God Bless, Terri
I read an interesting article yesterday. (I would link it, but I forget the author and where I found it.) It talked about the effect the baby boomers have had on this country. Throughout their history they have worked to turn this country to their advantage with great success. It talked about how when baby boomers were teenagers, the pill was invented. When they turned 50, viagra was invented. When they came of political age in the 60's they fought to have the legal drinking age lowered to 18. When their kids were teenagers they raised it back up to 21. Their care-free sex of the 60's and 70's brought about abortion on demand. They author went on the predict that the last great fight the boomers will take on in the coming decades will be death rights. I firmly agree with this.
Look at how many boomers treat their parents now. When their parents get old and can't take care of themselves they put them into homes so someone else can deal with it. My own parents are guilty of this. I think they all see this and I expect them to work to prevent their kids from doing it to them. They are already trying to milk the younger generations to secure themselves as much in government entitlements as they possibly can. Look at recent pushes to get medicare increases and government funded prescription drug programs. Now they're worried they aren't going to have social security so they're looking to sure that up. Basically, they are looking to stay as independant for as long as possible because they fear what their kids are going to do to them when they get old. I also think boomers will look to push through laws that will allow them to die with dignity. I'm not sure what is going to happen, but I look for more and more fights over euphanasia and spousal rights. Basically, as boomers approach death, look for death related issues to move to the forefront.
Personally, I will be glad when the boomers finally step aside and retire to the great green pasture. Don't get me wrong, I love my parents and all my boomer family and friends. I just think the boomers have totally screwed up this country. I think they resent the fact they never had a "great cause" like their parents did with the great depression and world war II. I think they have spent their entire lives devoted to finding the "great cause" and they have torn this country apart in doing it. They thought it was Vietnam, but that ended. Then they turned toward the sexual revolution, but all that gave us was AIDS and abortion. Most of them turned toward their careers at the expense of their kids. I think boomers were raised spoiled and irresponsible and the way they run this country now reflects that. Unfortunately, my generation, Generation X, will never hold significant power in this country. There just aren't enough of us. The boomers will hold power for probably another 15-20 years. Then it will be passed off to the Millenials, which is the generation after X, because they far outnumber the X'ers. So we'll never know what the X'ers could do and we will forever be doomed as the "do nothing" generation. Sad, but we'll never get a chance to prove ourselves.
Anyway, this post started out as a tribute to Terri. So let's end on that note. Hers is a sad story of an innocent person killed by selfish people who didn't care about her. God bless, Terri. And I hope where ever you rest now, you are at peace.