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March 28, 2008


Army Vet


KUMBAYA IN JULY . . . DKOS needs to lighten up on HRC, and MyDD needs to chill out on Obama.

John Morgan

I agree Army Vet, some of the blogs are fanning the flames.

G Davis

I agree...kudos for the call to blog peace!

That said, this is a great opportunity to discuss the various hot points this primary brings to the forefront.

How about we look at the serious divide?

We see women struggling to get one of their own...especially boomer women of which I am one...that have been fighting subtle discrimination all their lives. We also see blacks doing the same. Those two factions make up what I would guess is that around 30% or so that is so entrenched and invested in their *cause* they have forgotten the forest for the trees.

What swings this is the generational divide that really has nothing to do with gender or race.

I'm old enough to have lived through the Kennedy election and this is so similar in feel...younger folks seeing their society changing around them and wanting to reflect that change in their leaders while older folks seeing Kennedy as a young upstart that was stepping in front of those that had earned their turn. Sure, there was Catholic discrimination and all which resembles the gender and race issues of today, but the generational split was very real and what turned the election. Hence the *torch is passed* line in Kennedy's inauguration speech.

I am a firm believer that my generation needs to turn the reins of power over to our fabulous young people. I would love to see a woman as president, but I am less concerned with that than I am what my generation has done to my daughter's future with massive deficits, unending war, a class based economy, globalization of work forces that forget our much sought after market in the world depends on the middle class being able to find meaningful work with livable wages.

I am also less concerned with a woman being elected than I am about changing the way DC works. It is unconceivable to me that DC can become more responsive to it's electorate if we keep electing folks entrenched in my generation's mindset of how it should work.

I've watched my nation become less American and more identity group for far too long.

I remember as a child feeling a thrill when the national anthem was played and can't imagine my grandchildren feeling the same thing. That is truly sad.

I remember as a young person traveling the world and feeling welcomed and respected...having women especially asking with wonder about my nation. I can't imagine my daughter being able to experience that same thing. That is truly sad.

I remember as an older person feeling the disregard our government system seems to hold toward all of they've established barriers to self help and the entrepreneurial spirit. I can't tell you how many times I've said just get out of my way and I'll do it myself with much more care and thought to the whole than you could dream of.

To me, it's more important for my generation to get out of the way and allow new thought, fresh perspective to take the reins than it is to hold on to some misbegotten dream that a woman hold the office for my sake.

My daughter, if asked to describe someone, either doesn't use gender or race in her answer or uses them as almost afterthoughts.

I can't make that same claim.

I watch as young people communicate differently, solve problems differently, accept themselves and others differently than I do. It's refreshing and wholly welcomed to be rid of the old battles.

If it were possible to discuss race and gender and the very real barriers each holds, we could possibly make a giant step beyond them as issues.

If we could make that step, it is far more possible to get to solving the very serious mess my generation has made of this country.

I'm sorry to have gone on and on about this, but it is to me the critical issue on the table.

I am not against the Clintons because of her gender. I am not for Obama because of his skin color.

I believe the Clintons represent the worst politics my generation has beset on this nation. It isn't their fault, it's how it's been for so long they know nothing else. It's embodied by her claim to be a fighter. Setting up sides, insisting there are political enemies, dismissing folks for the political label next to their name without regard for common concerns is how it's been for seemingly ever.

They are great fighters. They will not give in or give up in their quest for control. It's what my generation does.

The problem is that that mentality will never solve our serious problems. It will continue the polarization, the triangulation necessary to move any part of any solution forward. It will never allow for meeting with our world enemies face to face to at least attempt resolution. It will continue to pit one against another no matter what the issue.

We, as a nation, cannot afford that continuation. We MUST move forward as a nation, as a people, if we are going to survive and thrive.

Obama is a wonderfully thoughtful young man who brings with him a wonderfully varied and individually thoughtful group of people. They are untested by conventional DC wisdom, but that is their greatest appeal to me. Many of his policy papers show a depth of thinking we have been missing for far too long. His skin color is incidental to all that.

I implore all of you young folks to move beyond the quibbling and look to the greater issues of process. It will be up you all of you to wrench the reins of power away from my generation, as if we've shown nothing the boomers have shown a tenacity and inflated self worth without comparison.

When you blog or visit other blogs, try to put the context of generation in your thinking and responses. The entrenched hard core of that 30% will never move from their positions. They can't as they are far too invested in same. You can if you remember that different generations view their identities differently than you do.

Please, when you vote try to get beyond the trivia of gender and color and get to what's best for your children and their children.

Thank you for listening.

John Morgan

Thank you G Davis for the intelligent comments.

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