March 1, 2017

What Are All The Protests About?

I sometimes feel like I’m living in a parallel universe. In my world, people are working hard to get by, taking care of their families, and trying to live the American dream. But there is another world out there. One full of college kids who need a safe place. Who are “triggered” by someone disagreeing with them politically. The new mantra for this generation is to have a safety pin somewhere visible on their clothing. And that is supposed to let others know that you are a safe place and that you won’t threaten them and somewhat. In 1944, a bunch of 18 and 19-year-olds who probably never had been off a farm were rushed to training and stuck on boats to storm the beaches of Normandy to literally save the free world from Nazism.

I suspect many of them felt triggered. I suspect many of them wish they were in a safer place. But the vast majority of them powered off those boats and crouched down behind the bodies of their comrades and returned fire. And they did that until the Rangers could climb the cliffs and outflank the enemy.

We call that generation “the greatest generation”. And what made them great? They grew up with parents who barely survived the depression. So they learned how to use it up, make it do or do without. And it made them at least in part the greatest generation.

Kids today consider it to be a problem if the Wi-Fi strength is not as strong as they hoped it would be. Many of them go and get degrees in gender studies and then can’t understand why there are no jobs available for them. They can pour coffee and protest the minimum wage I guess.

The good news is there are members of this generation who are still being brought up by people who make them do chores. Who make them say “sir” and “ma’am.” Who make them be respectful to the flag. Who would jerk them up by their hair if they knelt during the national anthem. Who expect them to thank soldiers and police officers for their service. And those who expect them to go get a degree or learn to weld or whatever it takes to support their family. And that group is going to run everything while the whiners that are out protesting everything, are going to be looking for government to take care of them. To forgive student loans that they took out. To pay for healthcare, food, housing and every other need they have. They think of government as the lenient father and indulgent mother. That’s the only picture they’ve had. And they consider themselves to be generous because they have the government put a gun in someone’s face, take tax money and generously give it to the folks that they favor. When in fact, they have never put on a uniform themselves nor have they given sacrificially of what treasure God has allowed them to have to help someone.

Some do incredible work in the inner cities and reach out to all kinds of marginalized people. And for that they should be applauded. But they didn’t invent that action–and like it or not–it’s the conservative religious folks who give the majority of all charitable donations. They finance many of those institutions for which these kids will sometime volunteer. That is when they’re not protesting some unfairness because someone is afraid of something. If you’re protesting someone for violence and you beat them up to protest it is the height of hypocrisy. If you protest somebody for sexism and someone has a sign about raping their daughter to get back at them that is the height of hypocrisy. If you protest someone for violence and you suggest that that person should be killed again it’s just more than I can understand. So I wish that the World War II generation would come back from the dead when they were 19 and 20 and we’re beating Germany across France and pick up everyone of you protesters and pull out the old leather belt and give you the whipping that your mother should’ve given you.

Then maybe you would grow up.

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