Iraq, the world and everything…
It was spring in New Mexico, I was getting ready to leave for Florida. My late father had purchased some magazine subscriptions (Time, Newsweek, Esquire etc) when the following caught my eye:
I hate the Baby Boomers. They’re the most self-centered, self-seeking, self-
interested, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing generation in
American history. As they enter late middle age, the Boomers still can’t grow
up. Guys who once dropped acid are now downing Viagra; women who once eschewed
lipstick are now getting liposuction.
Wait! There’s moar!!!:
But the reality is that most campuses did not become hotbeds of unrest until the
Boomers’ precious butts were at risk as the Vietnam War escalated. They didn’t
want to end the war because they were bothered by working-class kids being blown
apart; if they had been, they wouldn’t have spat on those working-class kids
when they came home from Vietnam, or tried to make heroes out of the Communists
who were trying to kill them.
Yet as troubling as that may be, the Sixties were in many ways the Boomers’
finest moment. It was at least a fad then to pretend to care about racial
justice at home and war abroad, to speak out against pollution and prejudice.
But it was mostly just talk. As they came of age, and as idealism might have
required some real sacrifice, idealism suddenly became unfashionable.
Right winger? Rush Limbaugh? No my friends:
“The Worst Generation” (emphasis mine)
by Paul Begala
ESQUIRE, April 2000. He was part of the Clinton era- spin machine.
Of Course we had Sept. 11th 2001. Afghanistan, Iraq, high gas prices, Paris Hilton and possible war with Iran among other disasters.
It is worth noting the quote about the draft. Vietnam, the sense that the world was going to end only hit when white rich and middle class kids (Young adults really) could be sent over there. Now that the war in Iraq is going better. More provinces,are being handed to Iraqi control. The streets of Iraq are so quiet that American soldiers wat to go to Afghanistan.
The mantra of defeat, evil military, evil government is hard to shake. It was ingrained in popular culture. Paul Begala tried to save his president when he wrote “The Worst Generation”. Sadly for us history has shown that the first boomer president was too bush getting jiggy to be bothered by little things like terrorist attacks.
The baby boomers, specifically those who tuned into the 60’s mindset have epic fail when confronted by Iraq. No draft. White males 18-24 years old are not faced with the prospect of basic training. The U.S. Military is not made up of fascist raping thugs but professional men and women. Never forget that when they did go to Vietnam, the worst war crime were done by the draftee army. Begala goes in his column to say:
Nothing can detract from the breathtaking entrepreneurship of
Boomers like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. But what’s interesting is that much of
today’s prosperity owes its origins more to the high-tech young nerds of the
post-Boom generation than to the Boomers themselves. The most vital role the
Boomers have in the current economy is to sit on their brains and invest in
post-Boomer high-tech start-ups. The same folks who sponged off their parents
when they were young are now, as they age, getting rich off the industry of
their younger brothers and sisters.
Activism, industry and making a difference. That is what power and compassion are about. Not throwing in the towel because your backers demand it. No, gen-x, countless boomers, WW-II vets and others are trying to undo the fuzzy logic and utter crap the 60’s generation has been spewing for years.
Oh they try to fire back with anit-war/bush/military/american
horrorand even grade Z crap. That is just a sampling of what passes for discourse on the left. Forget the news media they either have no clue or want us to fail.
Why I think that the left is made of fail these days is that they speak and think in phrase similar to new agers. They speak all the time about “the
body’s natural energy fields” and “the right vibrational
frequencies”. Vaguely scientific but absolutely horsesh!t. (source: sci.skeptic faq).
Barak Obama is full of empty platitudes and touchy feely non-sense. Underneath it all is the snobbish, elitist, “you should so I don’t have to” crocodile tears of the worst generation.
Every Obama Speech ever written and delivered: