I wrote an earnest first person account I used to be known for, but didn’t feel like putting it up as I have many other more pressing fights today.
I’m not saying that this is a generational issue. I am saying that along with many other women and men I fought for passage of abortion rights bills. I know the seriousness of the issue
I don’t think many young people today do. I think they think there will always be a pill, abortion will always remain legal for such and such reason.
Yes and America will always have fair elections and a president who is so crazy he set off a world wide panic last week.
When I was 20 I went to a worker student demonstration that was demonstrating against capitalists, the war in Viet Nam, abortion and ageism. It was a one size fits all demonstration. I left when I realized I was demonstrating against my father and hence my own interests.
I will always be pro choice. I will always have stories to tell about the girl who died before abortion was legal and the like
Right now that’s one part of a much bigger fight. A fight to make the US a country where people can live in freedom, peace, health and prosperity.
My stock broker who is older than I am said he could never imagine feeling the way he does about this country and its government. I welcomed him to my world. For a brief moment there was Carter but he was too intellectual and then there was Bill but he was Bill.
I think people who grew up under Bill grew up spoiled and always expecting more. Again welcome to my world.
We have to come together. We have to put our own issues aside and work for a united America. Until I began to blog I had no idea how wonderful the people really are. We have fought many fights since I began blogging three years ago and some months but now there is only one real fight
The fight to retake America. There is one candidate who has the potential to unify America–Barack Obama. I was for Edwards but one day it hit me. I truly like Obama. i was scared for him. I still am. But I know he can do it. America needs a healer I’m a First Amendment absolutist and I believe it needs faith. True faith. The kind that comes from believing in something bigger than yourself. In this case the USA.
I have to go back to being cooly hysterical. Everything I predicted is coming true. My friends, family–broker–all laughed at me–and they’re not any longer.
I have to admit I still don’t believe the people and I know a few who believe we’re headed into a depression. They’re all my age and have been laid off, have huge mortgages and no way of paying them. Nobody comes to look at their large homes that are for sale. I had to cut them off. Too negative. I couldn’t take the constant whining. It left a mark.
I’m not in that position. But everything in my life depends on Wall Street. And one day many of you will realize the same thing. It might not happen the way it did to me–at a demonstration. That was a big turning point in my life– I was 20. I went to many more demonstrations, fought many fights but never again felt that sense of invincibility and wonder. I only believed that I was doing the right thing
I hope some young women laugh at me and go about being vehemently pro-choice today. We need idealists. I can’t be one anymore. Idealism can only happen when you either don’t care about consequences, purposely face consequences or are just too innocent. I have fallen into all three groups.
I will make out alright. Well I say that too fast. How I make out depends on how this country does. And we’re in deep shit to put it crudely.
I understand what Obama says when he says that Reagan gave people, not me or my friends, optimism. After a long time of not believing that America was the great country we had been raised to believe it was–or older people just had believed–people began to believe that anything was possible in the land of the great, home of the free.
Bruce Springsteen captured the irony perfectly in “Born in the USA” but too many people took it at not quite face value. Reagan made me depressed. I believe the America of today began in his administration. But hey, who am I?
Be pro choice, be anti the war in Iraq. Do everything youth is supposed to do. Don’t expect too many people my age at any rallies today. It’s not that we don’t care we do desperately. We could bring Blackberries. We don’t want to stand behind barricades. Been there. Done that. We will if we have to. Our future–our savings, our pensions, social security, homes and everything might depend on it. We have taken nothing for granted for too long now. We came into adulthood during stagflation. Nobody talks about that anymore. Everybody seems to think that baby boomers had a free ride.
We’re the most educated generation for a reason. There were few real college grad jobs around when we finished college. Grad school began to become an imperative. We came into true adulthood during a recession. We want to enjoy our older years as many of our parents did. We don’t see that being a reality right now
I just really want to see people under 35 understanding that the liberties they take for granted could be taken away from them. Don’t ever take legal abortions for granted. Because soon I will start rehashing my old stories and I’m sure you’re as sick as them as I am.
Vote in your primary. Vote for Obama. He can help change this all around
Here’s an article about RudyG that quotes many people who worked for him.
Isn’t it amazing that the Fed just did an emergency .75% rate decrease to offset the panic Bush spread? And the Dow went down 500 points immediately. If you think it doesn’t affect your life, you’re delusional. it can affect your job, your pension, everything about your life. I was born into this world, and I don’t understand it. Don’t tell me you do. Nobody can truly understand what’s happening other than we’re a country in deep deep crisis.
Vote in your primary and vote for Obama Barack.