While Peggy Noonan is normally Dan’s territory, I hope he will indulge me on this one. Reason being is that I’m now a self-created student of the “American Generations” after reading “The Fourth Turning“.
Noonan’s column today sums up exactly why, as a Gen X’er, I hold the Baby Boomers in such disdain and long for the day that they have exited our political structure. Noonan also echoes a lot of what Strauss and Howe said about the Boomers in “The Fourth Turning”.
Her column title sums it up nicely: We’re Governed by Callous Children.
And her last paragraph fits the Boomer Class like a glove:
We are governed at all levels by America’s luckiest children, sons and daughters of the abundance, and they call themselves optimists but they’re not optimists—they’re unimaginative. They don’t have faith, they’ve just never been foreclosed on. They are stupid and they are callous, and they don’t mind it when people become disheartened. They don’t even notice.
As Strauss and Howe noted in 1997, it is now our time. The practical Gen Xers & The Millenials have to rescue America from the Baby Boomers who lived their entire adult lives wishing for the ideals of America to end; and are now in the middle of fulfilling those goals.
It is time to take America back from these callous children.
UPDATE (from Dan): Bruce, of course, I’ll indulge you on this one. 🙂
I agree that the column you cite was particularly insightful. And do hope you’ll indulge me by according me the privilege of writing a followup.