“everything in the sixties was done by the previous generations, none of it was created or led by the kids”
Yes, but it was the “kids” who lock-stock-barrel FELL for it. They were the WATERSHED generation, if you will, that wholesale bought and promulgated it.
No question in my mind about that.
After all, they were raised on Dr. Spock, which said they could do any damn thing they wanted without (real) consequence.
Obviously, there were Beatniks and other communist losers amongst the elders who pushed their ideas; but it wasn’t until the hippie (NOT the disco side, which really has nothing to do with the early part of the “Boomer” division) generation that the majority of society seemed unable to say “I love America”, at least without qualification and “...but...” At that point and then on, there has been amongst other things, a real cynicism and downright hatred of their own birthright in society as a whole, whereas before the ‘60s, the rule was “America is great”. (That’s just an example of the attitude change.)
The sixties are the people listed in post 40 and Walter Cronkite and Lyndon Johnson and college Presidents and the record managers etc, not the babies and the five year olds and the ones barely old enough to vote in the first election of their life in 1968.
Can you imagine someone trying to sell that nonsense today, everyone would laugh, yeah right, we aren’t running America, the ten and twenty year olds are.
By the way, I don’t know how much you love America, but almost 9 1/2 million boomers served in the military, and in 1972 the 18 to 29 year old vote went for Nixon by a wide margin.