Come Together…Right Now

“You say you want a revolution” –mm7 Lennon /  McCartney

Hey Millennials you can rant and rave and dis Baby Boomers all you want, but until you demonstrate that you are capable of making changes that are crucial for our country’s existence, then stop complaining.

mm5And as for the Baby Boomers who think they gave birth to lazy, social-media-crazed children, stop complaining too. Instead encourage them to become a part of their country’s much needed progress. We can’t do alone, again, we need our children to work with us and take over and do a much better job than we did.

Three Generations of Griping! What Exactly Have We Learned?

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Said to Millennials by Baby Boomers Said to Baby Boomers by The Greatest Generation
BB-“You’re an idiot!” GG-“You’re an idiot”
BB- “You can be anything you want to be when you grow-up. Yes even President of the U.S.” GG-“You can be anything you want to be when you grow-up. Yes even President of the U.S.” However Barbara Bush and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump should never have added that last bit.
BB-“You’re on the phone too much, put it down and look at me when I’m talking to you.” GG-“Next time I hear a busy signal when I call home I’m ripping the phone out of the wall.”
BB-“Don’t you ever take a picture of where you are instead of a selfie?” GG-“What do you mean you put seven people in the VW bug and drove around all night?”
M-“I need a car when I turn 16.”

BB-“Okay sweetie.”

BB-“Can I have the car tonight, Dad?” GG-“No, your sister asked first.”

 

BB-“Why can’t you do anything right?” GG-“You can’t do anything right, ever.”
BB-“Get off that phone and read a book.” GG-“Turn off that radio and read a book.”
BB-“I would like you to go to college, but you’ll have to pay for most of it yourself.” GG-“You will go to college and we’ll pay for it.”
BB-“You’ve got it too easy.” GG-“You’ve got it too easy.”
BB-“Yes darling you should always question authority.”

M’s BB Teacher-“Questioning authority does not mean asking, ‘Why do we have to read this stupid book.’”

GG-“If you get a draft notice you’re going to fight in Viet Nam.”

BB-“Why should I fight in yet another immoral war, created to help boost the economy?”

BB-“You must vote. my generation worked hard for the 18-year-old right to vote. Make your vote count.”

M-“Yeah, well that didn’t work out did it?”

GG-“You cannot vote at 18!”

BB-“Let me see. . .I can die for my country at 18, but I can’t vote for the men who are sending me to my death?”

M-“What? After all these years women still aren’t paid as much as men?” Didn’t you march for that too?” GG-“You’re what? A Feminist?”

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“This Be the Verse”

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

They may not mean to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they hamm8d

And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn

By fools in old-style hats and coats,

Who half the time were soppy-stern

And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.

It deepens like a coastal shelf.

Get out as early as you can,

And don’t have any kids yourself.- Philip Larkin’s 1971

Even though we totally agreed with Philip Larkin we obviously didn’t heed his advice and went on to populatemm10 America with the largest generation ever. Millennials sadly don’t realize that we had parents too. Our parents were the first generation to actually have children because they wanted to and not because they could employ them as farmhands.

This is all thanks to Dr. Spock, no, not that Spock. Dr. Benjamin Spock who wrote excessively on how to raise your children with hugs, laughter, praise, fairness, and lots of love. His first book was published in 1946, the year after WWII ended and the year before babies boomed all over the world. His book was my bible and I used it for my daughter’s first two years and beyond. He was so right-on about everything she did that I suspected she sneaked into my room and read the passages.

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I remember that the Greatest Generation believed that he knew how to raise children, but had no business at our Viet Nam War protests. He argued that the war was killing the generation he raised, nurtured, and cared about most. And this was true, 58,000 Baby Boomers perished in that war, leaving a huge hole in my generation and the Greatest Generation’s hearts.

So you see Millennials each generation has their greatness and their downfalls and even their pitfalls.

 

 

The big questions is, “What will your greatness be?

How about-

Ending Global Warming

Making the U.S. a progressive state

Running for office and filling the shoes of the ancient men in GOVERNMENT

Selling the beautiful idea of a SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

Creating a social democracy in the U.S

Free and Equal Education for all schools (After all what part of educating the masses repulses the Republicans? Oh yeah, the educated masses scare them to death, see what it did for the Boomers in the 60s and 70s)

Free Quality Health Care

Paid time off for giving birth for both partners

Paid time off to care for sick children and ailing parents

Strict Gun laws

True belief that war and violence is NEVER the answer

Peace and negotiations as an alternative to WAR

Inexpensive quality CHILD CARE

Increase pay for our workers over CEOs, CFOs, and POLITICIANS

Redefine and re-fabricate our Justice system and prison system

Increase time off for workers

Lessen the greed from Corporate CEOs, CFOs, and politicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

From this. . .to this. It is time to act!

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Welcome to my blog of lists and stories that demonstrate the commonalities and differences between two of the largest generations who just happen to be inhabiting the U.S.A. at the same time.  There are 74.9 million Baby Boomers, (ages 51-69) and 75.4 million Millennials, (ages 18-34) Totaling almost half of our current population of 318.9 million. I will be researching, discovering, and reporting on exactly what that means for all Americans. These numbers represent two generations that need to learn from one another and then work together for real change. Not change filled with bombastic, bloviating hate and lies, but change filled with American values, as defined in our constitution and promotes the well-being of Americans. I know this is quite the project and it will be quite the journey, but it is a journey I am eager and excited to tackle.

For full disclosure, I am a Baby Boomer and I never want to return to the 1950s. That decade never worked for me as a human being and it won’t work for me now as an aging white woman. Put aside the frumpy fashion, the lack of kitchen gadgets, the plastic covered chairs and lampshades, please. . . and focus on the cruel human side of exclusion during the 50s, which highlighted women, people of color, mentally ill, differently abled, mentally challenged, non-Christians, LGBTQ, and other “rejects” of society who never knew equality in America. As a Baby Boomer, I worked hard in my personal and professional life, to help America lose the notion of rejecting any human being from society. My hope is that this blog brings our efforts and the efforts of our children together to end any legislation or further notion of bigotry, disrespect, hatred, wars, or inequality that may pop-up in the coming years. We must never return to the 1950’s in our legislation, our hearts, and our souls. Yes America, I finally have my own “Soap Box.”

So here is my first list itemizing the different worlds we were born into-

Baby Boomers (1947-1964) Millennials 1982-1998
1947 World Population totals 2.5 Billion 1982 World population totals 4.610 Billion
The fear of communism spreads and is called, “Red Scare.” Who spreads this fear? Politicians-1947 The fear of terrorism spreads and spreads and spreads leading many Americans to commit “hate crimes” against innocent American citizens. And who spreads this fear? Politicians, of course. 1993
Cold War begins 1941 Cold War ends 1991, Berlin Wall falls!
Gandhi was assassinated -1948 Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India is assassinated-1984
NATO is established-1949 The European Union  ratification-1993
Israel becomes a sovereign nation bringing the number of nations to 106-1948 191 official sovereign countries in the world-1998
Federal Republic of West Germany becomes a communist nation-1949 East and West Germany unite into one country once again-1990
Communism blooms in China with Mao Zedong-1949 Taliban reign of terror, enforcing Sharia Law and oppressing women, killings, and beheadings ensued-1996
Apartheid begins in South Africa-1948 South African Parliament finally ends Apartheid-1994
U.S.A. sends troops to fight in the Korean War- 1952

U.S.A. sends troops to fight in Vietnam-1959

Persian Gulf War begins with U.S.A. troops-1990; Rwanda commits genocide against the Tutsis-1994; U.S.A. sends troops to fight in Bosnia-Herzegovina-1995
Space Race between USSR and USA begins-1959 Computer technology quickly becomes the norm in education and in homes with the introduction of the World Wide Web-1989
President J.F. Kennedy assassinated-1963; Malcolm X assassinated-1965; Martin Luther King assassinated-1968; Robert Kennedy assassinated-1968 First attempt to bomb World Trade Center in a terrorist attack-1993

Oklahoma City bombing, domestic terrorist killed 169 people including children-1995

1965 World Population totals 3.345 Billion 1998 World Population totals 5.918 Billion

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Baby Boomers grew up terrified of a nuclear war, hiding under the safety of our desks and believing that nothing would hurt us there. I remember watching a classmate with a broken leg struggle to get under her desk, while her cast and leg lay in the aisle. I remember feeling so sorry for her because she would most certainly lose her leg. Then I dreamed up this fantasy. See, no one could beat me at jacks (a game with a bouncy ball and six-pronged metal pieces). I held the title of Champion of the Playground in the late 1950s at Crestview Elementary on Vandenberg Air Force Base. So, I sincerely thought that I could challenge a Soviet girl my age to jacks; I would win and there wouldn’t be any war and we would become friends. Give me a break, I was nine and that is exactly how simple life in the 50s appeared to me.

As we grew older we found out that being under our desks was the most orderly way to disintegrate during a nuclear war which, did not comfort any of us. We later laughed about the antics our government put us through, but it wasn’t a hearty laugh, more of a nervous laugh and it wasn’t the only antic our government would subject us to.

Today Millennials and Baby Boomers share a nervousness and fear about terrorism and the notion that it will strike at any moment and there won’t be any desks to crawl under. One of our highest profile, pompous, fearful leaders (whose name will never be mentioned in this blog) even bragged in a Tweet that he was right in predicting the next terrorist attack that sadly came in the form of a hate crime in Orlando, Florida. This inappropriate comment did not support the necessary healing process for the victims, their beloved families and those of us who weep each time this happens. What it did do was motivate his followers to lash out at innocent American-Muslims in vicious and violent ways. Months later this installation of fear remains as a vent for those who feel it is their right to hurt, maim, and/or kill people with different beliefs. Instilling fear is no way to run a democratic country with a constitution that abhors violence and murder; however, it does work rather well in autocratic dictatorships. That is why Baby Boomers and Millennials must unite, protest, campaign through all social media, run for office, VOTE, and change our beloved country.

What did I learn from my blog and timeline?

  • the world is certainly a scary place
  • the world population has doubled
  • peace is an illusion
  • universal problems should be resolved through negotiations
  • war is seldom the answer
  • we are all products of the political egos of our time
  • fear is used for politicians’ personal agendas.
  • many events that began with the birth of Baby Boomers ended during the birth of Millennials
  • and it only took 51+ years!

Please let me know what you learned from my makeshift timeline.

  • How does it feel to know that many of the world’s horrors like South Africa’s Apartheid lasted for more than four and half decades?
  • Could you now live with change moving as slowly as 51 long years?
  • Why do countries always have to compete when new ideas and technology, that benefit everyone, could fly much faster if we worked together?
  • How do you see real change taking place?

Thanks for reading my first blog. I hope to hear from you for a real conversation on change. More Anon!