Will we? Will they? Isn't that the question old radicals are asking about the young? Will they?
We did back in the sixties but what happened later? If we are honest about it...WE didn't do all that much when it came down to the shove needing a push after the sixties. Nor have we since.
The honest truth is that when it came down to a pro people activist - our Bernie - or a billionaire proto fascist - guess what we did?
The fact isn't so much that ' Hillary the next to be anointed one' was so incredibly disliked that a billionaire con man seemed more legit but that WE weren't what we used to be. We let them rob us of the people's candidate. We let them tell us that a man who marched in civil rights marches was not popular among blacks. Who said so anyway? The white mainstream media said so that's who.
Then they told us to vote for Hillary despite her Wall St .speeches and so forth. She was one of us they said because she wasn't one of 'them'! Except that she always was one of them wasn't she!
What happened to the people's candidate - Bernie is what should have happened to us! We had truly lost sight of the prize. We lost a sense of ourselves as Americans ... but Trump has reminded us big time. He is not one of us and because he wants what he wants, we all got conned... and it hurts to see it.
Except that now we are scared aren't we? Actually scared. The corporate coup proceeds for real like we never imagined. We sense that he is robbing us of representational government. He wants to be autocratic like a king and he really means it. The billionaires of government settle in. Who ever would have expected that?
Is it just me or does everybody get the sense that a government run by these billionaires will not be a representative form of governement?
We could have had Bernie and imagine the difference between his kind of administration and that which we are getting from Trump's.
But we didn't come together and support the people's candidate and now we are seeing just how much that we needed to.
So the question becomes... Will we?
We failed the young because we got old and comfy. Let's hope the young find Billionaire rule uncomfortable. It is very encouraging that it wasn't progressive pundits and writers and NPR and whomever who organized the response to Trump. The same people who couldn't band together to elect the people's candidate Bernie are now telling us what we need to do to resist Trump. Who are they kidding? Many write for a pay check I think. The professional progressive and all that.
Meanwhile they helped give us Trump. Lest we forget. Lest they forget. They dropped the ball. Hail the next generation of activists... we need them! Look at all those pink hats marching. The world started marching.
There lies our hope. We have seen... again.