An Open Letter to the “Lamest Generation”

You have had the best possible ride anyone could ever have had.

Because you were born after the “New Deal” had become a done deal, you enjoyed incredible opportunities. Thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act, you didn’t have to work yourselves into the ground for a subpar wage. You could actually live on what you made. And thanks to widespread unionization, even if you were in a non-union shop, you still got taken care of better-because a good employee might have jumped to a union shop if he or she wasn’t treated well. Your parents, who suffered through both a horrible Depression and then a devastating war, did everything in their power to make sure that you never had to suffer what they had gone through. The post-WWII era saw American opportunity for everyone who was willing to work for the chance, including minorities and women in due time.

Imagine never having had to worry about where the money for the bills was going to come from! Imagine never having had to worry about getting laid off! Imagine knowing that your company pension was going to give you a nice cushion to retire on, on top of your Social Security! Yes, that’s what you had. For minimal effort on your part, a hell of a lot of you enjoyed cradle-to-grave security.

Unfortunately, it would seem that in way too many of you, this also bred a sense of entitlement. That sense of entitlement first showed up in the 1960s, when so many of you pretended to be “peaceniks.” We know now that you really weren’t all that into peace, but you WERE into saving your own asses from Viet Cong bullets. As soon as you got old enough to not have to worry about fighting in wars anymore, you started spouting right wing jargon. But becoming born-again militant wasn’t all you were into, not by a long shot. In spite of the fact that you lived in a society where opportunity abounded, many of you resented having to CONTRIBUTE to the society. TAXES?!? That’s MY money!!! Taxes is COMMANISM!!! Unions? They cut into the quarterly dividends! Do AWAY with them! Social programs? Let people pull THEMSELVES up! No more GUBMINT handouts!!! And you voted for people who pandered to your wish to have everything and pay nothing, which is why we’re now in a situation where deficit spending is through the ceiling while services are collapsing. But YOU got YOURS, right? No, not really. You got a hell of a lot of MINE, too, for years to come.

That sort of sums you up in toto. YOU GOT YOURS. You did that by dismantling a system that wasn’t perfect, but was improving all the time, and had actually produced a pretty good life for a large number of us. You didn’t really care if what your beloved Saint Ronnie was selling was actually going to work or not; all you cared about was that the society that had done so much for you be dismantled so that none could hope to achieve what you had. You happily went along with the Rushpubliscums while they dismantled labor and environmental protections that had worked for decades, because YOU got YOURS, and it didn’t really matter to YOU anymore. You smiled while CEO pay skyrocketed, and the pension funds were robbed of every last time they could steal from them, because a great number of YOU are on GUBMINT pensions-a sickeningly large number of you. You deliberately, willfully consigned your children and grandchildren to struggles you never had to face, because…. YOU got YOURS, so who gives a damn if THEY don’t? Those inflated stocks paid off just fine for YOU, when everything got outsourced and offshored. The kids can’t find a job? Too bad for THEM, right?

That brings me to another little boiling point of mine. I don’t know how many of you I’ve heard whining about a kid or grandkid of yours who just keeps coming back like a boomerang because he or she can’t find a job, or they get outsourced not long after they land one. Since YOU managed to work the same job for 30 or 35 years, you just can’t “understand” why THEY have so much trouble. If someone points out to you (quite correctly, I might add) that it is because of your hero politicians that the kids are having such a hard time nowadays, you turn instantly deaf, or respond with some stupid talking point your dope addict hero taught you to say. You have been so blinded by your selfishness that there is no reaching you. You have become so accustomed to getting something for nothing that you have no qualms about stealing it from your grandkids, and then whining about them not making it as well as you did.

When the history of this country is written, your generation-the generation of Chimpy, Cheney, Gingrich, DeLay, Bunning, McConnell, Cornyn, and countless other useless leeches will be seen as having performed one of the most rapid destructions of a society in history. People will wonder how it was that the kids of Depression-era people could be so selfish, so stupidly blind, and so callous, and there won’t be any answers that make any sense. Instead of honoring the sacrifices your parents made, you spit on them, and got in line behind that original chickenhawk, Saint Ronnie, to middle-finger a once-great society. Since none of you had to sacrifice anything in your lives, it seems that you don’t appreciate anything either.

How do I know this? I am, as a matter of fact, one of those “pull yourself up” people you are always blabbering about. I came from what could charitably be called humble circumstances, and my early years on my own were no party; I made little choices like paying for a gallon of milk and stiffing the electric company  a few dollars that month. I didn’t come from comfortable surroundings, and I didn’t get a ride from mommy and daddy to go party at college. I am everything you say you admire; I got where I got on my own, and I never asked anybody for anything. I did commit the grave sin of accepting help from the WIC program for my kids, but that’s about it. I worked, and I showed people that I had something on the ball, and I got people to train me, and pay for training me, and I got something of a decent middle class life out of it. But let me tell you what I didn’t get out of it; I didn’t get the idea that I should feel like I’m better than other people are. I didn’t get scared to death that somebody might take some of MY money and use it on THEM. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to make something halfway decent out of myself, and I’d like to expand those opportunities to other people. If you have to take some of my tax receipts to do that, you know that’s not a bad thing; the better educated younger people get, the more comfortable my declining years are going to be, and the more viable my society will be. It’s kind of a win-win for everybody, and all it takes is everybody chipping in here and there. I also don’t mind paying for those bridges, and those overpasses, and those highways. The better the infrastructure is, the easier I get around, and the easier commerce in general is. I realize that turning the highways and the schools into for-profit ventures isn’t to my advantage, because those in charge of the highways and the schools will try to wring every dime out of the systems that they can without actually having to invest anything in them. Government was made to take care of things like these, where profit makes no sense. I see the return on my tax dollars when I see educated kids, and I see safe highways. Tell me what I see when Paris Hilton’s taxes are lower than even mine are.

That’s what makes me maddest of all about you selfish pigs. You know what America used to be like, and you saw the damage done under Saint Ronnie and Pere Chimpy, but you STILL can’t stand the idea that YOUR money might be used to help anyone else the way that the money of others was used to help YOU, so you have happily dismantled America. The “American Dream” is dead, and I don’t think it will ever be revived, but all of that is just fine with you, since you’ll be dead before too much longer anyway and you won’t be held accountable for what you’ve done. My children will be held accountable, but YOU won’t.

You are truly The Lamest Generation. I know that what I’ve said here doesn’t apply to all of you, and I want to apologize to any of you that it doesn’t apply to. The rest of you, though…. you can all kiss my ass. This country has never seen worse than you, and the sooner you get marginalized in politics, the better off we’ll all be.

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14 Comments to “An Open Letter to the “Lamest Generation””

You have no respect for your elders. ; ) I think it’s The Lamest Generation that gave birth to The Me Generation?

The oldies at the tea parties are sheeple, they have no clue why they are there. Beck told them to go, Limpy told them to go, Fox told them to go and what to paint on their lame signs. If I had a parent or grandparent in the tea party I would be trying to explain the hypocrisy of it all to them. Where is the younger generation, they need to be there for the oldies showing them the errors of their ways! :-)

The young generation, if they vote the way they did in’08, will keep this country going down the right track. Even Meghan McCain says so. She says young repubs are turned off by the racist teabaggers.

Great post. I had this conversation with my own father in 2003 and he didn’t appreciate it. He was playing poker with his old “hippie” friends and they were all towing the line that bombing Iraq was a good thing. The same people that protested Vietnam.

I know, Welsh, and it’s infuriating.

tnlib, the Lamest Generation IS the “Me” Generation.

Sue, I married into a family of loons, so I fully expect that some of them are going to be Klanbaggers.

I’m one of those old hippies. But there are a few of us who remember and have not given up the fight we began in the sixties. Sadly, we are far too few. Great post, JR.

Obamacare has managed to accomplish something I think is very odd.

The radical left and the radical right, have traveled so far ’round the flagpole that they’re standing side-by-side and have even joined hands in their ridiculous effort to discredit the healthcare reform legislation.

I keep encountering self-described lefties warbling rhetoric that was lifted from the Teabaggers, Flowbee @ No Quarter and Limbaugh. I read their rants and I think, this sounds so familiar? Then it dawns on me: of course! This is what the radical rightwing says about Obamacare! Sometimes, it’s word-for-word.

Truly, I don’t get it.

Awesome post, fantastically (and truthfully) indicting. It is sad to see where this nation has gone since the reemergence of a conservative national opinion in the mid 80\’s. The hippies had it right, the rights of all and the good of the people are a necessity, for the love of all, for we are all one, and we all live together. Selfishness creates the margins of well-being that we see today in society, while so few see that all are equal and all anyone actually is entitled to is happiness. Happiness at the expense of others is anything but.

Jolly, HUZZAH! I’m tired of the farts crowing “MY medycare…MY medycare…MY social security…MY retirement accounts…MY MY MY MY jesus f’ing christ on a stick, they are nothing but ME MINE and MY. WTF??? That and they’re living too damned long, IMHO.

Christopher, I see the same thing – glad to know I’m not the only one who sees it, I was about to think I was going crazy.

Andrew, I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and it seems to me that what we’re seeing on a huge scale is something we’ve all encountered personally.

I’ve known the kids from families where the parents worked their asses off, built up a great business, and gave their kids a hell of a life. And when the parents passed on, and the kids took over the business, they just ran it into the ground because their spoiled asses were unaccustomed to having to put any effort into anything.

A huge collection of these ignorant, spoiled brats is what passes for the Rushpubliscum “base” today. Those of us who have actually had it rough appreciate getting a break here and there and want to pay it forward. Those of us who haven’t ever had to work for anything are far too often just anxious to make sure nobody else gets ahead.

Bravo!! You hit the nail right on the freaking head!! Thanks for this well written blog post!

The thing that makes me so confused is that all the “me gen” idiots proclaim themselves to be upstanding Christians. Yeah, right. Their “Christian Charity” begins and ends with them. They feel no compunction to even acknowledge that their neighbor exists, much less might need help.

Good luck to them when they meet St. Peter at the Pearly Gates someday and he informs them that “their neighbor did not reserve their seat.”

JollyRoger -

Nice post. As a Gen-Xer, I am always dumbfounded by the selfish and self-important navel gazing Boomers, who climbed up the tree fort, pulled the ladder up after them and pissed on the rest of us. I will not miss ‘em when they are gone, but of course that puts my group up at bat next.

Regards,

Tengrain

I straddle the boomers/x’ers, Tengrain; when I say I remember the America they destroyed, I’m not lying :)

I’m also not lying when I say that I doubt any society has ever produced a more worthless bunch. They honestly do not deserve any of that Social Security, Medicare, or any other “socialism” they’re all crying so hard about.

I stumbled upon this post on best of the blogs and I must say that this is the only blog post that I have liked enough to comment on. I think you hit the bullseye with the exception of one thing.

I don’t think the American dream is dead. Not by along shot. I think those that are screwed over by this “I got mine” attitude of the lamest generation are going to be the ones to reignite the American spirit that this country was founded on. the neoprogressives will grow stronger everyday until we have the America that we lost and these tough times will serve as a warning. I just hope my grandkids will remember how the country almost crumbled thanks to the selfishness and arrogance of a generation.

John, I hope you’re right. I’ve lived long enough to see a lot of things here-maybe I can see an American renewal as well.

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