Posted by: goalpath | April 29, 2009

America’s Problems – Blame the Baby Boomers

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!””

And yes, it could be said that the Boomers are responsible for alot of the problems facing America today. After all 4 out of 5 CEOs of Fortune 500 corporations are Baby Boomers. Over 70% of the members of the house and senate in Washington are Baby Boomers. A large percentage of college professors, administrators and regents are Boomers. The majority of news writers, analysts, producers and on-air personalities are Boomers.

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 the 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.”

Chris Hughes, who helped create two of the most successful startups in modern history, Facebook and Barack Obama’s internet campaign, took full advantage of the most powerful tool on the planet. Hughes cracked the code early on and engaged the power of the internet to mobilize everyday citizens and turn them into  agents of change. I believe Baby Boomers can be mobilized and they too can become agents of change in America. After all, Boomers have the numbers. One of every three adults is a Baby Boomer. Boomers control 70% of the wealth in this country. This generational group has the social and political power to change America back to the most respected and prosperous country on earth.

So how do we mobilize the Baby Boomers you might ask? It just so happens that my partners and I founded Boomer-Insight.com for just that purpose. Our vision and primary objective is to become the “Boomers Voice in America”. All you have to do is re-engage by joining Boomer Insight and weigh in each day on the most pressing issues facing America by participating in our polls and discussuions on these issues. It takes less than a minute to join and you can become a member of the most powerful lobby in America. Visit us at www.boomer-insight.com. 

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