America’s Boomers are a controlling bunch for sure. As teens and twenties they shut down their high schools, colleges and public buildings with “sit-ins,” even bombed the Capitol (and elected one of the bomber’s proteges to the presidency no less), to get their way. They screamed, and were protected, under the First Amendment. Some of what they protested was important and good, and many millions of have benefited from their willingness to tell the truth, no matter how painful, particularly in regards to race relations and alcoholism/co-dependency.
Somewhere along the line, however, they lost their way. Or, more accurately, they never actually found their way, into adulthood, that is. While most adults begin to understand how the liberal (i.e. libertine) desires of the young need to stay with the young, Boomers stayed the same, spoiled, mouthy brats they were in 1970. They shout down and drown anyone who dares suggest an alternative to their hallowed universe. One is not allowed to criticize the holy social gospel of Boomerdom without literally being threatened with jail time. The institutions they protested are now the institutions that give them the power to marginalize and ghettoize: in Congress, in the Presidency, in the bureaucracies, in the mainstream media, in religion, even in the military (bombs – they like bombs).
Millennials — the children and students of Boomers — naturally do not have a clue how entitled and rude Boomers were, so, understandably, they don’t see how they have been co-opted and corrupted by them. The “make love, not war” generation has left us an ugly legacy: an expectation of entitlement for the loudest voice, in parallel with devolving American culture into one based on emotion, rather than fact or civil consensus. Are we surprised really, to see their children/students also behaving badly, complete with the never-ending act of domestic terrorism called “shutting down the First Amendment?”
You know what I mean … you even breathe before suggesting an additional viewpoint on the Four Gospels (LGBTQ, Planned Parenthood, Free Stuff and College, and Animals are People, Too) and you see the face. You know, the one that says, “Don’t bother to fill out a ‘do not resuscitate’ form. We’ve already done it for you.”
This attitude, of course, cannot stand in America/Amerika. They First Amendment may have lost it’s appeal to Boomers, now that it gets in their way, but some of us are old-fashioned. We want to hear the alternative voices. We are not old. We are not intolerant. We want fresh and esoteric and (gasp!) controversial words and pictures in our public square. We refuse to capitulate to Boomer Puritanism, where everything and everybody they don’t like goes into the stocks for public shaming.
I am, right now, thinking of Josh Weed. No, this has nothing to do with marijuana — that would be old hippie stuff anyway. He is …
hold on …
this might be difficult to accept …
take a deep breath …
here it comes …
are you sure you are open-minded enough to handle this?
He is a gay man living a straight life. (HORROR OF HORRORS. THIS IS NOT ALLOWED. HOW DARE HE??????????)
Scott Savage, who was harassed so much in his job as a college librarian by his colleagues for merely suggesting a book they didn’t like, he quit. He then lost a discrimination lawsuit because the harassment wasn’t bad enough.
young people who are assaulted and bullied in school because of their skin color.
There are more stories like this, all people stopped by the institutional prison created by Boomers who propagandized an entire generation into becoming the very haters they hate. Millennials are, sadly, the ultimate haters because they will not allow — née, cannot tolerate — disagreement. They love gays, but HATE those who question gay politics or whose religion disagrees with gay marriage. They love animals, and/or fear for the earth, then despise (HATE) those who suggest animals are not on a level with humans, or fight against the tyranny of global “sustainability.” They love their status as “global citizens” (not a real thing), then HATE presidential candidates who point out of the economic disaster of a borderless world.
Is this you? Do you think all hate is bad, unless it’s your hate?
Be bigger than that.
Boomers were, in part, energized toward change after growing up in homes where the fallout of war permeated their everyday lives. Their fathers came home from Europe or the Pacific theatre of World War II changed. They suffered PTSD long before there was any talk of help. They were alcoholics, they suffered flashbacks, they couldn’t sleep, they limped, were sometimes limbless. They also appreciated home-sweet-home, if they were fortunate enough to return, so they built parks and swimming pools and formed community clubs to make the place they raised their children peaceful and beautiful. They were flawed, but they loved the best they could.
They often felt their children were ungrateful. Unfortunately they were right, at the most fundamental level. Those flower children who spit on Vietnam draftees, failed — and still fail — to accept and admire the sacrifice that gave them that ability to whine and cry and scream publicly in the first place.
The right to Free Speech is not one to be re-written at will. Every child of American schools know this fact: without the Boomer fathers, we would be speaking German, a language associated with the most hateful historical acts of the West in the 20th century. Do you see the irony? Boomers who claimed to promote equal rights and “free love,” now exercise the politics of hate their fathers literally killed to stop. Here’s what you might not know: those WWII soldiers were fighting a regime whose first acts were to shut down free speech. One of WWII’s best known martyrs, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was executed by them because he refused to stop speaking out for the German church. Are Boomers executing those with whom they disagree? I would like to say “no,” but, frankly, I don’t actually know. They have passed laws that allow the U.S. government to abduct and retain, without cause, any citizen, for any reason.
So don’t be a Boomer. Be better. Be for Bernie AND the Donald’s right to speak.
Allow speech. Allow dissent. Don’t feel threatened. Don’t control. Promote individual liberty. Learn discernment. Begin with the writings Boomers were forced to read, but would never heed: Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience; Orwell’s 1984; the Bill of Rights.
Oh, and read it in English. (Because you can.)