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Ed Driscoll

Oh, That Death of the Grown-Up

July 22nd, 2013 - 12:37 pm

As Diana West noted in her 2007 book, a generation that has shunned adulthood for permanent adolescence might seem like fun and games on the surface (see also: the plot of every episode of The Big Bang Theory), but it has serious policy implications. After identifying the causes and comparing today’s generation with the grownups who helped win World War II and pioneered Hollywood, West explored how our stunted emotional growth has impacted American foreign policy, particularly fighting Islamofascism in the War on Terror. But the demise of the grownup has plenty of domestic implications as well.

It seemed particularly evident in America’s leftwing overculture this past weekend if the following examples are any indication. It began on Friday; anybody who’s watched Downfall knows how quickly magical thinking can set in for those hiding in the bunker while a city is about to fall:

Prior to her ruling on Friday, [liberal Michigan Judge Rosemary Aquilina] criticized the Snyder administration and Attorney General’s Office for what appeared to be hasty action to outflank pension board attorneys.

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.

“I know he’s watching this,” she said, predicting the president ultimately will have to take action to make sure existing pension commitments are honored.

The death of the grown-up was next documented by AP, which reported that “Hours after President Barack Obama delivered remarks about Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson addressed the racially charged case at Comic-Con in San Diego.”

Because yeah, nothing says “Serious, you guyz!!!!” like talking about an self-defense incident that’s been morphed into an extended racially-polarizing Two-Minute Hate by the president and allies in the MSM and Hollywood, at an event stuffed with permanent teenagers wearing Batman and Spider-Man costumes and Star Trek uniforms.

Also this weekend, a leftist MSNBC anchor wore tampons as earrings while on the air. No, really:

Are there absolutely no standards of decency at MSNBC?

On Sunday, in a bizarre protest of the Texas state legislature, Melissa Harris-Perry actually put on a pair of tampon earrings in the middle of her program (video follows with transcript and commentary):

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: I just have to show these. My producer Lorena made for me last week some tampon earrings because of course you’re remember that the Texas state legislature said that you couldn’t bring tampons in when they were going these women to in fact stand up for their own reproductive rights. You weren’t allowed initially to bring tampons. So, just in case that ever happens again ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings.

As Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters noted in his post, even the Washington Post could figure out the story, if no one at archliberal MSNBC could. The Post reported earlier this month:

I can understand if they took away knives and guns. But tampons?

That’s what happened to women who wanted to watch the ongoing debate over proposed abortion restrictions in the Texas senate Friday when state troopers tried to confiscate their tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

Why? Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the senate president, reportedly didn’t want the women to have any items that could be thrown from the gallery at the lawmakers during their discussion. To be fair, that’s about anything a woman could carry in her purse, and one Twitter photo showed a box of energy bars in the box of confiscated items.

But there’s an ugly side to what sounds like a ridiculous story: According to KETK news,Texas Department of Public Safety officers inspecting bags found one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected of holding feces and three jars suspected to contain paint.

Former NBC employee Dennis Miller, who had a field day on Twitter skewering Harris-Perry’s bizarre fashion choice, noted that if he saw the current state of NBC and its subsidiary networks, “David Brinkley [would be] turning over so rapidly in his grave you could make chicken shawarma in it.” Though at least now we might begin to understand the proximate cause of the moral inversions that dominate Harris-Perry’s thinking.

Say what you will about their mid-century liberal worldviews, at least Brinkley and Walter Cronkite were rarely — if ever — seen out of their suits and ties as they advanced into their later years. In sharp contrast, Geraldo Rivera also took to Twitter this weekend to celebrate his 70th birthday — with a shirtless photograph of himself, which he later deleted, but not before it appeared in countless retweets, blog posts, and nightmares. As Greg Gutfeld, Rivera’s colleague at Fox, tweeted in response to Geraldo’s Weiner-esque tweet, “It’s official @GeraldoRivera is running for mayor!”

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This site is so full of trolls sometimes I feel as though I'm under a bridge in a Norwegian forest.
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Prolife news sites reported that only "large quantities" of feminine products were being confiscated. Women who only had "personal quantities" of these items did not have them taken away but if it was obvious that they were going to be used as projectiles, the capitol police took them away to protect citizens inside. So, anyone who makes it sound like ALL feminine products were being confiscated either is being misleading, or she brought in many many feminine products that she was going to throw at people.
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This is what happens when you combine magic mushrooms and global warming.
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Permanent adolescence is also the reason why there seem to be so many sex scandals involving female schoolteachers and their teenage students.

When someone never truly grows up, whats the difference between a 16 year old student, who might actually listen to her, and her 24 year old ex-boyfriend who spent his days playing video games and only paid attention to her when he was looking to get frisky?

It isn't that these women are sexual predators in the truest sense, but that they never actually matured past the point where a 16 year old boy would feel like one of their peers.

When what are nominally disparate groups begin to fraternize as peers, sexual relationships are inevitable.

The solution, short term that is, might be to restrict the instruction of high school students to teachers approaching retirement age. If someone isn't a grown up by the time they pass the half-century mark, then they're truly lost.

Long term, we must recover from our cultural decline. If we don't, we're doomed.
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Moral relativist pagan Romans in the late period of the Empire were also muttering "we must recover from our cultural decline" (though in Latin of course). They didn't and were replaced by hard-core Christians.
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I think all the left leaning media and politicians are a bunch of drug addicts and alcoholics. Their brains are pickled. The welfare queens (the takers) will never be satisfied with what they get and the welfare hustlers (democrat politicians/media) will never be satisfied with the money they make from hustling.
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Maybe we should just let them go out and play in the traffic?
1 year ago
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Watching these folks beclown themselves is entertaining enough, but when push comes to shove I have a lot more ammo than they do.
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So a woman writes a book about how no one has 'grown up'. Isn't that a lot like the little girl who say's 'Grow up'?

yes, it is. and a lot of...women especially are shocked to find that they are now the 'grown ups'.

To bad no one has noticed the death of It's none of me business.
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The most extraordinary thing about the tampon-earrings has gone largely unnoticed: namely, that Ms. Harris-Perry's *producer* made them for her. Instead of having an adult who could step in to prevent the juvenile impulse of an employee, the producer supported it - indeed, helped spawn it in this case. In normal companies the higher-ups teach the employees what professional behavior is; in the MSM they are no more responsible than those whom they supervise.
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A vulgar pig and fanatical racial demagogue teaches young people at Tulane. What could go wrong? Harris-Perry does more damage to NO than Katrina.
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" a generation that has shunned adulthood for permanent adolescence"

Baby Boomers still listen to music that was targeted to the _teenagers_ in Ed Sullivan's audience.
1 year ago
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An unspecified percentage of people born in a certain era occasionally listening to an oldie is immature decadence? It's not like they're wearing surfer shirts and running out for Beatles haircuts and pointy shoes.
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The T-shirt & bumper sticker is everywhere, "I may be getting older, but I refuse to grow up!"


Ha ha. Except.... it's not funny. It's a terrible tragedy.

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Prolife news sites reported that only "large quantities" of feminine products were being confiscated. Women who only had "personal quantities" of these items did not have them taken away but if it was obvious that they were going to be used as projectiles, the capitol police took them away to protect citizens inside. So, anyone who makes it sound like ALL feminine products were being confiscated either is being misleading, or she brought in many many feminine products that she was going to throw at people.
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I find it interesting that Driscoll has failed to notice corporations, not progressive politics, is the cause of the cultural trends he deprecates. Corporations keep the people docile with mindless frivolities and keep people from acquiring critical thinking skills by starving the public school system of desperately needed funding and by waging a media attack teachers and "intellectuals."

Corporations manufacture pointless identities like Trekkies to keep the people focused off the real world and such things as the fact that their neighbors' children are dying of starvation and treatable medical conditions, and they are about to become homeless because of downsizing. Playing with toy phasors makes it easy to ignore the thousands murdered by handguns and the NRA that makes this possible. The glitter blinds people to the brutal reality of life in our pitiless corpoarchy where its impossible to just beam up.

One area I must disagree is with respect to war on "Islamofascism." "Islamofascism" is no more real than Darth Vader or Klingons. It is a Bushit term straight from Bushitler. There are only Muslims whose lives are darkened by the awareness that Bushitler had slated them for genocide. While they have some reprieve under Obama, the possibility of another Republican in the White House hangs like a noose over their necks. The same people who cheered for the merciless genocide in Iraq and in the death camps of Gitmo and Abu Gharib are the same people who think Star Trek and Star Wars are real, or failing that, think real war is just as clean and bloodless as movie space battles.

It is progressives who are the true grown-ups who see past the mirage of corporate glitter and observe the world as it is.
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Careful, at the rate you're going, there will be no more sharks to jump.
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This is not even wrong.
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Kudos Throbbin. You have set a new standard for nonsensical and deluded thinking and commenting for other trolls on this site to aspire toward.
1 year ago
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This site is so full of trolls sometimes I feel as though I'm under a bridge in a Norwegian forest.
1 year ago
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Your own words prove that no one on the right is more mature than any of the people you so ironically despise. Note also your argument's reliance upon children's stories, instead of facts, proofs or evidences or a mature use of logic and reason.

This isn't merely an issue of left vs right.
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Throbbin, my first reaction was "ya got ta be kiddin'!!" nobody seriously believes this stuff.

But then I remembered the comments I have recently seen on Huffington Post and Yahoo News and I realized that you probably ARE for real; still blaming Bush and "corporations" for all that's bad, in denial about Islamofacism, those nice Muslims who only want to be left alone to practice the prophet's commandments about peace, beheading, inferior status for women, world domination and death to the infidel.

I think Adi has it right. Global warming must have resulted in unusually potent 'shrooms.
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I wonder what non-corporation produced his computer that he used to comment here with, and what other non-corporation hooked him up to the internet so that he could amuse so many?
1 year ago
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This is what happens when you combine magic mushrooms and global warming.
1 year ago
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...and moral relativism and colleges full of deconstructionism. She blames lack of funding to a politicized education system on corporations and claims that that is the problem with education when it's her own marxist social justice progressivist mass mind-controllers that have been behind the propaganda and scubula sold as "education". Only lets find a way to blackmail corporations and taxpayers and make them think education works for them too so that they will keep funding the forces that are trying to destroy America. When was the last time any student learned not to blame Bush in school?
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