I attended the Barack Obama speech in Denver, and as I looked around at the 84,000 people, I could see a change in the making. Not any change Barack Obama may be promising, but more a change in generations. Win or lose for Barack Obama, after that night in Denver, America will never be the same.
I'm a Baby Boomer, a flower child, and a product of the sixties. We've had two baby boomers presidents, 2000 George W. Bush and 1992 Bill Clinton, both failures. One guy had NO brains and the other guy his penis did his thinking.
Baby boomers were spoiled; we were good at drugs, sex and rock & roll, but never politics. We thought music, love, and peace would change the world. How naïve, we failed to understand people in power do not give up power easily, and we forgot about our own greed and stupidity.
My parent's generation was very spoiled; Tom Brokaw called them The Greatest Generation, having lived through World War II and The Depression. However, after World War II, The United States government, Labor Unions and American big business were all very generous in housing loans, free schools, medical benefits, Social Security, Medicare and pensions.
By the time 1964 rolled around America was on a winning streak for 16 years. My parents, their friends and family, were not rich, but they could buy almost anything they wanted. In 1964, gas was 19 cents a gallon, new homes sold for $13,000; new cars were under $1,500. In 1964, one wage earner could easily provide for the entire family. With just my dad's "blue collar" salary, we had new houses, new cars, food, schooling, vacations, saved money, and he still could buy me a car at 16.
What did all this prosperity bring? A series of crappy Presidents since Dwight Eisenhower and Eisenhower was from a previous generation. The Greatest Generation gave us Lyndon Johnson in 1964, a miss-guided savior, 1968 Richard Nixon, a twisted devil, 1976 Jimmy Carter, a job over his head, 1980 Ronald Regan, a false prophet, and 1988 it was just George H. Bush's turn to be President. Each of them failed miserably and took the country down a notch. We don't know what Kennedy and Ford would have accomplished because they never had full terms as President.
We waste our money on junk from China that we think we really need. The rest of the world is catching up on us fast, and they could pass us very soon. I believe a change is coming; it will be a jump in generations. We cannot afford The Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers anymore; we need smart, clever 21st century people.
We need a young, vibrant, intelligent President to lead the nation. Yet, being articulate, intelligent and having the ability to inspire people is somehow considered bad. Barack Obama has these skills but he's not for everyone. However, if we want America to have any hope for a bright future, it will never happen with that old man John McCain, and his backwater VP.
Please enjoy the video of my "Beautiful Night in Denver!"