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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Calling GenX and Millennials - Important Announcement

Update: Here are the generational breakdowns according to Strauss and Howe:
  1. G.I. Generation Born 1901 - 1924, Currently 82 - 106 years old.

  2. Silent Generation Born 1925 - 1942, Currently 64 - 82 years old.
    1. DemocratSENATOR JOSEPH BIDEN, JR.: Birthdate: November 20, 1942,
    1. RepublicanJohn McCain: Birthdate: August 29, 1936 (Panama Canal Zone)
    2. RepublicanRon Paul: Birthdate: August 20, 1935 (Pittsburgh, Pa. )
    3. RepublicanFred Thompson: Birthdate: August 19, 1942 (Sheffield, Ala.)

  3. Boom Generation Born 1943 - 1960, Currently 46 - 64 years old.
    1. DemocratSENATOR HILLARY CLINTON: Birthdate: October 26, 1947,
    2. DemocratSENATOR CHRISTOPHER DODD: Birthdate: May 27, 1944,
    3. DemocratFORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS: Birthdate: June 10, 1953,
    4. DemocratREP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Birthdate 1946,
    5. DemocratGOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON: Birthdate: Nov. 15, 1947)
    1. RepublicanRudy Giuliani: Birthdate: May 28, 1944 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    2. RepublicanMike Huckabee: Birthdate: August 24, 1955 (Hope, Ark.)
    3. RepublicanDuncan Hunter: Birthdate: May 31, 1948 (Riverside, Calif.)
    4. RepublicanMitt Romney: Birthdate: March 12, 1947 (Detroit, Mich.)
  4. Generation X Born 1961 - 1981, Currently 25 - 46 years old.
    1. DemocratSENATOR BARACK OBAMA, Birthdate: August 4, 1961

  5. Millennial Born 1982 and later, Currently 25 or younger.


On our latest 8 hour drive to the mountains we got lucky and found a radio show that was one of the most interesting and informative I have ever heard. My husband and I were so glued to the radio that it seemed to cut the trip in half.

What were we listening to? An interview with author Neil Howe who coauthored several books with Bill Strauss, including
Generations
and
The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy
. I had heard neither of the authors nor their books, but nearly everything Mr. Howe said during this 3+ hour interview rang true. My husband and I would turn and look at each other periodically, nodding our heads in agreement, and rather amazed at the accuracy with which Mr. Howe described the present state of society, and the qualities and foibles of current and past generations. (I am now a believer! We bought and downloaded two of their books to listen to on the ride home.)

Now for the troublesome part. In their book The Fourth Turning, the authors say that we are heading into a period they call "Crisis":
Just after the millennium, America will enter a new era that will culminate with a crisis comparable to the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. The survival of the nation will almost certainly be at stake.
During the program, Mr. Howe made the comment: (I am paraphrasing)
"It would probably be better to have someone from Generation X leading the country to steward us through the crisis"
(as opposed to a Boomer.... Millennials are still too young)...and then he went on to say that among the current presidential candidates, there is only one GenX'er. Just when he said who it was, we hit static and missed it! But whoever it is,

HE/SHE IS WHO WE NEED TO MAKE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!

I am researching it, but in the meantime....does anybody know?

Follow Up: Barak Obama is the GenX'er. I don't agree with him on some of his policies, but he is the man we want if you subscribe to the theories of Howe and Strauss. The question is: If you don't agree on policy, is it better to have somebody who actually does something than somebody who does nothing? Comments?

Follow up to comment:
I am Gen X. Was born in 1970. Recently, a boomer expressed very negative comments about my generation: we have no ambition, we are lost, confused, self-centered, etc. I was offended and did not recognize myself in this portrait. I certainly value family more than material success but that does not mean I have no ambition.
That is what the Boomers say about us GenX'ers. I have heard that many times as well. Howe & Strauss (H&S) say that GenX is self sufficient, values practical compromise over pie-in-the-sky ideology, tends to cocoon and surround themselves with close friends and family and gets things done. That suits me just fine!

Just look at the political stalemate we have today. Right and Left are in their corners and are shouting names and accusations at each other. Can you imagine what will happen if we face a real crisis with that sort of paralyzed leadership? Out with the Boomers!

RH

3 comments:

Lynn said...

I was so curious about this I just spent the last 20 minutes looking it up. Gen X people were born between 1965 and 1980 by my understanding. She was born in 1972.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat_Swift

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul google it.

La Chouette said...

More or less on topic: I am Gen X. Was born in 1970. Recently, a boomer expressed very negative comments about my generation: we have no ambition, we are lost, confused, self-centered, etc. I was offended and did not recognize myself in this portrait. I certainly value family more than material success but that does not mean I have no ambition. RH, were you ever told these comments about Gen X?