‘Now is the time for America to draw on all the ‘“old geezer’ has to offer’
To the Editor:
The “old geezer,” those anywhere from 66 to 76 years of age, have seen and done more in their lives than any other generation will ever see before the world is a mess and not worth living in any more.
The “old geezer” lived through the end of the Great Depression; experienced the start of the greatest war on the face of the Earth at the hands of a socialist regime; lived and participated in this war to save the world from tyrants; experienced the atomic bomb and its devastation for the first time against Japan; experienced the transition from planes to jets in the late 1940s to a peace that everyone thought would last.
The “old geezer” experienced the beginning and the end of a war that was not favorable with North Korea, and is still going on after 53 years, to the beginning of rock ’n’ roll and the greatest music ever produced, to the expansion of a national highway system through the efforts of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to the first object, Sputnik, ever to be put in space by Russia, to our own first space orbiter with a monkey in it.
In the 1960s, the “old geezer” experienced the first Catholic president; the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963; the creation of the space program by NASA; the improvement against segregation in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s time frame; the worst waste of war ever — Vietnam, where we lost over 58,500 lives; and a generation of hippies who protested against this war.
We also lived through the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King; the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, political candidate for president; the arrest of Charles Manson in 1969, mass killer of Sharon Tate; the peace treaty in Paris; the New York Mets winning their first World Series; the New York Jets winning their first Super Bowl; Woodstock in 1969, the greatest grouping of hippies ever; and the man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The 1980s brought change with President Ronald Reagan. We also witnessed the Iran Contra Affair; Reaganomics; the Grenada invasion; the space shuttle Challenger disaster; the release of American hostages and removal of Cuba from expansion there; escalation of terrorism with bombings and killing of American soldiers in a Lebanon bombing, in 1983; the fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; the Berlin Wall being torn down; the escalation of terrorism on a grand scale, and the election of President George H.W. Bush in 1988.
The 1990s brought war against Saddam Hussein in Kuwait; the Jim Jones devastating killing of his followers; the election of President Bill Clinton and his introduction to NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Act; Clinton’s impeachment for a sexual scandal involving intern Monica Lewinsky; the World Trade Center bombing in 1993; the escalation of terrorism worldwide; the bombing of the USS Cole; being handed Osama Bin Ladin and not taking Somalia up on its offer; and the mess in Waco, Texas, at the hands of the FBI and DHS.
The 2000s saw great change in the election of President George W. Bush. We also witnessed the World Trade Center being blown up and destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001; the re-escalation of the war on Iraq and the defeat of Saddam Hussein, and his capture and his sons being killed; the escalation of the war in Afghanistan against terrorism and al Queda; the failed economy, to the near fall of Wall Street; the election of the first African-American president, Barrack Obama; the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq; the rise of ISIS; the disorientation of the president and the Congress and the Senate who lost their focus; the escalation of the war on terrorism and to the disaster that America is in today.
Today, America is in serious trouble and the “old geezer” sees this, and the young generation of Americans are being buffaloed by a career criminal, Hillary Clinton, and a socialist, Bernie Sanders, and a career businessman, Donald J. Trump, who is sweeping America by storm, to a future that is uncertain and a future that may well be the downfall of the greatest nation in the world.
Today, we are not the greatest nation in the world, and if we ever want to change this direction, all Americans, including the “old geezers” have to make the moves to change the control in Washington, D.C., and to put new people with term limits in control and change our direction.
The “old geezer” is strong and proud and determined to be part of this change, if the younger generation follows their lead.
They have lived through 13 presidents (Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama), from the end of the Great Depression to the near collapse of America today.
They have lived it all, and now is the time for America to draw on all the “old geezer” has to offer.