I recently read a comment from another blog in which the commenter remarked on the young right’s tendency to indulge in disparaging the Founding Fathers and the original basis of this country. The writer ascribed this popular tendency amongst the young right to the fact that they grew up steeped in the leftism and anti-Americanism that is the reigning orthodoxy in what we term ”schools” and ”universities” these days.
The blog comment caught my attention because it rang true, and I find it disturbing that the right, the young right in particular seems to disdain this country and our past as much as the Left does. Like the commenter whose post I refer to, I don’t see how this viewpoint can be useful in offering an alternative to the present corrupt state of things; it is essentially a cynical and bitter viewpoint which does not embody anything positive. It’s merely another take on the leftist worldview. America is always wrong, has always been wrong, and we have no country, no culture, nothing worth saving, etc.
How did this come about? Obviously the
indoctrination educational system sets out to create cynicism and loathing for our traditions, our past, our history, and this effort seems to have succeeded in creating generations of embittered, disconnected people who think that tearing the system down and replacing it with some unknown substitute is the answer. Somewhere along the line, regard for facts and for reality itself has fallen by the wayside. How can we recover it, or can we?
Part of the cynicism which has been engendered by the leftist system is a generational animosity on an unprecedented scale. Do I exaggerate? I don’t think so; it’s hardly possible to read a single thread on most blogs without encountering vitrolic rhetoric about ”boomers”, which term seems to include anyone over a certain age, boomer or not. For example: octogenarian Nancy Pelosi is called a ”boomer” although she is old enough to be a mother to ”boomers.” She is a ‘silent’ generation member, if that means anything (except the obvious fact that she is old).
But the term ”boomer” is an all-purpose insult directed at anyone considered over the hill, and it usually implies unpleasant traits such as ‘fat‘ or ‘stupid‘ just for extra insult value. There is little logic or factual basis for accusing older generations of stupidity, greed, or selfishness, as is currently ascribed to the older age groups. The idea that ”boomers” somehow “ruined’ our country, with no help from anyone else, is absurd on the face of it, presuming some kind of near-supernatural power on the part of a whole generation. By the way, have the elder-haters noticed the obvious fact that the older generations are ailing and dying at quite a rapid rate? Maybe the evil oldsters will continue to exert their baleful influence even from the grave, seeing as how they hold such preternatural power to do evil. Perhaps their ghosts will walk the earth, after death, continuing to work their powerful curse on the hapless Millennials and X-ers who fear them so. Honestly, it would be laughable were it not so pathetic.
I do believe the ‘hate-watch’ groups can stop worrying about their clients being blamed for all the ills of the world, because the Boomers and the Silents have taken over the role of that certain population who were formerly believed to wield such excessive influence. Move over; the Boomers and aged Silent generations are the new villains.
Really, though, believing that the year or decade of one’s birth makes people who they are is just another form of the pseudo-science Astrology; being born in a certain year or era does not make us who we are; what ignorance.
However, having grown up in a time in which the Frankfurt School and Political Correctness is ascendant does affect one’s ability to think clearly and objectively; sadly from Gen-X downward the effect of the propaganda machine is evident.
The generational warfare is just another form of manipulation meant to divide us, our folk, even more than we already are. I believe certain specific bloggers have seeded these nonsense ideas, going back a few years when it all began, and those same bloggers continue to foster these absurd tropes about the generations. Why? Obviously there’s an agenda at work here. Who benefits?