The Worst Generation
Looking at the newspapers this morning, I noticed that Tom Brokaw was making a speech in New York. It made me wonder if he was working on a sequel to his books on “The Greatest Generation.” This one might be called “The Worst Generation.”Us.The foreword could include something the president of the United States said Tuesday on a comedy show, the Jay Leno show. He can’t get his message across in “mainstream media,” so he slips it in between jokes:“Look, I think the things that folks across the country are most fed up with — whether you are a Democrat, Republican, independent — is putting party ahead of country or putting the next election ahead of the next generation.”The last few words, of course, are the ones that hurt — the ones for which all of us should be blamed. The next generation will be the inheritor of our excesses, in borrowing, in stupid and unnecessary wars paid for with their credit cards, in allowing the gap in wealth between rich and poor to reach revolutionary levels, in crushing the middle class.Let me count (a few) of the ways: We have stood by — and our representatives in Washington have betrayed us — while the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, bringing the country’s wealth distribution to where it was in the 1920s. History might record that we brought our troops home from far places to control their fellow citizens — shoot them. Perhaps we will have another Boston Massacre to complement the Tea Party. We have started at least three wars we could not win, with a volunteer military dying for us — to say nothing of tens of thousands of foreigners killed on their own land — and shielding the American people from the reality and the shame of what we have done, beginning with torture of suspected adversaries. I don’t remember being taught in school that torture was an American weapon of choice.
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