Nothing To Fear
Remember the 60s? Yeah, me too. What a crazy time, right? All those love-ins and drop-outs, flower power and huge demonstrations about what we, the children of the new age, wanted changed. What the hell happened? Why did so many of us grow up to be integral parts of what we said we hated? And why did we raise our children to keep their mouths shut about everything they see that’s wrong with the world?
That last question has been on my mind alot lately. When my kids were kids, they had only 3 rules. Rule #3 was that they had to correct their parents whenever they found a chance. The only stipulation was that they had better be right. As a result, at 23 they both have the habit of not accepting BS as fact. They can be quite vocal about it. I’ve learned over the years to listen to them; they do seem to do the research before they open their mouths.
But still, something seems missing. For instance, where are the hundreds of thousands of young people taking to the streets to peacefully protest the insanity of Iraq? Or the inhumanity of Guantanamo Bay? Where is the unrest that should be led by our young people when they find that big oil companies are raking in record profits and our congress does nothing? Where is the voice of America that I grew up with, whispering, flatly stating and if needed, screaming for us to be “the good guys”? And why the hell are we still ignoring what’s happening with the climate?
No unRest For The Weary
It bothers me that there is no massive unrest in this country right now. If ever we needed to assert our civic responsibilities, it is now. Our government and the large corporations who control this country are obviously not concerned with anything more than short term profits at any cost. Our future, literally, is at stake and we, as a society, do nothing.
It’s made me sad. I’ve been thinking that I am just getting old, missing the “good old days”, and that made me feel even worse. How do you look forward to growing older in a world that, for all intents and purposes, nobody cares about? And then I found this video. Here, a lone young woman named Jean Sara Rohe stands and states in certain terms her objections to… well, just listen to her. She brings me to tears with her honesty and her courage.
Just one more thing: I want to quote a small bit of what she had to say on her blog the day after this speech was given. Although I am and have always been a voting Republican, I have to agree with her here:
“It’s been noted in several columns that anti-McCain sentiment coming from the left may actually help him to garner support from the conservatives by giving him the opportunity to paint us as extremist liberals, so we should all keep our mouths shut. I say we need some “extremist liberals” if we’re ever going to get our democracy back.”
I am Jon, and I will stand beside anyone, of any age, who delivers like this.