Wow as I reflect with an ice-cold beer and full salt shaker my mind Harkin’s back to the days of peace, love and the Backstreet Boys. Oh what a crazy time it was.
The country went to war and overwhelmed a rag tag force in Iraq. We all celebrated, a hotel I worked at even held a “Welcome Back Weekend” where service members could stay for $29.00 and attend a blow out in the High Energy Nightclub. It was a time of great pride. But we knew there were bad things coming our way. There was a strange feeling of doom by some. The Michigan Militia was growing and other groups were taking up arms, training for the day the UN was going to take their guns away. A Man named Ron Paul started calling for the USA to go bad to the Gold Standard, an idea the Gov’t Shitcanned after the Stock Market Crashed in 1930’s. Yes things were good but we were thinking it was too good.
We were making on a false business model, Junk Bonds, Credit swaps and this new Thing Called the Internet. “Dot.Com” became a way to get rich, who cares if your business plan showed NO HOPE of ever making a red cent; once it went public you were rich. Things were so over heated even Fleetwood Mac made a comeback and did a sold out world tour, thanks in part to a New Political Rockstar- Bill Clinton. The progressive movement was making waves and the waves brought a good buzz. We were sick of just saying No, We Wanted to say Yes…. but most knew the Hangover was coming and no amount of aspirin would make the pain go away.
In 1993 a few nut jobs shacked up in a large barn decided to take a few shots at some overweight ATF agents and the world just blew up. Fire & Brimstone fell upon the Branch Dravidians’ while the world watched. In the end we all felt dirty, the pounding headache was just beginning. Be it a young boy found on a raft and the old school Cubans who wanted to steal him to Eron’s fake $$$’s our heads screamed out for relief.
People ask why the Duke listens to 70’s music, it was the drugs that made the music bad I say. No one was singing about raping a girl, no song every spoke about “Doing Bitches”, yes we got stuck with songs called “PopCorn” and a Catchy TV’s commercial…Wouldn’t you like to buy the world a coke?