[b]Date: August 18, 2015 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Tobask Estate, Rockway Mountains, Western United States
[/b][u]Alwin Garnett: Secretary of Foreign Affairs
[/u]"We can now confirm that rumors that have been flowing around Congress and the Foreign Affairs Department are indeed true: Alwin Garnett, the current Secretary of Foreign Affairs, will meet with Foreign Minister Lena Carver of Icholasen to elevate discussions on future cooperation between the two nations in terms of economic and commercial strengthening between the two nations and even a potential for cultural ties in some manner. More details are currently unavailable at this time as the Foreign Affairs Department has opted not to share more specific points on what may ensue from the negotiations. However some opponents, including Democratic Senator Albert Greenwich of North Adrena, are decrying the move by the White House as "gratuitous and pushes away attention from handling ongoing riots by the #YouthVoice movements." Here to join us to discuss the negotiations and the #YouthVoice protests is Senator Greenwich. Senator, thanks so much-"
I turn off the television and rub my forehead as my assistant Athena Williams spins around in her chair to give me a cross look. I throw my hands up in aggravation as she exclaims "What!? I need to hear about this! This is something that explicitly affects me for crying out loud!"
"I know Alma damn it," I mutter. "Ms. Williams, do you actually believe the Senator's comments? Because frankly I think they're completely out of proportion." She shakes her head and I lean forward in my chair at the table, narrowing my eyes to express my irritation before continuing on. "So why then, if you do not believe these comments, do you even want to listen to them?"
"Because as your assistant and as a child of Generation X- as your generation has taken to calling us- I believe that it is important to remain politically active and aware of what our representatives are saying. Midterms are coming up and frankly the comments being made by people in Congress about young voters are borderline unacceptable."
"It's accurate," I declare.
"It's patronizing," She fires back.
"No offense, but until your generation has the experience-"
"Yeah let me just stop you right there [i]sir[/i]," She interrupts dryly, a wild look of anger in her eyes. "We are more than capable of handling the nation. We've watched you all handle things and that's well and dandy, but the new problems this nation faces your generation is not ready to equip. We have cyber attacks, social issues, environmental issues, economic slowdowns, and a new era of terrorist and espionage activity. We know how to solve these issues. Why can't you just damn well listen to us once in a while? Why do your ideas get to be the only ones because you're the older generation?" I stop for a moment and think about this carefully. What she's saying isn't exactly wrong, but the youth of our country have not yet seen some of the dangers of this world. They have not understood what it means to "fight for our country" nor do they understand the complications of certain actions they want to undertake. Raising minimum wage for young Almanianians, restructuring healthcare, and changing the rules on granting subsidies without discriminating based on age are just a few of the points that have become rather desired but take more work than the youth of our nation understand.
But at the same time is it wrong for us to bypass their views and ideas because they're young? Shouldn't we give everyone a fair shake, give every feasible idea more than a glance? We answer to ALL constituents after all, and these young people can and should vote. And the way things are going...
"Sir." I blink and shake my head to return to reality. I hear a sigh from Ms. Williams and she says, "I'm trying to tell you Minister Carver is arriving in five minutes."
"Oh," I respond. "Sorry. I'm just thinking about your comments." An uncomfortable silence resumes for a moment as she motions for me to continue, leaving me wondering what I should really say. Finally, I find the words and sigh before speaking again. "Sometimes I feel that your generation needs more time to understand some of the intricacies. Let me finish." I raise a hand to stop her from interrupting again and she obliges with a rather upset look. "I sometimes feel that way. But then I remember that we older fogies in our 50s and 60s need more time to understand the issues that will surely be the forefront of national policy making a decade down the line. That's when I realize the facts. We don't have the time to understand those issues. We have the time to understand the issues facing us today. Some of the ones of tomorrow we can understand well, just like how your generation understands some of the issues we feel are more pressing.
"I believe that progress means blurring the line between old and new. All aspects of our society and all our people must assist in this transition towards the future. You and your fellow young adults may have a lot to learn about policy making Ms. Williams, but that's not new. When I was your age it was the same. Trial by fire... the only difference is your generation has the foresight to make yourselves heard now before we truly fuck things up for you all." As I finish my remarks, I smile at Ms. William's rather shocked expression. I know she didn't expect someone in their early 60s to come out in support of this #YouthVoice movement, but the facts are the facts.
She smirks. Uh oh.
"Something tells me this is all to never leave this office until after you resign," She says with that mischievous smirk. I smirk in exchange and lean back in the chair.
"Mmm. Let's keep this and my support for GenEx our little secret for now and see how things play out. Who knows? A week from now you may hear me speaking on the matter publicly." She nods and I stand up, stretching my back and adjusting my hair a bit. "Now then, shall we go meet our counterparts and give them a nice welcome?"