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  •  Congrats on your first diary. I don't have an (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, RiveroftheWest

    opinion on Tom Brokaw, but I do believe that "The Greatest Generation" was a label well deserved. I think I understand your position on things such as civil rights, women's rights, Jim Crow, Japanese internment, etc.

    Yet, here is a generation (my father's) that was born of depression, thrust into a world war following an attack on their country by a foreign nation, and then took part in some of the most drastic social changes our nation had seen since the Civil War.

    I won't argue whether they were the greatest generation--I am sort of partial to mine as the greatest ;-). But I do know that my parents, both of whom served in the war, fought hard to end segregation, fought hard for women's rights, and fought hard to teach their children respect for human rights. And through it all they wore a certain humility that I sometimes miss in my and later generations.

    Thanks for the thoughtful diary. I look forward to reading more.

    •  Brokaw Is a Tweener, Last Pre-Pill Throwbacks (4+ / 0-)
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      P Carey, ypochris, NancyWH, quill

      who was contrasting his elders the Greatest with his half successors The Worst Generation that rejected war and included uppity women and brown people.

      Brokaw's half generation is the Tea Party.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 05:08:37 AM PST

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      •  Well put. For me, the Tea Party is a (3+ / 0-)
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        NancyWH, JeffW, RiveroftheWest

        mystery. I know plenty of people in their 70s and they are--almost entirely--as conservative as they come. Yet the only person I know that is a Tea Party believer is a woman who was like a second mother to me as a child. She has evolved into a sort of robotic nut when it comes to political views--the sort of stuff that comes out of her mouth routinely floors me. How did that even happen?  Her husband (an engineer and a dyed in the wool conservative) thinks the Tea Party approach simplistic, dangerous, and funny.

        Go figure.

    •  Your parents sound wonderful... (3+ / 0-)
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      P Carey, NancyWH, RiveroftheWest

      ...and I actually envy you for that. Although, my folks were pretty damned good in their own way, too.  But they were not WWII generation;  they were younger than that. My grandparents were of that generation, and I really, really do understand what you are saying, as well as the others who disagree with me.

      I can only repeat, I believe that the next generation is the greatest.  I believe that with all my heart.  But it will not end there, because they will have children, who will have children, and each generation will be greater than the previous, or this nation has failed.

      Besides, if we have a "greatest generation", doesn't that mean that we should just give up?  I mean, our best days are behind us, right?

      "No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up." --Lily Tomlin

      by paulex on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 05:46:05 AM PST

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