Blow's Backhanded Compliment

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Nicki, did you notice that Blow posted a column today .. where he said some things about Americans in "this digital age".. along with a photo of students protesting in New York?

Students protesting in New York

He does not come right out and say that he is referring to the youth, but this is definitely the impression that I came away with. You?

» Thus Spake Blow

I am referring specifically to where he wrote:

I must say that the issue of resilience was one that I worried and wondered about from the beginning: For far too many Americans in this digital age, stamina is rare, attention spans are short and the urge for instant gratification, or at least for expedient resolution, is enormous.

I worried that modern shortsightedness would prevent resisters from seeing the long game, that the exhaustion of constant outrage would numb them to unrelenting assault.

I know what Blow is saying here .. but his statements struck me as .. well, they struck me in the same way that some of his other statements have struck me.

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He is trying to be complimentary and encouraging .. but it seems to me a backhanded compliment .. such as, "You're not as dumb as you look."

» No Room to Criticize the Younger Generation

The thing that irritates me about Blow's statements .. is that the generation who came before this current "digital age" generation .. is the first generation ever to fail to leave a higher standard of living than what they themselves had received from the previous generation.

And his generation does not appear to be done fucking things up. They seem to be masters at taking a good thing and ruining it for everybody else.

Focusing their attention on the shortcomings of the next generation is a common theme among certain members of the older generation who do not want to look at, or even acknowledge, their own shit. Their own shortcomings. (Their own colossal fuck-ups.)

I want to tell Blow, "You're part of the reason why we're here right now." (Tho I am sure, Miss Minaj, that you could say this much more poetically.)

Visualizing the National DebtThe older generation has consumed so much of the nation's wealth and resources on themselves,

and left an eromous IOU for the younger generation to pay.

» What about the Moral Implications?

Do they refuse to acknowledge the moral implications of such a thing?

Or do they just not give a fuck?

Do not their actions seem to say,

"I only care about what I can get for myself today. I dont care about the consequences that my actions might have on tomorrow's generation. Fuck the next generation." ?

Do these people love America? Or do they only love what they can get from America?

If all that money was going to people who really need it ..

.. then that would be one thing. But it's not.

Running up the kids' debt only exasperates an already-historic inequality.

So what's the point of continuing? What's the point of running up the debt on our children even further?

Inequality per Thomas Piketty in his book titled Capital

It's a valid question .. no?

» No Room to Talk

So it seems to me that nobody from the previous generation, which came before the current generation that grew up in "this digital age" has any room to throw stones at the younger generation.

I have read other articles that make similar comments about the younger generation.

Your generation is trying its darnedest to flush democracy itself down the drain. Every morning you and your kind wipes your asses with the Constitution and the only problem that you can see is with the younger generation? You fuckers must really have a blindspot.

» The Only Encouraging Aspect

At  t=1:38 in this video, Mark Shields says:

"The one encouraging aspect [ of revelations coming out of the #MeToo movement ] is that, generationally, younger men find the harassment .. they agree more with women .. about the prevalence of it, and the unacceptability of it. For that I am cheered and encouraged."

Think about that ye who like to cast stones at the younger generation .. the next time you feel like casting a generational stone.

And when you are done thinking about that .. then go fuck yourself. Because the future belongs to those who think like Bernie.

Results of 2016 Democratic primaries and caucuses among voters under 30 (at t=4:30)

Ronan Farrow is 29. Twenty-nine is "under 30." What do you think of him?

Is he one of the so called 'vanishing' American adults .. who constitute your coming-of-age crisis?

Or do you see him as something worse?

» Crunching the Numbers with Sean

The average age of the Fox News viewer is 70. (Hillary herself will be 70 this October.) The average life expectancy of a white American male is 80. You can do the math yourself.

Alabama senatorial race exit poll results of Judge Roy Moore vs Doug Jones Dec 12, 2017 (t=14:30)

If you have any trouble crunching the numbers, just give Sean a call. He'll gladly help.

» I Will Bring Into the Promised Land the Children Who You Said Would be Plunder

I thought of you, Ben Sasse, when I read the following passage of scripture:

"As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. But as for you, your bodies will fall in this wilderness."

Can you see why this passage made me think of you? Probably not .. because you are too focused on the shortcomings of others.

» The Five Stages of Grief

Speaking of your complaining carcasses falling in this wilderness .. remind me to detail for you the five stages of grief experienced by people in the process of dying.

Witnessing the death spasms of a dying party

This is something that can be difficult for people to deal with, so this is something that you are going to want to familiarize your people with.

As you obviously already know, the first stage is » denial. John Yoo knows exactly what I a talking about here.

» Why is the Taxpayer Paying for the Consequences of CongressMen Sexually Harassing Women?

And then I want Ben Sasse to tell me why the taxpayer is being billed [ see t=3:00 in this PBS video ] .. to the tune of $17,000,000.00 for settlement payments ..

.. to members of the staff on Capitol Hill who have been sexually abused and harassed.

What generation ever came up with a bullshit system like that?

Where is the accepting of responsibility for one's actions that you love to talk about?

» They Conveniently Ignore the Log Stuck in their Own Eye

And these comments are always made by people who grew up before this current digital age, and who conveniently ignore the plank in their own eye

Ben Sasse | The Vanishing American Adult (May 16, 2017)Fucking hypocrites.

Their actions say, "It's okay if my generation does all this nasty shit. But the younger generation is really the one who is all fucked up."

They do this because focusing on the perceived deficiencies of others.

Helps to distract from their own glaring shortcomings.

Like you say, Ben, our nation does indeed face an existential threat.

Go ahead and ask anybody.

But it's not coming from the youth.

» The Existential Image in Ben's Mirror

Go look in the mirror, fuckhead .. and then you'll see an image of the existential threat facing our nation.

You and your party make an unending number of excuses for the behavior of your party's leader .. yet it is somehow the youth who pose an existential crisis to our nation.

Go fuck yourself, Ben. And take your critical, holier-than-thou piece-of-shit book with you.

Trying "rebuilding a culture" that does not depend on an enormous debt burden being placed on the backs of our children's generation. That would impress me. Say hi to Ken Starr for me.

What do you think about these historic levels of income inequality, Ben?

Income inequality in America has become extreme

Inequality has returned to the extremes of the Gilded Age

Probably not much .. because you are too busy thinking about the shortcomings of today's youth. How convenient.

» Physician, Heal Thyself

Here is Ben talking about his book on CNN.

Ben Sasse on CNN talking about Perpetual Adolescence

He claims that his book is not a blame game book, but notice how he then focuses on the 'problem' associated with our youth, which he terms 'perpetual adolescence.'

Yet he conveniently ignores the adolescent leading his own party, which is rotten at the core.

I bet that both Andrea and David would back me up here.

To Ben I would say » "Physician, heal thyself. Heal thy own generation." 

Steve Bannon with Judge Roy Moore

If you are still having trouble grasping this concept, then give Ken Starr a call. He will be able to help educate you.

Perhaps if your party's primary objective wasnt to channel so much of the nation's wealth and resources to a tiny fraction who need it least, then maybe our nation's youth could afford to get a decent education and move out of their parent's basements.

I was going to talk here about what Ben doesnt get and how he misses the point. But there is just so much that he is clueless about that it would be a waste of my time and he would probably despise my insights.

I would suggest that Ben read a little BF Skinner and research how much of an effect the "environment" has on people in that environment.

If all of America's children had the same opportunities and resources that the children of American politicians have, then they would be more than fine.

Your party is big on people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, yet your policies put them at such a disadvantage that it makes it difficult for them to afford boots.

Have you seen the size of student debt lately? Government policies make it easy for Donald Trump to walk away from debt. But no so easily for our students.

You claim that we live in the richest society, but where is all that money? We the people are not seeing it .. because your policies give countless unfair advantages to the rich .. because they own your sorry asses.

Why does our government provide a mortgage interest deduction for fabulously wealthy people, who need government assistance least?

I know that he doesnt want want to see this .. because it carries with it moral implications. You spineless fuckers. You are no friend of America's youth; you are only friends of the rich. That's what you actions say.

You lie, cheat and steal in order to create an environment that gives every advantage to you and yours. And then you have the nerve to belittle the rest of us who struggle to survive in your oppressive system.

Go fuck yourself, Ben. People from your generation have no room to talk. You have no room to criticize another generation. The log in your own generational eye is so big that you are going to need a chainsaw.

» Stealing from Your Kids

Seeing how they make no complaints about leaving such an enormous debt for the younger generation to pay.

How many times have you read a column where Blow is decrying the enormous national debt that is being left by his generation for his kid's generation to pay?

I do not want to go down in history as the first American generation that left things worse off for their kids .. because they insisted on consuming so much of (squandering) the nation's wealth and resources on themselves.

Blow does not seem to have much of a problem with this, and his positions leading up to the election helped get us into the predicament that the nation now finds itself in.

Have you ever seen Blow write » "Why does our national economic algorithm continue to give so much to so few .. while running up the debt on future generations? At what point does this generational transfer of wealth become immoral?"

I thought of you today, Ben, when I read this passage from Numbers. Do you reckon that it might mean something?

» Blow's Modern Shortsightedness

So perhaps you can see why I want to say to Blow » "What is really 'enormous' here, Mr. Blow, is the size of the debt that your generation is leaving for the next one to pay. Perhaps you should set your generationally-robust attention span on that for a while. Because the desire of your generation for instant gratification .. at the expense of the next generation .. this desire is one of the reasons why the national debt has sky-rocketed recently. Perhaps there are other, more important things that you should be worried about. Go look in the mirror, Blow, and then think about the true meaning of 'modern shortsightedness'."

It's almost easier to identify the shortcomings of others. Certainly it is more fun. Eh, Blow?

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