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Suddenly, everyone's turning against us Baby Boomers
Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 9/14/04 | RAY MCALLISTER

Posted on 09/14/2004 10:06:03 AM PDT by qam1

Whoa! What's happening?

Why are people turning on us?

We're the Baby Boomers, you know.

The Mighty Boomers.

We invented everything from money to music to sex, did we not? Nothing good ever happened until we came along.

Now people are turning on us.

We Baby Boomers are being made to feel . . . guilty.

Ridiculous, isn't it?

People have tried to make us feel guilty before. They said we consumed too much. Or we were too shallow. Or we only thought about ourselves.

Excuuuuse me.

Who should we think about? Somebody else?

All that was just jealousy. Even Tom Brokaw came along and said the World War II generation was "the greatest." Jealousy. Pure jealousy.

Sure, they saved the world.

Did they ever throw a party like Woodstock?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aginghippie; babyboomers; bsboomers; generationi; generationme; generationsponge; genselfabsorbed; genx; issueswithtparents; spoiledbrats; spoiledestgeneration; the60sareover; woodstock
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To: rdb3

Worked my way through college, too. So? Been working since I was 16. That and a dollar will get me a cup of coffee.


281 posted on 09/14/2004 7:20:42 PM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: Alkhin
MY generation was the one observing what the Boomers were doing and what Ronald Reagan himself exemplified, and they were two totally different things and we preferred Ronald Reagan.

Lessee, before you Xers came of age we got Reagan. Afterwards we got...

hmmm, logically speaking you are more entitled to 'lay claim to... Bill Clinton, the first democrat elected not once, but TWICE since Harry Truman!:0

Now before you get all huffy note tongue planted in cheek.

282 posted on 09/14/2004 8:21:29 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Brad's Gramma
Alkhin, anyone...why DO you call yourselves Generation Reagan? Or whatever that term is? Seriously. For once, this is not a trick question on my part. I really am curious.

I think it's because Reagan was the first president we were old enough to really "see" and understand as the president. We watched him on TV when we were kids, we remember him being shot and he made an impact on us. (I'm not sure, but I would think Boomers may look at Kennedy the same way.)

283 posted on 09/14/2004 8:29:23 PM PDT by Marie (I want to be queeeeeen, just like like Hillary! 8 - ))
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To: Brad's Gramma
How can these people post during the middle of a workday? Who is supporting them? Are they living at home? Are their parents supporting them? Or, are they at work, using their bosses computer, time, etc.

Homeschooling a boy that will play with a fly, draw a picture or wrestle with the dog if I leave his side. As soon as he's done with school I either bust my butt cleaning a house that never gets clean (isn't that the way it seems to go?) or run all over town doing errands. (Being a housewife is the one job that seems to span all generations. One good thing is that you can always squeak in a little time to screw off. My grandma would read romance and my great-grandma would fish. I FReep!) Lord love the Kirby and Singer companies...

284 posted on 09/14/2004 8:37:43 PM PDT by Marie (I want to be queeeeeen, just like like Hillary! 8 - ))
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To: skeeter
Lessee, before you Xers came of age we got Reagan. Afterwards we got...

hmmm, logically speaking you are more entitled to 'lay claim to... Bill Clinton, the first democrat elected not once, but TWICE since Harry Truman!:0

Now before you get all huffy note tongue planted in cheek.

However, Do remember before Xers came of age we had the Rats controlling congress for 4O years!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only reason Clinton won is because of "Read my lips" and Bob Dole

285 posted on 09/14/2004 8:43:07 PM PDT by qam1 (McGreevy likes his butts his way, I like mine my way - so NO SMOKING BANS in New Jersey)
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To: Cricket24
As a baby boomer (born 1954), I call us the "worthless" generation. We're spoiled brats!

I thought we were the "beautiful people" you know peace love and flowers?

Unfortunately most of my baby boomer druggie friends are dead, institutionalized or living NOTHING lives.

I overdosed several times and overcame several addictions (born in 1954 also) and I feel fortunate to be alive and doing well today!

286 posted on 09/14/2004 8:46:21 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: JPJones
Agreed. But IMHO, it's important that we have occasional bickering amongst ourselves, or FR becomes the MSM, as long as everyone keeps perspective, and rembers the real heat should be on the DNC/DU'ers and their nixon-like allies in the MSM.

Quite right. I spoke to my mom today about this very topic. She pointed out that the Boomers had been fed a huge load of crap while they were in school. In the late 60's and early 70's they were trying to live the life they were taught to lead. She said that it wasn't until the 80's that many of them began to see that it was a complete bust and start to pull back. In her opinion, the greatest damage to my generation was done by the feminists. "They're the ******* who convinced impressionable young woman that we were garbage if we stayed home to care for our children." Maybe we just figured it out faster. Xers, I don't think we can lay the whole load of social scum at the feet of our parents. (The Liberal Dems just lapped up the insanity that was being spoon-fed to them) So who, in the Greatest or Silent Generation, started all this sh*t?

287 posted on 09/14/2004 8:52:00 PM PDT by Marie (I want to be queeeeeen, just like like Hillary! 8 - ))
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To: ancient_geezer
I don't trust anyone over 35.

Used to be 30, age inflation?

LOL, never fear you to are headed there.


That's one thing I can't stand about you over-35ers. You never pick up the sarcasm.

;-)
288 posted on 09/14/2004 8:53:00 PM PDT by Antoninus (Abortion; Euthanasia; Fetal Stem Cell Research; Human Cloning; Homo Marriage - NON-NEGOTIABLE ISSUES)
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To: Marie

Hi!

You don't count. You're a girl. You stay home with the kids like ya SHOULD! And GOOD ON YOU for homeschooling!! I really mean that.


289 posted on 09/14/2004 9:28:38 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: Antoninus

That's one thing I can't stand about you over-35ers. You never pick up the sarcasm.

Problem is, what do you do when you start having to never trust anyone over 105 or less than 60.

The former are beyond caring about "it" anymore, the latter are just young whipper-snappers too young to have figured out what "it" is yet ;O)

I mean yah jess got 55 prime years to get "it" all done in.

290 posted on 09/14/2004 9:37:59 PM PDT by ancient_geezer (Equality, the French disease: Everyone is equal beneath the guillotine.)
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To: qam1

I don't have time to read any more Boomer whining, because this X-er is too busy working my butt off raising my family, keeping house,cooking, studying, teaching and volunteering in the community, while my husband works his butt off to support us. Get real! LOL.


291 posted on 09/14/2004 9:43:05 PM PDT by Gal.5:1 (freeping near SF-help!)
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To: qam1

LOL!
They can all just Shove it! :-)


292 posted on 09/14/2004 9:44:37 PM PDT by ladyinred ("John Kerry reporting for spitball and typewriter duty.")
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To: qam1

and one more thing, we Xers are slaving to pay for your retirement. You're welcome.


293 posted on 09/14/2004 9:53:46 PM PDT by Gal.5:1 (freeping near SF-help!)
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To: Marie
(I'm not sure, but I would think Boomers may look at Kennedy the same way.)

Hardly. I was 4 when JFK was shot.

294 posted on 09/14/2004 9:53:49 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Marie
Quite right. I spoke to my mom today about this very topic. She pointed out that the Boomers had been fed a huge load of crap while they were in school. In the late 60's and early 70's they were trying to live the life they were taught to lead.

I've heard this before, things like: 'you're the future leaders of this country and the world', and 'the future depends on you', 'you will be the generation that leads the world...' and other grandiose stuff. Any boomer care to verify or clarify? If it's true it would be in stark contrast to what the x'ers were 'fed'.

295 posted on 09/14/2004 9:54:11 PM PDT by JPJones ("We'll cross all our tee's and dot all our.....lower case j's")
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To: skeeter
The very reason Xers are alive to complain is because their parents valued life.

Not necessarily. Even pro-abortion people have children ... when it's convenient, when they're ready.

It is true that conservatives are more likely to produce children and tend to have larger families, which is at least one reason why Gen X tends to be more conservative, overall, then my generation, the Boomers.

296 posted on 09/14/2004 10:05:32 PM PDT by Siamese Princess
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To: aberaussie
Easy sex, I expect.

Many men like feminism because they associate it with easy sex, abortion, and not being responsible for and to a woman. Liberal men are the worst male chauvinists in the world -- feminism is a great excuse for exploiting women.

297 posted on 09/14/2004 10:08:15 PM PDT by Siamese Princess
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To: skeeter
Hardly. I was 4 when JFK was shot.

Muh bad. Just a thought.

298 posted on 09/14/2004 10:16:28 PM PDT by Marie (*shhhh!* The Liberals are sleeping....)
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To: Brad's Gramma
You don't count. You're a girl. You stay home with the kids like ya SHOULD! And GOOD ON YOU for homeschooling!! I really mean that.

Yup. Women's "right" to choose. It's amazing how much flack I took when I chose to stay home. It took a lot more when I choose to homeschool. Mostly by women. ("breeder", "slave", "zombie"... I have better friends now.)

299 posted on 09/14/2004 10:19:24 PM PDT by Marie (*shhhh!* The Liberals are sleeping....)
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To: JPJones
I've heard this before, things like: 'you're the future leaders of this country and the world', and 'the future depends on you', 'you will be the generation that leads the world...' and other grandiose stuff. Any boomer care to verify or clarify? If it's true it would be in stark contrast to what the x'ers were 'fed'.

Gen Xers were told that by 2000 most of the really good wildlife would be extinct, the population would be horrible, there would be mass starvation, global warming was going to cause more mass starvation, there would be no Social Security (don't know why that would matter as there would be so much mass starvation that nobody would really have a chance to get old), crime and drug usage would be horrible, etc, etc, etc. The basic message was that the world was going to hell-in-a-handbasket and there really wouldn't be much to save. We were on our own and shouldn't look anywhere but to ourselves for much of anything.

Now that I think about it, such a message might just very well breed a libertarian/conservative mindset. It would also breed a teeth-grinding intolerance against social programs and redistribution of the wealth. Add to the drumbeat unstable families and the whole latch-key nightmare and you've just created a generation of survivalists with very little patience for people who sing "I just gotta be meeeee!"

300 posted on 09/14/2004 10:32:06 PM PDT by Marie (*shhhh!* The Liberals are sleeping....)
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