As Election Day 2018 approaches, I speak for my generation, the baby boomers, the 70 million or so Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964. Until the millennials catch us some time next year, we still constitute the largest generation in the U.S. electorate.
While it’s critical that millennials vote and start taking positions of power, it’s just as important that baby boomers pass on what we learned — fundamental and even noble beliefs that form the American ideal.
I don’t assume this was done in every household or history class. So, just in case no one from my generation ever stated what this all means — what our shared values are, and what we should vote for — I will do it here. Election Day is the right time for this reflection, especially this year, when there’s a lot of confusion and conflict about what Americans supposedly want from the people they elect to office.
And I hope this serves as a reminder to my fellow boomers: There is an American ideal. We once knew it well. We grew up with it. We should keep it in mind as we head to the polls.