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Tue Oct 27, 2015, 01:13 PM

An open letter to the peers of my children

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Whether or not you are aware of it, you are in the fight of your life. Some of you know this and started fighting back with the occupy movement. We need to find a way to enlighten those who do not know this.

I am a young boomer. I was born on the cusp of the boomer and gen X. My siblings are clearly Boomers. Many of my peers are the eldest wave of the Xers.

The issues we face today are much more serious than the issues we faced when I was coming of age, the primary one was the cold war and the MAD strategy of those days. Yes, they actually named the strategy it MAD which stands for Mutually Assured Destruction. I served on a '41 for freedom' submarine that was built before I was born to support that strategy.

That was the time of disco and the founding of Lucasfilm. When according to the 'moral majority' the homos were going to be removed by gawd with the new homo killing disease, and since it was only killing homos, why spend money on research? Win - win in their eyes. Few democrats stood up to them then and quite a number winked whilst remaining silent on funding research that was so desperately needed.

Clearly we as a generation failed to stand up for what is right in many, many ways. If more of my peers and I for that matter had realized the stakes at risk in an incremental assault on the people by those willing to sacrifice my quality of life to sustain a higher quality of life for the few, perhaps we would have fought back harder.

As we boomers age and die off, you will receive an earth that is perilously close to a mass extinction event which at this point if the why still matters is being caused by anthropomorphic greenhouse gas emissions. On this, the science is clear. Many on both sides of the political spectrum will try to convince you that other issues are more pressing. You can recognize those efforts by looking to who is demonized or blamed, be it a race or a gender or some other differentiating aspect. The divide and conquer strategy is as old as humanity's social constructs.

I have never had the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate who is so clearly and so completely on my side.

I have never had the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate who has been so clearly and so completely consistent in their actions to move humanity in the pro human direction.

You may never again have the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate who is clearly and so completely genuine. Who speaks of an US winning an election saying when WE win instead of when I win. Who will require you to stay involved beyond a presidential election if anything is to be changed for the better.

We are at a momentous fork in our path forward. If we choose wrongly, for whatever reason, there may not be a history that records that fact.

It is up to you to save your parents and provide a livable earth for our grandchildren. I wish it wasn't so, but it is what it is and you are my best hope for the future. Don't be fooled by Johnny come lately positions on the issues that matter. Those positions are not guided by a principled life.

I will close with one quote that I think reflects what our time needs most:

"Those are the choices I made when I came to the forks in the road. I think they tell you a lot about the choices I will make as president. And my message to you today is the same as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow." - Bernie Sanders


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hootinholler Oct 2015 OP
hootinholler Oct 2015 #1
hifiguy Oct 2015 #2
hootinholler Oct 2015 #5
hifiguy Oct 2015 #6
artislife Oct 2015 #3
liberal_at_heart Oct 2015 #4
jwirr Oct 2015 #7
Bluenorthwest Oct 2015 #8

Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 03:16 PM

1. Talk to your parents about this.

Your grands too if you still have them.

I guess I should have been more controversial.

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Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 06:04 PM

2. Kickin the living bejesus out of this.

 

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 06:41 PM

5. Thank you! n/t

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 06:42 PM

6. You are entirely welcome, hoot!

 

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Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 06:14 PM

3. Fantastic

 

Reading articles like this:
http://phys.org/news/2010-06-humans-extinct-years-eminent-scientist.html

followed by this
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/parts-of-persian-gulf-could-be-too-hot-for-humans-by-centurys-end_562e8d32e4b00aa54a4ac233

Mexico is happy it has central mountains that calmed the mother of all mother of hurricanes down so that it wasn't as destructive as it could have been.

Salmon are dying because the rivers are too warm in Washington State. Will we have snow fall this winter. eff skiing, we need the snow for the ecosystem.

Part of the Syrian exodus is due to a ten year drought that forced people into crowded cities that had nothing to offer them. Except war.

Welcome to the end time, bitches. It wasn't god who did it, but us. Our elected officials who never could think past the next election and power in the Now. We were sold out. The bill is now due.

We need someone who doesn't measure their stances, check their coffers and rely on polling to make a move. We need someone who will take one of the most influential nations on the planet and steer it hard left. Hard to shutting down the corruption that will be happily counting its money as the last glacier splits apart into the ocean.


We did this.

Us.

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Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 06:17 PM

4. I too feel guilty my generation did not fight back sooner.

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Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 06:57 PM

7. Add this great grandmother's voice to this letter. Thank you

all for doing what you are doing.

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Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 08:21 AM

8. AIDS funding was suppressed by Ronald Reagan and George Bush, who were finally ejected right

 

when both Bernie and Clinton were elected. Democrats (not DUers, this much is apparent) were actually the only political officials who took necessary action, provided funding, organization and focus.

Everyone's all crazy about Bob Barr's DOMA this week, which was 1996. '96 was also the year in which AIDS deaths decreased by 23% after years of constant increases, available treatments and prevention methods started really kicking in. Reagan utterly ignored AIDS for 7 years, Bush did as little as possible for his 4. Democrats were not the problem.

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