You blew it up!

Stupid baby boomers. I’ve harped on them before.

But it’s worth mentioning again:

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.
The Worst Generation, Or, how I learned to stop worrying and hate the Boomers
By Paul Begala

BTW, the dead tree edition of Esquire that essay first appeared in, had a cartoon depicting the Boomers as bunch of locusts eating an American flag. It framed Begala’s article.

Another author ponders the same question:

So how did the Greatest Generation, known for its sacrifices, produce a generation so focused on economic self-interest and so seemingly unwilling to sacrifice for the good of the country? That is a bit of a mystery, but we will put forth two theories.

First, our generation generally avoided military service. As we baby boomers became adults, less than 1 percent of the population served in the military.
…..

The second theory, on the other hand, goes deeper into our country’s structural economic problems—those that have precipitated the decline of a middle-class majority and the ascent of more powerful, but divergent self-interest groups.

Over the last 30 years, however, the way America participates in the global economy has dramatically changed. Most of the changes have reduced the likelihood that the U.S. will generate sufficient numbers of good jobs to support the families who hope to rely on those jobs to provide a middle-class lifestyle…
Why Are the Children of the ‘Greatest Generation’ So Selfish? Paull, Krause, TNR.com

Hotair.com does a good skewering of this leftist puffery.

Mostly I think, it’s that those born after WWII had everything handed to them. Growing up lower middle class, then slowly moving to middle class, my parents taught me the value of hard work and saving money. Not relying on other people. My mom grew up dirt poor in Mexico. My father was born during the depression. They made sure I knew the value of a dollar.

Most of the baby boomers in contrast, grew up with families that could afford more than their parents could. The US had come out of a war and a depression, that generation was scarred by poverty and sacrifice. They only wanted what was best for their families. The “leave it to beaver” lifestyle, while bland and plastic, was better than the hardscrabble existence of the 1930’s or the rationing of the war.

Thanks to the GI Bill, many fathers went to college. The labor shortage showed that women could work in factories (Rosie the Riveter gave is the godmother to modern feminism). The end of the war unleashed pent up demand for consumer goods. They wanted a better life for their kids. Those kids expected to be handed things, from toys to a college education, paid for by someone else.

One conservative wag said that hippies got “there tactics from Gandhi, beliefs from philosophy class and their money from daddy”.

Any child, when you provide for all it’s needs and wants without teaching responsibility, stays a child. They expected to go to college. They dodged the draft when their (mostly white) butts could have been sent to ‘Nam. They cared when caring was cool, not when they had to do something. A generation of boomer politicians pandered to and outright bought the votes of baby boomers who cried when they didn’t get what they wanted. And the flower children became yuppies in the 1980’s. They blamed Regan, but it was their greed and their hunger for pleasure that got them in trouble.

The “baby boomers” are still babies. Those who served, those who worked and continue to work became adults and outlived the “baby boomer” way of thinking. Gen-X, Millennials and other so-called generations are full of whiny spoiled children. But, like the “boomers” those children are outnumbered by ordinary average hard workers. People who volunteer. Not just in the military, but for charity, for schools, everywhere. The children make a lot of noise, but don’t mistake volume for numbers. The anti-war movement evaporated when Bush left office. The left tired to make up a “draft” scare, thinking it could re-live the 1960’s. Never happened.

Administrations changed and the anti-war left faded. Many boomers are not even leaving
an inheritance when they die. Spending it now rather than turn their kids into Paris Hilton. That I can agree with. Hey, for once their greed has a positive.

I say good riddance. It’s time the country got over the 60’s. It never existed. The positive version of that era is a pop-culture lie. It was a decade of greed and lust with a few hope spots. If they want to spend their cash and die broke it’s their right. That should teach their kids to grow the hell up.

The higher education bubble, the end of student loans…the changing economy. Maybe “young people” will grow up. Maybe. The protests of the left show that many will not. That’s okay, Starbucks is hiring.

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3 Responses to “You blew it up!”

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