Baby Boomer to Millennials: Please Vote

As a spokesperson for the Baby Boom generation, I’d like to congratulate the Millennials for finally catching up to us as the largest voting bloc in the U.S. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, we each now represent about one-third of the electorate.

Together, we now represent two-thirds! Oh what we could achieve if we were aligned. But as you will learn, the word “if” is the most frustrating in the English language.

You are the most inclusive generation in our history. This makes sense given you are also the most diverse. More than any previous generation you are colorblind. You’re probably not even proud of it. But you should be.

I believe change is generational; that each generation is better than the one before. But change is also gradual. This requires patience and tolerance. You must respect others’ opinions if you want them to respect yours. Otherwise, it just becomes a shouting match.

Kind of like this election. I hope you guys will make an effort to vote. Depriving the rest of us of your viewpoints, judgment and open-mindedness would be a disservice to everyone.

Mostly you owe it to yourself. If you don’t vote, then don’t complain who wins. If you don’t like the system, work to change it. Bitching and moaning and finger-pointing is the stuff of older generations. Just turn on your TV. You’re better than that.