Happy New Year from your local Hippies! If 2012 was good to you, we wish you even better in 2013. If 2012 was a disappointment, with any luck at all, 2013 will be the year you shine!
Barbara and Jeff were born right after the war in the late 1940s and are charter members in good standing of The Baby Boomers. Barbara and Jeff are Hippies as well — Barbara always was, while Jeff was converted from an actual nerd and is now a Hippie in very good standing.
But we Boomer Hippies have a complaint to mar our idyllic existence — there are disgruntled people, virtually all of them thirty or forty years younger than we, who blame the mess the USA and the world are in today upon our generation. They grumble. They kvetch. They wag their fingers. They decline to vote in protest.
But none of this is true and an entire generation can never be blamed for the evils of the world, almost as if we got together in secret and practiced flying our black helicopters so we can take over the world. Bill and Hillary Clinton are Baby Boomers, if not Hippies, and our economy soared when Bill was in office. Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon were members of The Greatest Generation and the less said the better.
We do admit that George W. Bush is a contemporary of ours and, yes, he made a mess of things from the Hippie’s point of view, but his mess wasn’t a Hippie nor a Boomer mess — it was his very own mess and, in any case, the puller of his strings was born just before we entered World War II and not after.
So, kiddies, if you want to be disgruntled and blame the ills of the world on the Baby Boomer Hippies, lay off; place your blame where blame is deserved, upon the heads of individuals, not demographic groups.
Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.