Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Head in the Sand Boomers

It is a bit too easy to make fun of Boomers. The Boomers were enabled by the Silents, who do not forget were a bit Boomer-ish in behavior, into destroying what our forefathers built and replacing it with garbage. Part of the frustration with Boomers is their destruction of something and lack of awareness that they have destroyed anything. Family? Screw you dad! Their own family? I gotta be me, sorry kids and spouse, I need to explore the space and leave you growing up in broken homes. Parenting? Latch key. Manufacturing base? Gotta offshore that for my equity options. They do these acts and are completely oblivious to the wreckage they leave behind. If you don't believe me, if you have a friend with a Boomer parent who did these aforementioned things, befriend them on Faceborg. Watch the avoidance of reality. I mention this as a reader (nikcrit) brought David Brooks latest missive to my attention.

"Snap Out of It" is the title. Stop looking at all the bad real things around you. Life is good! Forget all the bad stories this summer, and let's be honest, this summer was a treasure chest of bad stories. Things are much better now! This is one of the most head in the sand Boomer takes on the world I have seen. It contains gems like the following.

"I suppose New York isn’t as artistically or intellectually rich as it was in the 1940s and 1950s, but daily life is immeasurably better... Compared with all past periods, American cities and suburbs are sweeter and more interesting places. (ed: How about Detroit?) ... Even next to the 1970s — which witnessed Watergate, stagflation, social decay and rising crime — we are living in a golden age. (ed: Great Depression 2.0, Obama Scandals, social decay now don't count) ... This leadership crisis is eminently solvable. First, we need to get over the childish notion that we don’t need a responsible leadership class, that power can be wielded directly by the people. America was governed best when it was governed by a porous, self-conscious and responsible elite — during the American revolution, for example, or during and after World War II. (ed: what's different ethnically about our new elite mix?)"

Brooks was born in 1961, tail end of the Boom. He wants you to think of all those international problems or domestic problems as small potatoes in perspective. Forget about the BRICs trying to establish a separate world order. Forget about failures in the Middle East or Ukraine. Forget about problems here at home. There's a new Iphone.

Life is good... as long as you avoid that growing underclass. Watergate is a drop in the bucket compared to any current government scandal (forget Obama, just government in general). This is hope and well wishing from a man inside a very thick bubble. His bubble is NY Times pundit bubble, but it is not so different from comfortable Boomer. The worry is there. The feeling in their expanded stomachs is growing. There must be that fact gnawing at Brooks and his brethren in the Boomer cohort. The fact that the world they built and crafted is a nightmare and sinking compared to the old world that they so righteously fought to change, dismantle and impose progress upon for the better.

My retort to David Brooks is, "Sir, please, you be the first to snap out of it".


PA said...

Here is are some lyrics written by Boomers R. Waters and D. Gilmour looking ahead to their contemporaries' old age:

You know it's going to get harder, and harder,
and harder as you get older.
And in the end you'll pack up and fly down south,
Hide your head in the sand,
Just another sad old man [ed. or more likely, woman],
All alone and dying of cancer.

sth_txs said...

Wow! Well, I've already told a number of older people that since they chose to vote for more leftist stupidity,including the Republican variety, I won't much care whether some are rotting in a rest home with bedsores and an 'undocumented' worker abusing them. They voted for it!

Few of my fellow Americans have a life or property I care about defending.

Toddy Cat said...

As a Boomer, I can say the Brooks is a complete idiot. The country is in far worse shape than it was when we were growing up, and everybody damn well knows it, especially Boomers, since we can remember when things were better. The only time in my life that I can remember when things were worse were the worst years of the '70's, and even then, there wasn't today's sense of hopelessness, the feeling that the whole system was locking up, that we have today.

Of course, Not All Boomers Are Like That (NABALT?). Lots of Boomers served honorably in Vietman, got married, had kids, started businesses, and did the best they could, just like all previous generations. But I agree, the Boomer generation did produce a larger than usual share of nitwits, traitors, and knuckleheads, and unfortunately, a lot of them were concentrated in the elite.

Anonymous said...

They know we despise them for squandering their (and our) inheritance. They sense the shallow, low gear failure of their lifetime.

They will not be missed-- and that, for them, will be the cruelest fate of all.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Toddy cat - My folks are good boomers. Their siblings? Not so much. The hopelessness is horrendous and different. Even though I doubt things can go on forever, I agree that there's a sense that nothing can change. I think it will but the crisis isn't going to be pretty. To quote the movie title, There Will Be Blood.

Portlander said...

Brooks' class of Boomer, the top 10%, has done really well for themselves by rigging the system in their favor at the expense of the lower 90%.

However, Brooks' nervousness is like that of the 50 y.o. unionized workers of 30 years ago. He knows he's too old to get a new sinecure and too young to die.

To me the shame is that for every Brooks there's 10 to 100 more just like him who are old enough that they will not be getting their just desserts.

Well, that and they've allowed the US to long since pass the point of no return on restoring herself to any of the greatness she once had. 3rd world immigration is a cancer, and not only was it left untreated it was encouraged until it completely metastasized.

So yeah, Brooks, I'm pissed and no amount of happy talk will change that. And I'll be d@mned if I'm going make any extra effort to keep the balls in the air a little bit longer so Boomers like you can completely cash in on the social contract you awarded for yourself at my and my children's expense. Further, from their rhetoric, the average Millennial isn't too keen on it either, and that's even among the native ones. The first and second gen immigrant are really not going to care about your fate. Gee, maybe you Boomers should have thought about that before inviting 40 million foreigners over to work for your dinner scraps.

:) Cheers.

nikcrit said...

yeah, one legacy of UC that i'm ashamed of is the college's inordinate amount of neoconservatives it has produced, Brooks being the most prolific of the bunch.
I used to sorta like his stuff when he was at the Weekly Standard, and even some of his schtick on, what was it..... Firing Line? But once he arrived at the nytimes and all his stuff was geared for a general audience, he became quite insufferable.
And he's also responsible for putting the word "Bobos" into the American lexicon. (That book of his basically was the first cultural organizing and chronicling of all things SWPL-esque).That alone is nearly unforgivable.

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