Saturday, August 27, 2005

Old Folks, Boomers, Unite! Fight the Power! Let's Pack up the Metamucil and the Ensure and Head to Crawford, TX in the SUV!

I know this will probably rile up the activists out there, but where are the young people in this anti-war effort? Here at UNM, they’re invisible. But you watch the protests in Crawford and all you see is our nation’s aged activists—with the inevitable subsequent footage from the networks of Vietnam protests (apparently this demonstrates that the same people are still protesting – just 40 years later). There are a few young people in Crawford that are young protesting the President, of course, but a good portion of them I see on TV are not only waving picket signs but using them as crutches too.

Hey, there is absolutely nothing wrong with aging activists. But you have to admit that we are witnessing something unusual. The nation’s 18-35-somethings must be at home, playing PlayStation and searching for dates on-line, while their parents (and grandparents) are trying to set up a neighborhood democratic party headquarters for the rest of the retired population to hang out at during the day to complain about the President.

But you look at other political movements around the world and you see youth and working people leading the protests. Youth in Northern Ireland are protesting the war and many of the newly independent Soviet states are experiencing protests let by youth--or working age people.

Meanwhile in Russia, President Putin seems to have a thriving a youth support movement (link). and here in the U.S the youth 0f our nation seem to either not care or actually enjoy the powers that be. Boomers did a great job of protesting back in the day, but they didn't seem to pass along the same spirit to their children.

Maybe you can argue that the youth and working people that are protesting in America are protesting: through the internet, email, etc. . . . I get that. But that takes very little sacrifice to march from the kitchen to the den to send out a few protest emails. And I believe there is a correlation between protest and sacrifice. But I don’t see many people, so passionate about their opposition to the war, quitting their jobs and heading to Crawford.

Just thought I'd make an observation.


Blogger johnny_mango said...

I agree that younger people are missing. I would hate to blame it on their parents however...except maybe in a reverse sense, not caring because their parents cared so much.

One other thing, it takes a certain amount of optimism to protest current conditions. One has to believe that things can actually be better. I don't see that in young people too much. The alternative societies, like communes for instance, set up by the "boomers" has not been matched or even attempted by anyone since.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

President Putin will be visiting the White House on September 16. Wouldn't it be nice for some Americans to show up and demonstrate? To show our support for democracy, our sympathy for the victims of Beslan and our disgust at the handling of Chechnya? Somehow I think the 30 who protested Putin's visit in Germany is better than we can do here.

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