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Fred On Everything
by Fred Reed

05/20/07

Something is wrong with the United States. I think most of us have noticed it. There is a mortal rot in the country, made manifest by many little rots that are hard to integrate mentally yet are, I think, somehow related. The change is grave, accelerating, probably irreversible, and fascinating. Things are not as they were. … The Constitution really is going away, or has gone. It never did work as well as it should have, but few things human ever do. Habeas corpus is dead, right to an attorney, congressional right to declare war — it’s not even worth listing the list. Joe iPod in the burbs doesn’t care because it doesn’t affect him, yet. Git them Hay-rabs, ain’t no draft, plenty sushi. Urg. … The increasing, detailed, intrusive regulation of life, the national desire for control, control, control. Everything is the business of some form of government. … What isn’t controlled by government is controlled by the crypto-vindictive mob rule of political correctness. This wasn’t always in the American character. Add the continuing presence of police in the schools, the arrest in handcuffs of children of seven, the expulsions for drawing a picture of a soldier with a gun. Something very twisted is going on...

//www.fredoneverything.net/America.shtml



Have we raised a generation of narcissists?

Reason
by Steve Chapman

05/21/07

It’s a hoot to hear modern kids described as self-indulgent by the generation that created its own culture out of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Talk about a sense of entitlement: When the baby boomers came along, they (we) got the voting age lowered for their benefit. They also demanded that the drinking age be lowered, and it was — only to be raised once they were safely into adulthood. Narcissism? Not for nothing were boomers dubbed the ‘Me Generation.’ Most of the grousing is just what every new crop of kids hears from its elders, who forget that when they were young, they were equally infuriating. People who came of age during the Great Depression and World War II are known as the ‘Greatest Generation,’ but their parents didn’t call them that when they were going through puberty. ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ the musical that asked the question, ‘What’s the matter with kids these days?’ debuted during the Eisenhower administration...

//www.reason.com/news/show/120293.html


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