My friend and colleague, Pamela Yellen, has a column in the reliably liberal Huffington Post today that really would be just as at home on Townhall.com or Fox News. Even if you avoid Huff Post like the plague, I recommend you click over to view and share this story.
It’s something I wish that President Obama had taken time out to read and digest on his brief campaign stopover this afternoon in Denver. If he would listen to Pamela, we might actually get somewhere.
“Really, Have We No Faith In Our Young People?” takes to task politicians, the mainstream media and academic cognoscenti who have concluded that millions of young Americans must be written off as a “Lost Generation.”
The widespread negative assessment followed the release last week of figures – based on the 2010 census – showing that huge numbers of 20-somethings and 30-somethings are out of work, out of wedlock, unable to afford to live on their own, and pretty much hopeless.
“These people will be scarred, and they will be called the ‘lost generation’ – in that their careers would not be the same way if we had avoided this economic disaster,” one Harvard economist declared.
But Pamela, who is a financial investigator and New York Times bestselling author of Bank on Yourself, rightly questions our collective rush to label our young generations “Lost.”
“If you know young people who are currently without direction (or hope), then provide them a map,” Yellen writes. “Let them know that America is a country that needs their unique energy, creativity, commitment and quest for purpose.”
Pamela writes it more eloquently than I do here. But her core message is that young people need to brush aside any hard luck that has befallen them and go out and make some lemonade out of life’s lemons.
Whether they chose to volunteer for the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, the Armed Services, or local charities and churches, our young people can contribute back to our great nation and gain some marketable life experience and renewed self-respect in the process.
Rather than campaigners-in-chief such as President Obama, we need real American leaders – like the late President John F. Kennedy – who can inspire our young people to get up off the couch, get off the unemployment rolls, and make a positive and lasting contribution to our communities.
When Pamela Yellen looks at younger generations, like President Kennedy, she sees the makings of something really grand – perhaps, even, The Greatest Generation II.
Read Pamela’s article in full and see if you aren’t inspired by it. If you agree with her, go ahead and leave a comment on Huff Post. It’s about time readers there heard from the rest of us!