"There's a battle outside and it's ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times, they are a changin'"
                                   -- Bob Dylan, 1964

"We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West,
and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —
that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
                                              -- Hunter S. Thompson, 1972

"We should change the names of AR-15s to 'Marco Rubio' because they're so easy to buy."
                                                                      -- Stoneman Douglas survivor Sarah Chadwick
                                            in a Tweet last week.

     I don't properly know what to call them, this post-Millennnial generation, but they fill me with hope in a way I haven't felt since before we Boomers screwed up and then gave up.

     Oh, yes, senators, congressmen, NRA, and associated hangers-on in the US and elsewhere, it's beginning to look like they're motivated, they're coming for you, they will be relentless and the political carnage won't be pretty.

     Consider simple arithmetic, you Establishment dolts. There are 15 million high school students in the US alone, and within the next four years, most of them will be eligible to vote.

     And right now they're all wondering if they're going to be next in some ammosexual's cross-hairs.

     Contrast that with the 1.6 per cent of the US population -- five million -- who belong to the NRA, which is the tail wagging the dog, and whose motto appears to be that of most Trump supporters: "Fuck Your Feelings".

     Rubio reportedly received $3.3 million over the years from the NRA. I can't begin to imagine how much more has been poured into other Democratic and Republican coffers.

     Let me ask this: Do you bought and paid for political hacks really think this coming generation is going to put up with getting murdered in their classrooms so you can get rich on gun lobby money? Really?

     Ask Sarah Chadwick and the rest of the youth who are refusing to be ignored and marginalized. I predict they're going to register in droves when they're able.

     With their command of the intricacies of social media -- Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, FaceBook and all the rest -- they have an unparalleled opportunity to organize, mobilize and ostrasize. Another Stoneman Douglas survivor, Emma Gonzalez, has nearly a million followers on Twitter -- after a mere two weeks. (The NRA has 585,000.)

     They're already firing a warning shot across the bows of the Ship of State by calling for a nationwide school walk-out on March 14 and a March For Our Lives protest on March 24.

     Those of us who supported the ideals of the Movement back in the day were crippled in getting the message out to each other, never mind the larger population. We had Hunter Thompson writing in Rolling Stone, campus firebrands, the alphabet SDS, SNCC, CORE, etc., groups, and the music itself to hold us together ... but it was always a splintered, tenuous and fragile bond.

     These youths are not hampered by time or distance. They can be truly international in scope and influence. And my belief, my fervent desire is that they will head to the polling booths and that they will not be denied.

     And I'll tell you something else: The kids aren't just all right -- they ARE right.

     Go get 'em, mes enfants, do what we failed to do: Drive the bastards under for good.

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Comment by koshersalaami on March 2, 2018 at 4:18pm

I would rate this for "ammosexual" alone. In terms of the point of this post, I couldn't agree more and I've said so. 

Comment by Boanerges on March 2, 2018 at 4:41pm

I know you have, Kosh, kudos to you -- and keep it up. We oldsters must show our united support for this bunch. (In the interests of transparency, I stole "ammosexuals" from somewhere, but it sure sums up my feelings.)

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on March 2, 2018 at 5:32pm

Sadly, Generation Z (the post-Millennnial generation) has to fight the people with the power and the money to make any progress.  

Too many "Good" politicians (a "good" politician is one who can be bought and stays bought) and a LOT of corporate money stands between them and success (compared to the gun, ammo & Big Defense corporations, the NRA is small potatoes and is a mere front for the real power & money).

Comment by Rosigami on March 2, 2018 at 5:52pm

I'm with you on this, Boanerges, 100%. 
Terrific post! 
(and I'm one of Emma Gonzales's Twitter followers.) 

Comment by moki ikom on March 3, 2018 at 1:46am

"We should change the names of AR-15s to 'Marco Rubio' because they're so easy to buy."
                                                                      -- Stoneman Douglas survivor Sarah Chadwick
                                            in a Tweet last week.

Marco Rubio for President of NRA

and for christianized hypocrUSy in general

Comment by older/exasperated on March 3, 2018 at 11:08am

I think they will have great impact and unlike youth and college protests around the country from the past this is 2018 and they have a megaphone in the internet and the actual power to change opinion. But the kids have one advantage they can take on the NRA, Congress and the administration (or whatever you call it) in an election year even though some can't vote they have the power of persuasion...........................o/e

Comment by Boanerges on March 3, 2018 at 1:46pm

Can't say I altogether disagree, Amy -- but I hope you're wrong. There are positive signs, including the loss of corporate funding for the NRA. The more of that, the better. (I know you have kids, too, and it must be kind of unnerving.)

Thanks, Rosi -- and good on you for following Emma. Spread the word.

I think Rubio may have written his political obit, Moki, so maybe the NRA is a good career option for him.

Yeah, they do have the tools, O/E. It's pretty much perfect timing. And boy, oh boy -- aren't they an articulate bunch? Way better than we ever were.

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 4, 2018 at 12:40am

2020 is how far off?

Comment by koshersalaami on March 4, 2018 at 6:01am

I wrote why I think these kids will be effective on Mary Gravitt's blog. She said that the Children's Crusade has begun. Rather than rewrite the same thing from scratch:


It sure has, and it doesn’t ultimately matter that the kids are wasting their time with the President. If nothing else, they had to try it to prove to the public that it doesn’t work.

The scope of the crusade is way larger than the Newtown reaction. These kids aren’t taking no for an answer. They play hardball. We’ve seen the following consequences already:

  • A major GOP donor who was at one point finance chair for the RNC has stated he won’t donate to the GOP until they come out against assault weapons and he’ll urge his Republican donating colleagues to do the same.

  • Corporations are severing ties with the NRA.

  • The Lt. Governor of Georgia threatened Delta with the cancellation of a $50 million tax deduction on fuel if they sever ties with the NRA. Three states have already told Delta that if they’re not welcome in Georgia, they’re welcome here, including the Lt. Governor of Washington and the Governors and Virginia and New York. The economic importance of Delta to the Georgia economy is gargantuan, estimated at something like 62 billion.

  • One of the kids has called on college students not to spend their spring breaks at Daytona Beach while the Florida legislature still opposes gun regulation. That could be one expensive boycott.

  • College and University admissions departments have already started notifying applicants that if they participate in the March walkout and are disciplined by their high schools for doing so, those disciplinary actions will have no adverse affect on their applications.

  • Pat Robertson has stated on the 700 Club that there’s no reason American civilians should have assault weapons, and he is not alone in the evangelical community


    This is from a few high school students. And you better believe that high school students all around the United States - and the world, for that matter - are watching how effective political activism can be by students. Just compare the success of these students - so far - with the Occupy movement, and these kids are in High School.

It feels a bit like the sixties, but with one major difference: This time, a whole lot of their elders are completely behind them from the outset.

Comment by Boanerges on March 4, 2018 at 7:56am

Not very far off, in real terms, JP -- and it'll give this generation time to mobilize.

Don't disagree with anything you wrote here, Kosh, especially your last sentence. Plus, they have the social media. It's going to be a bumpy ride for a lot of pols.

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