Greatest generation the most entitled

March 5, 2013

It has become yet another form of politically incorrect blasphemy to take issue with Tom Brokaw’s reverential blanket awe of the so-called “Greatest Generation.” Yes, our parents survived the Depression and WWII, and examples of fortitude, bravery, sacrifice and character abound. That generation also set the stage for the baby boomer hurtle toward State Nannydom. The fact is that previous American generations endured much, much more with much, much less to see them through.


Think of the colonists pledging their “lives and fortunes and…sacred honor” to bring forth “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Think of the tens of thousands slaughtered in a Civil War fought to test the original mettle and vision of our Founders. Think of the covered wagon pioneers braving the terrifying uncertainties of the West. During that first century and a half of our history, the “helping hand” of the federal government was far, far, far away,  yet America and Americans flourished as no civilization ever has before or since. No need to go back to covered wagons and tallow candles. The principles of self-reliance and freedom protected by a few basic laws is all that’s required for progress. Conversely, the temptations of Progressivism will be our death knell.

3 Responses to Greatest generation the most entitled

  1. Otis A. Glazebrook on March 31, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Dear Fred,
    If you do not understand who Lincoln really was you will never see the charlatans Like Obama coming. It was Lincoln who destroyed Mr. Madison’s vision of “Federalism” – see Federalist #10, 21 & 51.
    The word “federal” meant a contract (compact) among Sovereign States.
    Re-read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” changing the word “Nation” to Union” to see the difference.
    Also please read Lincoln’s July 4th, 1861 “Message to Congress in Special Session” – see if you can count he lies about our Constitution’s history and ratification of the compact by the States?
    I agree with you a Brokaw – Also Read Herndon’s Lincoln to see how Abe bankrupted Illinois in 1837-38…..

    • Fred on March 31, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Lincoln was no saint and a shrewd politician, but one would be remiss to overlook his pivotal role in America’s survival, particularly at the moment we almost fell apart…and didn’t. Flawed as you may accurately claim he was, Lincoln was bedrock American to his core, his legacy overall an overwhelmingly positive one and in no way comparable to the deliberate destructive machinations of a petty hustler like Obama.

  2. […] Fascinating and telling thing whom we Americans choose for our leaders; and, for better or worse, we seem to get what we want. After the mythical “glory” days of Kindly King FDR seeing us through Depression and war, we settled on ordinary Midwesterners of humble origins: first outspoken haberdasher Harry followed by benign, reliable war hero Ike. We were comfortable and on equal footing with these familiar Main Street guys. Right in character, they would do their duty then retreat graciously to private life. Is it mere coincidence that they were our chosen leaders during America’s most prosperous, peaceful days within living memory, our just reward for the real sacrifices of the “Greatest Generation.”  Realistically, those times, rosily nostalgic in collective memory, were just the first step toward today’s all-out dive into the Socialist vortex. […]

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