While drifting up towards the ranks of what is often considered the “senior citizenry,” I recognize more and more the sentiments of all the prior generations of senior citizens that have come before me: The stupidity of the younger generations is the product of their lack of lived life experiences, and that is something they simply don’t recognize because they aren’t yet senior citizens. Just give them time.
Bill Maher made that case back on Friday night on his HBO program, “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
Maher’s politics are difficult to fit inside a neat box. There is no question he is a liberal. But on the edges, I think he strays into the land of libertarians and not socialists. He is certainly an advocate of many liberal, social welfare governmental efforts, but he does tend to recognize there are some lines that should not be crossed. His views in this regard tend to be a function of learned experiences — he’s seen past advocacy of some policies and philosophies result in disastrous results when transitioned from the theoretical to the actual.
In his show this past Friday night, as a member of the “senior citizen” community, he took aim at the 20- and 30-something, social justice warrior crowd who always think it is their turn to run things when a new Democrat president is elected. They did it when Bill Clinton was elected, they did it when Barack Obama was elected, and now they are doing it with Joe Biden occupying the White House.
But each such generation of know-nothings thinks they are inventing the wheel — no one ever thought of all these great ideas they are advocating, because none of their grand plans have been put in place.
Here is a sampling of some of Maher’s responses to such magical thinking: (emphasis mine)
36% of Millennials think it might be a good idea to try Communism… but much of the world did try it… I know most of Millennials think that doesn’t count because they weren’t alive when it happened… but it did happen, and there are people around who remember it. Pining for communism is like pining for BetaMax or MySpace.
So when you say ‘you’re old, you don’t get it’, get what? Abolish the police? …and the Border Patrol? … and Capitalism? … and cancel Lincoln?
No, “I get it”… the problem isn’t that I don’t get what you’re saying or that I’m old. The problem is that your ideas are stupid.
20% of Gen Z agree with the statement that “society would be better off if all property was owned by the public and managed by the government” and another 29% say ‘they don’t know if that’s a good idea’…
Here’s who does know… anyone who wasn’t born yesterday!”
Betamax and MySpace — DuckDuckGo is your friend. (I’m no longer using that tech company that shall not be named).
Bill Maher needs to run for mayor of a deep-blue city somewhere. His generally liberal political leanings would endear him to the voters, but he’s got enough common sense to torch the idiocy of the radical, left-wing wackos when necessary.