The Progressive Peter Pan delusions that have dominated the narcissistic Never Grow Up culture created by the ever-bumptious Baby Boom generation, have laid a very heavy head-trip indeed on the luckless progeny of the Mad About Me generation. And surprise, surprise—all those infantile self-indulgent ideological phantasms of the forever young, flower power, free love followers have all come home to haunt us.
Walter Russell Mead, Editor-at-Large for the American Interest Magazine, sums up the progressive Baby Boom generation and its saga of dissipation and conceit. Oh, what a legacy!
The Boomer Progressive Establishment has been a huge disappointment to itself and to the country. The political class slumbered as the entitlement and pension crisis grew to ominous dimensions. Boomer financial leadership was selfish and shortsighted. Boomer CEOs accelerated the trend toward unlimited greed among corporate elites and Boomer members of corporate boards sat by and let it happen. Boomer academics created a profoundly dysfunctional system that systemically shovels resources upward from students and adjuncts to overpaid administrators and professors who by and large have not done an outstanding job of transmitting the cultural heritage of the past to future generations. Boomer Hollywood execs created an amoral morass of sludge…Boomer Greens enthusiastically bet their movement on the truly idiotic drive for a global carbon treaty.
On the Boomer watch, the American family and the American middle class entered major crises; and by the time the Boomers finish with the health system it will be an unaffordable and dysfunctional tangle. All of this done by a generation that never lost its confidence that it was smarter, better educated, and more idealistic than its Depression-surviving, World War-winning, segregation-ending, prosperity-building parents.
What the Boomers as a generation missed was the core set of values that every generation must discover to make a successful transition to real adulthood: Maturity. Collectively, the Boomers continued to follow ideals they associated with youth and individualism: fulfillment and ‘creativity’ rather than endurance and commitment. Boomer spouses dropped families because relationships with spouses or children or mortgage payments no longer ‘fulfilled’ them; Boomer society tolerated the most selfish and immature behavior in its public and cultural leaders out of the classically youthful and immature belief that intolerance and hypocrisy are greater sins than the dereliction of duty. That the greatest and most effective political leader the Baby Boom produced was William Jefferson Clinton tells you all you need to know.
Too many Boomers high and low clung to the ideology of youth that we developed back when we didn’t trust anybody under thirty and believed that simply by virtue of our then recent vintage we represented a unique step forward in planetary wisdom and human capability; those illusions are pardonable in a twenty year old but contemptible in those whose advancing years should bring wisdom. American Interest Magazine
Baby Boomer Theme Song
I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Never gonna be a man,
Like to see somebody try
And make me.
Anyone who wants to try
And make me turn into a man,
Catch me if you can.
I won’t grow up.
Not a penny will I pinch.
I will never grow a mustache,
Or a fraction of an inch.
‘Cause growing up is awfuller
Than all the awful things that ever were.
I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up,