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FROM A FRIEND

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and have grown old together.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science, which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes.

We are probably considered old fashioned and outdated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam. We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America; we fought for the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag.

We know the words to the “Star Spangled Banner,” “America,” and “America the Beautiful” by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you should have read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country, and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies” from your college professors You youngsters need to taste socialism and see evil face to face to understand you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise; most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.’

Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2016 we took back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like, but we get where we’re going, and in 2020 we’re driving to the polls again by the millions.

So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor your country, and thank God for the old geezers of the “Gray-Haired Brigade.”

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That's a nice piece, but it really does overlap two generations...The winning WWII & iceman thing are attributes of the Greatest Generation and the Vietnam stuff to Baby Boomers. Biggest difference being the Boomers are the ones responsible for raising the current generation taking control. Where did we go wrong????
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thank you to the ones that served, very well said Dogface and very true.
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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it really does overlap two generations...
It does but those generations had similar lifestyles and are a lot different than the current "generation".

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It does but those generations had similar lifestyles and are a lot different than the current "generation".
That's what I don't get...the Greatest Generation seemed to raise a generation of mostly decent humans (even some Boomer democrats are not too bad). But the Boomers ended up raising a generation with a disproportionate amount of snowflake liberals. What gives???

What did the Greatest Generation impart unto their children that the Boomers failed to pass on ???
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That's a nice piece, but it really does overlap two generations...The winning WWII & iceman thing are attributes of the Greatest Generation and the Vietnam stuff to Baby Boomers. Biggest difference being the Boomers are the ones responsible for raising the current generation taking control. Where did we go wrong????
The divorce rate of Boomers is/was exponentially high. That's a heavy contributor. I honestly think Gen Y's and Millennials will start reversing that trend.

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The divorce rate of Boomers is/was exponentially high. That's a heavy contributor. I honestly think Gen Y's and Millennials will start reversing that trend.
That could be...but with almost half of children born out of wedlock these days, divorce rates may not be as accurate of a representation of children growing up in broken homes.

Many Millennials and Gen Yers shun the institution of marriage

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That's what I don't get...the Greatest Generation seemed to raise a generation of mostly decent humans (even some Boomer democrats are not too bad). But the Boomers ended up raising a generation with a disproportionate amount of snowflake liberals. What gives???

What did the Greatest Generation impart unto their children that the Boomers failed to pass on ???
I'd bet that if you did an in depth study you could trace it back to two different issues:

1. Our the leftist and anti-America teachings in our schools.

2. The attempt to eliminate religion as a moral guide.

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I'd bet that if you did an in depth study you could trace it back to two different issues:

1. Our the leftist and anti-America teachings in our schools.

2. The attempt to eliminate religion as a moral guide.
I think you've hit upon something here, Dogface.

Not as much of what the Boomers did or didn't do in raising their kids, but rather what the Boomers allowed social institutions to do.
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I think too, that we wanted our children to have it easier than what we think we had it. I don't see the work ethic in the younger bunch that Dad pushed us into. I believe that between us and the education system things headed down the wrong path.
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