Quote of the week

Bill Quick, on a much-despised — except by itself — demographic cohort:

Today my generation, the Baby Brats, the most pampered and immature generation in American history, has been in charge for going on three decades. Naturally the “Me Me Me” Generation regards government as mommy, daddy, nanny, and banker. But the generations coming after us don’t feel that way at all. And what we are seeing now in the political arena is just the beginning of the generational earthquake that will wipe away the influence of the Aging Brats almost entirely.

What can’t go on, won’t go on. America cannot go on under the Baby Brat notions of entitlement, so it won’t.

I’m sure there are some younger folk who are inclined to spend their lives purely on the receiving end, as it were, but I expect they’ll be purged alongside the Boomerdom that was far too willing to give them that option.


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  1. Charles Pergiel »

    26 August 2011 · 2:42 pm

    I don’t think much of this business of ascribing attributes to a generation. I suspect class has more to do with someone’s attitudes. Classes expand and contract, and it may be that the privileged classes will contract, and lower classes will expand, but as long as the government has the army, nothing is going to change.

  2. Luther »

    26 August 2011 · 10:51 pm

    Who is Quick talking about? I’m 63, is he talking about me?

    If he is, then personally I’m tired of the boomer bullshit. And those who self-flagellate about same.

    I’ve honored my side of the contract, always and in many goddamn ways.

    Now I’m defined as a horrible person for expecting reciprocity of that contract.

    Let the bullshit flow, I guess.

    Though fuck that is my opinion.

  3. Mark Alger »

    27 August 2011 · 8:18 am

    You know, I agree with Luther. I’m getting heartily sick and tired of everybody not IN the BB generation dumping on the Baby Boomers. They’re full of it.

    We didn’t set the system up. The pathologies of the Federal government, of income taxes and Social Security and the welfare state were instantiated by our parents and grandparents and their parents and grandparents.

    And I should have it noted that, as soon as we judged ourselves mature enough, we REBELLED AGAINST IT. What have YOU done to bring down the leviathan state? Hmmm? (By “YOU”, I mean all the wittering pipsqueaks who apparently can’t take responsibility for their actions.

    It was our predecessors who brought about progressivism and hollowed out the Democratic party only to fill it again with marxism mislabeled as liberalism. We Boomers kicked off a movement — these days wrongly derided as hippie-ism — founded in respect for individual rights, liberty, local control, and distributed action.

    I should also point out that the rabid, marxist-captive letists were never a majority of the generation, and their influence over events was wildly exaggerated by fellow travelers in the media — Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, et al — none of whom were boomers, either. No, it does not say much nice that their boomer successors followed on in their footsteps.

    But, again, I axe you, what have YOU done to change the way things are?

    WE started the tech revolution, kept it libertarian in outlook, and enforced the same on the Internet — and then made THAT the most successful commerical enterprise in the history of mankind, in aid of liberty and prosperity all out of proportion. What have our successors done? Twitter? Gimme a break!

    All I hear is a bunch of whining about how a previous generation screwed everything up. Sorry. Not buying. We were screwed by our predecessors, too, but I don’t notice you cutting US any slack. Why should you get it?

    Baby Boomers brought you Ronald Reagan (no he wasn’t one of us, but WE elected him President, and nobody else), and the whole liberty movement in counter to the relentless long march to the left that began at the turn of the 20th Century.

    You slackers so proud of your CCW’s need to thank a hippie that the almighty state our parents worshipped could be moved off the dime enough to GRANT you PERMISSION to exercise your god-given right. Now we’re passing you the ball.


  4. McGehee »

    27 August 2011 · 8:38 am

    I’ve always considered myself a Boomer, and I’ve also always thought we’ve needed to get over ourselves.

    Looks like I’m still insufferably right.

  5. Mark Alger »

    27 August 2011 · 9:40 am

    Not sure how you can “consider yourself a Boomer.” Either you are — born between ’46 and ’64 — or you’re not. You can argue whether or not the attributes ascribed to the generation on account of that sole point in common are accurately so done, but the fundamental fact of your birth date is not a matter for dispute — most of the time — for all classifying people by it makes about as much sense as natal horoscopy.

    As for “getting over ourselves,” I suspect the need is more for other people to get over their projecting onto a group that had no choice in its groupness behaviors and attitudes that are manifestly not so.

    My point is, if you want to ascribe deeds to the Boomer generation, how about at least being historically accurate?


  6. CGHill »

    27 August 2011 · 10:38 am

    The way I’m reading this — your mileage may vary — is that while some of the institutions predate Boomerdom, the escalation on the demand side is largely Boomer work: it was non-Boomer LBJ who floated the idea of expanding the welfare state in the guise of fighting poverty, but it took an army of young college grads with high ideals and no discernible life experience to turn it into a truly oppressive machine.

    No generation, of course, is entirely monolithic, however much the sociologists might wish it so.

    (Using the more-common ’46-’60 definition, I’m right in the middle.)

  7. Mark Alger »

    27 August 2011 · 11:19 am

    I disagree, Chaz. And the Great Society is a perfect case in point.

    By the time the Boomers had reached our prime, we were voting overwhelmingly for Reagan. It was the lions of the war generation — e.g., Teddy Kennedy — who firmly (they thought) entrenched the welfare state.

    There’s far greater weight of our generation in the Tea Party and related movements than elsewhere. It was Boomers, frex, who largely drove/drive the growth of so-called “new media,” such as Rush Limbaugh, whence a good deal of the late 20th-Century libertarianism draws its organizational principle, at least, if not its primate impetus. (In this, I think, Rush in particular is following rather than leading.)

    NONE of which, to my way of thinking, indicates a sense of entitlement and self-centeredness.


    And I really need to shut up and go do my grocery shopping. L8r.

  8. Tony »

    31 August 2011 · 3:22 pm

    I’m 52, so I’m on the tail end of the “Baby Brats”. From the time I was married and in the first job in my chosen career at the snotty-nosed age of 25, I understood that Social Security was unsustainable, and I should not count on it. Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that anyone who plans their life around a government promise is a ^$&%ing moron.

    I have never demanded anything from government, though I pay, pay and pay into the system. Even at this advanced age, I would trade any future Social Security benefits for half my actuarial payout and a promise (laugh) not to touch my earnings for Social Security from this day forward.

    I still don’t figure I’m going to get a dime from government. If I do, cool beans! If I don’t, I won’t be eating dog food.

    So I’m going to go drink my TEA, and keep working at trying to get government out of your life too. BTW, you’re welcome.

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