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    He was "born in 1968, the year they assassinated hope in this country."

    I hope everyone takes the time to listen to this video.

    It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it - George Carlin

    by OLinda on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 10:00:57 PM PDT

    •  I remember 1968 (7+ / 0-)

      I don't think it was all despair.  I was around 20; probably too young to really experience despair.  I remember it being a year of huge upheavals, of shocking dramatic events, but with a lot of hope in the midst of the smoke and fire.  It was still the time of peace and love (and fairly reasonable pharmaceuticals too).  Somehow, everything was going to turn out wonderful in the end.  If we just could all work together, war would end; hate would end; discrimination would end; and there'd be nothing but endless rock concerts.

      Or something like that.

      Frankly, I blame everything on Nixon.

      by J Orygun on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 11:23:34 PM PDT

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      •  I felt despair--the great hope (3+ / 0-)
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        for engaging my beliefs and ideals into circles of power was taken out by these assassinations.  It was like the final insult to believing in and acting for change--change in the egregious misuse of power that was the Viet Nam war which so affected my generation.  It was like the older generation wanted to sacrifice us for their greed--our own parents and grandparents.  It left a lasting impression on me.  I did not risk trusting engagement in politics again until the 2008 election, when I was finally inspired by Obama's message of hope and change.

        And Van's right--we did not reach the finish line, we just won a new beginning.  That's hard for me to bear being late in life, knowing I will never see the outcome, but I'm not going to give up again.  I'm just going to keep pushing through heartbreak after heartbreak in blessed unrest.

        Find your own voice--the personal is political.

        by In her own Voice on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 03:31:37 AM PDT

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    •  1968. A good year (3+ / 0-)
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      I was born.  ;)

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