Tom Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation” documents the wonderful things our parents accomplished and the legacy they will leave us. They built the greatest and most prosperous nation the world has seen and likely will see.
They used America’s wealth under The Marshall Plan to rebuild our allies and defeat communism. Their brave men and women helped defeat Germany and Japan in World War II. They tore down the Berlin Wall and freed hundreds of millions of people in Eastern Europe. As of 1960 only 5% of marriages ended in divorce and only 5% of children were raised without fathers. Our students were #1 in the world. They put a man on the moon.
The current generation has shipped millions of jobs overseas, created $15.2 trillion in debt and an unemployment and underemployment rate of 15%. They have bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, downgraded our credit rating, and allowed North Korea and Iran to build nuclear weapons. They have increased the divorce rate to 50% and fatherless households to 40%. Our students now rank 23rd in reading and 25th in math in the world.
They have increased the population of people dependent on government assistance to 50% and shut down our manned space effort. They have presided over an assault on the lives of unborn infants, our freedom to express our religious beliefs, and a decline in morality. For the first time in our history succeeding generations will experience a lower standard of living than preceding generations.
The Preamble to our Constitution states that We the People of the United States have the responsibility to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to Our Posterity.