America is still the greatest country the world has ever seen. But she has been failed by a selfish generation which has squandered her ideals, ideals which the Boomers, your parents, have eradicated from the landscape in the blink of an eye. They hijacked a nation and its ideals and left it bereft and bankrupt, and there are no signs that they are going to change course. The selfish path has always been their nature, and that even applies to the world they are leaving behind.
So what is the answer? Become Luddites and go back to basics? Throw away the trappings of society and live off the land? Hardly. It is much simpler than that. You, Young Americans, need to wake up, stare them in the eye, and tell them you aren’t going to allow them to do this to you — to your future — any longer. No longer can you be complacent, be mindless vessels for their demagoguery. No longer can you settle for being second-rate. Don’t let them get away with the generational crime. Better yet, give them back the bill. They are, after all, the ones who enjoyed all the consumption, and they want to keep it rolling in retirement. Are you going to let them? What kind of parent goes to the store, buys something, and expects their kid to pay? Parents are supposed to provide for the kids, not take from them. Not only will you be saving yourselves, you’ll also be saving the country.
Save the country? Sounds like hyperbole. But if you really think about it, the founders of this great nation were young idealists themselves, and they took on the greatest (economic and military) power in the world in a quest to achieve their vision of a nation. Thankfully, nobody needs a revolution against a foreign power this time around, but you have the numbers, the ability, and the wherewithal to retake the country from those in control of the greatest economic and military power once again. That, Young America, would be truly “American.” Right the ship from those who ran it ashore. You just have to accept the task.
It’s your own fault if you don’t.
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