Baby Boomers caused great harm

A typical Millennial criticism of the Boomer legacy was published in the National Post this spring. Sabrina Maddeaux begins a defense of her cohort by first recalling the many waves of invaders who sacked Rome over a millennia, and then shifting her focus tightly on the “bloated, all-consuming generation” born in the “devil-spawning era between 1946 and 1964,” who’ve described her peers as spoiled, feckless, lazy, shallow and entitled.
  • Tom Forsythe

    I am tired of people always accusing others of psychopathy.

    • terrence22

      they are almost always projecting

  • Waffle

    Fascinating (not). Words of pseudo-wisdom from that great thinker, Rick McGinnis.

    From a fossil’s perspective (I was a War Baby), McGinnis’ and Gibney’s condemnation of the Boomers seems to ignore — I don’t know as I’m not motivated to read Gibney — is the electronic revolution which was in its infancy as early as the ’30s but which burst into mainstream by the 80’s. It has changed everything including morality. The other great game changer was “The Pill”.

    But I suppose it’s fashionable to critique a whole generation without mentioning the two great revolutions of our time.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Trudeaumania was enough for me.
      I grew up in the those days.
      Reading the newspapers that I delivered from the age of ten to fourteen it was easy for me to blame the people that voted for him.

      • The Deplorable Rosenmops

        We didn’t all vote for Trudeau, anymore than young people today all voted for his idiot son.

        • Alain

          Very true but clearly the majority did. I well recall the Trudeaumania with hordes of screaming young women and along with perhaps a slightly smaller number of guys in the same age group. I am not talking about teenagers, but it what you see with rock star groupies, and it boggled my mind at the time even though I was around the same age.

          • The Deplorable Rosenmops

            And now we have Trudeaumania all over again with his half-witted son. It is a sickening spectacle.

          • Observer

            But did that majority include some who were ineligible to vote?

          • Alain

            Of course I don’t know, but I doubt it. The reason being that we did not yet have this mass importation of foreigners to be illegal voters and those crowds of groupies were composed of 100 per cent whites from what I saw. Of course we certainly had a very biased MSM when it came to Conservatives and Elections Canada was already pretty much a Liberals operation. So if we did not have a lot of voter fraud, it was only due to the lack of potential illegal voters.

          • John Boy

            They did bring a bus people to the voting station I was at just before the doors were to be shut and those voters didn’t seem to know English.

            When I finished voting the person outside leaning against the bus has a red Liberal button pinned on him.

          • Alain

            I was not aware that this was already happening, but I am not surprised. It most certainly happens now and big time. In fact I have proof that it happened in my riding with van loads of East-Indians being driven in without a single one having any of the required ID to vote, yet EC said they had to allow them to vote.

  • They are the result of softness and ease without any regard of what blood and effort it cost to allow them that life.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Who are this “they” you speak of. Everyone born between 1946 and 1964? Almost two decades of children born to this “softness and ease” are being dismissed? What “softness and ease” are you referring to? Have you evidence of this “softness and ease”? Where did it go? Are you suggesting that today’s youngsters have it “harder and tougher”? Really?

      I guess I missed the boat on the “softness and ease” thingy. Childhood as I knew it was a lot more difficult during that period. I remember the TV shows depicting a life of “softness and ease”, but we all knew that was not REAL LIFE. Perhaps you are confusing the two?

      Certainly, I cannot be the only “boomer” who does not recall this life of “softness and ease” we were all supposed to have been nurtured on…..

      • Sorry but there are people who have never had to endure anything but have coasted on the work of others. Perhaps it is not your experience but for the rest of the boomer set, I would say it is.

        • Hard Little Machine

          However it’s the so called greatest generation that voted themselves the biggest bag of free shit in history

          • Perhaps.

          • Hard Little Machine

            Enormous tax deductions, massive real estate boom, GI bill, huge expansion in pensions resulting in early retirement with extensive and expensive travel, huge growth in Medicare and Medicaid. And they are so far the only generation to push their parents into nursing homes and their children into childcare. They are the selfish generation

          • Perhaps one such generation. The Millennials are hard to beat at selfishness.

          • Hard Little Machine

            Their entitlement is the impotent rage of children. They have no power to grant themselves anything, only whine and bleat about everyone else.

          • Bingo.

          • Bataviawillem

            Born in 56, where do I pick up the huge pension for my early retirement?

          • Hard Little Machine

            Are you the ‘greatest generation?’ I thought I was clear ; the people who came of age at the end of WW2 and the early 50’s

          • Bataviawillem

            Where does that say that?

        • Justin St.Denis

          I still say you are using a broad brush. I have many “contemporaries” as colleagues and friends; none have enjoyed this “softness and ease” you speak of. Do you think later generations had it harder? You didn’t respond to that.

          I am trying to figure out what this “softness and ease” is that you seem to know about. How/where did you learn of it?

          Just asking, Osumashi.

          • This generation benefited from the great economic boom of the post-war era. It was a time of considerable wealth and growth. It was also a time of changing attitudes, attitudes of duty. One can ask a Vietnam draft dodger his upbringing.

            Granted that not every baby boomer is like that but a considerable amount are/were.

      • Alain

        Rather than looking at the age group perhaps we need to look at when good parenting ended along with the effect of those raised by single mothers on welfare. I recall a period when we were taught to respect adults and authority, when you would never think of addressing any adult by his or her first name and certainly never your teachers. When we were raising our children we witnessed other parents having their children call them by their first name and insisting that our children do the same when visiting them. They had plenty of teachers who did the same, and later the same people complain that children did not respect them. There were also plenty of parents who thought their main duty was to be friends with their children. When you are a child this is the last thing you need. Another thing we saw was parents who spoiled their children rotten with every imaginable material thing possible without providing guidance and discipline. My point is that all this has resulted in more than one generation of self-centred, spoiled adults who really believe the world owes them a living.

        • Justin St.Denis

          By my math, “millennials” were not raised by Boomers, so leave the Boomers off the hook for that crime. 😉

          I never tried to be best buds with my kids, and I don’t know of any parents of my vintage who did. If that happened, it happened later.

          I have seen parents spoil their kids. Then again, I remember going to school with spoiled kids. Also, my parents both regaled us with stories of spoiled kids they had known back in their day. Spoiled kids and their parents are nothing new………

          I know of no Boomers who think the world owes them a living. This, too, came with subsequent generations.

          I am tired of reading “academics” writing books absolving themselves and their contemporaries at the expense of previous generations. It’s facile, flaccid, tired and sad.

  • Reader

    Too many western youth, millenials and Gen Y’s have been brought up in a culture steeped in narcissism and moral relativism devoid of Judeo-Christian values.

    What would you expect the results to be?

  • Hard Little Machine

    All we have to do is stop subsidizing the millenials, stop paying their bills, stop giving them a free home to live in stop cosigning their student loans.

  • Dormaus

    Every time I read one of these generational rants I cringe, particularly when they come from fellow conservatives. If we hate progressive demographic pegging, why are we doing the same thing?

  • Lightstream

    I was born in 1946 and I remember the majority of my friends parents were not well-off at all. My parents worked hard for the little we had. We were raised to respect our elders, teachers and anyone in authority and to be responsible for our actions.

    I raised my children the same way and I’ve worked hard to be able to own what I have today. My children have excellent paying jobs, but again, have worked hard for what they have. So don’t tell me about a life of ease and softness, as that certainly wasn’t my experience at all.

    I am also tired of the generations that came after baby-boomers always trying to blame someone or some group for their problems, instead of taking responsibility for their life choices. That’s my rant for the day.

  • The Deplorable Rosenmops

    The reason the economy in Canada started going downhill in the seventies is because mass immigration caused wages to stagnate and housing prices to rise. Things have got progressively worse since then.

    I don’t think it is fair to blame boomers for the mass immigration. Pierre Trudeau and JFK weren’t boomers. I am a boomer and nobody asked me whether I wanted mass 3rd world immigration. In fact nobody asked anyone. It was brought about by a handful of elites. I think almost no one wanted it. But if we spoke out we were vilified as racists. Perhaps our fault was in not rising up en masse and demanding that the immigration stop. The only people who seem to have done that so far are Trump voters.

    • Observer

      Don’t forget that it was in 1985 that Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney tripled immigration rates, something nobody has been willing to reverse since that time, for fear of looking racist and losing the immigrant vote.

      I seem to also remember it was the Mulroney government that lowered the age of sexual consent from 16 to only 14 years-of-age (which was reveresed by a latter government). He did not put any age difference condition on that, so that a 50 year old could have sex with a 14 year-old who “consented”, whereas if he had for instance put a 2 or 3 year differential on those at least 14 but under 16, it would have saved children from being criminalized, while still keeping those much older guilty of an offense.

      • Liberal Progressive

        Trudeau must be Islamophobic for not lowering that age of consent to 9 years old because the existing law criminalizes those who as their religion encourages try to be like their prophet.

      • The Deplorable Rosenmops

        Mulroney was a douchebag. I didn’t vote for him either.