Why Hillary is losing a.k.a. "Just pass the frickin' baton already!"

I finally realized why Hillary is losing.

It may not be her. She may be taking the rap for a "baby boomer" generation that can't accept that the party is over and that it is no longer their turn. And like many baby boomers, she is having trouble going "gently into that good night" and so instead is raging against the next generations to hold onto power and authority and importance, when it is no longer their turn.

Face it. The baby boomer generation has had longer time in the spotlight and at the feeding trough than any other generation in exchange for giving back to the world many things of questionable value.

The "greatest generation" who fought in WWII really did fight for peace in the world, whereas the "not so great" baby boomer generation has more often seemed focused on fighting for and holding onto a piece of the action long beyond what it deserves.

Part of the dilemma is that the baby boomer generation does not have a back up plan for how to age in a way that is gratifying, satisfying or fulfilling and because they don't have such a plan, they try to hold on to the diminishing power they have and fight having it pulled away.

What we have seen in Hillary and in Bill Clinton is how "ungracious" aging baby boomers can be. To George H. Bush's credit, he didn't seem nearly as hostile when Bill Clinton was unseating him, as Barack Obama seems to be doing to Hillary.

Another element that we are seeing in Bill and Hillary is warning us that we can't afford to leave something as important as our future and the pressing issues of it to chance and to inexperience. I am certain that the baby boomers' parents were as worried about leaving the world in the hands of their free loving, pot smoking, draft evading kids.

Avery Weisman, a famous psychiatrist of the last century, once said that raising kids and finally letting them go is "giving hostages to fortune."

Maybe what this campaign is showing it that it is time for the baby boomers to graciously and gracefully step aside, pass the baton to the next generation, believe that they will do no worse than they did and stop raging against the inevitable conclusion that it is their turn now.

Now, since I am a baby boomer, you'll need to excuse me while I go take my nap.

 

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