Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed for the first time to take on the issue of gay marriage. No matter how it rules in the two cases it will hear next spring, polling data suggest it is only a matter of time before legal recognition of same-sex unions is the norm throughout the country.
How will the voters of Generation X mark their presidential ballots? If the baby boomers never trusted anyone over 30, the Gen Xers are said to never trust themselves. They've been stereotyped as slackers, cynics and whiners. They've also been described as confident, pragmatic and engaged.
Principled or calculating or a bit of both, President Obama's choice on gay marriage is a bet on the political future -- a wager on the views and values of the millennial generation making its long march through American institutions.
Playing baseball games without keeping score. Parents not allowed to cheer for one side or the other at basketball games.
What we have are the young Americans of the Occupy generation, a group of people who went through college expecting (yes, expecting) that upon graduation, they would be rewarded with a job where they would continue to be pampered. Someone needs to slap these kids across the head.
When the Occupy Wall Street protest began, most Americans didn’t know what to make of it. Some immediately passed judgment (“They’re just a bunch of want-to-be hippies!”), some immediately took to its defense (“They just want equality!”), but most people watched in a mix of confusion, appreciation, fear, and fascination.
Every generation has a tendency to mock younger folks. It's in the American DNA. My father did it, my grandfather did it, and now, God help me, I'm doing it.