Boomers are generally a generation of people, yes, but the term has also come to take on a connotation of one having a certain attitude. It's why zoomers like to call millennials boomers, for example. It's the selfish attitude of, "I've got my own" and "it ain't my problem". It's where you just put your head in the sand and hyper-focus on yourself at the expense of your society as a whole and especially your descendants and the future. There is also an element of a stubborn, strong trust in an informational infrastructure in spite of its credibility's free fall.Sorry to revive this thread, but I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what exactly is a "Boomer". The simple answer is an American, born between 1946 and 1964. By that definition, I am a Boomer, being born in America, in 1961.
When you dig in, to understand the complaints against Boomers, I get lost. The accusations are all over the map. They ignored/promoted degeneracy. They abandoned religion. They abandoned hard work, for corporate fealty and dependence. They did not raise their kids, well. They spent themselves into nothing, leaving nothing for their kids. They are just takers, giving back nothing to their communities/neighbors.
So technically I am a Boomer, but I don't have the characteristics typically ascribed to Boomers. I grew up in rural North Texas. About 20% of the kids I went to school with, were milking cows at 5:00 am, before going to school. Football/Basketball practices were scheduled so that those same kids could get home for the evening milking. On game nights, their parents (also boomers) did what they had to do, so the kids could play. Those parents did well in leaving a fortune for their children.
I was not raised on a Dairy. I was raised on a ranch, and I all the same benefits, as being on a Dairy. Self-sufficient, hard-working, raise good kids, etc. But, I am a Boomer, therefore I am bad. I have always said bullshit to this, but I never had a good counter-argument.
I think I have finally found the counter argument. Boomers are not all Americans people born between 1946 and 1964. Instead, they are Americans people born between 1946 and 1964, that were the radical anti-war, anti-American, draft-dodging grifters of the 60/70's. They are now in power.
I found this article, that made it clear to me, why Boomers should be despised. Not based on just birth date, but also ideology. Here is a quote from the article:
This time, however, it's not Boss Daley's Chicago PD and the D.C. cops facing off against the undesirables and deplorables—it's the former undesirables themselves, now at the apogee of their political power, who are trying to throttle people they never thought they would actually have to meet in the flesh instead of the abstract: the working class.
Here is the link to the article. It never references boomers, and you have to read the whole thing, to understand my point.
That's what boomers love to do, just pretend it's still 1968. Understandably, because that was a better time to be an American. But we can no longer afford the luxury of jumping into our mental time machines to go back to nostalgic times. What we have right now is the here and now, and yesterday can wait until we've finished with our urgent business today. And what we do today affects what our children and their children will experience tomorrow.To end this post, I present a picture, that captures my youth. It is 1968, and I am 7 years old. Our town bank has been robbed. These dudes are not taking it well. Half of them are Boomers, and all of them were pissed. These are the men that raised me.