Manson was and is a certified, murderous whackjob. He didn't personally kill anyone - he just convinced a lot of other lunatics to go out and do it, in hopes of starting his "Helter Skelter" race war.
Which brings us to the fears of impending racial violence in Ferguson. Not only does almost everyone expect an explosion whether or not the Grand Jury finds wrongdoing in the police shooting of Michael Brown, it's clear that a lot of people desperately want that explosion for their own political ends and, like Manson, they're calling plays from the sidelines.
Only one day after the midterm election, Barack Obama met with Ferguson protestors to tell them to "stay on course" - a message the president never felt comfortable giving to our troops in Iran or Afghanistan, nor our allies in Israel.
The aging 60's radicals who now run Saint Louis University are enthusiastically giving students tips and lessons on how to protest, as well as giving legal advice about how to file lawsuits "against the cops." We suppose we should be grateful that they aren't still calling the police "pigs" - but then again maybe the faculty members just don't want to offend Muslims.
Because (we segued deftly) what would violent societal breakdown be without the involvement of radical Muslims? Afraid of getting left out of the party, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is working with a group called "Muslims for Ferguson" to make sure protestors are on the ground when the jihad hits the fan.
So all the crazies are getting ready to take to the streets, fulfilling Charlie Manson's long delayed fantasy of hatred, insanity and chaos becoming the new normal. All of this while the swastika-sporting Manson is lovin' it up with his sweetie in prison on the taxpayer dime.
Frankly, Hope n' Change isn't sure which side of the asylum walls we're on anymore.
(Note: the man in the picture is NOT Michael Brown - it's one of the looters
who is "staying on course" and "honoring" Brown's memory.)