Skip to comments.Insight/Vanity: Iraq Victory Marks the Beginning of the End for Elitist Boomers
Posted on 04/10/2003 9:09:00 PM PDT by litany_of_lies
When the 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad on Wednesday, this observer saw more than a huge hunk of metal crashing to the ground. I also saw the hopes and dreams of the most pampered group of people in human history being busted to pieces.
It is my opinion that historians will look on the Iraq War Victory not only as a pivotal triumph in the ongoing war on terrorism, but as the death knell for the Elitist Baby Boomers and their sympathizers who have had such a grip on the formal and informal levers of power since the mid-60s.
Note that this vanity is NOT directed at Boomers in general. I'm a Boomer myself. The large majority of Boomers, who I will call the Silent Boomers, like the generations before and since, got educated, grew up, got jobs, had familiies, and made positive contributions to their communities.
But not the Elitist Boomers. In the 60s they burned draft cards, protested the Vietnam War, went to Woodstock (if not actually, at least vicariously), and in many cases fled to Canada. They gained the sympathy of their elitist elders in the gullible mainstream press, which saw in the Elitists a "movement that would change the world."
Starting from there, Elitist Boomers certainly did "change the world." They brought a selfishness and a flight from responsibility unmatched in human history to everything they did. After years of relentlessly misleading the rest of America about Vietnam, and with the cooperation of the spineless Johnson Administration, which refused to let our forces fight with all available tools, they caused the US for the first time in history to withdraw from a fight that was eventually lost (NOT by us, but by the remnants of the Vietnamese Army). Their motivation at bottom was not peace and love; it was all about avoiding getting in harm's way.
From the end of the War until the end of the century, EVERTYTHING Elitist Boomers did was motivated by three things: power, money, and avoidance of responsibility.
For Hillary Clinton, who worked on the Nixon-Watergate hearings that would have led to his impeachment, "getting" Dick Nixon was about defeating Republicans, not about the seriousness of a two-bit burglary and the clumsy cover-up.
While Jimmy Carter fiddled in the late 70s and Ronald Reagan (over Elitist objections) won the Cold War in the 80s, the Elitist Boomers became those infamous money-hungry Yuppies, who brought new meaning to the terms "snob" and "conspicuous consumption," biding their time until their opportunity came to take control. Those who weren't focusing on getting and being rich spent their energies engineering a bloodless coup on the college campuses, and largely succeeded.
Finally in 1992, their golden opportunity arrived. Bill and Hillary Clinton, the poster children of the Elitist Boomers, moved into the White House. Here at last was Elitists' chance to "change the world" once and for all.
Some change. Leopards don't change their spots, and the Elistist Boomers who took over Washington didn't change their personalities. It was still all about money, having and staying in power. One aide famously stated on Inauguaration Day in 1993 that "those are our jets now."
Power? The attempted takeover of the health-care system in 1993-94 was all about giving Elitist Boomers control over everyone's day-to-day medical decisions.
Money? From Whitewater before they took office to the book deals immediately after they left, it was always about money.
Flight from responsibility? The War on Terror begain in earnest in 1993 when the World Trade Center was bombed for the first time. For eight years, The Clinton Administration kicked this and every other foreign-policy can down the road, leaving a horrendous mess for the next Administration to clean up. Domestically, The Clintons, despite having plenty of opportuntiy, failed to face up to the country's most critical financial issue, the Social Security time bomb. How convenient--one more can kicked down the road.
Bottom line: Elitist Boomers, the most privileged and spoiled group in history, failed to deliver when it was their time.
Now The Silent Boomers are in control. George W. Bush, the Head Silent Boomer, is at the helm. Failing to find decent help among Elitist Boomers, he had to reach back to the pre-Boomer era to get good help in Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, and Colin Powell. He primarily relied on the children of the Silent Boomers, Generations X and Y, to prosecute Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Meanwhile, the Elitist Boomers and their brainwashed kids were out on the streets and in the Democratic halls of Congress demonstrating, protesting, and obstructing. They failed, defeated by a Silent Boomer with an iron resolve.
Deep down, even the most denial-driven Elitist Boomers must know that their time is past, that their glory days are gone. They will never again have the chance that was handed to them, and fumbled, in the 90s. The next generation is by all accounts more conservative, both economically and socially. Many of their own kids are (gasp) pro-life.
All that's left for Elitist Boomers is to jeer from the sidelines, either from their desks at the increasingly irrelevant "major" newspapers and withering cable channels, or from their college classrooms, where even their students have a hard time taking them seriously.
Of course, their other major task is to do everything they can to make sure the Social Security and public-employee pension checks keep coming.
Otherwise, it's over. Normalcy has returned. America, which has survived a civil war, the end of slavery, and two world wars, is, finally, once again, in the hands of responsible leaders.
I hope you are correct.
Good rant, this is something I've contemplated for a while now. Spoiled babies! I think you're right.
It's always good to encounter a fellow traveler.
Did you see those poor Iragi 'soldiers' on CNN tonite? I don't know who I wept harder for; the Iraqis, or the absolutely shell shocked and gobsmacked CNN reporter.
There were at least a few thousand Iraqi 'soldiers' who were attempting to do nothing more than walk home.
Noone I saw was carrying a weapon (though I think they may come to regret that), they were all unarmed. Not one of theme was wearing anything remotely resembling a decent pair of shoes. The CNN reporter seemed to be absolutely stunned when the Iraqi soldier said to him something like: "If we didn't fight for Saddam, we would be executed."
If there is anyone with a brain in their head at CENTCOM, they will dispatch by any means necessary a Supply convor to that CNN Reporters location. He or she will further order every available MRE and bottle of water to be dispatched to that column off poor bastads who most likely haven't had a decent meal in weeks.
With any luck, it will be the Marines who get the duty. Hell , they've earned it.
Any Marine worth his salt would rather be giving them a ride home than killing them..
We live in amazing times.