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Since being born in 1946, I have been standing politely in line. Lots of post-WWII kids made for crowded classrooms, long lines for everything, 15 kids trying to make a 9-member baseball team -- all of those important things in life. Being raised in Minnesota, I was engulfed with the Democratic Party. I knew only one way to look at politics. After a career in the Postal Service and a career in the military, I found a number of alternative points-of-view. But the classic wait-and-see position has always worked well. It has also worked well for the hundreds of like-minded folks I have worked with and ran into during my travels. I consider these people the middle class.

That middle class is now gone. The income disparity has ruined the U.S. Young, untested and arrogant people have snuck up on us and infiltrated the government. The clowns in DC cannot do anything! Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann? Are you kidding me? How embarrassing do we have to get? Is the pro wrasslin crowd finally taking over?

It could be the influence of the movies. Mindless action jumbles with no redeeming value or no story line. It has spawned the waste of time following Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Who really cares what they do or how the think? It could also be that today's youth have no skills other than to disrupt and ignore. My last three years working in the schools at all levels has shown a shocking risrespect for all things educational. I'm bored is a common phrase. The loss of discipline in schools is apparent in the eyes and energy levels of the teachers.

The lack of a military draft has caused tremendous troubles--from the untouchable, entitled youth that DO NOT CARE--to the disastrous back-door draft that has sent thousands of Reserves and National Guard into needless wars. News media follow the going-away ceremonies and the Welcome Home ceremonies--but totally ignore the trauma and the disconnect of the families and the destroyed small-town structure that goes with the weekend warrior's being taken away.

Maybe this is the bigger cause. Feed the aristocracy. Give the King all of his ransom. Starve the worker bees and hive will suffer. Ignore the middle class and the building blocks start to disappear. Now that I have my Medicare card, and social security and full medical coverage (because of my service to my country), I can stand tall and look out over the crumbling horizon and shed a tear. I can now watch with dismay when the  so-called leaders in DC do absolutely nothing while Rome burns. I am sad for my children and grandchildren. I reluctantly say that it is finally time to shut off the TV and tell all those annoying politicians that call my house and knock on my door that I DO NOT CARE!

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  •  Fix your Tags. (3+ / 0-)
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    jsfox, Catte Nappe, JeffW

    Shorter Jim: I got Mine.

    Notice: This Comment © 2011 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 08:37:55 AM PDT

    •  My thoughts exactly. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, ROGNM

      I'm final OK so I can stop fighting now and say: fuck the rest of you. How very republican/libertarian of you.

      In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

      by jsfox on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 08:41:18 AM PDT

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  •  really? (6+ / 0-)

    I was born in 1946, and I care.  Maybe this is temporary? These are the most interesting times we've ever lived in, but if it's from time to time overwhelming, just take a break?  

    There is always someone better off than you, and always someone worse off than you. All you can do is your own life.

    Just say it: Medicare for All

    by anna shane on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 08:40:47 AM PDT

  •  Righteous Diary! (5+ / 0-)

    Agree on all counts, most of all regarding the shameful "back door draft". If our spineless, self-focused "leaders" had any moral courage, we would reinstitute the military draft if we planned on continuing our international interventions. Instead, we fight our wars on the backs of reservists, rely on "stop loss", and spend a fortune on contractors to do our dirty work. Our citizens drive around in gas-guzzling SUVs with stickers proclaiming their support of the troops. When the troops return home, after a barbeque and hugs from friends and family, they're kicked to the curb, dealing with physical and mental wounds that will haunt them the rest of their lives.

    You cannot enlighten the unconscious.

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 08:42:48 AM PDT

  •  As much as I disagree with you Postmaster, (3+ / 0-)
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    MKinTN, JeffW, dewley notid

    I do believe you are expressing a common sentiment.  The I-do-not-care vote has helped get the Teapubz into congress. Because when you don't care, somebody will care for you.
    There's an aspect of the American Dream that I've always found ultimately self-destructive. It's the idea that every American will be able to live in a Splendid Isolation from other Americans. Everyone gets a Private Idaho. Well, we are about to learn the hard way that this part of The Dream doesn't work.

    -4.38, -7.64 Voyager 1: proof that what goes up never comes down.

    by pat bunny on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 09:01:20 AM PDT

  •  1948 here (3+ / 0-)

    I care but I am tired and sometimes I wonder why I care when it seems that others are quite willing to go with the lemmings ... then something happens and I'm back to trying.  

    I keep seeimg pictures in my head of King John and the barons and the Magna Carta and pictures of Nero fiddling while Rome burns ... probably not historically accurate ... but metaphors for me.  We are heading toward chaos so what do we do?  Not real sure at the moment ... sigh

    "Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe." Robert Browning in 'Ceuciaja'

    by CorinaR on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 09:09:52 AM PDT

  •  This Was Launched By the Greatest Generation (4+ / 0-)

    starting back in the mid 1960's with the beginning of the far rightwing movement, and coming to visible power in the 80's with the Reagan Revolution. This takeover was driven by the WW2 and Korea War generations who spent their last major Presidential election voting McCain-Palin, and their last major midterm last fall giving Democrats our greatest defeat in a hundred years.

    As a slightly younger boomer than you, we liberal boomers have been fighting and having our asses kicked by our elders for our entire lives. As we were beginning to pitch in on civil rights and then onto Vietnam War resistance, the right went after our successors and turned them into the conservative Alex P. Keaton generation that continued to hammer us and hammer liberalism into political oblivion.

    We never got our first generational reinforcements till 2006, by which time both parties had become conservative. The youngest voters are our most Democratic-Party-supporting voters of all.

    This was a very deliberate, coordinated attack on the New Deal era launched by members of the generation that first benefited from it and methodically advanced decade after decade. To this day the rightwing movement depends heavily on the oldest seniors, but with a Democratic Party that will offer youth only a milder version of the Republicans' sentence, they will pick up substantial youth and minority support.

    Either that or the voter participation crashes for lack of any party offering them a future, and the rightwing will dominate the few who still vote.

    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 Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 09:10:33 AM PDT

  •  This really stinks. (1+ / 0-)
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    I am 47 years old, and have fought my whole life to protect ss, medicare, and veterans benefits for those who need them.  I did It because it is the right thing to do, not because it will personally benefit me.  I am glad you have your benefits, as a veteran you certainly deserve a comfortable retirement.  I just don't understand why you don't care about the rest of us.  Frustration, I understand that, but "I don't care"?  WTF?  

    I hope you realize that once the GOP is done gutting future benefits for the rest of us and funneling the money into corporate america, that it won't be the end.  The rich can never have enough.  There is always another vacation to take, or another vacation home to buy.  Never can have enough jewelry.  When they inform you that Medicare social security and veterans benefits are too high, and that these programs were never guaranteed, it would be nice if the rest of us were fighting on your behalf.  But we will be too busy working to make up for the benefits you didn't care whether we lost. Good luck with that.

  •  Feh! (0+ / 0-)

    Born in 1955. Just...Feh!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 09:56:44 AM PDT

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