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My Ge-Generation

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My Ge-Generation

Don't go calling baby-boomers no heroes
Our legacy won't be much above zero
What GRAND contributions we've made
We blessed you with cocaine and aids!
All pop wanted when he survived the war
Was a quaint little family of four
But reality busted their bubble
What they got was truck-load a' trouble
We grew up too coddled and cozy
Running rings around po' little Rosie

Whatcha' get for paid college tuition?
A spoiled brat who can't do addition
Staging sit-ins to protect the masses
With pillows for tender little asses
No Vietnam or bust for THIS Joe
(My congressman will intervene, you know)
So go stuff your damn draft notice order!
(Later dude, gotta' run for the border)

Welcome back Sarge, here's your homecoming prize
How 'bout the finger and spit in both eyes?
We stand PROUD may God bless our sweet flag!
(You SALUTING?? Good lord what a drag!)
How we LABORED to set the world free!
Hey, wanna' check out my new SUV?

***Vietnam was of course a tragic mistake and there were many injustices during those times...However many of the protesters and draft dodgers were privileged, insulated rich kids who had no clue about the real world...The ultimate insult was Jane Fonda's visit to North Vietnam in 1972, where she proudly posed on an enemy anti-aircraft gun while POW's were being tortured practically next door..One of those POW's was Senator John McCain who was offered release but refused because those imprisoned earlier were not offered the same...now THAT'S what I'd call a Baby Boomer hero!
To her very small credit, 'Hanoi Jane' later apologized calling her visit a mistake and a betrayal to the troops...ditto to you, Ms. Fondue....  

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  1. Date: 9/10/2012 4:18:00 AM
    excellent write Tim. Fonda is not the only one that has betrayed the troops. She just had the fame to be in the spotlight while doing it. Too bad the comander and chief of the armed forces is not required to serve in the armed forces.. highly illogical and just a dam shame. Your poem needed to be shared. Thank you.

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 11:19:00 PM
    Good detailed write here. No further comment.

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 5:11:00 AM
    And on it goes, Tim, maybe we should fear for our Children and Grandchildren i know i do. excellent poem on how it is!

    horsman Avatar harry horsman
    Date: 9/7/2012 5:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry, should read: excellent poem on how it was and still is!
  1. Date: 9/5/2012 12:29:00 PM
    tim, my dad was a general in the air force and we spent some time in subic during our growing years.. did you know the controversy about the place being a USA military base?.. since a decree was passed to send troops out, subic now is a tourist attraction.. i hope you can come back soon; you'll see a totally different landscape!.. more later!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 11:22:00 AM
    this is a fearless, beautifully mocking write that sends me reeling, tim... and surely, bob will have his time of day savoring this like i do!... gladly or sadly, vietnam is in full steam progressing by leaps and bounds in asia... you wow me!.. :) huggs!

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 4:19:00 PM
    Howdy neighbor :-) How are you this loving afternoon, Well not so loving here in Texas.. Hope the rain and all has cleared up there.. But, like you said you've seen worse. About your poem: This makes a nice poem for all the ones who know of war.. I enjoyed the rhyme, and story telling of ge-generation,,, I did not even know John McCain, was a prisoner of war... Thank you always~PD

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 2:22:00 PM
    Being a Brit, I don't know too much about Vietnam - very interesting and witty write, Tim

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 2:22:00 PM
    I wonder if she was just on a rebellous streak against dad?? my dad and brother in law were in that war and not directly but were drafted and they got shund and ridiculed by many after the war. it was sad to hear....

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 11:12:00 AM
    A deep and powerful poem Tim - I admire the expression in this poem. - xoxo love Anne-Lise :)