You say you want a revolution? - Careful

I stumbled out of bed early this morning, made coffee, and headed to the computer to read the news. Still disturbed by the caving of the congressional democrats, I didn't want to come here until I was fully caffeinated and alert, so I cruised to The Pilot, our local paper, and headed to the Opinion section, thinking to amuse myself with the letters to the editors.

I was caught short by the byline and title of the first editorial. Was that my son's name? Day-um! It is!
This is part of what he has to say:

A lot of the followers of this trend (emo)happen to have nothing out of the ordinary to be sad about. That's not to say that they don't have problems; everyone has problems. But a lot of the kids, from personal experience, happen to have cars, a lot of friends, and stable families that have at least a decent income, yet they complain about absolute darkness.The point is that there is a growing idea in today's youth that having problems is cool, that being messed up is something to be proud of.

This man-child I grew then puts us on notice, and gives a good reasons for it. We're failing.

You sang John Lennon's song, "Imagine," which urges you to do away with possessions, countries, and religion. You sang this song and thought of the Utopian peace that could be just within reach, but you kind of ignored the fact that it was anti-religion, anti-government, and anti-capitalism. Realizing that might have brought about an actual revolution, if only a revolution in your own personal paradigm.

I'm not saying anything for or against those things that John Lennon wrote about. I'm simply making the observation that generations before me professed to favor such radical change but went on without really doing anything about it.

And now think of today's youth. We went from John Lennon to Kurt Cobain, from Bob Dylan to Eminem, from Neil Young to Marilyn Manson, and from peaceful counterculture to disaffected nihilism. And the thing that I notice the most is that I'm one of the few who notice.

I'd disagree with him there - I think that many of us notice. Are we honestly willing to do anything about it? There are few leaders who have actual power who show they understand his point. I see it; I have a feeling that there are many who read this site who see it. Are you willing to do something about it?

The older generation of the peaceful counterculture doesn't take much notice of the newer generation of the disaffected nihilism; they only take notice of the symptoms. They see icons like the aforementioned and blame them for the problems with the youth. In actuality, any problems there happen to be in the youth come from the need to change the paradigm after the last generation failed to do so.

Heh. BOOM. The emphasis is mine.

Those of us who have lived long enough know that trends repeat themselves. I laugh when I see clothes on teenagers that look like the clothes I wore in high school. I nearly cried when the author of the editorial referenced here asked to borrow my Eric Clapton, Led Zepplin, and AC/DC cd's. (And did I have any vinyl??) But he's written this to give some advice, and finally, put us on notice. There's another trend coming up, one to watch for.

Your kids are becoming more disaffected with every election. The generation that grew up singing John Lennon songs is now the generation in power. They are now the generation that has the ability to do something to change the world. But my generation doesn't see anyone trying to do that. Maybe you should start thinking about that. Because I know I am. I know my peers are.

You say you want a revolution? You might just get it.

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Awesome.

You must be proud.

You cannot imagine my surprise

I had no idea he was writing this. He is a junior in high school.

I am so freaking proud I can't stand it and I don't care who knows it.
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Holy Crap, Amazing

I can't wait for Katie to read this.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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What's Your Son Doing This Summer?

I can't pay much but I'd love to have him tutor my son.

Even just a weekend!!

And please tell him re:

Your kids are becoming more disaffected with every election. The generation that grew up singing John Lennon songs is now the generation in power. They are now the generation that has the ability to do something to change the world. But my generation doesn't see anyone trying to do that.

There are some of us trying to change things. We are the very tail end of the Baby Boom - (60 - 64) We grew up with Watergate forming our opinion of government and we were disgusted. We opted out - but we remember.

We mistakenly believed our parents got rid of the criminals - but lo, and behold! They're BACK. Well, guess what. I'm not as nice as my mother was - nor my older sister either. I'm mean, and I have a phenomenal memory.

Talk to us. We will listen.

Ahem.....yeah.....

the way mom describes it is......I lack tact.

I don't know where the fuck she gets that from. Do you?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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No time for tact.

Not at all.

And trust me - if you want to get someone's attention - especially as a woman in the South, drop the "F" bomb. Works every fucking time.

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It's your democracy; use it.

I wonder

if he sees that the work that I do with the Party and other grassroots organizing is trying to change things . . . or not. I'm not sure he does. I've just gotten to the point in my life where I have "leisure time" that I can spend on doing something other than taking care of my family. I want to try to change the system from within - but you know, if that doesn't work, I'm all for burning it down. Sometimes that's the best way to make something new.

(Unique - your linky isn't working. :( )

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It's your democracy; use it.

That Wasn't Really My Link -

That's what happened when I copy/pasted off your post. :)

I'll see if I can unlinky it somehow.

(the edit button isn't there any more. it must have a time limit)

but lo, and behold! They're BACK

but lo, and behold! They're BACK

Eeew, alot of the same ones, too...Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumfseld, etc. It doesn't take much brain power to identify the criminals when they're the same damn ones we've had already!

My 60 yr old brother cuts Americans NO slack. He says "we've been through this before with wars, Vietnam in recent memory for alot of Americans, the same bullshit patriotism, lies, surge the troops for victory that never comes, doesn't exist and no exit strategy."

He especially blames parents sending their children off to die for no reason. I explained to him, most parents don't have that kind of power over their children at that age and youth is foolish. It's no mistake that they send the young to do the dirty work.

Teach, your children well, their father's hell did slowly go by...

Tact has its place -

but sometimes it's a waste of time.

I've been accused of being a 'diplomat' and a 'royal b****'.

meh.

You don't use a screwdriver when you need a hammer.

It's when they call you a bitch

that you know that you've gotten to them, and that you're right.
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It's your democracy; use it.

It may well be that generation that saves us

from ourselves. It may be coming, whether we like it or not. Sleeping and dreaming is how we came to this:

Bush makes power grab
Posted: May 23, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president.

The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator.

That job, as the document describes, is to make plans for "National Essential Functions" of all federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president's directives in the event of a national emergency.

The directive loosely defines "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions."

Could anyone ask for any clearer declaration of war against the United States? The neoKKKon corporatists have all but completed the coup d'état they started when they had their hand up Raygun's bum, pulling the strings. Scares the livin' thit out of me and astonishes me at the absolute cast-iron gall.

America. A dictatorship. Thank you, all you dumbass jeebus-fetus voters that put these assclowns in office. What made it so easy for wackogelicals to sell MY constitution and rights for your narrow and insane issues? Talk about complete and total immorality and setting themselves up as bitter enemies of America and its Constitution. Because I gave my oath to protect, uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, they are bitter enemies of mine.

They can hit me and cry "I'm sorry". But when I hit back, I will cry "Gevalt!!!!"

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Nice

that put these assclowns in office.

No lie, I was thinking just yesterday I needed to use the term "assclown" more. Then I tried to figure out the etymology of the word to make sure it wasn't homophobic. I never came to a conclusion. Wikipedia puts it in the same class as asshole or asshat, so perhaps it's "OK" to use...

It is ok to use.

and sometimes it's the only word that fits. Personally I prefer asshat, simply for the visual it puts in my mind.
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It's your democracy; use it.

Don't Blame Me -

I voted for the other guy!

And Vietnam & Watergate? I was still in elementary school. I should get credit for paying attention. I didn't even know they were the same people until I went to teach Watergate to my son. >YIKES

Same shit, different decade. I wonder how many other people didn't know (or still don't know)

Yeah, Rev -

Because I gave my oath to protect, uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, they are bitter enemies of mine.

the oath still applies even if you're retired, right? It doesn't go away (IIRC) we're still obligated to fight back.

If we ever valued it

once, we should value it still. At the end of our lives, the only real things we have to hand down are an intact Constitution (and nation) and well-kept land and air. With those, our grandchildren will have good lives and be able to hand that down to their grandchildren.

It's all about responsible stewardship. Our Founders and Framers trusted us with it. Our grandchildren deserve to be able to trust us.

"The most unamerican thing you can say is 'You can't say that'" - G. Keillor

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Amen, HillWilliam, amen!

Whenever my son complains about my being on the computer so long, I apologize profusely and explain that I'm trying to preserve his future.

It is partly my fault that things are as they are - I should have paid better attention because I was so disgusted.

Live and learn. The School of Hard Knocks always gives you the opportunity to earn an 'A'.

He doesn't exactly pick this stuff up off the floor, ya know.

You, Lcloud, are the reason he thinks like he does. I like the way he thinks! What a powerful letter. I hope that it touches many people like it touched me. Wow!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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