Posted by: goalpath | March 18, 2009

Baby Boomers, the Problem or the Solution?

The answer to this delimma is that Baby Boomers are partially responsible for the problems America faces and can easily be the majority of the solution. For example, America’s Top CEO’s earned $5.4 billion last year. 400 or the Fortune 500 CEOs are Baby Boomers. Approximately 70% of the members of Congress are Baby Boomers. Of course, since Boomers represent one of every three adults in America and range in age from 45 to 62, the preceeding facts shouldn’t surprise anyone.

In C. Rich’s blog dated December 31, 2008, Mr. Rich states: “The baby boomers are the most self absorbed, dysfunctional group of malcontents that have ever been created in the history of the United States of America. These bozos have almost destroyed the entire world, America, the family, marriage and just about any institution they got there hands on. As Obama screamed at the Democratic convention at the Republicans, “Enough!” This battle cry comes from the generation that had to clean up the mess of this depraved group of people. “Enough!””

Guess what Mr. Rich, Barack Obama is a Baby Boomer. This is where the solution comes into play. Sure, Baby Boomers protested against war, fought for racial and gender equality, rebelled against the military-industrial complex and did a lot to change America for the better back in the sixties and seventies. But it seems most Boomers left their activist nature at college, joined the work force, raised families, created a comfortable lifestyle for themselves and disappeared into normal society. The rest became disillusioned and gave up the fight. A lot of them became the people they distrusted and protested against.

Can they be re-engaged? Will they rejoin the fight to change America? I am convinced they can rise to the challenge with the proper motivation and leadership. A quote from Dr. Greg Ketchum in David Mills’ book, 10,000 days goes straight to the point: “I think a lot of the ideals we had in the ’60s and ’70s were youth based. We were naive in how we could make things happen…Now I think we have enough years on us and maturity. It’s natural to get to the unfinished business.” And given the problems facing America, we don’t have time to waste.

Boomers have the numbers, as well as the financial and political power to take on these issues. “The next ten years are going to be very defining for America,” said David Gergen, White House adviser and Professor of Public Service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, “The big question about Baby Boomer Generation is, is it going to grow up in time and get serious about facing up to the challenges that are going to be here for our children and grandchildren, or are we going to slide by and leave them with a really big mess.”

Our web site already provides a platform for your voice to be heard. Are you ready to get this movement started? Don’t you think it’s time to tell Washington and America your opinion on these important issues? Let’s get with the program. We have no time to waste.


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