My favorite parts for the tldr crowd.
Maybe we have more in common than you have been led to believe. So, even though I've read that Millennials both abhor and ignore the past, please indulge your old Uncle Randy, and let me tell you a story about a poet-politician named Eugene McCarthy. ,,,
My generation betrayed you. We didn't get our preferred candidate, so instead of going to the polls and voting for second best, we stayed home. The result was that Humphrey lost by one percentage point, and we gave you Richard Nixon, a loathsome and venal slug of a man who extended the war by four pointless years. His psychiatrist said that Nixon ordered bombing raids just to impress his friends. He was severely neurotic, viciously anti-Semitic, and racially insensitive, so, of course, he was re-elected. ,,,
We were so upset about not getting our anti-war candidate, we overlooked the fact that Humphrey had been a champion of civil rights since 1948 and was the main author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the end, the nefarious Nixon won the election with 43.4 percent to Humphrey's 42.7 percent. We gave you a mentally unstable president, subject to bouts of mood swings, and a petulant, thin-skinned sociopath bent on revenge against his critics. If all this sounds familiar, it should.
My wife and I came out of the bookstore, and saw a cop writing a ticket. I walked up and said, "Hey, can't a senior citizen get a break, here?" He ignored me and started to tear off the ticket. "Jerk!", my wife said. The cop then started writing another ticket, muttering "tires are unsafe", and I called him an idiot. He kept writing, and went on to a third an fourth ticket as we heaped abuse on him. With the last ticket tucked under the windshield wiper, he walked away with a sneer.
About that time, the bus pulled up, and we hopped on with our bags to go home, leaving the car with the tickets and "Trump!" bumper stickers behind us, waiting for its owner.
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- Symantec CorporationSoftware Developer, 2004 - 2012
- Cisco, WAM!NET, Network Systems, LaserMaster
I've worked in the computer field, usually networking, for 30+ years, currently with Dell Compellent.
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