40th Anniversary of the "Summer of Love"

The Summer of Drugs

An unclouded, un-stoned view by Ted Nugent!


Forty years ago hordes of stoned, dirty, stinky hippies converged on San Francisco to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," which was the calling card of LSD proponent Timothy Leary. Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco.

The Summer of Drugs climaxed with the Monterey Pop Festival which included some truly virtuoso musical talents such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, both of whom would be dead a couple of years later due to drug abuse. Other musical geniuses such as Jim Morrison and Mama Cass would also be dead due to drugs within a few short years. The bodies of chemical-infested, brain-dead liberal deniers continue to stack up like cordwood.

As a diehard musician, I terribly miss these very talented people who squandered God's gifts in favor of poison and the joke of hipness. I often wonder what musical peaks they could have climbed had they not gagged to death on their own vomit. Their choice of dope over quality of life, musical talent and meaningful relationships with loved ones can only be categorized as despicably selfish.

The 1960s, a generation that wanted to hold hands, give peace a chance, smoke dope and change the world, changed it all right: for the worse. America is still suffering the horrible consequences of hippies who thought utopia could be found in joints and intentional disconnect.

A quick study of social statistics before and after the 1960s is quite telling. The rising rates of divorce, high school drop outs, drug use, abortion, sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes, is dramatic. The "if it feels good, do it" lifestyle born of the 1960s has proved to be destructive and deadly.

Where was I that summer?

  1. Just graduated from High School
  2. Worked at a greenhouse for the Summer (and my first year of college at the University of Cincinnati)
  3. Was not a Christian - that would come 2 years later
  4. I enjoyed the music ... but never tried the drugs!
  5. "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" (see below): was somewhat of the theme song for that Summer. Really looks and sounds stupid in 2007!


  1. Are you saying you didn't inhale? :)

  2. I not only did not "inhale", I was never near the stuff. I was pretty "square" as they would say. (I did do my share of drinking however!)


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