We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The boomers are in power, and they aren't too grown up. A quote from VDH's "All About Me":
Those who came of age in the 1960s now hold the reins of power and influence -- and we are starting to see why their values have worried almost everyone for nearly a half-century.
History has seen something like them before in the "blame them" years of Demosthenes' Athens, the self-indulgence of Julio-Claudian Rome, the "after me, the deluge" generation of late 18th-century France, the Gilded Age, and the Roaring Twenties.
What are the baby boomers' collective traits? Like all perpetual adolescents who suffer arrested development, we always want things both ways: Don't drill or explore for more energy, but nevertheless demand ever more fuel from other suppliers.
There are never bad and worse choices, but only a Never Never Land of good and even-better alternatives. Housing not only has to stay affordable for buyers, but also must appreciate in value to give instant equity to those who have just become owners.
When things don't go well, we always blame someone else. Why drill off Santa Barbara or Alaska when we can sue those terrible Saudis for not putting more oil platforms in their Persian Gulf?
Read the whole thing, of course. Link above. Thanks, reader.
There are always some good mixed with bad so indicting the 76 million boomers born between 1945 and 1964 will inevitably produce the types of defenses we see displayed.
However VDH overall points are far more correct than any defense that can be raised. The boomers are everything in spades that VDH described once the canvass has been fully painted, the chiaroscuro being only slightly diminished by the lightness of any purity that might come through.
This is of course a pity and remains an indictment of the entire generation because too many of the good ones failed in their responsibility to call to task their peers who refused the responsibilities of adulthood as the "Greatest Generation " had done so marvelously.
I saw it all, having been born in 1948, and first fully identified it at the University of Florida which was a petri dish of boomer toxicity. I would often call to task those I felt were being spoiled brats only to lose to the phalanx of mutual social support the brats had. There were even times when I would take it upon myself to punish the brats. To paraphrase the great sportswriter Grantland Rice writing about George Gipp; The brats were beating the best.
There is no doubt in my mind and I believe history will validate what VDH wrote today about one lousy generation.
The boomers grew up in a world never seen before, the world of mutual assured destruction. I believe this gave many the feeling individual effort in defense of country was meaningless in a way it hadn't been before.(not saying this is right) This outlook may have carried over into other areas. Lost to the outlook was the reality that, at least vis a vis the Soviet block, the nukes kept the peace. Many seem to not get the idea that with the spread of nuclear weapons to the turd world and islamoland, this mutual retraint will probably turn out to be a thing of the past. Obama would be a disaster, thankfully I have convinced myself McCain, who I admire but don't much like, has a real chance to win, and in foreign affairs may turn out to be the man the nation needs at this time.
"The boomers grew up in a world never seen before..."
- They grew up in unheard of wealth and prosperity and comfort
- They were the first generation to be majority urban/suburban and not farm/rural
- They went to college in unprecedented numbers
- They had more opportunities than any generation before them
Cold war tensions not withstanding, they grew up in relative peace with Vietnam the only meaningful war experience...outside of those who served honorably...they mostly botched that one.
The baby boomers lived in a time of rapid and extreme sociological change. The wheels were bound to come off now and then. It would be nice to see more of them maturing at late age instead of reliving the discusting sixties over and over again.