When President Eisenhower left the White House in 1960 he addressed the country to tell them what his biggest fear was. GENERAL EISENHOWER understood the futility of war but more importantly he knew the cost. Having been The Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, he knew exactly how great the cost of war really was. How much war takes away from the rest of society. He also predicted exactly what would happen to your Generation when he spoke of how “the HOPES of our Children”would be stolen. But I am not here just to tell you how bad you have it. I have hope that YOU will stop this insanity. Because the BABY BOOMERS have to go. If our Parents were the “Greatest Generation” we became the GREEDIEST GENERATION”. We never stopped the “MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX”. The defense budget is well over half a TRILLION annually.We also have given you a Political Party who hates the government. I am not here to harsh your mellow, I want to help. The first and most important message I have for you is STICK TOGETHER! There is strength in numbers and YOU HAVE THE NUMBERS TO MAKE GREAT CHANGES.
Less than 50 years ago STUDENTS STOPPED THE VIET NAM WAR. I know this because I participated in that movement. A lot of your parents did too. The movement started because all of us Students were tired of seeing our friends come home from Viet Nam in caskets. In the spring of 1970 after President Richard Nixon illegally invaded Cambodia all hell broke loose on College Campuses across the nation. Look up the “STUDENT STRIKE” of 1970 and make yourselves feel a little better. You will realize the incredible power that you STUDENTS can have.
The everyday life of my generation (those born 1946-64) was dominated by the VIET NAM WAR. Your generation experiences that same kind of pressure only worse. Your lives are affected by the FINANCIAL LUGGAGE that is heaped upon your backs in the form of STUDENT LOANS. Why is this worse? Well our commitment was over in 4 years. That’s as long as they could keep us in the service. Your commitment lasts for up to 30 YEARS and has COMPOUNDED INTEREST. Who do you think got the best of that deal? I know it was us. It took those GREEDY BASTARDS at our largest BANKS a very long time to arrange it but they have turned our KIDS EDUCATION into the largest PONZI SCAM in History. They found a way to get our GOVERNMENT to GUARANTEE that they will get their “BLOOD MONEY” back from you.
At 18 we had to register for the draft. This was while most of us were still in High School. By the time we were 19, we were in the Military. The youngest of the “BOOMERS” started getting drafted into the Military by 1964. When four STUDENTS were killed by the National Guard, at KENT STATE UNIVERSITY in May of 1970 for protesting against the war, all hell broke loose. Students at Universities all over the country went on “STRIKE”. THEY TOOK TO THE STREETS and shut down Universities all over the country.
That was our plan and it WORKED. DISRUPT the NORMAL OPERATIONS of the schools and you DISRUPT THE MONEY FLOW. If you do not think that this tactic still works, I will point to the UNIVERSITY of MISSOURI. Last football season when there were “RACIAL” problems on campus, the FOOTBALL Team refused to play for the UNIVERSITY until the PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY RESIGNED. When the University as well as the NCAA remembered that if the GAME wasn’t PLAYED the school would be sued by the TV NETWORKS. NO GAME NO MONEY. The President of the University stepped down the next day.
Here is another little secret. BABY BOOMERS have dominated the political landscape for almost 50 YEARS. Probably the longest tenure of any generation. The Reason is simple and Millenials should take notice. There were 75 million of us and we became politically active in HIGH SCHOOL because of the Draft. When the war ended in 1973 we stayed involved. THE VOTING AGE WAS LOWERED TO 18 because of students. We even forced the drinking age to be lowered to 18 with the following rationale. “WE CAN GO TO WAR BUT WE CAN’T HAVE A BEER”. Unfortunately that one didn’t turn out so well.
YOU HAVE THAT SAME POLITICAL POWER. You know why? Between the GEN Xers AND MILLENIALS there are 85 MILLION OF YOU. WHAT WOULD HAAPEN IF YOU ALL STOOD UP AND SAID NO! WE ALL REFUSE TO PAY. SOCIAL MEDIA HAS GIVEN YOU THE VEHICLE TO ORGANIZE that we never had. MILLENIALS HAVE TO GET POLITICALLY INVOLVED.THE BABY BOOMERS HAVE TO GO WE HAVE RUINED THE DISCOURSE AND ARE NOT CAPABLE OF REPAIRING IT. SO AGAIN I BEG YOU TO GET INVOLVED POLITICALLY.
THERE ARE 85 MILLION OF YOU. GET INVOLVED, VOTE!!
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Before I finish boring you by returning to the ancient history that was my life, I want to talk about a subject that never in my wildest dreams did I ever think would still be relevant to our lives. Racism.
I was 13 years old when the Watts riots took place in Los Angeles in the dog days of August during the long hot summer of 1965. At that time I was too young to realize what the root cause for those riots was. Sadly, it is the same reason that has so heavily influenced the current “Millennial” Generation and the “BLACK LIVES MATTER” movement. Racism.
Back in the 1960’s we Americans were not as politically correct as we are now. Let me give you an example. Being Irish, I was a “squatty body, tater eating mick”. I attended Catholic schools with my catholic friends, the Polocks, Wops and Spics. (isn’t it ironic that my initials are actually PC ) You know where I learned all those racist nicknames when I was just a kid? Down at the police station hanging out with my old man. If I didn’t hear them there, I heard them at the fire station right next door. Nobody thought twice when using those racial slurs. We all accepted it because we were only one or two generations removed from our own immigrant forefathers. There was one big difference. We were white.
The cops and firemen were just brutal on each other. The firemen basically lived together. They worked 24hour shifts and they cooked, ate and slept at the Fire Station. The cops where I lived worked in pairs, driving around in their “Patrol Cars” 12 hours a day, five or six days a week. They were “family”. Like most “families”, some days they hated each other but most days they loved each other and would do anything for each other. They did not feel the same way about black men. It felt different to us; those jokes had venom, which was noticeable, even to us kids.
It was standard practice for us kids to make fun of each other as well as our parents. All of us kids knew that Mr. Budzinski didn’t really own “The Warsaw Pickle Juice Factory”, and his wife didn’t really make our bowling shirts. We also knew that Mr. Buonodono didn’t really have “Italian tires on his Popemobile”. You know, Italian tires, “DAGO in the rain, DAGO in the snow and when DAGO flat, DAGO…WOP WOP WOP”. We also knew that it was not true God created alcohol “so the Irish would never rule the world.”
What we didn’t know were any black people. As far as I knew my hometown of Haslett did not have any black people. It wasn’t until I was in college years later, while reading the biography of Malcolm X, that I found out that he had played on the same railroad tracks as a kid that I did. I am surprised my old man never arrested him.
Although I lived in the tiny town of Haslett, I attended Catholic School in East Lansing, which was about four miles from Haslett. East Lansing is the home of Michigan State University and is located amazingly, just east of Lansing, the capitol city of Michigan. Clever aren’t they? We were all racist back then because we got our information about, and our impression of black people from newspapers and Television. Since it was the 60’s, there were plenty of frustrated black citizens from one end of this country to the other. So the media decided to focus on all the negatives just like today. I have noticed it is so easy to condemn people when you don’t know them, especially if they are black.
IT JUST KEEPS IT HAPPENING
NINE PEOPLE MURDERED WHILE ATTENDING A WEEKLY BIBLE SERVICE IN A SOUTH CAROLINA CHURCH. HOW MANY OF THEM DO YOU THINK WERE WHITE? THE SHOOTER TOLD ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH, AS HE WAS RELOADIG HIS GUN, “YOU RAPE OUR WOMEN AND YOU ARE TAKING OVER OUR COUNTRY.” WHERE DOES SOMEBODY THAT YOUNG ACQUIRE THAT MUCH HATE? I CAN TELL YOU WHERE. FOX NEWS. DONALD TRUMP HAD SAID THE EXACT SAME THING ABOUT MEXICANS WHILE ANNOUNCING HIS CADIDACY FOR PRESIDENT ON FOX NEWS THE DAY BEFORE THE MURDERS. SO, YES, FOX NEWS, THERE, AND ALL THE OTHER PLACES THAT THE AGGRIEVED, RIGHT WING, HATE SPEWING RADIO PERSONALITIES LIKE RUSH LIMBAUGH AND ALEX JONES DO NOTHING BUT MAKE UP STORIES, TELL LIES AND SPEW HATE ALL DAY, EVERYDAY. THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS AND EVENTUALLY ANYBODY THAT HAS DIFFERENT BELIEFS FROM THEIRS, ARE VILLIFIED AND CALLED NAMES. THEY ARE DEMONIZED SO THEY SEEM THAT THEY ARE NOT HUMAN. THAT IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS RHETORIC. IT MAKES THEM “NOT LIKE US”. THEY ARE CALLED “THUGS”, “GANGSTERS” AND “RACE BAITORS”, OR THE LOWEST OF THE LOW, “LIBERALS”, ANYTHING, THAT WOULD DIFFERENTIATE “THEM” FROM “US”. THE GUNMAN ON THE OTHER HAND, WOULD CLAIM THAT HE WAS “AFRAID FOR HIS WAY OF LIFE” AND THAT “YOU RAPE OUR WOMEN” SO HE HAD TO “MAKE HIS STAND ”, SOUNDS LIKE THE POLICE DOESN’T IT?
AFTER SEEING THE PUNK THAT THOUGHT THAT MURDERING NINE, MIDDLE AGED WOMEN AND MEN IN A CHURCH WAS “MAKING HIS STAND”. IT WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY TO BE THE ONE TO INFORM HIM, I DO NOT KNOW ANY SELF RESPECTING WOMAN THAT WOULD EVEN THINK ABOUT BEING “YOUR WOMAN.” BUT I AM PRETTY SURE YOU WILL BE SOMEBODY’S BITCH WHEN YOU GO TO JAIL. DID YOU SEE HOW HE WAS TREATED WHEN HE WAS APPREHENDED? BETTER THAN FREDDY GRAY, OR TAMIR RICE WHO HADN’T KILLED ANYONE. THE POLICE ACTUALLY RELAXED AND LOWERED THEIR WEAPONS AS THEY APPROCHED HIM.
After the Detroit riots in the summer of 1967, I learned the true depth of the hatred that existed toward the black community. I heard police officers and National Guards bragging about “Pistol whipping those niggers.” Another peacekeeping practice I learned about was “kissing the curb.” This particular practice was portrayed in the Movie, “American History X”. Edward Norton’s character catches a black criminal, makes him lie face down on the pavement, open his mouth and then put his open mouth over the curb. Norton then takes his rifle butt and hits the kid on the back of his head. Hence, “kissing the curb.” But I heard about real people not movie characters. I heard about “kissing the curb” from the people who are supposed to “Serve and Protect.”
It is my personal opinion that there is no group with a “them against us” attitude as bad as the Fraternal Order of Police. Like any other group of men or sporting team, they close ranks and protect each other. It is very rare to find a law enforcement officer that will testify against another member. A recent example occurred in New York City when a large percentage of the Police Union members turned their backs toward New York Mayor, Bill De Blasio as he eulogized two of THEIR members who had been murdered. I do not think that my Father would have done the same but I can’t say that for sure.
Racism never really went away but sometime during the early seventies the term “Politically Correct” (PC just like me) came into existence. You could be as bigoted as you wanted, you just couldn’t say it out loud. Everybody could play by that rule right? Not if you were Ronald Reagan. Even before he was President, he was railing against those “welfare queens” and their “big bucks” ON THE DOLE. Does it surprise you that our current President, is treated the way he is, by people who still idolize Reagan? They feel secure enough to yell “You Lie” during a State of the Union Address. They feel secure enough to call him a “gangsta” and question his citizenship as well as his love of country. These comments from a bunch of uneducated people who have only known the same 200 people they grew up with. They have never taken the time to get to know anybody with a different opinion or skin color than the one they have. They sound like parrots.
I moved out of Michigan in 1976. Winter makes you stupid. I was so stupid I decided to move south, to warmer weather, I, was done with winter. So I moved to Chicago. Told you winter makes you stupid. I just didn’t say how stupid. I think that is pretty obvious now. Don’t you? I froze my ass off.
The real reason I moved was because I couldn’t take the hatred anymore. ANYBODY THAT DID NOT AGREE WITH CONSERVATIVE ORTHODOXY WOULD BE CASTIGATED. NOT ONLY BLACK CITIZENS BUT MEXICANS, WOMEN AND UNION MEMBERS WERE NOW FAIR GAME TOO. That hatred that would slowly spiral out of control again and put us back to where we are today.
When I look at Michigan now, I see that over 80% of the black citizens of Michigan live in cities that are under the control of an Emergency Financial Manager, the creation of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. The EFM as it is called, supersedes the power of the duly elected Public Officials. Because we all know that black people are too corrupt and not smart enough to be responsible with their money. So the EFM can overrule Duly Elected Public Officials, invalidate union contracts, cut the pensions of Municipal employees and sell off the rest of the city’s assets to Wall Street. Do you think I am bullshitting you? Ask the residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan. They owned a park and surrounding area that had been deeded as a “Gift” to the city “in perpetuity.” Because the city was in financial trouble (read, black people can’t handle their money) Governor Snyder appointed an Emergency Financial Manager. The EMF then took that land, sold it, and now the Professional Golfers Association has a brand new Golf Course on the shores of Lake Michigan, while the black citizens of Benton Harbor no longer have a park where their children can play. Benton Harbor has a sister city right beside it, called St. Joseph. They are a mostly white city that for some unexplained reason does not have an Emergency Financial Manager. Oh, that’s right! They’re white. If I were a resident of Benton Harbor, I would be pissed off.
Once upon a time there was a country that had come to terms with the atrocities they had imposed upon a whole race of people. They had colluded with African slave traders to kidnap Africans and sell them into slavery. They considered these kidnapped humans to be their “property.” It is estimated that between 1800 and 1850 over 12.8 million Africans were kidnapped, sold into slavery, and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to the colonies in the “New World”. They were to be used as slaves for life. The new British colonies were looking for cheap labor. The markets back in England wanted their tobacco and cotton, and slave labor was certainly cheap labor. I guess these people who had fled “Religious persecution” had decided that enslaving black humans for life was in accordance with what their “God” had intended.
After Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox ending the Civil War in 1865 saving our union, all the white people decided to make it up to the Africans. In an amazing show of remorse at least 3 of the largest Plantation owners were taken to the southern tip of Florida, where they stood on the beach facing Africa and in unison they yelled “MY BAD”. All was forgiven, the slaves were freed, and everybody live happily ever after. As long as you were white.