Lyrical and almost poetic, this article really hits the nail on the head of the problem as I’ve been seeing and harping on it.
Over the last few evenings, the wife and I have gone out to dinner and always managed to overhear conversations about Republicans or Obamacare or the elections in general. Some discussions are rabidly left, some are moderate, some are “right-wing,” as it were. The one common thread I found, however, is that its older folks having the conversations, my apologies to anyone older than 32 reading this.
When I read about or talk about the “split” in this country, I point directly at the Boomers as the subjects of that discussion. I look at people like my mother and mother-in-law, both conservative American women who didn’t deign to participate in the bra-burning of the 60s. They grew up in households espousing hard work.
Then there are the old leftists who are so vocal in their vitriol against what the perceive as racist right-wingers that they seem older than their years. They seem tired and hoarse from complaining so much. Yet they’re consistently getting what they want and turning this country into some sort of socialist utopia that’s anything but. What did they expect? Did they think that if Carter won against Reagan in 1980 that it would be all sunshine and lollipops? Did they think that if Dukakis won it would be good times and everyone would be rolling in cash?
Quite frankly, as a young man in my early 30s, I’m incensed by these leftist elders who still hold on to this idea that free love, getting high, and partitioning the American electorate into haves and have-nots are the best way to move this country forward. They’re willing to take all the credit for the good times but blame every negative on the other party or “racist whitey.”
It’s over ladies and gents. The leftist ideology failed miserably, and in the next 4 years, we’re going to see and experience what it’s really like to live under the jackboot of socialism and communism. We’re going to see difficulty and hardship unlike anything seen by our elders. I find it amusing, however, that the very lefties from the 60s and 70s who preached for free healthcare and free everything are now going to be the enfeebled victims of those very things, yet I’d bet my paycheck that they’ll be the first to say, “If Republicans weren’t in power it would be different...”
Obstinate to their deaths, the lot of them.
"Then there are the old leftists who are so vocal in their vitriol against what the perceive as racist right-wingers that they seem older than their years.
That image instantly brought to mind the words of Bob Dylan: "But I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now" (from My Back Pages).
Most of us who were radicals in our youth learned to put away childish things, and did so most willingly when the demands of adulthood and responsibility became unavoidable. And yet, for some, especially the children of wealthy liberals, such a day of reckoning never came.
Instead, they went to Ivy League schools and made a career of their radicalism; never learning anything again that might discomfit or challenge beliefs latched onto in the heat of adolescent rebellion against the necessity of earning an honest living, or even of being truly honest with one's self.
I also had the benefit of such an elite education, but wound up becoming a conservative rather early on in life (in my early 20s). Why? Because my parents were working class Truman Democrats, essentially grounded in reality by inescapable duties and entirely accepting of Old World standards of virtue. And I honored them - even when they annoyed me.
And there’s no way to penetrate their obstinacy and I suspect the reason for that is power. anyone who remains a leftist in the face of facts and logics simply has a thirst for real or imagined power over other human beings.
It’s a sickness, but a certain percentage of the population has this power disease, and they all gravitate to communism/socialism.
communnism/socialism is the system which gives maximum power over others, even more than the medieval Catholic church,now made even more possible by technology, humanity’s cheapest, fastest and dirtiest way to control masses of people.
The power freaks swarm to it like moths to a flame.
they see themselves as the elite, the top 10% in such a society, it’s heady, addiciting.
That’s why you’ll never penetrate their thinking, I suspect. there a lot in it for them.
Congratulations. Very perceptive for one in their mid-thirties.