I teach the High School Sunday School class at church. We were discussing the differences between our generations, and I told them that when I was young, I recall that my parents’ generation thought we were going to ruin the country. Then I told them my parents were right. Sorry, kids. We spent it all and left you nothing.
The kids didn’t like that very much.
If your parents were “the greatest generation” then they ruined it as much as you did. Who really deserves the blame is the generation before: the New Deal generation. They spit the Republic’s throat. All we’ve done since is follow their lead.
Then again, they were following the lead of the previous generation, too. The one in charge during WWI. But that was only a hint, and a special wartime one at that. They were yhe first progressive era generation. But there were still some adults wandering around then, too, and they didn’t just talk about limited government. They actually kept government limited.
I want to blame the Civil War generation, though obviously they were split as well. Only a fraction of them were “anything goes.” There was a huge ratcheting effect, just not big enough to fatalistically doom the Republic.
Yeah, I blame the New Dealers with an assist from their parents.
Slit its throat, I meant, not spit.