Needed: return to common sense

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?

‘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.

On the generational warfare front…

If the following was written about most groups, it would be considered some kind of incitement. Which it is.

Anonymous—- said…

Old people are committing White genocide. Baby boomers are DESTROYING the next generation of Whites. Generation identitaire are correct.

The older generation are RAPING the young, forcing them to fund their retirements with rent.

A backlash will occur. Old whites are going to hell. When Tim Wise’s clock stops ticking, immigrants will vote to not pay them.

Old retired whites ARE destroying the white race, and none of them seem to care. “But I paid into my retirement account my whole life.” Maybe they did, but ALL that money is gone. The younger generations actually owe them nothing. The western social welfare ponzi scheme is white genocide.”

Wonder which generation the writer is part of, and how he would justify his generation’s existence? What have he and his age cohort done to reverse things? Let some of these daddy-haters explain themselves and their (lack of) action other than reviling their parents and/or grandparents and cheering for their demise.

Until proven otherwise, these people are plants/operatives paid to sow division or to exacerbate division that already exists. Or they are self-haters, because you cannot, can not love your folk while hating your progenitors.

Hate is a natural human emotion. It is part of our makeup. It is not condemned in the Bible as a sin. We are to hate what is evil — but that’s not enough. We are to love that which is good, and cleave to it.

Hating our own folk is not consistent with being pro-White or an ethnopatriot. Anyone who preaches this kind of elder-loathing venom should be called out on it. And no one is doing so. Apparently it’s OK with most, judging by the loud silence.