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(Some Guy)   Greatest Generation or Pompous Old Farts?   ( tucsonweekly.com) divider line
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2001-07-07 06:10:46 AM  
a little of both?

that's usually how i answer these "either or" questions. except that one about the chicken and the egg. the damn egg came first.
2001-07-07 11:18:44 AM  
If that was the greatest generation, how come they raised such a bunch of turds?
2001-07-07 12:48:27 PM  
I can see lots of his points, but the author really shows his own baby-boomer age. He's mad b/c everyone hates the 60's people and their hippy, degenerate ways.
2001-07-07 12:59:07 PM  
OK honor them kiss thier wrinkled asses , whatever , just don't let them DRIVE CARS . cut off trier legs, poke out thier eyes , whatever it takes....
2001-07-07 02:02:22 PM  
First, I am not a baby-boomer. I was born in 1966 the first half of generation X or generation 13 if you prefer. I agree with most of what this author says. Labelling these old selfish bastards as the 'greatest generation' is a crock of shiat. Most of our current problems can be traced to this generation. They are the welfare state. They are the racists and the sexists. They are the most powerful political lobby. They make up most of Congress and the Supreme Court. They want to impose their flawed values on the rest of us. In Palo Alto recently a special school property tax assessment was passed. However senior citizens can sign up to be exempt from this. If that isn't the most selfish, unfair load of crap, I don't know what is. These are the people who demand their senior discounts. These are the people who have always complained about 'kids today'. These are the people with their holier than thou attitude, who refuse to understand others who think differently from them. This is the entitlement generation which will get more out of the government than they ever paid in. Fark the elderly and euthanize the bastards. Just my opinion.
2001-07-07 05:57:48 PM  
Yeah we will all be better off when the "Greatest Generation" is pushing up the "Greatest Dasies"
2001-07-07 06:02:28 PM  
Who gives a damn about what the ruskies or the commie red chinese did? It is not their freakin monument. As for the location at least the author is writing his piece in english and not german. If he were writing it in german I am sure that there would not be an issue of "between the washington and lincoln memorials" because they would have been blown up shortly after the german's victory (had they achieved world dominance. So biatch all you want about where it is. Just be glad that it is there.
2001-07-07 06:43:48 PM  
bjal23: maybe in the future you should stick to the really simple topics. something where you don't even have to read the actual subject matter to post your ravings, and nobody will even notice! here's some debates where you won't need a whole lot of sophistication:

racism- good or bad?
democrats and republicans- who has all the right answers?
fire- useful tool, or begging for disaster?
death penalty- right or wrong?
the french- do they surrender a lot or what?
all your base are belong to us- somebody set up us the bomb!
boobies- aren't they nice?
religion- which is the one true church?
is there a god?
evolution or creation?

have fun.
2001-07-07 07:45:58 PM  
Do we really need a monument for Abe Simpson's generation?

Now go cut me a switch!
2001-07-07 07:48:44 PM  
A little testy today, Meat? I agree, for the most part, with what Bja123 said. And I disagree with most of Pbsaurus's comments. There are only two people on the Supreme Court that are old enough to have fought in WWII. The average age of congressmen ('97 stat.) was mid-fifties. An attitude can't be measured. I doubt that racism and sexism will disappear when the geezers buy it. And I really don't follow how this generation can be considered the "entitlement generation". Oh, wait, maybe it's because they demand their senior discounts...sheesh.
2001-07-07 08:55:19 PM  
i think my point was that bja123's comments were irrelevant to the article. shouldn't the wwii memorial be with the other war memorials?
2001-07-07 10:08:12 PM  
One really good point was made in the article,voting! Who votes in this country?That generation does.Almost every last damn geezer votes federal,state,municipal.Almost Everyone of my age doesn't,they all say the same thing "Oh there all a bunch of crooks anyway" Go out and vote fellow young people! Gen X got jesse ventura elected,he represents the young people,thats why he's got the establishment so pissed off(heehee).
2001-07-08 02:10:00 AM  
Say what you will about the WWII generation, they're still better than those farking baby boomers.
2001-07-08 04:02:01 AM  
maybe. maybe not. i'm generation x. i hate everybody.
2001-07-08 09:34:36 AM  
Cool. Can I, too? Here goes:

I'm generation twilight zone...

<cue music: "Deedeedeedee-deedeedeedee">

Little did I suspect, while growing up, that I would one day be called upon to pass judgement upon those veritable gods which constituted the generation of my parents, and thus cast them from their pedestals, into the dust.

One thing got caught in my teeth, anyway: re. Pearl harbour (the flic): Wasn't it those selfsame people who were against getting "involved" in that "internal European mess" up until FDR used a ruse to get them involved.
"Like, we didn't really want to go, and we're really pissed that we were tricked into going, but now that we went, in retrospect, we're the KINGS OF THE WORLD.

Uh... come again?

PS: boobies.
2001-07-08 12:42:41 PM  
Most of all, I agree with this:

"The "Greatest Generation" wasn't that; it was just a group of people who did their jobs like almost anyone else would have done under the same circumstances."

Think about it, the generation wasn't any better, the circumstances were nobler and more meaningful. I am confident that if generation X had been in the same position and called upon to fight the Nazis, they would have. I'm confident that any generation would have fought the English in the American Revolution. Generations are both people and situations. The two cannot be seperated easily. What if the people of the "greatest generation" had had no noble struggle? Would we still find them to be so great?
2001-07-08 09:33:01 PM  
Theseus: who says anybody except themselves call themselves great to begin with? Do the parents of the "greatest generation", those still alive anyway, say "Wow, I'm impressed with my kids." Or is their refrain likewise, "Well, when I was your age...we didn't have all of these things!"

Only definition of "great" that applies is "syn. large". As in Great Depression, nothing really awesome but just really huge and able to outtalk anybody else.
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