[October 29, 2023] For people who need to find themselves, there is always Waldo Group Therapy – hmmm, just joking. This is a meme, or maybe not if you are one of today’s Gen Z snowflakes. Many of my peers, recently retired from the U.S. military, often fear for the future of America. The reason, they claim, is that our youth are soft, spoiled, stupid, and fat.
This combination of weak personal traits is indeed a cause for concern. But we should not count America’s youth out, just not yet. Remember that the youth of America before World War II were deemed flabby, pacifistic, yellow, cynical, discouraged, and leftist by a 1940 Gallup Poll. Today, we call these same men as being part of America’s Greatest Generation.
At the time of the Gallop Poll, a social scientist said that “to make a soldier out of the average free American citizen is not unlike domesticating a very wild species of animal.” Looking back at our culture before December 7, 1941, I can understand his observation and concern. The world was more dangerous, and the Second World War demonstrated that to fight true evil means violence.
My critics still claim that violence and war are unnecessary, a conclusion not supported by any period of the history of humanity. A few of these have made their views abundantly clear, but what they claim is just wishful thinking. Like the most recent war between Israel and Hamas terrorists, we see firsthand that only violence works.
Before WW2, young Americans were a “disappointing group, hardly capable of waging war effectively with a battle-hardened enemy.” And that is what many of my peers also believe.
But I believe that young Americans can be changed for the good of our nation. It takes good leadership to make it so. Today, our pandering politicians cannot fulfill the role of great leaders.
The Waldo Therapy Group might exist. But it matters not how well our youth will do when faced with the real world.
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