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On Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the baby-boomers.

December 9, 2010

What follows is a response I wrote to a post by Michael J. Scott over on MadMike’sAmerica. I felt it was an important enough that I wanted to share it here as well:

I must admit that I find this backwards trend in American politics disturbing. I blame the baby-boomers, and people can agree or disagree with me as they will. But I find that generation to be, in general, a very intellectually and emotionally stunted bunch. I honestly believe it has much to do with the Cold War.

Wars breed propaganda in the media, but usually only for a short time during the duration of the actual war. That the Cold War lasted literally decades means that you now have people who for their entire lives have been told that there is a specific, well defined right vs. a specific, well defined wrong. It’s no surprise that these same people have no intellectual capacity for the nuanced thought that issues like DADT or airport screening rules require.

Alas, I fear that the current generation will suffer the same fate as the baby-boomers did during this new War on Terror. Although, we at least have the internet to combat that – for now.

I’m sure there’s a blog post in there somewhere. We’ll see.

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