‘Dear boomer-bashers’

At the Saboteur 365 blog, Paladin Justice re-posts and discusses a rather ugly meme directed at — who else? — baby boomers. Who composed this little ‘love letter’ to boomers is not clear, but it’s a good example of the kind of venom that is so routine on the rightward side of the Internet.

As my long-time readers know, I’ve made efforts in the past to counter this nasty rhetoric, based as it is on some kind of visceral resentment and animus. I’ve posted actual data based on polls and surveys,  and argued based also on historical facts. Yet it seems a waste of time and effort on my part; this blog is too obscure to make any headway. Or my point-of-view is out of step with the postmodern zeitgeist.

Obviously much of the young right shares with their leftist age-cohort the unwillingness — or is it inability? — to consider facts and reality, preferring instead to respond by ‘la-la-la, I can’t hear you‘ and by continuing the barrage of name-calling. Example: calling baby-boomers ‘retarded.’ Such wit; such repartee!

Yes, I know it’s only rhetoric, immature though it is; surely these people know that standardized test scores have declined steadily since the boomers were in school, as I suspect IQ scores have. Certainly boomers got a better education, having had to learn actual history, geography, spelling, grammar, and maths — before the educational system was politically corrected and dumbed down. But that’s irrelevant; boomers are ‘retarded‘ because the “younger” people say so. So there. Nothing to do with facts or actual intelligence levels.

What response can I offer, or do I let this childish tantrum-throwing go unchallenged? Personally I hate lies; I’m surfeited with lies in this age of falsehoods. We should all hate lies.

But it would really require a book to refute even some of the falsehoods and canards that are spread around the Internet. One person cannot do an adequate job. I have noticed that fellow blogger ‘dfordoom‘ does a valiant job of trying to answer these bashers, for instance, on a recent thread at Sailer’s blog, where the accusations against boomers cropped up. If I could easily find that thread and ‘dfordoom’s comment, I would quote it, but I can’t locate it.

As best I can recall, he answered that boomers were not old enough to have ‘fought for” for the ‘civil rights’ movement, desegregation, etc., as the linked meme falsely asserts. Boomers (as Paladin Justice could confirm) were mostly still in school when these things were well on their way to being accomplished fact. The ‘Greatest Generation’ were largely in charge in those days. Just how could an age group who were teenagers or elementary-age children be held accountable? Thus anybody who blames boomers for those events shows their woeful ignorance of history. In this day and age of the Internet, there’s no excuse for that. Yet these historically illiterate statements just go on and on.

Multiculturalism? The 1965 Immigration Act (the Hart-Celler Act) ensured that the demographics of this country were to become more non-white. Boomers were not involved in that. Teens and children do not pass laws in Congress or ‘fight for’ racial integration.

For the record, once again, boomers did not account for a large percentage of people in high political office until the 90s, when the Clintons rose to power in 1992. And at 43 or so, Bill Clinton was a mere boy compared to most of the politically powerful then. Congress was still dominated mostly by older people, as was the Supreme Court and much of the media.

I could go on, but I am sure this is all in vain, as the postmodernists who make up the younger generation are mostly uninterested in the truth, and focus on ‘feelings’, whether they are left or right-wing. The boomer-bashers are making up ‘history’ to rationalize their gut-level resentment and loathing of their elders. They do not have facts on their side — but that doesn’t matter to them, apparently.

I’ve often said to those who cheer for the impending deaths of their hated elders, (as illustrated in that meme wishing elderly boomers to be at the ‘tender mercies’ of “all those diversities”) that they need only wait for the demise of the old folks they despise; boomers are already dying.

And by the way, millennials oddly idolized David Bowie, who was a counterculture boomer, as well as Alan Rickman, likewise of that age group. Illogical, huh? If I’m not mistaken, another recently deceased boomer icon was Prince, a ‘late boomer.’

Yes, boomers are dying off — most real-life boomers being decent people who lived responsible lives, worked, and brought up families, and I expect these callow critics to celebrate their passing by mockery and sneering — and cheering, like that displayed in these memes. Those memes are a testament to how unfeeling our society, once Christian, has become. They reflect a hard-heartedness and callousness that would shock our grandparents and great-grandparents. Am I really alone in this feeling?

To mock the dishonest conventions of Political Correctness is one thing;  to repudiate all the euphemisms and willful denials of racial realities is brave and heroic, even,  in our age of lies. But wishing suffering (at the hands of ”all those diversities”) on our helpless elders is not brave or heroic or admirable; it’s petty, cold-hearted, and cowardly, directed as it is at people who are ailing and weak. That sentiment is something that is ‘not very White’ of those who harbor such animus. If that sentiment is the majority feeling, maybe our folk don’t deserve to continue as a people; maybe we should capitulate to the ‘diversity’ where fellow-feeling is an aberration. Maybe we are already becoming like those who were once subject to us. They’ve assimilated us, if we’ve lost our ‘hearts of flesh.’

No, Whites were not savages who abandoned our dying elders on ice floes or in the desert, though it seems that practice suddenly appeals to some of ‘us’ in this age of decline.

(For those who are not familiar with the older idioms, it used to be a compliment to a White man to say ”that’s mighty White of you,” or ‘You’re a real White man”, meaning someone who was honorable and decent.  Maybe the idiom has died out not just because of PC but because few people merit the compliment now.)

But let’s suppose hating boomers for their coarsening of the culture is justifiable — even though most boomers were not part of that debasing process. But suppose we decide all boomers are culpable. Then by all means, repudiate them and all they stood for. Show integrity; be honest and reject all that the worst of the boomers stood for, including the ‘sexual revolution’ and the plague of obscene language and deviancy.

But that’s not going to happen. Why? Because the critics paradoxically ‘hate the sinner and love the sin.

And it will go on; it seems there’s no stopping this trend, not even after the last boomer is six feet under, I suspect.

A glimpse into the millennial mind

As seen on Tumblr:

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For those not up on lefty millennial jargon, ‘terf’ is an acronym for ‘Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist’, in plain English, a ‘radical feminist’ (is there any other  kind these days?) who does not accept ‘trans women’ as women.

I suppose you could say the ‘terf’ (who is being disinvited from following the Tumblr blogger who posted the above) still has some kind of tenuous grasp on what is called reality. No realists welcome in the lefty fold; it seems that’s a basic tenet of leftism in the millennial universe.

Then there was this gem from last November:

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It appears that they didn’t do their job of ‘educating’ the wayward older generation, as their side didn’t succeed in electing Hillary — or even getting Bernie past the primaries.

But did ‘we’ win, after all, or did they? Time will tell. As I say, ‘they’ are winning the cultural/societal battles, handily. It’s about so much more than politics.

 

More generational warfare

A thread discussing millennial female Christians ends up (surprise, surprise) with more than a few commenters taking gratuitous shots at the evil boomers. Whatever would people do without boomers to blame?

And the millennials have more defenders on that thread than boomers.

One commenter’s words: (but I am sure he is just joking, you see…)

“It may be unfair to some boomers”

There is no such thing as being unfair to boomers. In fact, being ‘unfair’ to them is a very good way to be actually fair with them.

Too bad nooses have gone out of style, because in a just world, we’d need millions.

I don’t know, maybe I’ve been too subtle and circumspect.

Every. Single. Boomer. Should. Be. Burned. Alive.

Huh, I feel better already.

I’ve read too many comments expressing what seems to be genuine loathing of boomers for me to laugh it off as wry humor. A lot of real feelings are camouflaged in the form of bitter humor.

The anti-boomer contingent never seems to acknowledge facts such as:

The largest voting bloc by age group that did not vote for the present regime in the last two presidential elections was boomers.

The largest group of voters, by age group, that voted FOR the present regime in  those same elections were millennials, with each age cohort voting more conservative with age.

Boomers are more conservative on racial issues — which, by the way, are supposed to be more relevant to alt-righters than others — than each successive generation. The younger, the more liberal. Boomers and the remnant of the even older generations are much more likely to oppose intermarriage (miscegeny), with the Gen Xers and millennials ever more liberal with each generation.

 

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Boomers are more negative on immigration, and likely to be immigration restrictionists, than are the younger generations, all of them, from Gen X on down.

By the way, the Brexit supporters were heavily skewed towards the older generations, boomers and older. Once they die, if the powers-that-be can delay another vote on it, the referendum will surely fail. The ruling classes know this, hence their delay on implementing the exit from the EU pending a future re-vote. The British millennials were having their own boomer bash-fest after the Brexit vote. And yet most elder-bashing American alt-righters  incongruously favor Brexit, though it was boomers and the older age groups that made the yes vote possible.

The fact that exceptions exist does not nullify the rule. Come on, don’t alt-righters cite that fact whenever someone tries to argue that ‘Not All [Minorities] Are Like That’? Then don’t try to argue that because you know of a millennial or two who is ‘Alt-right’ that the generalities are false. That dog won’t hunt.

I know a couple of millennials who vote Republican but who are politically correct and especially liberal on racial matters (mixing and intermarriage is good! Immigration is fine as long as the immigrants work hard and don’t blow us up.)

As to my statements about statistics on voting patterns across generations, and about attitudes based on polls and surveys, I’ve posted those links here before, and they can be found by those open-minded and curious enough to look it up. So I should not have to do the homework myself by posting links again, though I did provide links again above.  But by all means, don’t let facts or data interfere with your bias.

This generational war stuff is counterproductive. Why alienate a group that is on your side far more than the younger ones? No doubt some will say I am keeping it going on my side — still everybody is entitled to a defense, and nobody else is stepping up to say anything, so I take it on myself to do so. But I would love to stop writing about this issue, and unless the anti-boomers are willing to call a truce I probably will write about it again, if only because facts need to be mentioned, not merely feelings, which is all the other side has to go on.

As far as the boomers go, their many critics should be popping the champagne corks as boomers are dying every day. Be happy; you are getting your wish to be free of them, though I suspect many critics have boomer parents.  Daddy issues, anyone? But no doubt your world will be much improved when that generation dies off altogether, as you will then be living in a much more ‘diverse’ (read: nonwhite) nation, with voters who are on the average far more left-wing once the boomers’ votes are subtracted. That world will no doubt be superior. Right?

Like it or not, the older generations (boomers and the few ‘Greatests’ and ‘Silent Generation’ members) are the only living link to America as it once was, the real America, the (possibly) dead and gone America. Older people should be valued if only as they are the last living witnesses of what once was good and great about this country. Once the people remaining are people who never lived in the ‘real America’, and know it only from biased history books and unreliable popular culture (movies and TV) then there is little chance of ever restoring the best of what America used to be.

I often regret that I didn’t sit down with my elders, my grandparents and great-aunts and uncles, to learn all that I could about the world they grew up in. When we are young we don’t value these things enough. My elders were repositories of so much knowledge and information that is gone now, with their passing.

For those who are Christians, there is the commandment to ‘honor your father and your mother’. Today’s Christians have the deplorable habit of interpreting each commandment in the most narrow and literal way possible, so that honoring one’s father and mother means only the two people who conceived and gave you life, not the prior generations, or our elders generally. In the past, this commandment was taken as implying a wider application. The Book of Proverbs also has a few things to say about honoring age. Our culture, besotted with Youth, does the opposite; glorifies teens and 20-somethings and devalues old folk. But go ahead and despise the older folk and blame them for all that you haven’t done to save our world. You too will be old and despised in your turn, given the attitudes of the younger ones. What goes around, comes around, or as the Gen Xers and millennials say, ‘Karma’ will  catch up with you.

Millennials favor reparations

A new study shows that the ‘millennial’ generation is most likely of all generational cohorts to favor slavery reparations for blacks.

However,

“Americans over age 69 say by an 80-12 margin that reparations should not be paid to those related to slaves. 

Baby boomers between ages 51-69 are similar, with a 79-17 per cent margin against reparations.

The numbers start changing when it comes to Generation Xers, with Americans between the ages of 35-50 breaking 73 per cent to 25 per cent against reparations.

The biggest shift comes with millennials, with a majority — 51 per cent — saying that reparations should be paid or they were unsure of whether reparations should be paid. 

Forty per cent of millennials were in favor of reparations and 11 per cent were unsure, compared with the 49 per cent of the millennials questioned who said reparations should not be paid to slave descendants.”

Not surprising to those of us who are familiar with millennials and their social and political views. This will, however, prove very disappointing to those (and they are legion) who blame the baby boomer generation (those born 1945-1960, roughly) for everything that is wrong with America and the West. But not to worry; they won’t let it deter them from continuing to blame the boomers. They should take heart; the boomers are on the way out; most are nearing their ‘threescore-and-ten’, or a little past that. Donald Trump himself is a boomer, lest some of us forget. He is seventy. But I am sure that boomers will continue to be blamed when they are six feet under.

Generational blaming aside, the discussions of this article online have elicited the usual dismal, depressing responses: blaming others (“the British crown introduced slavery to the colonies” or ”the Dutch brought the slaves here”) or the old excuse that ”I had no ancestors here before the Civil War”. And then there’s the shameful victimhood pleas: “my ancestors were enslaved by the Brits” or ‘The English starved my ancestors out of Ireland, where’s my reparations?” What’s the thinking behind those ‘arguments’? I’m a bigger victim than you? Where’s our self-respect?

The other thing that disturbs me about some of these all-too-common responses is the lack of solidarity amongst White people. So many want to claim personal innocence, shifting the blame by default to those whose ancestors were here before the War Between the States, or making the South assume all blame even though the North did have slavery. Another defense that I find repugnant is that of Northerners who brag that their Union Army ancestors ‘helped free the slaves, so do I get credit?’ or ‘My great-great-grandfather died fighting for the Union; I should get reparations.’ I realize many Northerners thought their role was the patriotic one, but the fact that they think half a million deaths were a reasonable price to pay to preserve some kind of coerced abstract Union is disturbing to me.  The fact that Northerners, most of whom had little personal experience of blacks, would kill their own ethnic/national kinsmen for the sake of ‘equality’ is incomprehensible to me.

And since that Northern viewpoint ‘won’ the war now we have generations who have been utterly mind-conditioned to put the interests of every other people ahead of those of their own kinsmen, their own flesh and blood.

I promise you, when the Boomers are gone, along with the last remnants of the ‘Silent Generation’, this country will, by their absence, move even farther to the Left than it already is. Especially with tens of millions of Others being seeded and planted in what was our Fathers’ country.