Thanks, But No Thanks
By James Lewis
Our age is dominated by the most ungrateful voices in centuries. The poet of our time is the tantrum-throwing Allen Ginsberg, who wrote in Howl:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
looking for an angry fix...
That is the song of the entitled generation: The Beats, the Hippies and the Boomer Left. After all, who destroyed Ginsberg's Beatniks but themselves? They went looking for "an angry fix" because they were hooked on showy self-destruction. They celebrated their own perversities and blamed America. They still do.
The Boomer Left started its long march to power by breaking all the family rules --- proper dress, basic cleanliness, personal responsibility, hard work, telling the truth, loyalty in love, respectful speech, self-discipline in sexuality, drugs and alcohol... all the way to gratitude toward one's country. Because that's what patriotism is, of course. When the New York Times happily betrays national security secrets today, it is just acting on the same generational need to break down American values. It makes them feel good.