History may come to view the baby boomers as a generation whose culture and heritage were hijacked by activists who skillfully wrapped their agenda and objectives in slogans. In their formative days, the thought of being told what they could or could not do was unacceptable and slogans like “Up the Establishment” and “If It Feels Good, Do It” became recurring themes. Two assertive causes were the right to abortion — euphemistically referred to as “the right to choose” — and the “elimination of judgmental morality” — meaning the suppression of Christian doctrine in public schools and its removal from public building. “Honor diversity” and “be more inclusive” were used to promote the acceptance of homosexuality and a “multicultural society” became the weapon of choice to question traditional values at most any level.
No Child Left Behind, cap and trade, and “harness solar energy” are frothy examples representing ill-conceived programs trotted out in the name of a cleaner, progressive, enlightened society. Finally, “Change You Can Believe In” has served as the vehicle for massive government debt, intrusion and regulation. This newfound kinship with government would seem to be in conflict with their early declaration of “up the establishment” unless viewed from the perspective that the activists have now become the establishment. Perhaps this political gyration has had as much to do with power as principle.
Richard Day, Nichols Hills