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  •  Senior in High School then, (9+ / 0-)

    looking forward to going to college. I was arguing politics with my father during those years. I was so angry about the Kent State shooting. I read the book about Kent State as soon as it came out. I remember the rightwingers of that time with their "Love it or Leave It" attitude. Many of them still believe Vietnam was right - they never read. It is the same today.
    It brings up the anger again. Now that I am older, I wonder where were the parents of many of those Kent State students - guns aimed at your kids? I do not remember if there was an out cry from the parents of the other college students. What would todays parents do?

    •  Generations (1+ / 0-)
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      Actually, connecting your comment to the discussions of generations I've seen on here lately, it makes sense that these parents didn't say anything.  They were either from the end of the Greatest Generation or from the beginning of the "Silent" Generation.  These generations tended to let their kids go.  As a result Boomers and Xers were pretty much left to do what they wished.

      Keeping in mind that today's Millennial generation is the most protected generation in recent memory, I think the answer to your last question clear.  First, we need to look at generational development.  A large part of a generation's identity is the reaction of those that have come before it -- largely their parents.  They pay attention to the actions of the previous generation, and they go the opposite way, desiring to find a new identity.  Simultaneously, parents raise their children the opposite of the way they were raised.  For instance, it's not a surprise that today's Boomers and Xers coddle their children, the Millennials, as much as they do.  Getting to your question, I'm not sure we'd get to this large standoff with the Millennial Generation.  First, this generation is predisposed to being more conventional, more pro-establishment than the Boomers were.  Millennials would rather work to change something via a process than through initiating civil unrest.  Second, parents, though they may have been a part of a similar movement at one time, would place their kids' safety and well-being ahead of the political cause in question.  I think that many parents today simply would not allow this to happen.

      "Democrats win when people think." -- Bill Clinton

      by bergerc84 on Wed May 03, 2006 at 07:08:56 PM PDT

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      If you go onto the activist Republican sites--like Freerepublic or Redstate--it's more often than not taken as assumed that Vietnam was the right thing to do and that it was the evil hippie protestors who lost the war.

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      by Shapeshifter on Wed May 03, 2006 at 10:55:02 PM PDT

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      •   the evil hippie protestors lost the war (0+ / 0-)

        You mean we didn't???? :-)

        We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

        by kainah on Wed May 03, 2006 at 10:57:56 PM PDT

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