I’m now closer to 60 than I am to fifty and it’s caused me to ponder a few things.
First of all I can’t adequately state how lucky I am to be born of parents who grew up in the Depression and Fought in World War Two and Grandparents Born between 1880 and 1896 (yes you read that right). The values that they imparted in me and the fact that my sons have been taught these values through my mother are critical to survive in a world where basic truth has become an act of bravery.
I also owe a debt of gratitude for my father encouraging my love of books and history (he wasn’t as big on the comics although he would occasionally Drive the hour plus to take me to Boston to a store called the Million Year Picnic which was at the time the closest comic book store.) The accumulation of knowledge in books, books that can’t be edited online by a person who doesn’t like what they say is a treasure beyond comprehension, certainly beyond the comprehension of the folks in universities today.
Having been Born in 1963 during the Kennedy Administration and having my earliest memories being from the Johnson years I have the perspective of someone who has seen the changes that the left’s cultural revolution in America have wrought, combine this with parents who were not baby boomers but the parents of said boomers I can see how fragile a society is when the elites descend into into narcissism and self righteousness and have a vehicle to export that to masses uneducated in the realities of life. That it took such a short time (in terms of the country’s history) for it to happen is really something.
However I’m beginning to suspect more and more that Glenn Reynolds Reverse Iceberg is what’s really in play. Average people have really changed all that much, but the elites have and because the elites have a loud megaphone via media they have been able to amplify their desires, their foibles and eccentricities and abnormalities to the point where they can cause others, wanting and dreaming to obtain that status to mimic them. The sudden unexpected reversals in this trend electorally suggests that Mark Steyn is right:
it’s easier for the base to get itself a new elite than for the elite to get itself a new base.
Don’t expect the old elite to go down without a fight, lives of comfort, power and believe in one’s own intrinsic morality are at stake.
The other source of my optimism comes from another Steyn quote namely:
The Future belongs to those who show up
As I see the families in my church, the families of folks like Stacy McCain and others that continue to be fruitful and multiply I realize more and more that no matter how bad things seem in the end as each generation ends up filling graveyards (or compost heaps in Washington) the people left are the ones who’ve been born.
I suppose it doesn’t speak well of me that I’m more disappointed that I’m unlikely to live long enough to see the defeat and utter humiliation of those who have done all this to society than to see the good that will replace their failure I guess that the Sicilian in me asserting itself.
In the end history is full of cycles, eventually a future generation will forget these lessons just as the boomers did and the whole cycle will start again.
That’s life I guess.