There’s no question that there are generational differences in the United States, but those differences have hit a new high in recent years. The younger generation is seeking fundamental, radical change in this country, while the Baby Boomers who run the country are trying their best to fight it. There is a lot to understand about what’s happening, some of it that is actually beyond our control. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this generational “war” and why there’s plenty of reasons to be hopeful for the future.
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The growing generational divide here in the United States is going to be on full display, not just in the 2020 election, but essentially throughout the campaign. In fact, rashly already seeing it right now what you have is you have the baby boomer generation who for the most part, again, not all of them, but for the most part, they’re kind of fearful of change. They are okay with the way things are, don’t think we should do anything too dramatic or radical to upset the system and let’s just kind of keep going with what we’ve got and we can make small tweaks here and there and find some common ground and just keep on sale and smooth. And then you have the millennial generation who say, you know what, and gen X, to be honest, uh, things are pretty much been screwed up since we were born. We’re dealing with these horrendous school shootings on a weekly basis, sometimes even more frequently than that. We’ve lived our entire lives already seeing the effects of climate change and you guys have done nothing to fix that and we’re just 12 years away from the worst effects of it. We can’t afford healthcare. We don’t have unions to protect us and fight for higher wages. We need to increase the minimum wage. It took you baby boomer generation only 306 hours of work at minimum wage to afford four years of college. It takes us 4,500 hours of work to afford a four year degree. So we’re saddled with hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt. So yeah, we don’t want incremental change. We don’t want to sit down and talk about things for years and years and then maybe do something kind of that fixes a little bit of the problem. We want to blow it up now. We want to fix it, we want to change it and the only way to do it is to just yank that bandaid right off and get it over with.
I am a millennial. I am on like the upper tier of that a generation. But technically by definition I am one of them. And I do agree with him on this. And again, please, it’s not all baby boomers. I see plenty of them on social media out there being activists in the media who want this same thing. But unfortunately the people who control the way things are right now, Congress, the Senate White House court systems, most of them are baby boomers and most of them are terrified of change. And part of the reason for that one, they make a lot of money the way things are, they don’t want to blow it up. But to fear of change is something that naturally happens to human beings as they age. There are plenty of studies that confirm this as age as we get older, our bodies, our minds do not, uh, there are no longer able to do the things they were used to do. And as such, people become a little bit more fearful. You know, I can’t do what I used to do. I’m more frail, I’m more fragile.
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