hard lessons that war and oppression have taught.