Skip to comments.A Tale of Two Millennials: Pajama Boy and Me
Posted on 12/26/2013 10:48:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
I was in no way surprised to learn that the young man we have come to know as Pajama Boy went to my high school. Ethan Krupp the Onesie-clad gentleman chosen by Organizing for Action to be the face of their Get Talking campaign also graduated from New Trier Township High School. But the similarities between us dont end there. We are both in that 18-35 Millennials demo that everyone loves to talk about. We both wear glasses. We are both politically and culturally active.
And we both want our generations attention (on behalf of very different values).
New Trier is a public high school located a few blocks from Lake Michigan in Winnetka, IL. The list of her prestigious alumni includes the likes of Charlton Heston, Donald Rumsfeld, Rock Hudson, and Rahm Emanuel. Many of Chicagos most important and influential families live in the suburbs directly north of the Windy City. Theres a lot of money, a lot of influence and a lot of white guilt.
Now, I do not personally know Ethan Krupp. I do not wish him any ill will. I had no pressing interest in his background until I learned that we graduated from the same high school. My purpose today is simply to flesh out the stark contrast in worldviews between a young conservative and the wealthy liberals he grew up around.
One of the most prevailing (and harmful) myths in our society is that people with money are monolithically conservative Republicans who would turn out Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim if it meant adding a farthing to their unfairly earned fortune. In my experience, this is an incorrect and misleading caricature on multiple levels.
The 1% of the 1% sent their kids to my high school. The typical parents of a New Trier student were folks who had attended prestigious universities. They were CEOs, world-class lawyers or, as we used to joke, the descendants of Mr. Soldier Field. Each morning a fleet of Range Rovers and BMWs delivered expensively clad students to the front steps of our school. We excelled at sports like tennis, soccer and lacrosse. We had a Badminton and Fencing team.
But we also had the first LGBTQ club in the state of Illinois. We also heard more than our fair share of social justice preached via educators and after school clubs. Our teachers and administrators were model examples of the proud (and vocal) brand of progressive one encounters in the public education systems around the country. And when these privileged kids went off to schools like Denison, Brown or Stanford, their journey to cultural, political and economic liberalism was a short one.
Please understand that I loved attending New Trier and still miss living in that luxurious section of the Chicagoland area. My father happened to be hired as a pastor at a church within the school districts limits. We lived in the churchs parsonage. We drove used cars. I worked as a caddy and umpire Big Blue, they called me in the summers to pay for stuff like new football cleats come fall. It was a wonderful existence and I found some great friends (from the families of varied tax brackets).
Because I had parents who practiced the command in Leviticus to show favoritism neither to the rich nor the poor, I avoided growing bitter of the extreme wealth and power that surrounded (and largely eluded) us.
The lesson I learned from those years spent among Chicagos elite was this: its the values, stupid.
Everything comes down to your beliefs and core convictions. Its about worldview, not the kind of cars parked in your garage. A lot of kids from my high school saw the affluence and influence wielded by their families, but never had the benefit of someone explaining to them how to properly think about and use such blessings. Even fewer were equipped with a proper appreciation of how exactly their parents money was made and the entrepreneurial spirit that powers the engine of Americas economic growth.
Someone like Pajama Boy ended up the poster boy for massive wealth redistribution and government intervention into the personal lives of its citizens after being raised in a privileged environment populated by people who reject such naïve, idealistic notions in the practice of their everyday lives and careers. Very few successful people can afford to actually live out liberalisms fiscal policies. The math doesnt add up.
This suburban guilt that so many Millennials feel is, in part, the result of a battle between the inherent Judeo-Christian altruism we imprint on the hearts and minds of our kids, and some combination of parental hand-washing when it comes to the duties of passing on values to your children and the progressive indoctrination drilled into them at institutions such as New Trier High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I dont know Pajama Boys ideological testimony, but I saw first-hand how easily the 1% in this country can end up supporting policies that had little bearing on the course of their own familys success. So while I will not question Pajama Boys motives, I cannot avoid questioning his judgment.
What real guy wears pajamas?
” I will not question Pajama Boys motives, I cannot avoid questioning his judgment.”
It is not Pajama Boy’s judgment he should be concerned about, but Obama’s judgment.
A married guy with kids wears pajama pants, but he don’t wear a onesie....
Experience is the best teacher, and those who grow up in a comfortable cocoon don't have much opportunity or pressing need to learn from experience. Also, they rarely understand the importance of what they are missing. In some ways, "privileged" children are more accurately described as "deprived."
The FAMILY is the elephant in the living room. Note how he is evidently unaware that this is the entire foundation, not of his world view, but his world. The fish knows nothing of water.
Society is based on 3 pillars. Family, Religion and Culture.
The Left has been gnawing away at all three for the last century.
The Family is the strongest, most important, and now the last to fall.
The Barbarians have won. Again.
Now the funny thing is she's known I've been a conservative Republican for about twenty years, but still professes astonishment that I read conservative literature and listen to Rush Limbaugh. Like I've joined some nutty cult that believes in weird things like free enterprise, a strong military, traditional values, and the government only doing what it is empowered to do by the constitution.
This time we had a big argument over homosexual "rights." She couldn't believe I wasn't for homo marriage and the rest of the homo agenda. When I told her I thought homosexuality was not natural, she got really upset. Now both her boys are heterosexual and her husband is a conservative Republican, but I can't seem to make a dent in her thinking. She did say she believes in the free enterprise system, so that's something we've got in common, I guess.
“The FAMILY is the elephant in the living room. Note how he is evidently unaware that this is the entire foundation...”
When you wrote this it reminds me of how Obama and the Liberals are redefining the family, and destroying it. One of their many prongs of attack to “rebuild America on a new foundation.” (Of course that means tearing out the old foundation).
The pakistani appears to have too many fingers on his right hand. How odd or should I say queer?
That’s the post of the Day IMO. Thank you....
I think that is what has them worried the most. When we say gay people it seems innocuous, but describing the behavior puts the reality of what they want us all to tolerate and celebrate is repulsive to most people, and they know it.
They were not very good at teaching the proper use of the apostrophe at New Trier High School, apparently.
As the previous poster said, GREAT Selection (also in Pookies Cartoons for the 26th, I believe!)
Hmmm, I wonder how well PajamaBoy would fare under the tender care of such trainers of MEN as Marine Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett, Jr.)? Or perhaps Sgt. John M. Stryker (John Wayne) or maybe Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway (Clint Eastwood)? Actually these movie characters are just stand-ins for the real shapers of men in all of the service bootcamp training facilities all over the US.
The miracle is that, over the years, we have seen such miserable examples, as shown on the right, turned into proud competent and capable people as shown on the left, by and under the organized hell known as boot training. Not having this as a coming of age requirement, is that where we have gone wrong?
Those who spent a lifetime of hard work, sacrifice, and reinvestment are rarely liberal. The author alludes to this, but doesn't dwell on it.
Yes, there ya go - someone with children over the age of 2 should wear pajamas of some sort.
Oral sex between "gays" (Not a word I use) should be described in Phil's terminology too. Get real descriptive, use terms like "ejaculate", "semen". Perfectly acceptable English words but they conjure up some truly disgusting images, when discussing queer behavior.
How do we find Pookies Toons nowadays?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way”
I've given up. "This kind can only be driven out by prayer and fasting." I'm usually late to figuring out that Jesus was right.
Bingo. Euphemisms make liberalism possible.
Euphemisms = Lies. Therefore, lies make liberalism possible.
I wear them in winter..... A set of Scrubs I got years ago.
In summer...no way.
Not all males that age are pussifed. Look at those serving in Iraq and other hell holes.
But there are too many perfumed princes that never held a gun or turned a wrench.
FReepmail pookie18 and he’ll put you on his ping list. It’s sent out every morning when the post is made.
He had a hot (imho) wife and she left him a couple months later, I couldn't help thinking maybe she needed a guy into "man things" as well. He started seeing a Rubenesque woman with a motherly disposition.
I can point out a dozen other middle aged guys of my acquaintance just like him, terrors when they were young, mincing their way through life now. Instead if protective silverbacks they become self absorbed kids in old mens' bodies. And more than a few turn decidedly "bi" when they've had more than a few. Some of them that I've known for years used to be fairly decent, stand up working guys, now it's like they're giving up on life and mainlining estrogen.
I've given up. "This kind can only be driven out by prayer and fasting." I'm usually late to figuring out that Jesus was right.
I have a younger sister that is a radical eco-nut, and luddite leftist. You can't really talk to her about anything of substance. The basic problem is that it sounds like english words are coming out of her mouth, but the meanings and thought processes behind them are completely different from those you and I might assign to them. When you talk to her about current events, it's like she lives in an alternate dimension, that has only a surface similarity to our own. It can be frustrating as hell if you don't understand what is going on.
I've reluctantly come to believe that dedicated liberals are much closer to being varelse to us than they are ramen. (If you're not familiar with Card's "Ender" series, check out my freeper profile. I think the terms are extremely useful.) Thier worldview simply does not allow them to think, or often even consider certain thoughts, because they set up too much cognitive dissonance in their heads.
They can see the exact same events and yet see them in such a completely different way, that for all practical purposes, they might as well be living in a different universe.
That's good. For many democrats, their support for the party and crazy schemes is like devotion to a sports team- no matter how cr@ppy the Eagles are and no matter what animals are on the team, they're in it for the long haul.
For others, the liberals described as family members here, the ideology and policies of the left are scripture and religion to them. I had a friend that turned upon and grew to hate his own Brother because his brother (and family) were active in their church and did many good things for others. He could not describe even a simple thing that would cause such bitterness that made sense.
What I came to realize is that is was not because the brother was a believer it was because he was not a believer, a believer in the leftist scripture.
Blind devotion without proof, believing in the face of facts to the contrary, accepting contradiction after contradiction (even from the same "preacher").
Many lefties rant on about not submitting themselves before any g0d yet they crave servitude and thus surrender themselves to the government powers and the policies that control.
I too have sometimes characterized their pathology as a religious one, but it is actually farther than that. Many committed leftists believes that anyone who does not conform to their ideology is evil. Those on the right see their leftist counterparts as miguided or deluded. They see us as evil. It's what drives their hate.
The part that really goes deeper, though, is that they have a completely different view of what reality is than we do. It makes real communication impossible. Thus they are varelse.