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Old 04-17-2008, 12:53 AM
 
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From "they are stealing YOUR social security " to "they have ruined everything" the righties are searching for yet another "bogeyman" and they have found it in the "boomers".

From Britt's 14 points of Fascism:

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause

The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

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Old 04-17-2008, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Imaginary Figment
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Are the "Baby Boomers" with all of our entitled "Me First " attitudes to blame for the impending economic doom( sky high taxes to pay for our luxury among other things) predicted by certain factions? Will our noble efforts of civil rights, tolerance, advances in medicine and science ect. be overshadowed by our tendency to be self centered, greedy, and entitled? How will we be judged ? Will our grandchildren resent us ? I want to hear from Baby Boomers and all other generations. This is an issue that won't go away..............We all need to begin a serious dialogue now. Your help is vital. It could spare much pain in the long run.
Spiritwalker ( no trademark cool, wink or smile on this one)
I blame the transexuals!
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:14 AM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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Its all dominion over others, we are all supposed to be clones of one another now, no individuality.

You must agree to their rules, if not an initiative will be placed on the ballot and you will not be allowed to do this.

Stop the hunting of cougars!! law gets passed
Pets get killed, cougars come into homes, some children have been killed by cougars

Then its Oh we were wrong, you may hunt the cougars again

Stop picking on what your neighbor does with their lives, so they smoke pot, so he drinks, so she smokes, so he's always making noises with his cars, so they are always on their cell phones, they ain't bothering or near you,, quit making issues out of small stuff,

Get involved in the huge problems with this country and the world, write to your congressman, senators, fax, call do something, quit making issues out of the small stuff, there is so much corruption going on its a shame.

There are alot of things wrong, you can't blame boomers, you got alot of rights because of them, they went against politics and I'm glad they did, who does now? Not all boomers are fat cats. If you think for one minute the political candidates are gonna do it for you, you are dead wrong.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Irvine CA
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Default Baby Boomers = Generation Self

Self-abosrbed
Self-ish
Self-indulgent
Self-obsessed
Self-centered
Self-righteous
self-concerned
self-involved
self-serving

I don't think history will be kind to this generation, and deservedly so.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:17 AM
 
Location: southern california
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i dont know how we can escape the consequences by blaming. can we understand what we did wrong and then do better? good times (last 50 years) produced a lot of false teachings and beliefs. we thought cars houses apts cheap gas club med & easy sex, was forever. it wasn't. we still hold to some false beliefs. suffering will change that. 38% of young people under 30 live at home. we are goin back where we came from.
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Old 05-17-2008, 06:06 AM
 
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I don't think history will be kind to this generation, and deservedly so.
Then you don't understand history.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:43 AM
 
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I'm a '47 Boomer and I occasionally spend time reflecting back and looking forward. I tend to want to generalize my impressions about generations and hope that I focus more on the positive contributions related to the inherent challenges each generation has faced in my lifetime. The "Greatest Generation" of my parents faced survival issues like the Great Depression and World War II and faced them well. Once these issues were behind them, they were able to focus on developing the manufacturing economy and, once again, rose to the occasion. They gave us a strong middle class. In spite of the Ozzie & Harriet culture, however, many social injustices lurked beneath the surface and were promoted and accepted in the thinking of this generation. Racial injustice, views about women, the deterioration of the environment, and 'My country, right or wrong' attitudes about war, to name a few. Not everything was good and right.

Baby Boomers were the first generation with enough time to focus on education and give special thought to these social injustices. A social conscience developed. We were blessed with financial support from the federal government for an outstanding public education system not seen before or since. The 1950's talk about preparation for a nuclear war and annihilation from the USSR, resulting in bomb shelters and classroom drills, are etched in our memories. Still, this generation was interested in and excited about learning. The sky was the limit it seemed. We even had an exciting space program to reinforce our hope.

But a chain of events began to shape us. A needless war snatched 50,000 lives from us and we began to question and protest the concept of war. The assassinations of three inspirational heroes threatened many dreams about social change. However, as I look back, I'm proud of the changes we made in the areas of social justice in spite of the challeges and disillusionment. I think we made great strides. In the midst of the protest and change, I recall a strong opposition protest from the previous generation to cut our hair, shut up and go to work. Eventually, we did. Perhaps it was a relief to move away from the upheaval of the 60's and 70's.

However other generations judge Baby Boomers, it's difficult to argue that we are an energetic and interested generation. In a welcomed time of peace, we began to focus on technological development and growing the economy through the efficiencies and effectiveness of technological advances. Some call the fruits of that labor excessive. I probably would not argue that. But Generations X and Y don't have to worry as much as we did about large segments of our population being denied opportunity because of gender and race. The concept of a military draft for a wasteful war is unknown to them, though volunteers from their generation are likely fighting a fraudulent one. Certain foundations of concern and organization are in place to address environmental issues. Is this a selfish legacy?

Yes, youngsters are now called to act upon economic injustices and challenges we leave to them. I see a hopeful, insightful and capable generation of young people equipped and ready to do just that. But Baby Boomers still have work to do. I trust our generation will do the right thing and help them, just like I saw members of my parents' generation start to do some right things eventually in the areas of social justice. No doubt, they will deal with these issues effectively but, in so doing, they're likely to leave significant challenges to their children. It's the way of things, you see. Each generation is imperfect in its accomplishment and we leave challenges to the next. But we continue to try. I'm glad we do.

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Old 05-18-2008, 10:20 AM
 
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I'm a Boomer. Thank you for thinking about space exploration. Not every Boomer wanted to see the effort dropped. It was a very proud time and I hope you will reclaim it for us. I'd like that.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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I personally see the new generation as a whole unprepared to met the challenges of the world they face. They seem to thnik that the world should value what they like instead of the other way around.By the time they realise their mistake they are in their 30's.The coming geration after them seem worse off because they are smaller in numbers and the number of dropouts from even high school bodes trouble.Yet they face a world that has no value in pure labor more than ever and jobs that require much more than even a high school education.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Then you don't understand history.
So true. As Voltaire put it: "History is after all only a pack of tricks we play on the dead."
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