To the Members of My Generation, A Call to Arms
by TruthMatters, Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 01:35:42 PM EDT
I am 24.
I have come more and more to believe that the current generations will not actually be capable solving many of the toughest problems facing this Country. And maybe that is more accurate then it seems, and with the Election of Barrack Obama we signal that a new generation is really coming to power to replace the Baby Boomers.
But what we should note from this transfer of power is the magnitude of problems that each generation can pass to the next. I realize now that throughout this long primary and campaign, just how much everyone understood what happens and the process to it.
They all note that you run to the base in the primary and move to the center. You have certain criteria for your V.P choice, in fact this is the first Presidential decision that we are able to view them make. The know it all even down do the tone and tactics of the campaign. Hence how there is a "traditional" attack role for the VP, or how they are always able to compare the negatives of campaign tactics to each other and even anticipate them.
Why? because this are these they have always done. It is ritual, tradition for them, even down to the arguments. Did anyone else who is new to politics note how they are always saying "We've been talking about these issues for years" anyone? They talk about the same issues and problems facing the country and how they will fix them, but they don't actually fix them.
They have established the tradition and routine of passing the biggest problems to the next generation. Notice the last time they fixed Social Security? The problem had been building and finally it hit a tipping point that the current generation was forced to deal with. But how did they solve it? by creating a solution that would buy them time to come up with a more permanent solution. What really is happening? The troblem will be passed to a new generation coming to power.
It is a tradition that is very old in this country. The Constitution said that all "men" were created equal, but allowed a black man to be slave for another 90 years. The founders were not sure if the country could handle the problem at the time so they passed it off. Women earning the right to vote finally coming in the 19th century. Every generation faces what it considers problems to big for them to solve, things they feel the country is not yet ready to face. Why?
They knew their generation was too divided.
Ok you are wondering why is this important?
I believe our political habits will be shaped by the current generation, just like they were shaped by the one before them. And that is the problem.
If you really think about it, you can probably identify one big issue that the current generation in power couldn't deal with because they were to divided as a country. How long will it be before two men can get married in every state in this country? Do we think it will never happen? Can we even say? The country is divided and we all know it.
thats why you get this:
This is the Post Partisan Unity Schtick. And it leads to, at best, nothing but adoption of Republicanism on a smaller scale. It leads to the Iraq Debacle, the disastrous Bush economic policy and so on. We tried it their way for the past 8 years. Any right thinking progressive must reject this. Of course, if you do not have actual views on issues, then this is just right for you. Some will think you are reasonable. I find the view ignorant and stupid.
Listen, from what I have seen of the last 8 years, and really that's all our generation has really experienced in politics, I completely understand it. The current generation has been left with so many problems, that they are forced to grab the reins and get serious about solving them. This generation in the Democratic party needs complete control to get us back on course, make no mistake that's what they are doing. I have to ask though, what problems can't the current generation of progressives solve? Will hunger and poverty be gone in 40 years? We will finally stop exploiting our resources and be back on track to fix our environment. Even more important will they fix anything they aren't forced to? Will that 10 trillion debt be gone? if not how much are they committing to dealing with? Are they committing to dealing with our oil dependency, and the immigration issue?
Honestly I don't know the answers, I am too new to politics to really know what the Progressive Agenda is. but I have come to realize that each generation understands that there are problems that the country just can't solve because it is to divided. Knowing this, teaching the next generation of political activists the need to overcome this divide seems to me to be important if they really mean for us to one day be able to solve these problems they are going to leave us.
I know many in my generation have this "nothing ever gets fixed mentality" I had it too, then I realized. Why does each generation keep saying "We don't want to leave this to our kids", when that is EXACTLY what they are doing when they say we aren't yet ready to handle an issue? They are literally saying that because we are so divided some of the biggest problems have to wait for another time that is either
- more desperate for a solution that they are forced to deal with it. (think this generation and healthcare, or our current economy) or
- a time when the country is more united and ready to tackle the problem.
The Country wasn't yet united once to deal with slavery, to deal with segregation, to deal with GLBT rights. This identifies to me that unity is a problem and to me should show that Unity is the eventual goal. I mean in the end how does the current progressive movement ever plan to achieve true Equality, if the country doesn't fully unite behind the ideal?
Yes, Unity is a Schtick for their generation, as it has been for generations past. My generation needs to realize this cycle now. We need to see that there are always problems that are handed down because we are not united enough to tackle them. We need to realize that if we let this attitude against post-partisan unity take hold in us also, that we too will not be able to actually deal with the Problems.
I realize now that no generation every truly intends to deal with all the biggest issues, they all have surveyed their generation and realize it is too soon, and hope the next generation will succeed where they fail. I also now realize that each generation teaches the next that true unity is an idealistic dream that we "hope" will one day happen but doubt.
That is why so many African Americans cry at the sight of Obama's election, they never truly thought it would happen in their lifetime.
That is why women were so heart broken when Hillary lost, and so many were interested at Palin's choice, but they once again ask if not now then when?
they pass that doubt, instead of the optimism for a better tomorrow.
Where our generation just takes for granted it will happen, they have doubted because they have fought for so long, and they doubt.
In the Generations before us they have doubted whether the unity the country required would be achieved. They have seen unity abused to achieve narrow-minded and greedy ideals. They must fight against unity because right now, it is used for much of what BTD said.
Just like there was a time this country had to fight itself, because some truly wanted to believe that "all men were created equal."
These fights would not be necessary if we were truly united around the ideals and principals of this country, but we will not be United if we allow each generation to unconsciously teach us that Unity in the end, is just a dream.
My Generation needs to realize that if we truly don't want to repeat the mistakes of previous generations we must do 2 things.
1) We must commit to not teach future generations that Uniting as a country is only buzz words, not something the the United States of America, can never achieve.
2) We must commit to solving the problems of our days, and if not teaching the next generation all we can so they can solve it.
We have to Unite as a country and as a generation to do so.
No one honestly believes a woman will never be elected. I doubt any would say that a Muslim will never be elected. Or that we will allow the polar ice caps to melt, or homosexuals will never be able to marry. They have always said, "The time isn't right yet, but one day"
What they really mean is that, As a Nation they are not united enough to solve a problem or face an issue. Though how will we ever be united enough to actually solve problems that continue to be passed on, if we don't actually acknowledge Unity as a goal?
They will allow this idea that Post Partisanship should be avoided, not achieved, and to ingrain in each new generation that enters politics. Especially if starting from the very beginning of our involvement in politics, those who we would learn from, silently teach us that Post Partisan Unity is impossible.
There have come times before when generations had to stand up and fight for something, less the generations after be worse off.
A time will come when an issue will demand the country be united to solve it.
Let's be the first Generation to proclaim, Unity Starts with us.
And to you, previous generations, do you really mean that as a whole this Country will never get past partisan politics to solve the challenges future generations will face?
Which is better for the future generations of this country to learn?
Post Partisan Unity is nothing but a schtick.
Post Partisan Unity is an ideal,even though the country isn't ready for yet, its something no generation should stop reaching for.
then I ask those progressive leaders in the world. What are you teaching the future generations, my generation, about Partisan Politics and how will we really solve the big issues that your generation knows it will eventually have to pass on to us?