What you said about your grandfather, mother, and the rest of your ancestry is what politicians do, they knock what someone else does because they are too lazy to actually come up with a solution to a problem. The easiest thing in the world is to knock someone down.. I think your disdain for your family probably comes from your mother’s attempt to motivate you to get an education and become something so your life is a little easier than her’s and her father’s.
I’m guessing she said things like, “DTW your a smart kid don’t end in a dead end job like me, your grandfather worked his ass off for years, all he did was work, work, work and more work and all it got him was an early grave. Get some education make something of yourself be a doctor and lawyer do something so you don’t have to work at a shitty job till it kills you.”
I’ll also guess your a teenager, that’s usually the only time in a persons life when they have the luxury to a protest, to freely disagree with those in power at any level of authority, and when problems seem to have easy solutions. You have that freedom because of your mother makes sure you are feed and clothed. You have the luxury of not worrying that your boss might see your picture in the paper protesting a chemical spill, a chemical spill the company you work for was responsible for, and tomorrow you will be called into the office and he’ll say “Sorry DTW we have to let you go..”, and then tell security to escort you to the front gate.
During the Vietnam War and the protest movements that sprang for it: War protests of course, and the civil rights movement. Those who protested that war were often those who were of draft age and yet not old enough to vote. They didn’t know why they should go 10,000 miles away to fight and die for someone else’s right to vote when they didn’t have that same right here at home. Also many people who fought in Vietnam were the son’s and daughters of WWII veterans and were seriously worried about communist aggression and supported the military efforts in Vietnam, at least at first.
From the sounds of your rant your grandfather wasn’t a teenager and already had a job and family to worry about. We have the blessing of 20/20 hindsight when it comes to Vietnam. Maybe your grandfather agreed with the war many people did at first just like many of us agreed with GW Bush’s invasion of Iraq at least in the beginning, we bought into the nation that Saddam was connected to 9/11 and he had weapons of mass destruction and if he wasn’t stopped we’d wake up one morning with a mushroom cloud raising from the heart of our cities.
The Civil Rights movement was a direct result of the war in Vietnam. In King’s Dream speech he says, “We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.”, when black men were fighting in Vietnam in disproportionate numbers yet weren’t allowed to vote or had nothing worth voting for he civil rights movement was born. If you haven’t done so read King’s, “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.”
To clarify my point most of us then and now need our jobs, so we don’t rock the boat. Call us cowards maybe we are but, most of us need the mere pennies our shitty job pays or we and our children won’t eat... Its that simple. I know plenty of single moms that leave their Wal-Mart jobs to go work the evening shift at McDonald’s. Or men that are school teachers and work part time at Wal-Mart. We suck it up, we put on our smile masks march in the workplace like their is no where else in the world we’d rather be and do our jobs hating every minute of it because people we love count on us and can’t let them down. We go home and fix dinner and sit down, make sure you’ve done your homework, and for just a minute or two watch the news and we are so bone tired we fall asleep with a dinner plate in our laps and half a sandwich hanging out of our mouths. When we wake up at midnight we wash the dishes, throw a load of laundry in the washer, fold the clothing we left in the dryer the night before and take a shower and hit the bed. Close our eyes for a couple of hours and are woken by the alarm... Get up and pack lunches for your brother and sisters, wake them up and get them ready for the bus... Then throw on our work clothes, put on our smile masks and do it all over again... Day after day, week after week, year after year... When do we have time to protest, when do we have time to write a book, create the Mona Lisa, or compose “Hey Jude”, or “Yesterday”, when do we have time? When?
That’s the life most people live and that’s the life your mother and grandfather probably lived... That’s the life most of us live.
Even though I don’t even know you I’ll write a little rant about you just to show you how easy it is... Please keep in mind that my rant is completely fictional, its merely an attempt to show you how silly and insulting your rank sounds to most of us...
DTW I was at the book store yesterday and you could have knocked me down with a feather I didn’t see your bestseller... Oh wait I read your rant and know you couldn’t possible have written a book because you are obviously too damn lazy to open a dictionary...
You belittled your grandfather because he didn’t protest the Vietnam War, so why are we still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan why haven’t you stopped them. I’m absolutely sure you have written countless letters to the president eloquently explaining explaining your plan to bring the Shiites and Sunnies into peaceful co-existence... I hope they spell your name right on your Noble Peace Prize... Why haven’t you stopped these wars the longest in American history. Why haven’t you stopped them why?
If that’s beyond your abilities than why don’t you take the easy route and go down to your local enlistment office and sign up to put on a uniform. When you’re over in the sandbox maybe then at least the poor bastard who is on his fifth tour of duty can come home and see his six month old son he’s never laid eyes on. Or maybe it will allow the mother who was deployed thirty days after her daughter was born a chance to hold her baby again... Before the Blackhawk she pilots gets hit by a RPG...
Why haven’t you fixed Obamacare, I think it was a good idea but, my God what a cluster fuck it has become... Affordable Heath Care, what’s affordable about it? Certainly you have a solution and I’m sure if Congress even gets off their endless recess your solution is the first thing they’ll pass. Wait what happened to your letter to Obama so compellingly outlining you health insurance fixes, he will rush right out and do them, go ahead tell’m just go the signing statement route convince him your fixes will work... Oh wait you haven’t wrote Obama, you haven’t wrote Congress you don’t even have a clue on how to fix health care because you’re too busy doing important work like bitching about your long dead Grandpa...
You haven’t wrote a bestseller, you haven’t stopped the wars, you haven’t fixed healthcare you are a waste of the oxygen you breathe... I hope my fictitious rant sounds as stupid as I mean it to sound. Because to many of us your rant sounds just as ridiculous and insulting. Do like your Mama says and go to school she worked too hard for you to pass up that opportunity.