First World Problems

Dear Old Phart:

As a young Millennial,  I come to you seeking enlightenment. Our president exists. I honestly don’t get it. My Millenial friends’ outlook and basic faith in humanity diminish every day.  I can’t help thinking that Trump will be the defining event in my generation, in a bad, soul-crushing way.

You lived through the Nixon, Clinton, and numerous other scandal clad administrations. Is there any hope that our president will be impeached or resign? Am I in denial in thinking that anything will ever stick to this guy; no matter what happens, nothing seems to affect him. Should I keep the faith? Or should I move on and adopt a cynical view of society?

Sincerely,
Impeaches and Cream

Dear Impeaches and Cream:

Times of social unrest, despair and upheaval often result in the creation of society changing movements. For example the 60’s and 70’s resulted in an explosion of new music, new art and new ways of expressing oneself.  Some of the greatest pieces of bathroom grafitti arose during the depths of the Vietnam war, civil rights protests, and violent urban revolution.  When President Richard Nixon was running for  re-election, I remember sitting in the stall of my high school bathroom  and reading this gem: “Don’t change dicks in the middle of a screw. Vote for Nixon in ’72.”

Don’t get your panties in a bunch over the current state of craziness. Put things in perspective. As blogger Jessica Hagy points out, while much of the world is worried about hunger, rape and cholera, Americans are bothered that someone put too much goat cheese in their salad.

Don’t feel cynical about society! That’s what “they” want you to do. Did you know in the last election there was a special group of people whose job was to post stuff on social media to make Millennials feel discouraged? They want to take you out of the process. If you give up, they win!

And you can’t give up. You have to engage, fight the power, be a productive member of society and work for social change.

Especially take note of the above mentioned advice about being a productive member of society. You gotta be man, after all, whose going to pay for my Social Security?

Old Phart

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