Why is there such a great and VAST disparity between the Millennial Generations and all previous U.S. Generations?
Generation after Generation of Americans have been born and died since the first Europeans stepped on the shores of North America. All, however, have been linked by a nation that continues to evolve and find its place in the world.
Wars and World Conflict have been the staple events often defining our path and status in the world. Since the beginning each generation found a way to stay linked in a favorable way, a respectful way, to the previous generations; at least that was the case until the past 30 years or so.
Now the 30′ something and younger have no respect or appreciation for what their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and their ancestors of the previous generations. Now we have the ENTITLEMENT GENERATION: “Gimme Gimme,” “You owe me,” “I demand,” “It’s my right to get whatever I want,” “You diss’respecting me; You better not be diss-respecting me.” Every young person expects to get an “A” in class just for showing up; every kid expects to get a trophy in a sport just for showing up; every young person expects to be rich professional athlete, celebrity, actor, singer, and if it doesn’t happen at or before graduation from high school they are being cheated. Every kid thinks that College is a personal”right” and it must be free.
More so, the U.S. citizens of the past 40 years or more, not just the recent generation, have very little knowledge or the basic understanding of how our form of Democracy works. They don’t understand the difference between the nation as a “republic,” a collection of independent States with their own Rights of equal representation that form this Nation and how this “form” of democracy was thoughtfully worked out by very intelligent persons with the foresight to recognize the potential growth of this nation. Unfortunately, we have several teachers and professors in their 20s, 30s, and 40’s educating our youth that are woefully ignorant of our nation and government’s history, as well as how those founding principles work.
1. The Colonial Generation (Pre-1775)
- Establishment of Colonies
- Immigrants from all over the world
- Uncontrolled/Unmanaged claiming of North, Central and South American Lands by Europeans.
2. The American Revolutionary War Generation (1775-1795)
- Fight for Independence
- Creation and acceptance of foundational documents establishing the “Republic” of independent, equally represented States, governed under a mutually agreed upon for of “Democracy.”
- The French and Indian War (1754–1763)
- Cherokee-American wars
- Northern Indian Wars
- Tecumseh, the Creek War and the War of 1812
- Indian Removal Wars
- Second Seminole War
3. The Tested Independence Generation (1796-1820)
- War of 1812
4. The West Expansion Generation (1821-1840)
- Displacement and Wars against Native American Tribes 1830
- Beginning of the “Trail of Tears” (1830) and the death of thousands of Native Americans forced to relocate
5. The Manifest Destiny Generation (1841-1858)
- Antebellum Period and the Growth and Debate of Slavery
- Continuation of the “Trail of Tears” (thru 1850) and the death of thousands of Native Americans forced to relocate
- Underground Railroad – Path to Freedom for Escaping Southern Slaves
6. The Nation Divided Generation (1859-1885)
- American Civil War or War between the States
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Sheridan’s Campaign
- Red Cloud’s War
- Treaty of Laramie
- Black Hills War
- Dakota War 1862
- Colorado War, Sand Creek Massacre and the Sioux War of 1865
7. America’s World Power Generation (1886-1919)
- The era when the U.S. finds that, in spite of its preference to stay out of foreign problems, it (the U.S.) finds itself pressed into the role of the World’s Rescue Force and an important and effective World Military Power.
- Spanish American War
- World War I
8. The Greatest Generation (1920-1946)
- The Great Depression of 1929
- World War II
9. Baby Boomer Generation (1946-1964) Post WWII Generation
11. Generation Y (1977-1994)
- Post Vietnam Repercussions
- Persian Gulf War
THE MILLENNIALS: The Y, Z and IT Generations
12. Generation Z (1995-2015)
- Hijacking and Terrorism come to the cities of the U.S.
- Destruction of the World Trade Towers and partial destruction of the Pentagon
- Iraq War
- Afghanistan War
13. Generation IT (2016- ) The Cyber World Generation
- Lacking in all social skills
- Lacking in what it means to be HUMAN
- Living ONLINE