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Response to Liberal1975 (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:37 PM

24. Welcome to DU, Liberal1975!

Happy to have you here!!!

I love our Millennials! My kids are among them. This anecdote in the OP made me think of our daughter who's 23, and she lives in Seattle, and she's lived in those houses with lots of roommates pooling their resources - and she assured me that ALL her friends were voting, and ALL her friends (female and otherwise) "got it" - about how the GOP sees women. We were texting excitedly on Election Night about her states marijuana measure and the marriage equality measure that finally passed also. She reported to me, proudly, that "yes, Mom! We did our part!" SOOOOOOOO proud!!!!!!

I think they really do get it. I think it's because they have grown up seeing, and going to school with, and going to playdates with, and having sleepovers with, EVERY KIND OF AMERICAN and American family set-up. They had total immersion with the "'Modern Family' world" as it's being called. They had friends and classmates and knew the parents and guardians of same - who were black, brown, red, yellow, white, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Buddhist, atheist, agnostic, mixed-race, Latino, Persian, Polynesian, Indian/Pakistani, Armenian, Australian, European, African, Central and South American, gay, straight, legal, undocumented, rich, poor, middle-income, the works. THE WORKS! They saw it all. They learned that people who didn't look like them or believe exactly the same way they or their parents did, who spoke with different accents or languages - were NOT the Devil, were NOT evil, were NOT un-American or unpatriotic, were NOT terrorist sympathizers or Commies or Nazis or fascists or baby-killers. Growing up with that kind of exposure leads to open-mindedness. And it leads to the conclusion that a lot of what they're hearing from the other side SIMPLY DOES NOT COMPUTE. The republi-CON brand, with them, is SEVERELY damaged (in perpetuity, I hope!).

I've had many conversations with my daughter and son along the lines of "I'm sorry our generation, the Baby Boomers, didn't do better and that we've left so many messes behind. But I think your generation just might be able to fix some of those problems." And they both, each, have told me - "don't worry, Mom - we're gonna do it." And I tell them they have to save the polar bears - something they are SO on! YES, they take global warming seriously and accept the human causes of same. They don't understand what the deal is about people thinking the Earth is only 6,000 years old - it makes no sense to them in the real, scientifically-based world they studied in school. Our kids both went to Catholic school. And in science class, they learned SCIENCE. They learned about Genesis in religion class. And everything was kept separate - thank God!

I have great faith in our kids. In my kids. I think they just might set a few things straight in ways our generation could not.

And WE, in turn, MUST MAKE SURE THAT THIS POSITIVE CHANGE IS PROTECTED AND ENABLED! We CANNOT afford to relax and roll over and go back to sleep just 'cause we won this one. Remember, the other side won't. SO WE CAN'T!!!!!!!! We have to protect what we've gained, AND BUILD UPON IT!!! We can't afford to let the bad guys capture the hearts and minds of the next generation behind our Millennials!

We can't risk ANY backsliding, now, OR two generations from now!!!!! America has to keep moving FORWARD.

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