Millennials Repulsed by Boomers’ Coca-Cola Patriotism
Holly Wood, PhD 🌹

Well. Now I know how Millennials feel about being referred en masse by a generational tag. Many younger Boomers who started adult life during the Reagan era, and Gen X’ers, are exhausted from decades of treading water as those ahead of us cut the lines to all the lifeboats. Of being told there was something wrong with us for not being as successful as they were. That we had it “good” as we tried to pay 20% mortgages and survive increasing numbers of layoffs. Watching the country going the wrong way and being told over and over again that we had it all wrong. Grieving at the ever-eroding chances for our children — the Millennials — to have a life as good even as ours was, even though ours wasn’t even close to as good as the older Boomers. Wondering how were going to afford retirement, since the pension system largely disappeared when we were in our 20s. Watching those older than we are by even 10 years retire more securely knowing that we’ll be working until we die and hoping that happens before Social Security goes dry. I am not you, but my children are. I can’t feel your pain. But just know many of us could only watch, horrified, as the country deteriorated over the last 35 years. Watched helpless, because our parents and no one in power would even acknowledge the problems and put their faith in the stupid trickle-down theory that made non sense to most of us, ever. And now all anyone wants to do is argue over which political party is to blame.

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