I'm not surprised at the way the Occupy movement in Canada has been attacked by our corporate media. Or the way it has been mocked by the Con klowns at Fox News North.
But I must admit I was a bit surprised by this one.
I just couldn't understand how ANYONE could be impressed by Coren's oily and absurd rant.
Or what Red Tory...
I have to admit to experiencing a considerable amount of cognitive dissonance being largely in agreement with his withering assessment of the protesters involved in the Canadian version of this movement.
And JJ, the Unrepentant Old Hippie...
What little sympathy i may have been able to muster for the Canadian protests vanished abruptly last week when I read some of the “occupiers” on Twitter, discussing how they define “the rich” — and it turned out that their definition would include ME.
Could possibly have in common with that smarmy, limey, religious fanatic.
And then I remembered. Maybe that guy was right. Some boomers just don't get it.
I am, in other words, part of what could be called the Clueless Generation. The Clueless Generation is made up of middle-aged, professionally successful people, who grew up in a nation that featured a mostly thriving economy, low-cost higher education, and some minimal commitment to economic justice. As a consequence, we graduated from school with little or no debt, got good jobs that featured real possibilities for advancement, and have on the whole ended up doing very well for ourselves.
Can't understand that THEY were the entitled or the lucky ones, while young people in the U.S. and Canada face a future of high unemployment, poor jobs, and no benefits or pensions.
On a crowded, burning planet that most boomers won't live to see. Can't understand that Occupy Canada, as humble as it may be, is part of a global movement from Toronto to Tahrir Square.
You know it's funny eh? Every time I wander through the Occupied Toronto campground I can't help feeling that this is what being at Woodstock must have felt like. The peace signs, the music tent, the earnest, innocent idealism.
And on the Occupy Toronto website recently, somebody actually posted this song...
Which of course blew my mind eh?
Because I LOVE boomer music. And those pictures look soooooo familiar.
But sadly, the
The good news? The best and most progressive ones WILL be riding with us. Which is a good thing because innocent idealism needs to be tempered with experience. So we can forge a movement that will really change the world.
And because, quite frankly...
We need more songs like this one...
Hey boomers. There will always be room on my bus for you.
But I'm driving eh?
OK. Who forgot the bong?
Have a great weekend everybody...