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    Psych! Not the apology you were looking for?

    The current state of Western civilization and its ability to defend itself against islamic fascism is of vital importance in the WAiF. I have posted before about the weakening of Western society. Finally, one of the people responsible is apologizing for doing that to us:

    Baby Boomers Owe Young People an Apology
    By Dennis Prager
    FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, December 04, 2007

    We live in the age of group apologies. I would like to add one. The baby boomer generation needs to apologize to America, especially its young generation, for many sins. Here is a partial list:

    First and perhaps foremost, we apologize for robbing many of you of a childhood.

    We baby boomers were allowed perhaps the most innocent childhoods known to history. We grew up without material want, in one of the most decent places in world history, with media that preserved our sexual and other innocence, in schools that generally taught us well, and we were allowed childhood play from boy-girl play to rough and tumble boy-boy play to monkey bars and ringalievio. Our generation has deprived you of all these things. And while we were aware of the threat of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, few of us believed that we were threatened with death anywhere near the amount we have scared you about death from secondhand smoke, global warming and heterosexual AIDS, to mention just a few of the exaggerated death scares we have inflicted on you.

    Our generation came up with two truly foolish slogans that also ended up robbing you of childhood.

    One was, "Never trust anyone over 30." Our infantile attitude toward adult authority has inflicted great harm on you. Because of it, many baby boomers decided not to become adults, and this has had disastrous consequences in your lives. It deprived you of one of the greatest needs in your life -- adults. That in turn deprived you of something as important as love -- parental and other adult authority. With little parental authority, you were left with little personal security, few guardrails and a diminished sense of order in life. And we transferred this denial of authority to virtually all authority figures, from teachers to police.

    The other slogan whose awful consequences we baby boomers bequeathed to you was, "Make love, not war." Our parents had liberated the world from immeasurably cruel and murderous regimes in Germany and Japan -- solely thanks to waging war. But instead of concluding that war could do great moral good, we sang ourselves silly with such inane lyrics as "Give peace a chance," as if that deals in any way with the world's most monstrous evils. So we taught you to make love and not war. And we succeeded.

    We made you anti-war and almost completely sexualized your lives. We told you that having sex was terrific or at least to be expected, even in early teens, and that your only concerns should be avoiding sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant. And if you did get pregnant, we made sure that you could extinguish the life you were carrying as effortlessly and guiltlessly as possible.

    We started teaching you about sexuality and homosexuality in early grade school and we taught you how to put condoms on bananas. It is true that we did not grow up learning about these things at such young ages -- certainly our schools never taught us about these things -- but we chalked that up to the preposterous, if not reactionary, values of the 1950s and early 1960s. We had contempt for our parents believing that "Father Knows Best" and "Leave It to Beaver" and "Superman" -- with the show's motto of "truth, justice, and the American way" -- were good things for young people to be exposed to. So we replaced these shows with MTV's mind-numbing parade of three-second images and sex-drenched shows for teenagers. Sorry.

    We also made you weak. We did everything possible to ensure that you suffered no pain. Sometimes we changed game scores if a team was winning by too large a margin; we abolished dodgeball lest anyone suffer early removal from the game; and we gave trophies to all of you who played on baseball teams, no matter how awfully you or your team played so that none of you missed getting a trophy while members of another team did. Much of this was thanks to the self-esteem-without-having-to-earn-it movement, which in our generation's almost infinite lack of wisdom we inflicted upon you. Sorry for that, too.

    We also apologize for coming close to ruining so many of your schools and universities. Despite the unprecedented sums of money we had America spend on education, most of you got an education quite inferior to the one we got at a fraction of the cost. But we thought of our teachers as fools (they were, after all, over 30) who just concentrated on reading, writing and arithmetic (and history, music and art). We were sure we knew better and we therefore concentrated on sexual issues, and teaching you about peace, global warming and the horrors of smoking. The fact that few high school graduates can identify Mozart, let alone were ever exposed to his music, is far less significant to many baby boomers than your knowledge of the alleged perils of secondhand smoke. Most of you cannot identify Stalin either, and we are sorry for that, too. But, hey, we did make sure you saw Al Gore's film.

    And a real apology to those of you hooked on drugs. While your choice to do drugs is your responsibility, it was our generation that romanticized them and made them cool. "Mind expanding" we called them. But it turns out that they don't expand minds, they destroy them. Sorry.

    And, young women, we apologize especially to you. Many of us baby boomers bought into the feminist idea that getting married and making a family with a man were far less fulfilling than career success and that marriage itself is "sexist" and "patriarchal." So, to those of you women who have career success and didn't get married, we sincerely apologize. Turns out that most careers aren't as fulfilling as we promised.

    So we really blew it, and what's really amazing is that few of us have changed our minds. Most people get wiser as they get older. But not those of us baby boomers who still believe these things. Of course, many of us never bought into these awful ideas that have so hurt you and our country, and some of us have grown up. But many of us still talk, think, dress and curse the same as we did in the '60s and '70s. And we're still fighting what we consider the real Axis of Evil: American racism, sexism and imperialism.

    But for those of us who know the damage baby boomers as a whole did to you, a heartfelt apology.
    Dennis Prager hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show based in Los Angeles. He is the author of four books, most recently "Happiness is a Serious Problem" (HarperCollins). His website is www.dennisprager.com. To find out more about Dennis Prager, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

  • #2
    "Give Peace a chance"

    Words usually spoken by those who already have peace and freedom about those who have neither peace nor freedom and are inconvenient in their desire for these things. .

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    • #3
      Hmmm. I am part of the tail end of the Baby Boom generation, I never bought into any of that [email protected] Many of us that were a little to young for Woodstock and street protests never did. It wasn't the whole Baby Boom generation that dropped out, turned on and tuned in. Instead it was that part (and not even all of them) of the generation that was in it's late teens and early 20's in the late 1960's into the very early 1970's.
      Those that forget history are condemed to repeat it.
      If you're going to be one you might as well be a BIG RED ONE

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dallas View Post
        Hmmm. I am part of the tail end of the Baby Boom generation, I never bought into any of that [email protected] Many of us that were a little to young for Woodstock and street protests never did. It wasn't the whole Baby Boom generation that dropped out, turned on and tuned in. Instead it was that part (and not even all of them) of the generation that was in it's late teens and early 20's in the late 1960's into the very early 1970's.
        Yes, I realize there are many like you...and me. I was still in grammar school when my father deployed to Vietnam for the last time. However, in Mr. Prager's defense, he does say, "Of course, many of us never bought into these awful ideas that have so hurt you and our country, and some of us have grown up." Those people...the sane ones, the ones like you and me...I wonder...were their parents hippies? Or are they predominantly from conservative, "old-fashioned" families?

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        • #5
          The parents of those kids that went hippie were for the most part hard working adults striving for the American dream. Their kids rejected the American ideal and wanted something different. My view is that their parents had been way to lax in raising their kids.
          Those that forget history are condemed to repeat it.
          If you're going to be one you might as well be a BIG RED ONE

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          • #6
            My view is that their parents had been way to lax in raising their kids.
            Couldn't be that the kids where born as butt holes

            HP
            "Ask not what your country can do for you"

            Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

            youíre entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dallas View Post
              The parents of those kids that went hippie were for the most part hard working adults striving for the American dream. Their kids rejected the American ideal and wanted something different. My view is that their parents had been way to lax in raising their kids.
              I sense a bit of a disconnect between us. My problem is with the hippies who became parents and raised their children in the manner addressed by Mr. Prager's column, not the parents of the "first-generation" hippies, as many of them were exactly as you state. In other words, my problem is with "hippies as parents," not with "the parents of hippies."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Half Pint View Post
                Couldn't be that the kids where born as butt holes

                HP
                So...there were no "butt holes" born during the previous generation? Why did all the stuff mentioned in Mr. Prager's article originate from the 1960s "counter-culture?" And it wasn't around before that.

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                • #9
                  Good post... that's the second time I have agreed with you.
                  Get out of my head!
                  "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their
                  validity." - Abraham Lincoln.
                  "Nothing's going to change while one side it lying about the cause and the other is lying about the solution" - Me

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, but it's probably too late!

                    I hate to say it, but it's probably too late; the poison of PC has spread too far. My personal epiphany came one duty day aboard ship; I had the 1200-1600 watch on the quarterdeck, and since it was spring, we were required to stand watch in our dress whites. I take over the watch 1145 as required with only one glitch, the Messenger of the Watch is late; fair enough, things happen sometimes and since it was lunch time, I let the off going take off. I send the young sailor that is under instruction down to berthing to track down the oncoming messenger. First the kid is not down in berthing, then when he is found he is not ready, he is shaving, all kinds of baloney. Finally the messenger shows up an hour late, with no shave, and wearing a uniform that looked like he had worn it to change the oil in his car.

                    Needless to say, I almost lost my mind. I pulled this young man to the side, give him a good solid ass chewing for all the previously mentioned reasons, and I tell him to go to the foot of the ship's brow as their was no way that I would keep him on my quarterdeck where he could embarrass the ship with his slovenly appearance. For those of you that are not familiar with the Navy, the quarterdeck is the point of entry to any US Navy ship, and ship captain's like their quarterdecks to look good; as it were any visitor forms a first impression to any ship. Those that are posted to the quarterdeck are obviously required to look good and give the appearance that everything is ship shape.

                    So I have this sloppy looking sailor posted off the ship, checking packages and bags as people arrive and depart the ship. In the middle of this, here comes the Command Master Chief. He sees what is going on, talks to this young slob, and makes his way aboard the ship. The good Master Chief pulls me off to side and he asks me what is going? After he listens to what I had to say he asked me, "Petty Officer, do you really think that was an effective way of dealing with that young sailor? I think that all you are doing is damaging his self esteem."

                    That little moment, just about sums up modern attitudes in a nut shell; that young service member arrived late for a scheduled watch, without a proper shave, in a uniform covered in grease stains, but the only thing that the Command Master Chief was worried about was that I may have damaged this boy's self esteem because I gave him an ass chewing and I refused to keep him on the quarterdeck in a nasty looking uniform!
                    Give me a fast ship and the wind at my back for I intend to sail in harms way! (John Paul Jones)

                    Initiated Chief Petty Officer
                    Hard core! Old School! Deal with it!

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                      • #12
                        Excellent example, bass_man86. You sound a lot like my father when he was in the Navy. He had many similar stories, as he was a mustang who filled billets as both a boatswain and a first lieutenant.

                        It's time we considered the effects of lying to our children on their self-esteem. What happens to their self-esteem when they finally go out into the real world and find out they've been lied to and are totally incompetent in basic skills? What happens when they find out that everyone is not "equal" and there really are winners and losers and, because of the coddling they've received all their lives, they are the losers? How do they cope with the truly "mean" people in society from whom they've always been shielded?

                        Political correctness is a recipe for disaster. "Oooh, look, a rainbow unicorn!"

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                        • #13
                          I use to plat Squash, before I got married/fat/kids etc.
                          An Irish friend who lived in Dallas was back home for a week and brought a friend of his who was from Dallas. We were talking about sport and I said I played Squash, the American guy said he played as well and that he was a very good player and would like to have a game. I said I wasn’t very good (and I wasn’t) but I’d give him a game…. Well it turns out that he was crap at the game, I mean really, really bad. That’s not confidence it’s just stupidity. I’d love to come up against the same guy in business.
                          "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their
                          validity." - Abraham Lincoln.
                          "Nothing's going to change while one side it lying about the cause and the other is lying about the solution" - Me

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by E.D. Morel View Post
                            I use to plat Squash, before I got married/fat/kids etc.
                            An Irish friend who lived in Dallas was back home for a week and brought a friend of his who was from Dallas. We were talking about sport and I said I played Squash, the American guy said he played as well and that he was a very good player and would like to have a game. I said I wasnít very good (and I wasnít) but Iíd give him a gameÖ. Well it turns out that he was crap at the game, I mean really, really bad. Thatís not confidence itís just stupidity.
                            Yes! This is what I'm talking about. Another example comes to mind from the show "American Idol" (IIRC, "Pop Idol" in the UK). In the preliminary search rounds, we frequently see people who are absolutely convinced they are great singers! After their horrible "performances" resembling the sound of cats in heat being tortured, they become angry and insist, "The judges are stupid; they don't know what they're talking about." How can they not know they can't sing (dance/design a skyscraper/build a bridge)? Because, "Mommy always said..."

                            Iíd love to come up against the same guy in business.
                            cha-ching!

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                            • #15
                              I like this article. The left wing intelligencia who have been allowed to perpetuate their nonsense through politics, the education system etc etc have done untold damage. They are probably some of the most dangerous people going (in some ways as bigger threat to our society as a suicide bomber)with their naive meddling and lack of understanding in terms of how the world actually operates.

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