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Old 03-02-2018, 10:21 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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The biggest lie of the baby boomer generation was the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
Well since Baby Boomers were born somewhere between 1945/1946 to 1963/1964 (sources differ), the oldest Baby Boomer was only 19 or 20 during the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964. Some were only babies. So I do not hold any Baby Boomers responsible for the Gulf of Tonkin. The majority were in fact children.

I say this for two reasons, first because we tend to equate the 1960s youth movement entirely with the Baby Boomers and we ignore the Silent Generation, those born in the 1930s and early 1940s. They were the college kids of the early to mid 1960s.

The second reason I mention this is that we also tend to group all Baby Boomers into a monolithic group but in reality they had different life experiences. For instance, older Baby Boomers had to face the reality of the Vietnam War and as they turned 18 boys had to face the possibility of being drafted and sent overseas. However, America was largely out of Vietnam by 1973 so younger Boomers, say from 1956 onward never had to face the possibility of being drafted to Vietnam.

Think about that, a kid is born in 1954, turns 18 and gets drafted, is taken away from his parents, is sent overseas and dies in faraway Vietnam. But had he been born just a year or two later, he never would have been drafted at all and would most likely be alive today.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:31 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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The greatest lie is probably that "His story" is the real history. After working in the library for years and finding so many different sources saying different things and seeing things that are not true reported as the truth, I no longer say "history." I say "recorded history." History is told by the powerful the way they want to report it. If you don't believe me, ask someone from the South about the war of northern aggression and ask someone from the North about the Civil War. You will get two very different stories about what really happened and caused the war which are both different from the truth. The further we get from the Civil War the more the Southern version is eliminated and the Northern version is adopted.
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:39 AM
 
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Certainly one of the greatest lies of history was the statement that the Jews were plotting for the global domination of the world as outlined in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. A false construction by the Czarist secret police this was on of the major reasons for the Holocaust.
A good case could be made for anti-Semitism in general as the greatest lie. It goes back at least to 3rd century BC Egyptian writer Mantheo, who claimed that Moses was just a renegade priest who led a colony of lepers out of Egypt.


Then it continued on in early Christendom (even though they were Jewish-derived) with all sorts of innuendo such that Jews had tails, kidnapped children for ritual murder, etc. Edward I in 1290 expelled all Jews and confiscated their property in order to help pay for his wars. Then there was the Spanish inquisition when Jews were tortured, commonly burned to death, and eventually expelled.


Fast forward through anti-Semites such as Martin Luther, Marx (even though Jewish himself), and eventually Hitler.


The baton today has been passed to the Islamic world, and the lie continues.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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That we humans are so intelligent, and understand ourselves, life, and the universe might be the biggest lie. We're experts at lying to ourselves and others.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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That we humans are so intelligent, and understand ourselves, life, and the universe might be the biggest lie. We're experts at lying to ourselves and others.
How do we know that you aren't lying with the above?
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:09 PM
 
Location: The Jar
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Well, for one, this:

The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.

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Old 03-13-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Well since Baby Boomers were born somewhere between 1945/1946 to 1963/1964 (sources differ), the oldest Baby Boomer was only 19 or 20 during the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964.
And they couldn't vote, since the voting age was set at 21 years.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:28 PM
 
Location: 912 feet above sea level
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Well since Baby Boomers were born somewhere between 1945/1946 to 1963/1964 (sources differ), the oldest Baby Boomer was only 19 or 20 during the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964.
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And they couldn't vote, since the voting age was set at 21 years.
Most of them couldn't vote. Some could.

Prior to the 26th Amendment, states were required to allow those 21 and older to vote. However, they were free to allow those younger than 21 to vote, and a few did, setting the minimum age to vote variously at 18, 19 and 20.

The voting threshold most certainly was not fixed at 21.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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"No one out-pizza's The Hut"
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