Older people are part of a more conservative generation, generally. I'm talking about people in their upper 40s and 50s who seem to attach themselves so fundamentalistly to the Democrats getting a Democratic figurehead in office, and go ape-shit when they don't.
The phenomenon is wide-spread in this social challenger's experience. And you can see it readily in the IMC projects.
One can look at the 'bigger picture' and see some rationality for wanting a Demobilican, er, Democrat in office, as opposed to a Republicrat, er, Republican. One point, perhaps the most resonating for younger folks as well, is that faithful Democrats believe that Democrat-ic polytricksters, er, politicians who play polytricks, er, politics, *would stop another Vietnam from happening*; even tho many of the same age privately confess that the Democrat-ic angle would no-doubt go into the same cesspool as the Republican, only more *slowly* and drawn-out.
Anyway, to avoid digressing too much...
My study of the meta of institutionalized human beings and their organizations (including attacks on them, legal and illegal) moves me to say that our seemingly topical elders are *survivors* of a sort. They've seen their more openly radical fellows get bogged down in court cases and made mince-meat of via such programs as the f.b.i.'s illegal Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO). They've also tended to perhaps intuitively question left-wing fundamentalist attitudes (not that right-wing fundamentalism is viewed as any better), such as the Politically Correct (PC) movement.
If this sounds choppy, it is. It is being written on short notice without much time to write.
I really just wanted to bring this issue up and try to promote more radical consciousness. Some of the phenomenon is certainly *lack of nerve* and a reflection of people who are growing older and must "get by" around most others inebriated in Mundania. A "falling back" on "the path of least resistance".
But let's not forget that, like the gay rights movement, that when radicals began to find success in tiny numbers (Stonewall was comparitively tiny to the turn-out in national gay pride marches, for instance), gay men came out of the woodwork, and now overflow gay bars and such everywhere.
And most gay men of the older generations were *underground* with their true hearts. They married, often not telling their spouses of their true desires (which were called "mentally ill" at the time), and lived lives of seeming superficiality and topicalness.
So there's an example of the lessons gay history can tell the rest of us.
Where to go with this? Perhaps it will resonate with you, and this will assist you in continuing to formulate your own consciousness!