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== BABY BOOMER SHAME ==

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by GW22, Apr 10, 2011.

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  1. GW22

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    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 and, for all intents and purposes other than perhaps gun control, is 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 houses 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" oriented strandboard. 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 in which 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 pissing 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.

    We Baby Boomers need to come up with a Hail Mary pass to somehow reverse, or at least stop, the cultural destruction our generation has wreaked on America. We need to save our country and our legacy. And, by God, as soon as this episode of American Idol is over and I finish by beer, I'm going to start working on a plan.

    -Gary
     
  2. W.P.T.

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    The saddest part of what you say is that its true ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  3. GW22

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    Well WPT, at least you and I have the guts to admit it. Let's see who else does, or who can concoct an argument to credibly refute these facts.

    More likely, we will hear nothing but weak arguments of "Someone else is to blame." Or perhaps total silence, which is indictaive of the apathy our generation has become known for.

    We should truly be ashamed.

    -Gary
     
  4. Hawk46

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    Ewwwwww! And I was
    Feeling so good about myself!

    I could add even more examples of economic waste that we have sponsored (or enabled) but it would only reinforce your point. However, I do refuse to be a fatalist.

    In some ways I was also disappointed to see the TP absorbed into the GOP; however, one must realize that nothing gets accomplished if efforts take place outside of the "system". I'm encouraged by the GOP youth movement and an emerging approach to government that actually seems to incorporate some common sense.

    It's a shame that we have to rely on Gen X'ers to try and fix all that we have destroyed, but they will need to find a way to save this country that we have taken to the brink of financial collapse. Whether or not they can pull it off remains to be seen, but I have faith that they will; at least in the short to mid-term, until the country becomes so populated with freeloading and free spending liberal earth scum that conservatives in politics become absorbed into a one-party socialist system (it will be here within the next 20 years).

    At any rate, we owe them a huge apology for endowing them with the results of an entire generation that has only wallowed in its own legacy of horrible decision making.

    Now I have to get ready to watch some multi-millionaires swing at a little white ball.

    Dave
     
  5. PNT

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    Champion II No, were are not outnumbered, just out involved, we've been to silent and not involved. I think the Tea Party is slowly getting us involved. We have a long way to go.
     
  6. shelly

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    Baby boomers have done a lot: declared victory in the Vietnam War and sit around their computers drinking whiskey and spouting babble just to name a couple. Still that's far more than today's gang of spoiled brats can ever hope to achieve. Of course, that leads to another accomplishment by baby boomers- raising a generation of lazy bums who think everybody owes them something and consider themselves victims of something or another. And to say we've accomplished nothing- LOL.
     
  7. recurvyarcher

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    The Silent Generation brought us Gloria Steinem and Jesse Jackson, a surge in marxism, fascism and communism, Hollywood power and influence, and The Great Depression. And GenX brought us rap, crack, AIDS, urban decay, and the Dot-Com bubble.

    Every generation has good things and bad things about it. And within each generation, there is a subset of the population that continues to be responsible in the manner that they conduct business, raise their children, and relate to the community. I am afraid that with each passing generation, we see a smaller and smaller percentage of this type of family. I thank God for having allowed me to be born into a family of enlisted military and farmers. Even today, I find that these two sectors of the population are people upon whom we can generally rely.
     
  8. GW22

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    Devi:

    In fairness, the Silent Generation were only children, at best, during the Great Depression. I'm also not sure we can fairly blame Gen-Xers for all that you've mentioned. Much of it began when they were kids. Similarly, it's probably not completely fair to blame Baby Boomers for the totality of everything I mentioned.

    But as much as we ran our mouths about changing the world for the better, you'd think we'd have done more to help something/somebody other than ourselves. Or at least minimized the harm that the dirtbags among us were doing. But we seem to have done nothing. And if there had to be one generation officially tagged as having done more harm to America than any other, which one would be more deserving of that dishonor than ours? Can anyone intelligently argue otherwise? Remember -- despicable politicians like Obama and Boehner not only came to power while we Baby Boomers had the largest and most economically powerful voting block, but they themselves are Baby Boomers.

    Once I come out of the mental funk I've been in since the Republicans stabbed us in the back Friday night, I will try to revisit this subject again with a more positive mindset. Right now I'm just very disappointed in what we've allowed to happen and I deeply fear its ramifications on future generations.

    -Gary
     
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    Strange you bring us Ross Perot. I didn't support him after he came out in one of his interviews saying" the Constitution of the United States was an outdated piece of parchment"

    Collen Powell pretty much said the same thing and I didn't throw my support behind him either!

    Listen to what they say, they will all expose themselves sooner or later!

    Hillary "I am a progressive" in other words, I am a communist, enough said!
     
  10. GW22

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    Don't even get me started on Colin Powell. After that speech he gave to the UN justifying the Iraq war, I bought into the whole pack of lies and supported it on his credibility alone. I distinctly recall telling my wife that I didn't trust Bush or Rumsfeld but Powell would never say those things about WMDs if they weren't certain. He can claim being mislead all he wants, but Colin Powell sold us out and is perhaps the biggest political disappointment of the last two decades. Didn't he end up supporting Obama too? Guess what -- he's yet another Baby Boomer.

    -Gary
     
  11. recurvyarcher

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    Gary, it seems that you and I are politically aligned, because I have to agree with your last 2 posts.
     
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    We hear so many times, that so many have and are willing to give their lives for America, .......Yet who has the stones to proclaim that their government benefits are really about double or triple of what they should be, and they're sending the overpayment back.

    We're all heroes alright.....just as long as our reward check comes every month.


    When the gov workers accept that the rest of us are not willing to become slaves to support their excesses.......will we have any chance at survival as a country.

    That, and we need to put our mutated military machine back on a short leash.....They work for us, not the other way around.
     
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    Your'll all depressing, but so is our current economic condition. I'm putting in a wood burner, and buying an extra freezer for game. Already got plenty of rounds.

    Our time is limited. Like hmb said. Those in the big cities will suffer the most.
     
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    You are right Hawk. Last chance we go it Trump. Wild Bill
     
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    "..we need to put our mutated military machine back on a short leash.....They work for us, not the other way around"


    hey 221, go tell that to the military folks serving overseas...they will tell you to go pound sand...or better yet, they will probably pound you into the sand.

    If you don't like the US military "machine", pack your bags and get your happy a$$ out of this country. If it wasn't for the military "machine", your a$$ would be speaking a different language other than English...
     
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    99...whats tragic is that there are fools like you that really believe that nonsence......we cannot with all our might and technology, even quell a bunch of Camel and goat herders......just keep believing that crap......smile while you write that check for your taxes........or you just another leech on those that do.

    We dropped over a billion dollars in Libya in the last couple weeks.....really showed them, didn't we, I'm really impressed.
     
  17. recurvyarcher

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    You can't blame the boots on the ground. They are doing what the administration tells them to do. They are trained to obey their commanders. By military tradition, when something is f***ked up, the C.O.s have to answer up the chain of command.

    Look at your leadership...
     
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    That's my point, and I refuse to hide under some rock because I might hurt someones feelings.

    Our military has assumed total control of where theres a fire to put out, and as long as we let them get away with it there will be fires to put out.

    The longer they can maintain this rouse, the more that goes into their toy bin.

    We're blowing our whole wad on a bunch of sand dwellers, and the Chinese are building attack and ballistic missile submarines.

    WE NEED TO WAKE UP.....These Arabs are no threat to our national security.
     
  19. recurvyarcher

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    You really don't know what you are talking about. What do you do for a living? I work in Homeland Security and electronic warfare, and we have several active duty members of the military in my immediate family, one is special ops (my son, who will soon gain the rank of Major).

    There is a very large and real threat from the Middle East, as well as from the drug traffickers to our south. As much as the liberals wanted to say that there wasn't a threat, and that we were going to rein in the "military money-making machine" (as they called it), their LIBERAL administration has not done so. There is a reason for that. Obama got a pretty rude awakening in his first few weeks of briefings.
     
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    rca....you need to get a grip on your stories.....you have done everything from cure the common cold to put rockets on the moon......It really gets old hearing what profession your in every week.

    I don't care what you do......those that do don't brag.
     
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