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Baby Boomer Legacy

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by GW22, Nov 10, 2012.

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  1. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

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    Who's up for a little post-election truthfulness?

    I posted the following in April of 2011, and I think it's worthy of a re-post now. In case you're wondering who's responsible for ruining this country, look in the mirror. What happened to our country, and whatever IS happening, is taking place because WE ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN. Consider that while you're whining about Obama.

    But of course you won't consider it. Because that's what we Baby Boomers have always done best -- shirk responsibility.


    -Gary

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    April, 2011:

    I was recently pondering my own plight as a man without a political party. H. Ross Perot's efforts to save America were thwarted by the media turning him into a cartoon character. My Libertarian party repeatedly fails to raise enough money or bring a serious contender to the Presidential election. My Tea-Party hopes died when they allowed themselves to be absorbed and marginalized by the crooked Republicans. And after Friday's embarrassingly gutless cave-in by chronic crier John Boehner and the rest of the shameless Republicans, I finally had to accept that the party of Ronald Reagan is officially dead. For all intents and purposes, other than perhaps gun control, the Repulicans are virtually identical to the Democrat Party. In any case, they will obviously never return to Conservatism. The national debt now exceeds $14 Trillion and the debt limit will soon be raised further which will basically guarantee the demise of America as we know it.

    So I asked myself -- what has my generation, the Baby Boomers, done to stop all of this? But then I started thinking... what have we Baby Boomers really done about anything? What do we really stand for? How do we compare to "The Greatest Generation" of our parents? Let's ponder that...

    Our parents personally stopped the Axis Alliance from taking over the world. We Baby Boomers can't stop a Socialist "Community Organizer" from taking over America.

    Our parents took America from being a second-rate economy to the most dominant in history. We Baby Boomers took it back to the brink of collapse.

    Our parents invented computers, developed weapons and technology to protect America, and put men on the moon. We Baby Boomers invented 30% obesity and the Internet -- a really cool way for other countries to catch up with us, and to get porn without having to go rent a dirty movie.

    Our parents invented desperately needed medicines and vaccines to cure and prevent horrific diseases. We Baby Boomers invented crack cocaine and made showing up at work high socially acceptable.

    Our parents took a hand saw, a hammer and a plaster trowel and built affordable homes that will last a hundred years. We Baby Boomers took air-nailers, power saws and Sheetrock and handed them to a Mexican who will build us a $300K house with a roof made of 7/16" OSB. That house will likely collapse before anyone but the bank ever really owns it.

    Our parents defeated the Soviet Union -- arguably the most mighty industrial-military power of the mid-20th century -- without firing a shot. We Baby Boomers struggle to defeat Osama Bin Laden despite having the greatest technology and military advantage in history.

    Our parents' last political stand was Civil Rights, ours is Civil Apathy.

    Our parents used Unions to make America strong. We Baby Boomers used Unions to protect the lazy and unqualified and make America weak again.

    Our parents stood for self-reliance and acceptance of personal responsibility, rarely asking anyone else for anything. We Baby Boomers stand for the right to have cable TV and make more babies while being on welfare. And we, or at least the kids we raised, ask everybody for everything. If we trip over our shoelaces and break an arm, we sue Nike. 30 year-olds live with their parents and neither the kids nor the parents are even embarrassed to admit it.

    Our parents built a culture where you could live in a middle-class neighborhood and never lock your door. We Baby Boomers built a culture where, even if you live in an upscale subdivision, you need an electronic security system.

    So let's face the sad truth, my Baby Boomer friends -- we have taken all the prosperity our parents gave us on a silver platter and squandered it like a rich man's drunken kid who pissed away his inheritance. In a few decades the term "Baby Boomer" could be like the surname Hitler. Kids will argue in school and deny that their grandparents were part of the generation that ruined the greatest country that ever existed.

    Shame on us. Shame on us all.

    -Gary
     
  2. halfmile

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    Well said. I rmemeber my Dad driving a ford that had a toggle switch and a starter button. He would go downtown and never lock the switch with the key. our house was never locked either, and never while my kids were growing.

    I watch young ones going down the drain with mortgages they can't pay and credit cards owing for stuff that has long since worn out. It breaks my heart to see my daughter on the verge of losing her home.

    Buuuut....it does me good to see my other daughter living within her means, raising 2 girls unassisted, and making it go. My Grandson is in Tech school for welding, and understands the conservative way.

    If not for those rays of sunshine I would say life is hopeless. But it is not.

    I'm not a Doomsday guy with a cellar full of canned goods and bottled water, but I can take care of my plumbing and electrical and i'm adequate with a hammer and saw.

    If they break this outfit I will have a fireplace to sit in front of and if I run out of ammo (hardly) I can still use my airgun to feed myself with.

    We have to hang on for the next 4 years and hope a repressive East Germany type society does not emerge.

    So do some bitching. Boycott liberal supporters and let sponsors of puke programs know you eill not buy their shit.

    Libertarians and the Tea Party will survive.

    HM
     
  3. Catpower

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    It is the truth

    I'm not a Doomsday person either but I have always been a survivalist and we will survive
     
  4. TinMan88

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    Sad but all very true, GW. My father was transfered off the Arizona to submarines, one week before Pearl Harbor. He worked tirelessly to counter the apathy of those around him but died saying "this place ain't worth savin". I'm 60 now so have seen his predictions progress. Those who made the change worked all day long to make this happen. The educators and the politicians did their deeds & planted their seeds 40 hr/wk while blue collar made stuff for America.

    America the Beautiful (the real estate) will still be here for someone, the cycle of honest people and honest goverance has past.
     
  5. Bisi

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    True.

    TinMan, my Dad went in the service Oct. 41, he was at Fort Ord when Pearl Harbor happened. Manned a water cooled machine gun throughout the Pacific on Makin, Saipan, Okinawa. Came home in Nov, 45 and went to work. Started his own business a few years later. Said nobody ever gave him anything. Never had a paid days of vacation, pension, bennies of any sort. The man justed worked his butt off his whole life. Even when he retired he had some property and turned it into a small subdivision.

    He died back in 98. I remember before he died, he said he didn't know if he would fight for this country anymore. He looked around and saw people whom wouldn't work with their hands out and wanting something for free.

    Dam shame we pissed it away.
     
  6. Hey Joe

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    No,kicking your own a=s baby boomers you gave the women rights over there own bodies. You was given the job to stop communism in both Korea and Veitnam and the dis-respect to follow. To even ask why we invaded Iran now will land you on another planet. The tax cuts because we were paying off the natinal dept and balancing the budget. No baby boomers I welcome you as a friend. We will prevail we are the USA and dammed proud.
     
  7. grntitan

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    Invaded Iran??
     
  8. DB Bill

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    How has America changed from when I was born in 1042?

    #1 The rural landscape has changed. How many people have a garden large enough to provide most of the vegatables for their family - year round. How many have a single cow that provides all the milk you need with enough left over to sell to the neighobors processed by straining thru a thick, clean cloth. How many make their own butter and ice cream? How many can drive a car simple enough to fix with a few handtools? How many work a 6 day week?

    How many families can afford to keep the large family farm in the family when mom & dad did? If one of the member's wants to keep farming where does the money come from to provide a fair share to his simlings>

    Everyone has moved to the city (and become reliant on someone else for everything they have.

    #2 Having moved to the city they want to buy as cheaply as they can ---here comes Wal-Mart etc and evrything comes from China or the Phillipines or India because the labor is cheap,
     
  9. Hey Joe

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    Sorry,Iraq, and sure as hell not Iran, I come from the place you are talking about on the farm. I'm a Korean vet. My Dad a 5 campain"s as a fighter in WW1 and Brother a B17 flyer shot down and one of ten that lived and a prisoner of war in WW2. I have so much respect for our men in arms today. As I watch the political B-S going on by the people who have not served or will not serve our great nation. There many ways you can do this with out putting on the uniform and I have got to see who is who. Keep it up and you will know how Isreal does it our in fighting has got to stop from everywhere
     
  10. grntitan

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    Hey Joe,

    I figured you meant Iraq but I was worried maybe I missed something. With the shot down Drone recently I'm scared we will end up in Iran soon enough.

    Large passed down family farm here as well. Going on 5th generation by the same family.
     
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