It ain't the 1960s anymore, baby!
Yeah, I may love a lot of the music and literature and style of the sixties, and admire quite a bit of the political activism of the era, but - dammit, Boomers! - the Sixties are over!
We don't need another political campaign centered on re-hashing forty year-old college arguments of Left v. Right. Vietnam is over - we have a new war to deal with! Focus on this one. We don't need another "War at Home" because we got plenty of wars already.
What's got my goat about Boomers? Besides their overbearing sense of entitlement, their arrogance, their know-it-all and know-better-than-you attitudes, their shame-on-you finger wagging, their resource-draining lifestyles and their seeming inability to just die already and let the rest of us run our lives for the first time ever? I dunno. Not much, really.
Okay - much of the above is sheer hyperbole. Meant to get a rise, a reaction. But here's just one example that's ticking me off - the NARAL endorsement of Obama. I think they did the perfect thing at the perfect time by endorsing him now. Wait a month and their endorsement would be lost in the flood that's gonna pour out after June 3rd. It's the best chance they have to come out strong and attract new, younger women to their cause. Good for NARAL, I say.
But if you've read any articles about this, then you've read the comments from Clinton's 50+ women supporters who are outraged at NARAL. They are screaming of betrayal and simply cannot understand why this organization they worked so hard for in their youth would kick them and their candidate in the posterior now. Some of the online comments are quite nasty.
NARAL and the women who support it are end products of the 1960s. Without the incredible struggles of women against cultural and legal restrictions that the feminist movement fostered, the political and social rights of women today would be as limited and stultifying as they were in the 1950s. I have nothing but admiration for these courageous women, but...they need to take a step back and disengage themselves from the past for a few moments. Clinton supporters of this era, if their blog posts and remarks to the media are any indication, are running on nostalgia and anger right now, a weird and blinding cocktail. Like those they struggled against in the 60s and 70s, they have set up blinders against the future.
What I'm hearing is an oddly ageless tirade: "If we yell loud enough and long enough, everyone will shut up and see that we are right and they'll stop all this silly nonsense and things'll go back to being they way they're supposed to be, the way we want them to be!" Sound familiar? It's the song of the past, of the doomed.
PS Isn't Obama kicking in this picture? That's the President I want to see getting off of Air Force One, man!