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So this is the end of the world?

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

We get back from vacation to find that you assholes have fucked up the country.

It will be interesting to see how this thing breaks down by age. My feeling is that this was our generation’s great call and we answered in record numbers. The youth vote was largely irrelevant and I’ll put my money down that the senior vote went largely to Kerry. So who does that leave? I’ll tell you: Born again Boomers and Gen-Xers, and poor, rural citizens of all ages.

It’s been suggested since Reagan’s first term victory – our first election – that we were actually
conservatives, and I’m afraid we’ve started that migration, led by the religious right. (The way the Libertarians led many of us toward Conservatism, but in much greater numbers.) We are rallying under the very type of personality that terrified us as children, those smug, self-confident Boomers.

(A lot of our reticence about accepting praise or blame or taking a stand can be found in our troubled relationship to the self-assured generation that preceded us.)

I guess Bush got the “moral values” vote, which doesn’t surprise me, but I am saddened that our
generation has traded our plurality (if this is what’s happen) just to follow certainty. One thing we’ve always had going for us is a strong belief in difference; we’ve always been the least prejudice and homophobic generation in history and championed the right of the individual over the culture even as we’ve attacked the idea of authenticity.

Certainty has been a pretty rare commodity in our lives, and it wouldn’t surprise me to find a lot of
people in the mid-30s turning to religion, but it’s disappointing to find that we’re still prepared to
fluff the Boomers even when they’re screwing us.

 

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