I now have college students who not only look at the Cold War the way my generation looked at WWII, but they see Vietnam the way we saw WWI, and they weren’t alive on 9-11-01!
They’ve been force fed Al Gore’s man-made global warming hoax and the glories of the eternally free as outlined by Bernie-style Socialism every day of their legally-mandated attendance at public ‘screwals’. They don’t just say they’re Socialists, they’re proud to tell you they’re Socialists. When you ask them what Socialism is, they say, “Everybody gets everything for free,” and a blank stare usually spreads across their self-satisfied faces.
If you point out that Socialism has never worked anywhere ever, they point to Bernie, AOC, and other prominent Democrat fellow-travelers and repeat the mantra about Norway, Sweden, and the Scandinavian Socialist mirage. Their eyes glaze over and they react like Will Robinson’s robot when something doesn’t compute if you try to tell them that all of the Scandinavian countries have economies that are more capitalistic than our own. Or that these countries spend less than 1 percent of their GDP on defense because the U.S. pays to defend them, and this frees up more of their own money for social spending.
A few years ago, they were repeating the words of Sean Penn and other Hollywood know-nothings who praised the so-called Socialist miracle in Venezuela. Now that the once 4th richest country in the world has descended into the Socialist end-game of living in the dirt and eating leaves, the Socialist apologists say its America’s fault the miracle has vanished, instead of facing the reality that, sooner or later, you always run out of other people’s money.
Hopefully, once these preprogrammed proto-adults mature, they’ll live out the reality of one of the nuggets of wisdom often attributed to Winston Churchill, “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.”
It’s easy to think everything should be free when your parents have supplied you with everything for free all your life. Once you have to figure out how to keep a roof over your head and food on the table, most people are smart enough to realize there is, in fact, no free lunch.
The unfortunate reality is that all of these dreamy-eyed Kumbaya cadets may well vote us all into the Gulag before the reality of a work-a-day world has a chance to wring the, “I want what I want and I want it now!” childishness out of their minds.
There’s no doubt that the future belongs to the young, for they’ll be living in it after the old are gone. It’s also true that every generation, when they’re young, act as if youth is some kind of novel invention they’ve devised on their own. Today, we’re witnessing the abandonment and rejection of everything that made this country great: its culture, its history, and its heritage. Whether America will still be a shining city on a hill and the last, best hope of humanity for freedom once the foundations have been swept away is a question for the future to answer. However, one thing is for sure—the times, they are a changing.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens