The Greatest Gerrymander
By Nebu Ganesh
Go ahead and give grandpa a call. Listen
to his complaints about his bursitis. It
just may save the world economy.
This, the Greatest Generation and their not so great first born sons have lived long enough to see just about everything, so why not the end of the Global Market Economy? Theirs will be the first and last generations to ride the wave of government entitlement programs from start to finish with no diminishment in terms or services. In fact, their government perks have improved sweetly over the decades, because this group has always voted for politicians who promote their financial interests. And why not? Their social benefits were earned, they believe. Ours were not.
|Might as well let 'er rip.|
who cares about health insurance
at this point? Especially yours.
They worked 40 years of double shifts at the foundry to give you and your ungrateful parents a leg up in life. And for what? So that your liberal education could cause you to question everything they believe in and fought for? So that their hard earned money can be redistributed by the government to a generation of foul-mouthed upstarts who can't keep their pants up? They conquered the Hun and put Communism in check but their thanks is getting to listen to you spout off about Bono and Progressive Humanism? No wonder they're angry.
Now I'm not saying that your right-leaning elders are vindictive. I'm sure your granny is very sweet and loves you very much. But they are uncomfortable in the current culture. Can we say it? They are racially prejudiced. They are fearful, and therefore easily led. And because the world they understood is in fact gone forever, they are angry. They think that we have made crap out of everything they fought to save, and maybe they're right. FOX News tells them that they are, and a little geriatric empowerment can be refreshingly meaningful as they pause to reflect on life's rewards, or lack of them.
So they can let your Liberal agenda crash and burn. They have lived through much worse, and think that a good Depression may help build in you that strength of character you sadly lack. Just one word of warning to the Tea Party, though. Touch those Social Security checks at your own peril. Remove one, just one, of their Medicare benefits, and you'll be looking down the barrel of German Mauser liberated from the cold hand of a former member of the Wehrmacht at Normandy. That would certainly qualify as a justifying reason for the Founding Fathers giving us the Second Amendment. Age brings clarity, you know.
* The AP poll released Wednesday, 10/09/13 reports the current Congressional Approval Rating to be a whopping 5%, the lowest in history. Stand proud, America. We put those underachieving morons in office!