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  •  Just got one question (4+ / 0-)

    When did the baby boomers transform from the generation of peace and love to war and greed?

    •  Need I remind you (14+ / 0-)

      that literally millions of us were out in the streets of this country and around the world trying to prevent this war and the one in Iraq from ever starting?

      We simply need to do a better job educating our children that being in the military is not an experience they need to have.  

    •  Rididculous generalization (10+ / 0-)

      My sister and I are both boomers and were on the streets to protest the Iraq war many, many times.  We certainly aren't into 'war and greed'.

      you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

      by Dem Beans on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:15:23 AM PDT

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    •  I protested Vietnam and I protested Iraq. (7+ / 0-)

      No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.--Lily Tomlin

      by Desert Rose on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:19:20 AM PDT

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    •  Shame and self-consciousness (2+ / 0-)
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      Seriously, a lot of the sixties generation look back on their "youth" and feel a little ashamed, hence their quasi-conservatism later in life, or full-blown wingnuttery (Jon Voight). Their lurch to the right apparently came during the Carter/Reagan years.

      •  Michael Moore's post-2004 election letter (1+ / 0-)
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        If there was one group who really came through on Tuesday, it was the young people of America. Their turnout was historic and record-setting. And few in the media are willing to report this fact.

        Unlike 2000 when Gore and Bush almost evenly split the youth vote (Gore: 48%, Bush: 46%), this year Kerry won the youth vote in a LANDSLIDE, getting a full ten points more than Bush (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%).

        Young people were the ONLY age group that voted for Kerry. In every other age group (30-39, 40-49, 50-59, etc.), the majority voted for Bush.

        The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.  
      •  The assasinations of Martin Luther King and RFK (1+ / 0-)
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        Not to sound too dramatic, but it broke the baby boomer generation's hearts, and two Nixon landslides broke their will. Also, after the end of the Vietnam war and the draft, sixties radicals didn't have anything to protest.

        Adulthood, and adapting and conforming to a more conservative late 1970s America naturally followed.

    •  When they got put in charge. (2+ / 0-)
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      PorridgeGun, Quicklund

      You know the old saying, power corrupts.

      Besides, the good ol' Boomers were more about "don't send me to Viet Nam" than about Peace and Love when it came down to it.

      Not that I blame 'em for that.  

      But now that they are in charge, well...

      *The administration has done virtually nothing designed to reward its partisans. - Kos 8/31/10*

      by Rick Aucoin on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:45:10 AM PDT

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      •  This isn't the anti-Vietnam crowd in power (3+ / 0-)
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        This is the conservatives who were corrupt before they went after government power and lied their way into office. Since then many of them have lied, stolen and manipulated their way to wealth because they had control of government power. The Great Recession is the fruits of their efforts, and they have built on it with Shock Doctrine tactics to prevent any regulation of the industries and banks who created the mess America is currently in.

        The baby boomers were not all of one mind, I can assure you. Many like Mitt Romney were pro-war (but send the plebeians to fight), anti-union and anti-Civil Rights.

        The fact that it has become harder and more expensive to work and also raise children at the same time there have been no real pay increases since 1980 have kept a lot of people out of politics. Politics is a leisure activity.

        Then a lot of baby boomers bought the idea that increased Civil Rights to Blacks and women have meant that the income Whites had earned was being given away to minorities. A lot of the boomers when they got some reward felt it threatened and adopted the popular conservative ideas. Not all of us did, but a lot.

        Then there has been the massive growth of the conservative think tank industry feeding propaganda into the public media even as the mass media itself has been dying off.

        All of this and America has elected as Presidents one paranoid nasty crook with an even more crooked Veep, a senile manipulable actor, and then handed the Presidency to the idiot first son of a Texas Oil family.

        You ask what happened to the baby boomers. You know them. They're the generation that is starting to retire now and has no savings, no pension, their kids have moved back in and brought the grandchildren, and meanwhile their home has lost its value even if it wasn't foreclosed by a thieving crooked bank. Some are caring for wounded veterans. Oh, and don't forget that Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and the insane tea baggers are fighting hard to take away their Medicare and social security.

        Does that explain to you what happened to the baby boomers? They damned sure aren't the ones in power in Washington right now.

        The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 04:00:33 PM PDT

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