Friday, November 7, 2008

Significance of the Election of 2008

So another election has come and gone.  There will be a new president in a few months.  Yes, change is good.  Yes this is historic, but isn't every event?  I suppose so, but here are a few reasons that I think this election is a real sign of change, not just empty political promises.

1) A black man has been elected to the Presidency of the United States.  I did not think that was possible.  But let me clarify that point.  I didn't think it was possible in a country run by my father's generation and I stand by that.  So that means the end of my father's generation is upon us.  As the baby boomers die off, the Gen X'ers have to take the lead and run the country.  All of us thought we were so smart and we would do a lot of things differently.  Well here's the chance.  Let's hope we don't just slip into our parents' footsteps and blindly think the world will just go on with or without us.  It is up to us to make the future we whined and cried about at college.

So on the agenda:

1) World Peace.  We all want it.  If we are so smart and arrogant, let's do it.
2) World Preservation.  The earth is ours and we can see how easy it is to kill it.  It's going to take generations to bring it back to life and it has to start sometime.  I don't think it is too late.
3) End World Hunger? Eradicate the world of AIDS? Cure Cancer? Not really my goals, but maybe someone else can do it.
4) Return of the middle class.  Hey we all want nice stuff and if we are fair about it, there is plenty to go around.  CEO pay is absolutely devastating to the economy.  Riches to the few so everyone else can drown it debt trying to compete?  No.
5) Universal health care? Yes.
6) Affordable education? Yes.

etc. etc.  There are lots and lots of things that we Gen X'ers think are wrong with the world.  Our younger brother's and sisters (the Gen Y'ers), are smart as hell and willing to work.  There just isn't any place for them under the current regime.  Let's try to do things a little better.  Don't worry Baby Boomers, we care about everyone.

Signs of the time:

Black is the new President.
Goldman is no longer gold.
War is unfashionable.
Smart is in.

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