A Letter to the Baby Boomers – Prodigal Sons and Daughters of the Republic
by Stan Faryna
My friend Billy Delaney writes that the Boomers are at the Gates.
And I am reminded of Kipling who wrote, “Stand up and take the war, The Hun is at the gate!”
For all we have and are,
For all our children’s fate,
Stand up and take the war.
The Hun is at the gate!
Outraged, Rudyard Kipling wrote these opening lines to For All We Have and Are in 1914. He wrote to stir the British to war against the looming German threat.
Billy Joel, We Didn’t Start the Fire
Billy Delaney is not rising a general alarm against the Baby Boomers – a generation generally described as being born between 1946 and 1964.
Long ago, the Baby Boomers had wrecked their havoc. They had forever cast suspicion on authority without taking upon their own shoulders, the yoke, sacrifice and gift of leadership. They danced like bulls in the china shop, leaving the generations that followed to attempt the restoration of Humpty Dumpty – an impossible and fool’s errand to be sure.
Ironically, such attempt has yet to begin. Every generation that has come was ever less equipped than the previous generation. This is my observation- not Billy’s.
Billy Delaney warns, however, that the Baby Boomers have not passed away. They are with us and, infact, they may run again through the streets like the bulls of Pamplona. The Boomers may dance again in the new china shops. The Boomers may yet undermine the poor, shuffling social solutions, profound corruption, and wholesale injustice that prevails today.
For the Baby-Boomers are fire-starters – regardless of what Billy Joel wants to say.
This is not fantasy. It has already begun in Spain. Where 20 somethings and 30 somethings have failed, Baby Boomers are succeeding in crafting and executing upon social and political messages that strike at the heart of government corruption, indifference, and incompetence.
Sons and Daughters of the Republic,
The clock is ticking. Get out there and make it happen! And don’t count on the MTV generation (my generation?) for back up. Not until you have torn down the walls of divisive politics, decommission the domestic drones-intelligence agencies-spyware, and take back civil liberties, monetary policy, and foreign policy traded for a false sense of peace and security.
03 April 2012
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