Baby Boomers Rule? Who Sez?
by John A. / Tyler, TX
Boomers Rule? Who Sez?
Typically, I like to post light and cheerful stories and jokes, but this article pulled at me since I have some very definite opinions on Baby Boomers. After all, I am a member of that generation.
As I said, Larry's posting stirred up some thoughts that I have had for quite some time and now I am putting them down on paper, though they may be a little disjointed in flow. Those thoughts are just opinions I have formed over the years. I will try to be brief. And I am sure I'll stir up a hornets nest. But, I'm a big boy and can take it.
So, who are the Baby Boomers?
That's a complicated question to answer in some aspects. In general, Baby Boomers are those who were born after WW II up into the mid 1960s/ We are the generation that has been handed many wonderful things,including our wealth, by our parents, The Greatest Generation. We are also the generation that has squandered so much and taking many things for granted. We have a different set of values than our parents.
First of all, beginning in the late 1960s, we are the generation that ushered in drug use in a really big way. It started out with marijuana, glue sniffing and then eventually morphed in to more powerful drugs like LSD, cocaine, crack, opiates, heroin and synthetic drugs. People were wanting a bigger high than what weed provided and an entire cocktail of different drugs evolved over they years in addition to the associated violence due to the drug trade.
Now, we as a nation, are fighting an epidemic of drug abuse with opiates and heroin and with no end is in sight. This epidemic creates tons of social problems for our nation while not to mention the loss of many young American lives due to overdosing and violence.
Secondly, the Baby Boomers are the first of the disposable generations. Unlike our parents who operated under the notion of waste not, want not, we've gone the opposite direction. If we see something no longer useful, we throw it away. This began with paper cups, plates, diapers to lives. Just look around and you'll see all the things in stores that are truly disposable. This has transcended into the way we conduct our very lives; where marriages are disposable if they don't seem to work. It it easier to get a divorce today than to try to work things out. As people we've cheapened ourselves by not having the resolve to make things work.
Also, people's lives are disposable and are viewed as cheap. Just look at the abortion numbers that take place in this nation on a yearly basis. Free and irresponsible sex has led to a epidemic of abortions taking place in our nation, while not to mention all the STDs being passed around. Beginning with the Baby Boomers, abortions became much more acceptable with society. Yet at the same time, life became cheap and disposable. Since Roe vs Wade in the early 1970s, 57 million babies have been aborted. This cheapens the value of life and it is genocide any which way your look at it. This is particularly true in the black community where government funded abortions take place on a daily basis. Either way we look at it, America has its own Holocaust to deal with if it ever decides to acknowledges that fact.
Demographers have pointed out that the black community in our nation should be around 30%-40% of the population. Yet today it hovers around 15%-17% because of so many black children being aborted. Life is definitely viewed as cheap and we need look no further than the black community. We also see so many children in this community being born without fathers in the household or aborted. And then we wonder why so many of these young Americans grow up to be bad seeds in our society; why so many end up shooting each other on the streets. It's absolutely appalling.
Thirdly, the children of the Baby Boomers are the Millennial generation: the lost generation who feels it is entitled to everything without working for it. As a whole, the Baby Boomers have raised a bunch of ingrates who are awarded trophies for just showing up to an event and not participating. We have provided these kids so many luxuries in life that they have come to expect things to be handed to them. And when they don't get their way, they pitch a fit because they feel they are being treated unfairly.
The last presidential election is a prime example of this attitude. These young people for the most part did not vote, yet they expected their candidate would win. Surprise! And then just a few years ago, they protested on Wall Street against corporate America because they felt income should be more equitably distributed and corporations should not be so wealthy or earn a profit. They felt the wealthy people of this nation should pay more taxes, yet fail to realize the wealthy are already paying 80%-90% of the tab anyway. It's these same ingrates who will wonder what happens when they run out of other people's money? Who is going to pay the bills then?
On top of this, Millenials do not seem to have necessary people skills to deal with others face to face. Instead, they text one another while sitting across the table or down the hall way at the work place. This is a huge problem in business today and business leaders are very concerned about the Millennial generation not possessing people skills. And they do not seem to understand the power of the written word has on others. As proof, just look at all the bullying taking place on social media and kids committing suicide over it. This is a bi-product of the Baby Boomer generation.
So if Baby Boomers Rule, as Larry said, I want no part of it. I'd rather raise a generation of young people willing to work for what they want and instill the value of the dollar in their minds. I'd teach these young people that life is fragile and to treat others with respect and to take responsibility for their actions by not bringing unwanted children into this world or scraping them out of the mother's womb as a viable solution.
From a generational standpoint, Baby Boomers have failed miserably. They have not made the world a better place nor have they learned from the lessons taught to us by The Greatest Generation. From the Baby Boomers generation and on, these are the Me generations who have taken on the notion that those with the most toys at the end of the game wins. And boy, are things screwed up. Does it feel great to be a part something so big? Absolutely Not!