When Thomas Jefferson wrote that “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing,” he didn't necessarily mean all-out revolution, but he certainly meant at least a normal swing of the social, political and cultural pendulum from one generation to the next.
Right now, one of those swings is long overdue. I'm talking about the revolt of Gen X, Y, and Z against the depredations inflicted upon them for the past 47 years.
Until now, my own “Silent Generation” was the biggest put down of a generation. After suffering through major crises like the Great Depression, World War II and Korea, we spent still more years living under the shadow of the bomb. And then came Vietnam. We thought our “silence” was just the price we had to pay for following “the greatest generation.”
That was before they started giving generations labels like Gen X, Gen Y, and now Gen Z – also known as “the millenials” – as if they were visitors from a planet called “millenia”.
But far more serious things have been happening to this new generation than being put down as a “Brand X” kind of generation. In fact, they are paying an incredibly high price for following in the shadow of the “Boomers.”
You have to look at the facts to see why Gen X, Y and Z should seriously consider changing their name to “Generation Why!” and start demanding “Why!” these things have been inflicted upon them without their consent. Here are just a few examples:
Since 1967, our national debt has grown 3 times faster than our Gross Domestic Product. Debt has gone up 63 times vs. just 20 times for GDP. Meanwhile, youth unemployment has soared to record highs. Yet the biggest burden of all that debt will fall on today's young people as the Boomers slide into retirement.
Today's young adults are leaving college with student loan debtas high as$40,000 to $100,000. That's even bigger than their parents' first mortgages when they started out. Such debt forces young people to postpone starting a family and buying a home by a decade or more. Then we wonder why housing hasn't fully recovered.
Liberal free trade policies have sent millions of jobs overseas while technology has eliminated millions more, reducing demand for all but the most highly skilled technical workers. Meanwhile, colleges keep turning out social studies majors, while illegal immigration floods the market for unskilled workers. That leaves many no place to turn but part-time jobs and a spare room in their parents' basement.
The Federal Reserve keeps the stock market climbing with low interest rates, while ordinary folks get crushed between low interest on savings and sky high credit card rates. For banks and the financial markets, it's win-win, but for Main Street and small business, it is lose-lose. How can this new generation survive in this environment?
Dog-eat-dog competition between big box retailers and internet monoliths make it impossible for many small businesses to survive and prosper. The result is less competition and fewer job opportunities for all.
Gen Why! has also seen America turned into a discount outlet for the world while millions of manufacturing and technical jobs have been shipped to China, Japan, India, Korea, southeast Asia, and Latin America. As a result, we are facing the longest, most persistent period of structural unemployment in our history.
Nobody has been hurt more than America's minorities by unrestricted immigration and savage competition for so-called “low wage,” entry level jobs that have always been the first step up the economic ladder for previous generation.
Compounding all of this are birth rates that we haven't seen since the lows of the Great Depression. Thanks to abortion, and more efficient birth control, we have had
61.4 million abortions since 1967
31.2 million missing as an echo effect of those abortions
121.8 millionprevented by more efficient birth control
214.4 million grandtotal of missing births since 1967
That adds up to a huge loss in our current population. If not for this attrition, the U.S. would have at least 540 million people and a GDP of $30 trillion today.
You just can't have such people losses without serious damage to the entire economy. Every great economy = people x (money + resources). Take people out of that equation and your economy quickly plummets, which is just what happened to the former Soviet Union after 50 years of abortion rates as high as 300 abortions for every 100 live births. Even today, Russia is still in a state of irreversible decline when it comes to population.
The question for today's younger generation is: How can we survive if we continue the destructive anti-people policies we have pursued for the last 47 years?
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Search for Meaning
By Dennis Howard and Anne Reisner
A wise man once wrote, “He who has a reason to live can endure almost anything, overcome almost anything, achieve almost anything.”
That’s something that today’s younger generation needs to consider to avoid becoming another “lost” generation. Finding a generation’s meaning is the key to its greatness.
The best example is “the greatest generation” which survived the perils of the Great Depression followed by tragic defeats at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, and yet managed to marshal its resources and defeat the combined forces of one of the most evil alliances in history.
We still call it “the good war” because they were willing to endure almost anything and overcome almost anything to win it. They believed in something – human rights and human freedom – and they were willing to fight and die for it. And they won.
They also believed in their future. They returned from the war, went to school, worked hard, launched the baby boom and with it the greatest period of prosperity in our history.
By comparison America today seems sadly adrift. We have shipped much of our manufacturing and millions of jobs overseas. We are no longer viewed as the leader of the whole free world. We face threats to our freedom every bit as serious as any we have faced before.
Here at home, we are more caught up in the pursuit of pleasure and entertainment than we ever were in our search for meaning and achievement. The average American today spends 52 hours a week watching television or on the internet.
Add an average of 9 hours a day of cell phone use, and it’s a wonder young people have time left to eat or sleep. No wonder our labor participation rate is hitting new lows.
Even more serious, our courts treat life itself as something with so little meaning that in the U.S. alone we have mindlessly discarded 61.4 million lives through abortion as if they were worth nothing in terms of moral, spiritual, social or economic value.
That’s five times as many people as died in Hitler’s concentration camps. And yet, after World War II, the world proclaimed “never again.” But here we are doing the very same thing far more efficiently than Hitler ever did, and we are doing it to ourselves.
Sadly, the full impact of that has fallen on today’s younger generation. Fully 30% of Gen X, Y, and Z have had their lives snuffed out even before they could take their first breath. And then we wonder why so many in this generation feel lost and adrift – with no real meaning in their lives. If life is so cheap, how can it have meaning?
Earlier, we called on Gen Why to start applying its critical thinking skills and start questioning why we are following destructive practices like abortion. If they want a better future for themselves and their children, they’d better start asking “Why?”
Anne Reisner is discovering new talents as a pro-life writer, researcher and member of our Gen Why campaign team. In her first year working with us, she has made significant contributions to our newest strategy – focusing on today's younger generation, which we are calling “Generation Why!” – stressing the need to change the current social, cultural and political climate that supports aborting 30% of today's younger generation. Anne graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth after spending 3 semesters at Drew University, where she belonged to the campus pro-life group.
"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" -- Edmund Burke