I’ve Had Enough

I’m sick and tired of gratuitous Boomer bashing. When we were born is not our fault. That there are assholes who, like the rooster who thought his crowing woke the sun, claim all manner of great and nefarious deeds in every generation is not good reason to tar the entire generation with the same brush. When you use “Boomer” as an insult to denigrate them, you insult me, too. If you are a friend, you’ll stop and consider before you speak.

Be certain you are speaking accurately. Remember that the ’60s counter-culture was not an artifact of the Baby Boom generation. We did not, most of us, come of age until the ’70s and weren’t in any positions of power to influence matters until the’80s — the Reagan years. Those were our years. If you want to blame us for anything, blame us for that.

But, if you want to task us with the British Invasion, remember those guys were all born during the War. And, yes, there was an abysmal divide between even brothers and sisters across those years.

If you want to task us with defeat in Vietnam, remember that most of us were protesting — not so much the war — as the draft, which was seen (per Heinlein) as involuntary servitude and incompatible with American ideals. A considerable portion of my cohort saw the sin in that war to be that we weren’t fighting to WIN. That we blamed on Democrats in Washington. It was the same kind of betrayal we see today from our national government which refuses to recognize the nature and identity of our current enemy — indeed, apologizes to them for our existence.

If you want to call us hippies, by all means go ahead. Just remember what the hip movement was about — individual rights, self-reliance, independence, and liberty. It wasn’t until the (already leftist) media glommed onto it and — as always — got it wrong. And Scott MacKenzie sang that horrible song that a brazilian teenagers descended on San Francisco hoping to hang out and be groovy and ruined it for everybody. Hippies and hard-core revolutionary marxists: two entirely different things.

If you want to tag us with the decrepitude of American media and culture, please remember that was/is the end result of two movements — the Gramscian long march through the institutions, which took over the news media, literature, popular culture, the arts, and education from within, and the explicit instructions post the Russian Revolution from Lenin that international revolutionary Marxists should burrow into and subvert these institutions in the west as a matter of state policy. As the saying goes: not our fault. By the time we came along, it was pretty much fait accompli and all we could do was — as the Bible puts it — kick against the pricks. Which we did aplenty. We also warned the wider world — including the establishment — of the presence of communists in our midsts and operating fronts. But, check it out, the media. Already infiltrated. ::sigh::

If you want to complain to us about the mal-education your kids got, sorry. They tried to subject US to it, too. We were just lucky enough to be taught by the last generation of non-union teachers, who had subject competence and a will to actually TEACH. In the school system I attended, the unions came in in 1968-69 or so. I graduated HS in 1972. In German, there’s a word: geschafft!, which loosely translates as “Whew! Made it!” or “Dodged that bullet!”. Fifteen years later, I had occasion and cause to tease a coworker not all that much younger than I that “They must have waived the literacy requirement for all those [3] degrees of yours.” Things had deteriorated that badly. No. I had nothing to do with it. But, if you had kids in school, did you complain to the board? Write letters to the editors? Campaign for reform candidates? Run for office yourself? Pull your kids out and put them in private school? Home school? OK, then. Let’s hear no more about that. (For the record, we put my grandson in a Catholic high school.)

At the very least, you voted AGAINST every school levy put before you, right? Recognizing that the left-collectivists in control of your school system are mal-appropriating all the funds they get their greedy little mitts on — neglecting physical plant, spending millions on crap curricula, bloated administration positions and salaries, over-generous union-negotiated benefits packages? Didn’t you?

So how in the pluperfect Hell can any of society’s ills be blamed on an entire generation AND ONLY that generation? And, when the attempt is made to lay the blame thus, why should those being blamed sit there and take it?

Remember, when you insult a whole generation, you insult every member of it — even those who may agree with your problem with individual member(s) of it. Remember that, just because a person looks to be of an age, he still may not be a member of a particular age cohort. Be accurate. Are you talking about something that’s factually so? Are you sure? Did you check?

And another thing: If you’re an individualist of any stripe, what the hell are you doing applying collective standards to groups grievances? Isn’t that what the other side does that we object to all the time? Treat the people you encounter with respect as individuals, as you demand of the rest of the world. You’re right to want it for yourself; you are obligated to do so for those around you.

4 responses to “I’ve Had Enough

  1. I am one of the 1st Boomers, born about the same time as Slick Willy and W. Look to the generation that taught the student “leaders” of the 60s as the ones who picked out and paved the way for the Leftists.

    I’ve spoken generally with Og about how when I attended leadership training in the late 50s I was culled because I expected leadership training and not management training. The consequences have all been to the down side. If you do not understand me, I’ll be happy to try and explain. Maybe you will even help me compose my anger enough to write it out properly. The generation before the boomers sucked because they did not understand the Left properly and let them get away with murder.

  2. Mark Philip Alger

    So you would have been about 19 (and still not allowed to vote, though you could get drafted) when I realized, at age 10, that I am a libertarian. My parents were John Birchers, who — you may be aware — were pretty forward of a lot of the Right, albeit a bit nutty on some subjects and prone to getting overwrought at times (No, Eisenhower wasn’t a communist. But his actions did help their cause — most probably because they were prepared to take advantage of any actions, regardless of their intent. Sound familiar?) So, from about 1964, I’ve been an ardent anti-communist. Informed to the police against them. (Semi-regret.) Argued against them in all manner of forums. Even debated one of them to a standstill (and I like to think that he’s come rightward in the interval since).

    But still, that’s not relevant. I keep hearing people who are notionally on our side slagging off Boomers in what looks to me like a thoughtless, knee-jerk fashion. No other explanation occurs to me than that it’s acceptable cant, so people echo it without considering the hurt they do to our side, the dialectical aid they give to the enemy by allowing the meme to perpetuate, and the weakness they induce in their own arguments by using collectivist cant, terminology, memes, etc. in argument.

    If the meme were accurate, I’d say it’s tolerable. Harmless noise, even. But it’s not even close. If you accept that 3% of the population of the colonies was actively involved in the Revolution, what percentage of ALL generations from 1880 or 1917 to now have been involved in subverting American politics, culture, and civic life with collectivist memes? Three percent? How fair or unifying or civil is it to castigate 100% of a whole generation (and ONLY that generation) for those crimes, then? How likely are you to gain converts with that argumentarium?

    M

  3. I am in that same group of which you speak! (5/5/55) Smack dab in the middle, if I have the (roughly) beginning and ending dates correct.

    And you are correct. It is not the whole generations fault for the way things are today. The same could be argued for every preceding generation, and those who arrived after.

    You make the point, it only took aprox 3% of the population durring the revolutionary war time frame, to bring about that particular change. Two things about that (unless I missed it above on this first point, and apologize in advance).

    1. That 3% was, to the best of my knowledge, a constant 3% throughout the revolution. They were the core, always there. Others came and went (sunshine solders et all), but they remained.

    2. This same “core philosophy” could be argued to be behind all the groups who either have, or attempted to have, brought about any sort of change (be it for good or ill) since then.

    If the second statement is true, than any and all generations which saw any given group (the communists, their useful idiots…err “followers”, etc…for example) should have been kept under the thumb of the general mainstream of society, thus preventing it from corrupting the whole. Obviously, this didn’t work. (Woman’s suffrage, prohibition, the “Dewey-ising” of the public school system…the list goes ever on)

    In short, to quote Pogo; “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” If the majority of folks either turn a blind eye to what is taking place around them (“Oh, they are just a small group of ner-do-wells, it won’t effect us.). Or we may not like what new legislation/law/agency is being put into place, but not to worry, the government would never abuse this law or overstep agency boundaries.

    I bet the Germans felt the same way about 80 some odd years ago. And the Brits (and Torries over here) some 200 plus years back.

    Now with the current asshats in office (either party), and an administration hell bent on who knows what…can we afford to stay quiet/peaceful any longer?

    (Sorry, in advance, for running on for so long. Edit at will.)

  4. I got no problem with any of that. I take issue with the protest for the sake of protest unwashed trustafarian morons of the type displayed to us so clearly in ‘The Eden Express’ or the ‘Sheila” from hair just doing what she was doing because it drove her parents nuts. This is what brings us abominations like that vegan moron Christina pirillo, who became a vegetarian JUST because her dad was a butcher.

    You want to rebel against something that has meaning? Fine. You want to rebel so you can be one of the kool kids and piss off your parents (but not enough to get them to stop sending you cash) ? I got no use for you. And for every one of the people you point out, who had some sense, I see nine of the morons, now driving prii covered in Obama-Biden stickers. Sometimes stereotypes exist because the type rings true.