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Wade Heath It’s all about me: Why I am ashamed of my generation

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Wade Heath

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:06 am, Tue Oct 11, 2011.

I'm not buying it. Those, ahem, "protesters" down on Wall Street are holding signs of Marxist, communistic dreams, calling for guaranteed wages and complete debt forgiveness. I'm amazed at how much of a platform the media has been giving these unemployed revolutionaries. They work overtime to portray them as some sort of genuinely frustrated everyman who just wants what's best for America.

Yeah, no. That was the Tea Party, and the media spent as much time as they could demonizing them as racists or trying to ignore them completely.

Get real. Big unions have been planning these "days of rage" for the last year and dumped their own members at many of the rallies. This entire effort is being funded by someone — or somebodies — leading the sheeple to try and push an already teetering America over the edge.

Unfortunately, extra manpower has been added to their army.

Who are they?

My generation.

Narcissism has consumed my generation. It's all about us. When was the last time you were on a bus or in a public place where there were a lot of people? I'll bet the majority of people you see under the age of 25 have headphones or earbuds on or have their nose in a phone and weren't paying attention to the real experiences happening around them. Am I close?

Increasingly, God or any reference to God has been totally washed as taboo or thrown out of schools, media and culture. Yes, there are still families who practice religions and keep the faith, but searching for belief in a higher power among the latest generation is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Young people have become more Godless, more anti-religion than anything.

Entitlement is ridiculously celebrated among the youths of America, as if government handouts and services are a right. Why should anyone work when free money is sent to your door and you could just chill eight hours a day? A career would mean labor was involved, and why would you labor when you could get paid to be on vacation?

Finding a passion in life doesn't seem to matter anymore. Merely existing to satisfy one's selfish needs on the backs of others that do have a passion and work hard is the new norm.

To them, the term "checks and balances" has to do with their bank account, funded by their parents. Ask them what two of the country's most pressing issues are and they'll look at you with a blank stare. Give them back their earbuds so they can ignore you.

So what does any of this matter?

Well, to be quite honest, it scares the crud out of me to think that this is what my collective team looks like as we approach the stadium to play the big game. And by big game I mean leading the United States into the future. Soon it'll be our turn to replace the players on the field and I wonder whether or not we'll get half of our team out of the locker room because, after all, they need to update their status.

Right now they stand shoulder to shoulder with the failed hippies of the past, bitching about what they don't have. Newsflash: Your success is up to you, morons.

My generation is blessed to live in a time where we have more opportunity, more access to information, more acceptance, more respect and more chances than at any other time in history. We are fortunate beyond belief because of the brilliance of those before us and the commitment of those before them. We have a huge responsibility to not just score touchdowns, but to win the game entirely, showing the other teams that we are and will continue to be the champions. But instead, we shove the police.

With the way things are being handled currently and the mess Lady Liberty is knee-deep in, my generation needs to hit the field running with a solid game plan already in place, or else we will lose horribly. We're outnumbered and will be outplayed, as the American team that's on the field continues to excuse players to the injured list, and the coach, along with his assistants, can't stop fighting over the color of uniforms long enough to decide on the next play.

Kickoff is coming and I'm not so sure my generation is prepared for this Super Bowl, let alone to kick.

Quit your whining, look at who you're standing among and think for yourself. This "occupy" movement is not what you think it is.

It's a post-9/11, obese, anorexic, smartphoning, celeb-obsessed, blissfully unaware, disrespectful, narcissistic, politically absent, social networking, self-absorbed, live for the moment, morally inept, entitled generation.

Or as I like to call us, the "iGeneration." Maybe I should create our official T-shirt: "Rich, spoiled kids for communism!"

Columnist Wade Heath is editor of NationalTalkLive.com and can be reached at wade.lodi@gmail.com.

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9 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:08 pm on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...I didn't realize you were that obtuse. But obviously, you cling to the myth that our current economic woes were created by Obama and think Bush has nothing of which to be ashamed...

    Great post Ms Bobin. It demonstrates how you perceive you know fact, when in reality you do not.
    You draw the conclusion erroneously that I think our economic mess was created by Obama and Bush had nothing to do with it... thanks for the laugh Ms Bobin. You always deliver the goods.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:00 am on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I really didn't think I needed to help you count on your fingers, Mr. Baumbach.

    You obviously found by comment about the Bush debacle humorous. I was only giving you a historical perspective. Most 25 year olds, unlike Wade Heath, graduated from college in 2008 and were confronted by the economic difficulties created by the Bush Administration - way before Obama was elected or took office.

    I didn't realize you were that obtuse. But obviously, you cling to the myth that our current economic woes were created by Obama and think Bush has nothing of which to be ashamed. Probably explains his self-imposed exile from the public eye - he is so modest he doesn't want to be applauded for his expert handling of the economy during his reign.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:19 pm on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms bobin stated...Just because it took Wade 7 years to graduate from college...

    More humor Ms Bobin... thank you!!!. Fridays are normally a good day for lighter subject matter. You rarely disappoint.

    I hope you can provide more Ms Bobin... please explain the relationship between the length of time one takes to obtain a degree and intelligence level what whatever point you were attempting to make... It was so vague that a thoughtful person would have to guess what it is you were trying to say...

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:39 pm on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Baumbach wrote: "The humor just keeps on a coming... one claims others do not know what they are talking about only to follow with data that illustrates one does not have a clue... great comedy Ms Bobin. Thank you for the entertainment."

    Unfortunately, Mr. Baumbach has just lumped himself with the "does not have a clue" group along with Wade Heath.

    Just because it took Wade 7 years to graduate from college, it does not mean that all 25 year-olds have done the same. Most have already completed their BA's and graduate school and/or have embarked on their careers or have gotten interim jobs.

    When did the bottom fall out of the housing industry? - 2007 or before.
    When did the first TARP get signed? - 2008
    When did Lehman Brothers declare bankruptcy? - 2008
    When did Goldman Sachs get bailed out - 2008

    When did Obama take office? - 2009

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:37 pm on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated first...Sorry, Wade, you have no idea what you are talking about. You have only one view...

    Ms Bobin stated later...Most graduated from college just before the Bush debacle and the downfall of the economy that he caused...

    The humor just keeps on a coming... one claims others do not know what they are talking about only to follow with data that illustrates one does not have a clue... great comedy Ms Bobin. Thank you for the entertainment.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:17 am on Thu, Oct 13, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Sorry, Wade, you have no idea what you are talking about. You have only one view, ultra-conservative and narrow-minded. It is too bad that your time in a more sophisticated setting like LA did not open your mind to the world.

    My son is your same age (same generation), was at LHS with you along with many of his friends who are now responsible members of society. They are going to school, working hard, paying their bills and have no sense of entitlement.

    Most graduated from college just before the Bush debacle and the downfall of the economy that he caused - none saw it coming. They networked to find employment both here and abroad and none went home to lounge on their parents' sofa and wait it out.

    To issue a blanket condemnation of an entire generation - to think that YOU are entitled to be the judge and jury, is arrogance beyond belief.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:34 am on Thu, Oct 13, 2011.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1539

    Once again Wade has not bothered to understand the facts of a situation and instead spews his ridiculous conservitive ideology. Does he actually get paid for this crap? Glad I cancelled my subscription.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:45 pm on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    It's a post-9/11, obese, anorexic, smart phoning, celeb-obsessed, blissfully unaware, disrespectful, narcissistic, politically absent, social networking, self-absorbed, live for the moment, morally inept, entitled generation.

    Mr. Heath... your insight and intuition is remarkable for a young man who does not have 25 years under his belt in life's experience as an adult .

    However, I think your description above is more broad than you perceive. I would say that you described the modern American left comprised of all generations, not just yours. Most make their home in the democratic party and unions.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:37 am on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2358

    Mr. Heath: in a word, Outstanding!

     

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