Growing Up

When you are a professional student living at home with Mommy and Daddy, it’s easy to be a liberal. You merely have to grow a beard and pontificate on the greed of the one-per centers, expertly employing the otherwise useless skills you acquired at an elite Ivy League school. But once you have to apply for your own loans, pay your own insurance, taxes and the rest, you realize that your best chance to live in security and provide for your loved ones is to support the fiscally responsible agenda of conservatives. 

Let’s face it; America has a lot of problems: problems with our economy, our foreign policy, our schools, our government and especially with our culture. But one of our biggest problems and maybe one that is the father of the rest is that too many of our citizens are in a state of suspended adolescence. The messages abound from all directions: Why get married and tie yourself down? Party on! No need for a job when you can live at home and stay on your parents’ healthcare plan. Religion? Really? 

Yes, nearly all facets of modern culture encourage young people to revel in the joyful irresponsibility of childhood and to stay that way for ever. As a matter of fact, this has gone on for the last few generations, beginning of course with the 1960s, when we were admonished never to trust anyone over 30. Fast forward a few years and we come to TV shows where Dad is a hopelessly clueless couch potato and to those awful commercials where Mom is bragging about losing so much weight that she can now fit into her string bikini. Is this the way we want our kids to see their parents: Dad as an overgrown sluggard addicted to video games and Mom as a perpetual sex kitten? 

But there is hope for this country because, when nature is allowed to take its logical course—and no longer affected by the happily fading influence of the Baby Boomer generation—the older people get, the more conservative they become. And despite the childish utopian desires at work among the electorate the last few years, it’s a fact of life that despite cultural inculcation it’s hard to remain a liberal once you’ve grown up.

When you are a professional student living at home with Mommy and Daddy, it’s easy to be a liberal. You merely have to grow a beard and pontificate on the greed of the one-per centers, expertly employing the otherwise useless skills you acquired at an elite Ivy League school. But once you have to apply for your own loans, pay your own insurance, taxes and the rest, you realize that your best chance to live in security and provide for your loved ones is to support the fiscally responsible agenda of conservatives. 

It’s really easy to deny your religious upbringing and march for women’s ‘rights’ to ensure your easy access to contraception and abortion, should you ever decide to enter into relations with the beastly male gender. But it’s hard to support infanticide once you’ve actually done the deed and felt the heartbeat of your child and seen him on an ultrasound image; and it’s harder still to believe there is no God when you gaze at the face of your firstborn, filled with love and awe at this gift of perfect innocence and purity. 

So it’s not easy for liberals to hold on to their own once these folks have matured.  Basically the only way to keep them from the real world is to cloister them in the leftist cocoons of academia, government work or union membership. So it is no wonder that to insulate people from reality, liberalism requires the promulgation of an ever-burgeoning federal bureaucracy where they find tenure, cradle-to-grave benefits and most of all, the constant validation of their own peculiar world view. 

But as I said, there is hope. For those of us old enough to recall the chaos of the 1960s when it seemed that the whole world was losing its mind, also remember that within a few short years of the ‘love’ generation, we put Ronald Reagan in the White House. So it may take a generation or two, but this perpetual puberty will come to an end. 

The other day I was at a softball game where a young Latino woman sitting near me was on her phone, apparently talking about bridesmaids dresses for an upcoming wedding she was to be in. At one point she said, “I can’t wear that! I’m a mom now and I don’t think I should be letting that stuff hang out!” Can voting Republican be far behind?

 
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3 comments to Growing Up

  • Anonymous

    “When you are a professional student living at home with Mommy and Daddy, it’s easy to be a liberal. ”

    What is the matter with you folks? Aren’t you all supposed to using the language properly?

    Obviously not, so I will roll up my sleeve and take it on. These people are NOT Liberals. Here, let me state this one more time. These people you talk about are NOT Liberals. They are Leftists, as in Progressives, Fascists, Marxists, Socialists. In other words Idiots.

    A real Liberal is someone who believes passionately in LIBERTY! Can you see the similarity, or relationship here: LIBERal, LIBERty. Can you see this?

    The problem is that you folks are “Stuck on Stupid” as the Nat. Guard general stated after Hurricane Katrina. Also, you are stuck on FDR, who perpetuated the ruse in 1932.

    Don’t you think it is time to finally expose the lie for what is really is? A Liberal is an Individualist, not a Collectivist. So quit using ‘Liberal’ as though it is some sort of dirty word.

    On, and quit listening to that ‘in your face’ Jerk, who proclaims himself America’s Truth Detector”. He’s not. He’s a Damned Hypocrite. Try listening to Beck for a change.

    Now, go forth and sin no more Madam.

  • sedonaman

    jlk103144:

    Re: “A real Liberal is someone who believes passionately in LIBERTY!”

    The question that comes to my mind then is where does liberty end and license begin?

    For the author:

    How do you explain the existence of liberal/Leftist self-made millionaires and billionaires, especially old ones?

  • Anonymous

    @sedonaman,

    The liberal millionaires are often self made individuals, but once they start hauling in the bucks, two things happen. First of all, people want them to “give back to the community” and secondly, others look up to them as if they have all the answers to all the problems in the world. So, they set up charitable trusts and start pontificating. People hang on their every word. You probably don’t remember the actress, Sally Field testifying before Congress about the Farm Act because she had once played the role of a farm wife in a movie. And our then Senators and Representative sat there in awe of her every word as if she actually knew what it was like to chop cotton or to work on a farm.

    About Liberals wanting Liberty…I was at a Planning and Zoning meeting in the largest city in our deep blue State. One of the telecommunications companies had an application to update their cell tower on top of an apartment building. This would add 6 inches to the overall height and the platform would be moved back almost two feet from the parapet where the current equipment was now located. One of the Commissioners was fit to be tied. Why, you might be able to see it if you were walking along the street opposite the building! No one could see the installed equipment now from ground level across the street and six inches wasn’t going to change anything regarding the angle of view from street level to the top of a five story building. I don’t know about you, but I generally don’t walk down city streets staring five stories upwards. I’m much more concerned about the open manhole covers, the bike messengers, erratic drivers and thieves, quite honestly. The application was approved — barely because she voted against it.

    After the meeting was over, another Commissioner asked her what the problem was and she actually said she didn’t want the company to think they could just come in and do whatever they wanted. It was pointed out by the city attorney that the company was within their rights to update the equipment. She agreed and said she knew that, but she also said she didn’t LIKE that particular company and that’s why she gave them a hard time. She knew the application would be approved, but she gave them a hard time BECAUSE SHE COULD.

    And that’s when I realized what it was all about — power, not freedom. She had power and she was determined to make them squirm. That’s what drives Bloomberg and so many other liberals. The flip side of the Liberty coin is Responsibility, not restriction.

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