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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Trust Fund Babies

I couldn't help but highlight this little irony:
Bush and his advisors are fifteen-year-old trust-fund babies in the bodies of mature men and women. They never have had to face, on a deep and personal level, the consequences of their actions; their mommies and daddies (and/or the friends of their mommies and daddies) have always been around to bail them out. Now the kids may resent this, and may even try (as Bush has tried for all his life, with his rejecting of the advice of his daddy's friends in the Iraq Study Group being just his most recent bit of adolescent rebellion) to pretend that they don't need their parents' or their parents' friends' help, but they wouldn't be where they are without it. As befits their eternal immaturity and combined dependence on and rebellion against their parents, their political philosophy is nothing more than a raised middle finger to everything that is espoused by anyone who might try to make them operate under any sort of restraint.

Now, I find it funny that I could modify this paragraph thusly:
The college protest youth movement are fifteen-year-old trust-fund babies in the bodies of mature men and women. They never have had to face, on a deep and personal level, the consequences of their actions; their mommies and daddies (and/or the friends of their mommies and daddies) have always been around to bail them out. Now the kids may resent this, and may even try (as the hippies try all their lives... adolescent rebellion) to pretend that they don't need their parents' or their parents' friends' help, but they wouldn't be where they are without it. As befits their eternal immaturity and combined dependence on and rebellion against their parents, their political philosophy is nothing more than a raised middle finger to everything that is espoused by anyone who might try to make them operate under any sort of restraint.

No disrespect to Phoenix Woman intended - I agree completely with her analysis. I just found it funny how consistently the roots of ideology are embedded in nurturing soil. I mean, this argument against the liberal movement of the '60's was actually very pervasive amongst the tut-tut class.

Of course, the real difference is that the hippies were, and are, on the right side of the argument. Again, Big Love to Phoenix Woman.

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