The lying generation

An extensive survey  of baby boomers in Great Britain uncovered that many of them are apt to exaggerate their exploits during the decade of flower power and the Summer of Love. It turns out that many boomers actually experienced far less sex, drugs and rock'n'roll than they claim.

Somehow the notion that the children of the sixties should be liars does not at all strike one as surprising. The best and brightest among them — Bill Clinton, his wife, Joseph Wilson and many of their friends — have shown us all too clearly the kind of material these people are made of. Lying, dishonest and prevaricating, one cannot trust one thing they say.

One of Plato's famous dialogues opens with a man asking Socrates why it is that good men so often have bad children. I have often wondered myself how the 'greatest generation' could have spawned the sixties generation, surely the most embarrassing cohort this nation has yet produced. While their parents did all they could to preserve and build up their country, the children of love did the exactly opposite. Undermining and badmouthing everything that has made America great, they have been seemingly hell bent on bringing her down. And although they have not succeeded, America is not out the woods yet. The boomers may finally succeed when they bust social security — which they are now steadfastly refusing to reform — a couple of decades from now.

Vasko Kohlmayer   7 7 06

An extensive survey  of baby boomers in Great Britain uncovered that many of them are apt to exaggerate their exploits during the decade of flower power and the Summer of Love. It turns out that many boomers actually experienced far less sex, drugs and rock'n'roll than they claim.

Somehow the notion that the children of the sixties should be liars does not at all strike one as surprising. The best and brightest among them — Bill Clinton, his wife, Joseph Wilson and many of their friends — have shown us all too clearly the kind of material these people are made of. Lying, dishonest and prevaricating, one cannot trust one thing they say.

One of Plato's famous dialogues opens with a man asking Socrates why it is that good men so often have bad children. I have often wondered myself how the 'greatest generation' could have spawned the sixties generation, surely the most embarrassing cohort this nation has yet produced. While their parents did all they could to preserve and build up their country, the children of love did the exactly opposite. Undermining and badmouthing everything that has made America great, they have been seemingly hell bent on bringing her down. And although they have not succeeded, America is not out the woods yet. The boomers may finally succeed when they bust social security — which they are now steadfastly refusing to reform — a couple of decades from now.

Vasko Kohlmayer   7 7 06