There are great experiences in life – and nothing more important than taking on the world in your youth and learning the hard knocks of life. Learning to stand strong be strong and lead strong is an important part of who you will become; which in turn, will bring you into more mature years so that you are able to pass on your values and the values of this nation to your children….as YOU see them.
I have conservative principles. I believe that our government should be small, that tax cuts are the best way to stimulate the economy, that more power should be in the hands of the States and not the Federal Government and that entitlement programs have been abused by too many. I believe that it’s FINE that Bill Gates went from working in a garage to being the richest man alive and I’m fine with him keeping his fortune because he is brilliant, he worked well above the 37.5 hour federal employee work week and I think quite frankly – he earned it.
I’m also fine being a middle class small business owner who will never reach the wealth level of Bill Gates. But, I am proud of the goals I have set and achieved, or will achieve. I have worked hard and aggressively since I was 13 years old. I worked all through school and although I will never have the wealth of Mr. Gates, I will not begrudge him and I will not ever desire that he be forced to give his wealth away for the “better of the people” although I would certainly hope that in his heart he would do everything he could to better the lives of those he can help. Assisting your fellow man is both a Christian and a conservative principle.
I don’t fault those that succeed – I applaud their success because the very fact they have achieved success means that my children have that ability as well, and they will not be held BACK by government but encouraged by family.
If I could choose two principles to pass onto my children they would be; to set a high goal and to have the work ethic to achieve the goal and to always do right by their fellow man both on the way and after they’ve arrived.
Now, I think most people in my generation (I am Gen-X-er) have a strong work ethic. We were not the baby boomers – but we sure did watch their power grow as we fought to get our first foot in the door. I’m not so sure about the moral ethics of my generation because quite frankly – the dotcom era grew around my generation and I was one to bear witness to the tactics of tech employment and growth before AND after the bust. Morally – there was more greed during those few years than ever existed on Wall Street and I’m still debating whether the venture capitalists that threw the United States into a tizzy and exploited wages to ridiculously high levels really had any purpose other than fattening their own wallet. The baby boomers also invested fortunes in the Generation X-ers more technically savvy abilities and the stock market before the dotcom crash made a lot of Generation X’ers paper billionaires.
But now we’ve moved on to “Generation We” and they say those who came before them have left them a mess. They say they are inheriting the social and political agenda of their parents – but this agenda has failed due to partisanship and they are the first generation to inherit a “NATION IN DECLINE.” They say their parents are the baby boomers (apparently, Gen Xers must not have had kids) and they are the generation now that will change the world.
Generation WE (also referred to as the Mellennials) will all reach voting age by 2016.
Generation WE is NOT the first Generation to inherit a nation in decline but they ARE the first Generation to inherit a troubled economy and simultaneously have the ability to announce it due to all the technology developed by Generation X. Generation WE has facebook, youtube, twitter and every piece of technology imaginable to spread the message that they are the first generation to inherit this “nation in decline” status and to promote it everywhere relatively cheap.
Generation WE does not mention Generation X at all in their video – only the baby boomers. However, in reference to the comment they are the first generation to inherit a nation in decline, I wonder if they do not mention Generation X on purpose?
In a study released in 2007 entitled: 'Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream Alive and Well?" released by Pew Charitable Trust, the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Urban Institute, the conclusion was reached that Generation X, although significantly more educated than the previous generation, was the first generation to face a reversal of the historical trend of upward mobility. Generation X was in fact, the first generation to face a nation in decline with this study blatantly finding that Generation X “challenged the notion that each generation will be better off than the one that preceded it.”
Generation X came to voting age amidst unemployment that exceeded 10%. We (generation X) saw unemployment climb almost to 11% before the recession we lived through as young adults turned around. We (the Gen X-ers) were not only worried about finding jobs – but we worried incessantly about the Soviet Union setting off bombs and the United States retaliation. The Generation X-ers faced a “nation is decline” as well as a nation that was 1 minute from doomsday on the clock.
This was a clear and present danger to my generation. Movies were made to profit off the fear of nuclear war and without the instant communication that “Generation WE” has at their finger tips – we faced an even larger fear: “It” would happen and we wouldn’t know it, and we’d be far away from our families and we would never get to see them again.
No twitter, facebook, myspace, instant messaging existed and Gen Xers had a landline phone with one line in and one line out, no caller ID, call waiting or answering machines. We were faced with higher unemployment than you see now, and the very real threat of nuclear war made Generation X feel as thought they were products of a really bad hangover.
The “Doomsday Clock” currently sits at 6 minutes to Midnight.
Progressive ideology has always been more active in seeking out the youth vote. Young Americans tend to be more liberal and the Progressives connected strongly in the last election with the voting age “millennials” which is another name for the generation “WE” or “Y” young adults. The Republican Party failed to recognize the power in the “We” generation and while the Progressives went after them, the conservatives completely misjudged them and virtually IGNORED them.
The Progressives captured every technological advancement possible to push candidate Obama into the White House and they also succeeded incredibly well at making the Republican party look like a bunch of old “fuddy duddys” who were an extension of President.
While the Republicans missed an opportunity to reach out to Generation WE by meeting with them and “together” questioning the motives of candidate Obama and demanding answers from Obama on his ties to former Progressive radicals, those who pledged allegiance to Communism, those who condemned America or pushed for population control etc… the Progressives rolled outthe Vote, Moveon.org, TruthOut, Common Dreams, Village Voice and so many more Progressive social sites blasting the Republicans and playing on youth fear. Obama would end the war – soldiers would come home and America would be a sparkling bright star again – of only they elected this young charismatic leader.
The problem I see with the Generation “We” movement is that they have been SO incredibly misled. They are buying into the victim mentality and they are being led into the Progressive movement through distortion of facts. They have received the backing of several known Progressives who ironically come from the generation they place the blame on. For example, Eric Greenberg who co-authored the Gen-We bible is a 1990’s dot.com billionaire who lost about 90% of his wealth in the dot.com bust and pledged to get it back. His company Scient used the slogan “It takes courage to be legendary” and was criticized openly by industry analysts for “using fear tactics to solicit business.” Other endorsers of the Generation WE movement: Senate majority leader, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, Van Jones and to name a few.
The current vision statement and video written by Greenberg and Weber (neither that are remotely close to the Gen WE age group) states that Generation Y (Gen-We) is “America’s First Post-Ideological, Post-Partisan, and Post-Political Generation” and this is blatantly false. The Gen-We movement is a Progressive movement and the ideals of the Generation WE project are an attempt to further the Progressive ideology of socialism.
There is nothing about this movement that is “POST PARTISAN” and while Greenberg and Weber rake in millions off leading the youth of America into believing they have been “wronged” it is what they refer to as a “global” world that is most frightening. The video views like a Communist propaganda short.
The Generation WE in America needs to hear YOUR voice. You are the parents of Generation WE, and you’re not the baby boomers predominately – you’re Generation X. You have lived through the fear of the Soviet Union attacking us and you’re aware of the oppression that exists in nations throughout the world who do not have the religious and basic fundamental freedoms that allow the Generation WE video to even be seen.
Last election, Generation X failed at educating their children about the importance of their vote and the result was the election of Barack Obama and the greatest expansion of government ever in the history of the United States.
There was a time when we thought we only had to educate our children about sex and drugs. But now, with social networking and the internet – we need to be even more diligent about making sure our children learn about American History, the ideals of our Founding Fathers, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights for it is disappearing from curriculum across this nation. Without the Generation X parents looking at the education of their children in politics as being as important, if not more important, than a discussion on “just say no” and the “birds and the bees” – it will eventually lead Generation WE right into the hands of the Progressives.
Generation “WE” has a very different life in places like Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and China and I bet they’ve never seen the Generation WE video produced here in this country.
What I do know is that the generation “WE” in places like China and North Korea have seen abuses beyond anything an American will ever see if we stay true to our nation. Generation “WE” in countries such as Cuba, Iran and Venezuela die in the street protesting for the freedoms the American generation WE already have and as a Generation X-er – I very much do not want to see my generation Y children fall to oppression covered in a pretty package delivered by the Progressive movement.
What is most important is that we show our children that if they sacrifice their freedom for what they call “globalization” they may not like the result and if that occurs … the nation in decline won’t be theirs alone… it will belong to us all.