This past week has been a pivotal moment for the “Tide Pod” Kids, the disparaging nickname given to a generation that, not unlike their predecessors, has exhibited ridiculous behavior. Daredevil antics have always been around, we just didn’t take the time to come up with a moniker for it. Trust me, I grew up watching “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Kids, and adults, have consistently submitted nominations for the Darwin Awards. This current crop is no different, save for one glaring difference.
The kids who are skipping the Tide Pod Challenge are some of the bravest, most articulate people I have ever seen. In the blink of an eye, they went from cowering in classrooms to mobilizing a nation and staring down some of the most powerful entities in our country. Last night’s CNN Town Hall was one for the history books.
With an exceptional amount of poise, grace and pointedly directed anger, these kids dared to ask the questions we ask ourselves after every mass shooting incident. Unlike us, they refused to stop asking the questions until they got an answer. They countered every deflection thrown their way and it was a sight to behold.
No amount of prep on the part of Senator Rubio and Dana Loesch was sufficient to avoid looking like stammering fools. Rubio was forced on a national stage to concede some of his strongest held beliefs regarding firearms, as well as admit he won’t stop the donations from the NRA from pouring in. Loesch had little more to offer than blaming mental illness and law enforcement for the massacre. Weak, regurgitated arguments that fell on deaf ears.
Suffice it to say, the “Tide Pod Generation” cleaned house last night. And if they keep it up, change will come. Power to the Pods.
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