To Have A Cause

My generation always had a cause. We fought the older generation..we wanted
to change the world. We challenged the United States Government over the
Viet Nam War. Many young men took off and went to Canada in order not to
fight. We were pacifists. We wanted peace. We wanted love. Both white and
black young people fought racism..there were riots..the Black Panthers, Martin
Luther King. We thought John F. Kennedy would change the country…we saw
a young man with a view toward peace and harmony between races. When he
died we felt that we had lost not only a President..but a friend.

There was no color line for us. We didn’t understand the prejudice of our parents,

refused to listen to them, left home, lived in communes, tried to find a together-
ness we did not always feel with families. We lived in jeans and tie-dyed shirts,
long skirts and we brought color where there was darkness. We had long hair..
even our young men grew their hair to phenomenal lengths.

There was Jimi Hendrix..a great musician with a guitar that spoke to us…the
Yardbirds..Eric Clapton..a different view from musicians…they enlightened us.
The Rolling Stones had their own message. And there has never again been
a Concert like the first Woodstock…such talent…so much love.

We smoked pot…loved life…free love…we were unorthodox..were liberal…
cared about humanity..not money.

Without my generation the United States would have remained stagnant….there
would have been no changes…..prejudice and hate would have prevailed on the
extreme level….music would have continued to be boring…..we brought hope…
we brought love and we understood that to have a cause is the true meaning
of being human.

We searched our souls in a way the establishment had not…we made changes..
changes of importance.

Today we I see the news and listen to the reports about the war in Iraq, it brings
back thoughts of the War in Viet Nam….a useless worthless war..a place where
the United States did not belong..of lives lost and our soldiers coming home with mental and physical issues and I wonder when will our young people have a
cause…when will they fight the establishment….when will they say no more.

I speak out against Iraq and this Administration as much as I can as do so many
other people..but it is the younger generation that cannot condone this war and I
am hoping their parents and grandparents tell them of the causes they fought for in their lives so their children and grandchildren will learn the true meaning of

Unfortunately, those who fought the Establishment are now the Establishment.

To Have A Cause

Sally Omar

Joined January 2008

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