An Incomplete Apology to the Posterperson of the Gimme Generation

If there’s one thing that the whole Rush Limbaugh flap has made apparent, it’s that society holds conservatives to much higher standards of decency than it holds liberals.

When a Bill Maher or an Ed Schultz or others on the left make gratuitous and vulgar remarks about women, it’s met with a shrug, a laugh, or silence. People don’t expect them to have high moral standards. When a Rush Limbaugh does the same thing, there’s heck to pay. That’s because the right is expected to have higher moral standards than the left.

And I have no beef with that. I’d much rather be a part of the group to which society holds a higher standard.

As for Rush, in his apology he said he descended to the left’s level when he used the disparaging words to describe Sandra Fluke. He became like them, he said, instead of maintaining a high degree of integrity on his radio program.

OK Rush, that’s a good start, but demonstrating your sincerity requires more than just renouncing the use of those disparaging words. You have to go beyond that. If you mean what you say about not adopting the tactics of the left, you have to pledge to renounce the use of the term “feminazis” to describe feminists, “Chicago thug” to describe President Obama and any similar words you’ve used to describe those on the left. You can’t just not say those words in the future. As part of your pledge, you have to explicitly say that you’ve been wrong to use those words, that you were adopting the tactics of the left in using those words (many, but certainly not all, of them sickeningly call their political opponents “nazis”), and that integrity means erasing those words from your lexicon forever – unless of course you’re talking about actual National Socialists or actual thugs.

Regarding Sandra Fluke herself, in the 1980s young people were said to be in the “me generation” because all they wanted to do was make money and supposedly not share it with others. Well 30 years later, Sandra Fluke is the posterperson for the gimme generation, a large and growing group of Americans who expect other people to give them money – even money for accessories (i.e. contraception) that enable them to engage in pleasures of the flesh!

Note that the gimme generation, aka the entitlement generation, doesn’t just include people in Fluke’s age group, and doesn’t imply that all of them are of that mentality. There are many in the younger generation who shun the entitlement culture and who prize independence and self-reliance. The gimme generation refers to anyone, of any age, who accepts welfare but who doesn’t need it. Remember, two-thirds of welfare goes to the middle class and rich.

Wow – so with Obamacare, we Americans are not only being coerced into financing the routine healthcare costs of rich and middle class Americans, including law students who attend expensive, elite universities, but we’re also being coerced into financing what enables them to engage in their worldly pleasures.

Yes the boiling frog principle is alive and well. Five or 10 years ago if someone were to tell you that’s what’s in store for Americans, you’d think they’d be out of their minds. But that reality is here. And the water boils on.

Poetic Justice Has Been Served

You know what’s galling? That every cliffhanger race for Congress – or the vast majority of them – is won by the Democrat. Or at least that’s how it’s seemed – since around the late 1990s when I started noticing. (A notable exception, of course, was the 2000 presidential election.) Things really came to a head in 2008 with the Alaska and Minnesota Senate races. At first it it looked like the Democrats weren’t going to have their filibuster-proof majority. But then Ted Stevens lost in Alaska – under dubious circumstances; lawyers ginned up an indictment against him just before the election, and only later was the indictment thrown out amid prosecutorial misconduct.

And then, months later, Al Franken was declared the winner, also under dubious circumstances. Franken’s win, along with Arlen Specter’s party switch, sealed the deal for the Democrats. They got their 60-seat filibuster proof majority. Franken must have been patting himself and his legal team on the back for working so hard to finagle that win.

But his smile must have melted into a frown the morning of January 20, when it was announced that Scott Brown won the special Senatorial election in Massachusetts. A totally clean victory. The only hanky panky came from the other side: right before the election, the left’s biggest talk radio personality and MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz encouraged Democrats to vote early and often, i.e. engage in massive voter fraud.

It was only by pure chance that the Dems lost their supermajority. It’s not every day that a seat is up for grabs.

To think that of all Democratic senatorial seats to become vacant at that time, it belonged to the father of healthcare deform. And totally contrary to what one would expect in such a heavily Democratic state, that vacant seat was won by a filibuster-breaking, healthcare deform-derailing Republican.

Yes, in light of the dubiously-attained Democratic supermajority, poetic justice was served.

Mind you, the Redistributionist Left is still winning and likely will continue to win for decades to come, but still, it’s sometimes nice to see an occasional wrench get thrown into the machinery of their all-powerful locomotive.