“Do you remember the term ‘free love,’ bandied about so frequently in the 1960s and into the freewheeling ‘70s? It seemed to spring out of the ‘flower children’ phenomenon [. . .] during the decade-long period when open student dissent against the Vietnam War spawned flagrant drug use, rejection of all authority, the breaking of all taboos and the intoxicating notion that people should just be completely ‘free’ to do whatever they wanted to do.
“Timothy Leary joyously advocated, ‘Tune in; turn on; drop out.’
“The Chicago Seven’s Jerry Rubin shouted, ‘If it feels good — do it.’ [. . .]
“But morning came eventually. And the inevitable hangover revealed permanently ruined lives, addled minds, a smorgasbord of sexual diseases, nervous breakdowns, overdose deaths — and set the stage for the still-real AIDS epidemic in this country.
“ ‘ Free love’ wasn’t free, after all. The tab came due, and the bills are still being paid. The overthrow of responsibility was, and is, terribly, tragically costly.”
Pat Boone, writing on “No such thing as ‘free’ speech,” Dec. 9 in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com