posted on Jul, 22 2005 @ 03:44 PM
The Raging Grannies are a group of senior citizens who want to take the place of their children and grandchildren serving in Iraq. They have
petitioned their representatives to no avail, and so sought to drive home their point by converging on the recruitment center to air their concerns.
They were eventually arrested and charged with trespassing. The group is undeterred, they want to see combat, and now they want an apology from the
Tuscon PD as well.
A group of anti-war senior citizens calling themselves the "Tucson Raging Grannies" say they want to enlist in the U.S. Army and go to Iraq so that
their children and grandchildren can come home.
Five members of the group -- which is associated with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom -- are due in court Monday to face
trespassing charges after trying to enlist at a military recruitment center last week.
The group has protested every week for the last three years outside the recruitment center.
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This is fantastic! What a good idea these folks had. I'm not surprised the genius was lost on our elected officials, who are a perfect
representation of the lowest common denominator theory of governance.
What better way to deal with societal problems, than two at a time? If we can satisfy recruitment shortages and shore up the leaks in social security
at the same time, why shouldn't we? The role of the elderly has all but disappeared in modern society, they've been marginalized and ignored, where
once entire cultures depended on their advice and insight for guidance. Unlike primitive societies that placed great importance on the knowledge of
earlier generations as reflected in stories and tales, modern society has little to no reverence for that sort of lifestyle. Families are
increasingly detached, and there is no reverence for our elders. Just the other day I read a news story about a young girl who stabbed her
grandfather to death in his own bed.
Eskimo culture is an interesting departure from the norm. In some places, when a person got to be too old to hunt or contribute meaningfully to
society, their loved ones escorted them to the edge of the sea-ice and put them on an iceberg, which was summarily shoved off. This is essentially
what America does, but we pay out the nose to nursing homes and assisted care facilities to fulfill the same purpose. I think there is a better way.
If we're not going to tap the knowledge of our elders, we can at least let them fill some other role.