|Sent on:||Thursday, June 5, 2008 12:06 PM|
Youth Letting Us Down
What's different now, what's wrong with American
society now, is the jadedness, the pseudosophistication,
the confusion of young people. They
are too urbane to chant on a picket line, too
embarrassed to march, too duped and bamboozled
by TV and greed and false authorities to even figure
out how a George W. Bush got into the White House,
never mind how to get him out.
There is much confusion in the land right now:
- The country that values self-determination is
imposing its will on Iraq.
- The country that spouts freedom is cutting down on
all our freedoms.
- The country that purports to care denies health
care to 40 million citizens.
- The country that has said, "give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses" is keeping out the tired,
the poor, the huddled masses with an electric fence.
- The country that promises religious freedom is
sneaking religion into schools, workplaces, politics,
government, the armed forces.
- The country that promises religious freedom hates
those who have no religion.
Today's issues are subtler than they were in the
1960s. Religious totalitarianism is a drumbeat on the
horizon. The natives are restless but they aren't
burning down the huts yet. The economy is rolling
along, inflationary but not yet down and out.
The mood in the air for young people today is just to
Perhaps our seniors are with us because they have
heard the drumbeat and they know what it means.
They aren't going to go quietly into the night. I'm
sure if Madalyn Murray O'Hair were alive, she'd be
fighting with us tooth and nail even at age 89.���