The roughly 60 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980 were young enough to be mostly untouched by Vietnam and old enough to burrow into decent careers, pre-outsourcing.Most didn't grow up over-medicated or over-managed by helicopter parents. They played with lawn darts. They were baby-sat by complete strangers.
For a time, Gen Xers indeed seemed to have gotten off light, living in a world of certainties. They had the luxury to be self-destructive, could be politically aware without the obligation to be politically active. It was a time for guilt-free self-indulgence."We grew up mostly in the Clinton administration and, not saying he was a perfect president, those were pretty easy times.
But then came the new millennium, and Sept. 11.Then, the war. The past year has seen an onslaught of the most deadly natural disasters in years. Meanwhile, the war in Iraq drags on.
Fuel prices, interest rates and job losses are an underscoring malignancy. We are "in a recession," as they say.The U.S. Supreme Court shuffle could - should conservative Judge Samuel Alito be confirmed - crack the foundations upon which the generation based its understanding of being American.
"I guess I'm seeing more how broken our system is, and has been for a long time," Nachinoff said. "Many people I know have their escape route to Canada all planned out."
"Douglas Lonnstrom, director of the Siena Research Institute and a professor of finance and statistics, ponders a question: Which period actually was the "most trying?" He put the question to national experts, asking them to rank eight difficult episodes in U.S. history. Though he's not yet ready to release results of the survey, he said that current times - the war on terrorism - made the list, along with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, the Depression, World War II, the Cold War and the cultural revolution of the 1960s." -www.azcentral.com
...as reported by :Stephanie Earls of the Albany Times Union Nov. 19, 2005 12:00 AM
Let me just say how much I HATE this F*#$@G administration!!! Although as a gen-xer I suppose according to the above I've been let off easy all these years so Bush has just led us to the inevitable??? HM?
To say his approval rating is down is pretty comical from a guy who stole the election in the first place. Hell, not like I voted for the cuSTARTD...
...but let's not go there.