Good Luck

December 09th, 2019

earl watt mugL&T Publisher Earl Watt


We have no one to blame but ourselves. When we see how the next generation is embracing concepts like socialism, we led them straight to it.

My grandparents were part of the G.I. Generation. They survived real struggles like the Great Depression and World War II.

They understood sacrifice like none of us since. 

World War II soldiers rarely talk about their experiences. They charged beaches under heavy fire, and they had to fight to liberate a continent under tyrannical rule.

They understood the real cost of freedom with every bullet that left the barrel of their rifle, and they saw the horrors of those liberated from concentration camps, many too far gone to be saved from starvation and exposure to the elements.

They received little personal gain. Their pay was meager. But the Great Depression back home left many with no pay at all. These soldiers went off to fight a war while families back home were fighting to survive the worst economic conditions in the history of America.

For a decade they found a way to survive, to make something out of nothing, to stretch every resource they had to its limits.

This wasn’t just living paycheck to paycheck. It was living without a paycheck, or a welfare check, or in many cases without electricity.

Years on end, they did this as their own normal.

These were the people we called Grandma and Grandpa when we were growing up. In my case, they were Memaw and Dude.

When we brought our petty problems to them, they weren’t having it.

If I couldn’t get along with the other kids, Memaw didn’t come to my rescue.

“Get out of my kitchen,” was the response. “Figure it out for yourselves.”

When my junior high pre-algebra teacher Mrs. Rorabaugh sent a downslip home, not for my grades but because I was being the “class clown,” Memaw didn’t march down to the school and set the teacher in her place.

I was punished, and I can tell you, Memaw had a sharp tongue.

I would rather receive swats at school than to have them call home.

The G.I. Generation knew the importance of discipline, of thrift, and they passed it on to us. Somehow, we didn’t pass it on to the next generation.

Maybe we thought our upbringing to be too tough, too difficult, and so we would try a kinder, gentler approach to parenting.

Instead of children working out their differences on their own, we have taken the role of solving their problems for them.

The Millennials and Generation Z experienced a much different childhood. They could do no wrong.

Our education system changed to accommodate this new philosophy. We no longer saw kids failing and having to repeat a grade. Social advancement was more important than academic preparedness. It wasn’t the student who failed, after all. Somehow the teacher didn’t do a good enough job teaching the student.

Math no longer focused on getting the right answer, but if you could show the right process, the answer wasn’t important.

Along came the Internet, and all of a sudden a person could achieve instant fame with a cleverly worded Tweet or a video that could go viral. 

With never being told their actions required correction, and believing they were all celebrities in some fashion, a generation was taught they were never wrong.

About anything.

When relationship challenges came along, and they suffered a loss that mom and dad couldn’t make right, they turned to medication and suicide, because they never learned how to deal with adversity from the time they were children.

Since there is no such thing as a wrong answer, any answer will work, even socialism.

These children have never seen the horrors of concentration camps in class. Most of the time history never even reaches that time period, or it skips forward to more important historic issues like climate change battles or income inequality.

We created a generation, or two, that is more concerned with their own answer as being the right one rather than learning to solve problems with people who may see the world differently.

We shouldn’t be surprised they want college campuses with safe spaces where they never even have to hear an idea that makes them rethink their own values.

Their idea, whatever it may be, is a good idea because they have been told their entire lives all of their ideas are good ideas.

Everyone around them had to accommodate to their needs and desires, and they never had to consider others may see the world differently.

Some on college campuses and even in lower levels of education took this as their opportunity to advocate for their ideologies, rewriting history to misguide the next generations about the true horrors of socialism while villainizing the colonists who sought to expand freedom by coming to the New World as if they were genocidal maniacs.

Boys were told it was ok to wear a dress, as long as that dress doesn’t appropriate another culture, and everything became acceptable.

And why pay for college if we can vote to give it away for free?

The new generation has now turned on its predecessors, believing their day has come with far less knowledge of history to guide them. As a matter of fact, many of them believe too much knowledge about our tainted history is a bad thing. After all, what can be learned about a nation that allowed slavery and inequality? They definitely do not believe they need any lessons from the flawed people of the past, and monuments are the first to go.

All the while the World War II veteran sits in the corner of a senior care center, reliving the explosions that never go away, the bodies piled in mass graves from the concentration camps. One day the new generation may discover that the soldiers were fighting against socialism, and those monuments will be torn down as well.

After telling Millennials and Generation Z that nothing they do is wrong, we can’t expect them to take responsibility now.

The fault is ours.

We never taught them to be self reliant and so they see no value in it.

We taught them they are the most precious person alive, and how can we fault them for believing it?

Now they throw insults at Boomers and buy in to any Millennial idea as utopian.

Socialism doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be their idea.

They are doing exactly what we taught them to do, and we have no right to get upset about it now.

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