What one generation allows

By Mac McPhail - Contributing columnist
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There was a state of emergency in Nevada. Technically, it was called a “Statement of Emergency.” The governor of Nevada endorsed the emergency measures last week. Were the low lake levels in Lake Mead threatening the Las Vegas water supply? Was the excessive heat about to blow up the electric grid for the state? No, apparently it was worse. There was a shortage of marijuana.

Thomas Fuller, in “The New York Times,” writes, “ Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, endorsed emergency measures late last week designed to increase the flow of marijuana to the state’s 47 licensed retail outlets, some of which have had lines out the door since legal pot was made available at dispensaries on July 1.” The demand for recreational marijuana was so great that shelves were being emptied, and created those lines out the door of the now legal marijuana shops.

So the Republican (yes, Republican!) governor of Nevada issued a state of emergency in order to increase the flow of marijuana to those licensed distributors in the state. By the way, Nevada gets some healthy tax revenue from the legal sell of pot by those licensed distributors.

I’m reminded of a statement I heard that very same week concerning politics. The radio host stated, “What one generation allows, the next generation embraces.” He spoke in reference to the current political climate. But it is true as well in much more.

The Baby Boomers, my generation, were a generation of change. (By the way, I am pointing a finger at me as much as anyone else in my age group.) We may not have smoked pot, but we were not going to criticize those who did. It may not be the best for the individual or society, but who are we to judge? So, with a wink and a nod, we allowed it. Decriminalization of drug laws and social acceptance followed. Our generation allowed it, and now marijuana is embraced by the current generation, as evidenced by the long lines outside the pot shops in Nevada.

What one generation allows, the next generation embraces. Back to politics, Bill Clinton and the Nineties. We decided to allow that a person’s personal actions, even if he was President, was not going to affect his position, especially if the economy was going well. So the nation decided that Bill Clinton’s actions with a young intern would be allowed and not punished, even if we were not pleased with those actions.

So what was the result? Polls have shown that 70% of today’s teens now think that the type of activity that was involved between President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky is not really sex. They feel that it is not really a big deal.

What one generation allows, the next generation embraces. What about politics today? Will we allow for lying and deceit, just because we don’t like the other side? Will we turn our eyes away from improper conduct by those in political office because of promise of tax cuts or cheaper health care? If we do, the next generation will ignore truth and honesty, and embrace “whatever works for me,” or pragmatism.

The comment by the radio host was not complete. What about the third generation? Maybe he should have said, “What one generation allows, the next generation embraces, and the third generation pays the price.” For example, our generation allowed and said it was okay to be an unwed mother. The next generation has embraced the idea, and now there are countless children growing up in fatherless homes. Those kids are paying the price. Of course, there has to be compassion in these situations. But we must realize that there are consequences for the coming generations.

But, on the other hand, what if we decided now to allow for truth, honesty, character, for love of God, family, and country? Not just allow it, what if we embraced those qualities? Not just as a generation, but as individuals. We may not be able to affect an entire generation, but we can affect those of the next generation that are close to us. And maybe they too will embrace it.

Mac McPhail
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By Mac McPhail

Contributing columnist

Mac McPhail, raised in Sampson County, lives in Clinton and can be reached at [email protected]

Mac McPhail, raised in Sampson County, lives in Clinton and can be reached at [email protected]