John Liming has a thought or two on what leaving a legacy for future generations really means.
I keep hearing all this talk from the Right Wing about how we have to be concerned about the legacy that we will leave our children and their children after them.
Republicans who dwell a little over on the extreme side complain that our entitlement programs (Social Security and all it’s allied programs) are going to leave a huge indebtedness for – “the children.”
So they think that cutting these programs and their benefits here and now in the time in which we are presently living is going to do something to protect the legacy for those who come after us – or some such cockamamie bull manure as that.
It all sounds so good when a Rightie says it but one gets a feeling in the pit of the stomach that no matter what the budget whackers are fantasizing, whatever it is they want to do to the budget is not going to accomplish the ideals they are blathering about because…
Historically all so-called conservative fiscal policies have done for America is create a bigger and more uncontrollable financial mess.
They seem to keep on trying the same old things just like someone who knows for sure that a square peg will never fit comfortably into the round hole but I think they are so convinced of their invincibility and their omnipotence and omniscience that they are driven to keep on trying.
I do not believe enough of them have the capacity to actually consider alternative courses of action so I think it will always be the same old thing with them.
My sons used to say to me, “I will not repeat the same mistakes of your generation dad, because these are new and different times now.”
After living on this earth for 74 years I have come to believe that my sons are right!
I think the coming generations will not repeat the same old mistakes my generation made – I think they will make their own mistakes which in the end will be nothing more than refinements on the mistakes that my generation made.
I think the coming generations will make the same old mistakes my generation made but I think they will make them in a more perfect way!
In other words, they will make the same errors but they will put a cleaner and more modern face on them.
I think human nature is inescapable.
Whenever you hear a Rightie screaming and ranting about the need to leave a better legacy to our children and grandchildren just look them in the face and ask the question, “What kind of legacy did our parents and their parents leave for us?”
And then comfort yourself with this thought: “Maybe all this austerity talk from the far right in this country is not about “legacy” at all. Maybe it is all about re-designing the national spending habits so that more money will be freed up to find it’s way into the coffers of the upper wealthiest echelons of the country. Has anyone besides me ever considered that possibility?
I do not think our parents and grandparents were the least bit concerned about what kind of legacy they were leaving for us.
I think our parents and grandparents had it tough enough that the only things they were actually concerned about were how to make it through each day and how they could feed us, clothe us and keep a roof over our heads.
I think “Legacy” was the farthest thing from their minds.
When I graduated high school, our class motto was “the world is open, the future is ours.”
As I look back on that momentous graduation ceremony in the spring of 1956, I cannot help but ask myself, “The world was open and the future was ours – what in the Hell did we do with it?”
In my mind there is room to believe that each generation will eventually discover that it is responsible for it’s own destiny and that whatever we do or try to do will have very little effect on whatever confronts them because they always tend to find their own way to screw things up for themselves.
So enough of the Right Wing austerity talk already!
John publishes Blue Heart Chronicles.