Education. The big one. Our generation was where American children started to fall behind. Lowering standards, homogenous classes (I remember this starting in the fourth grade, and our teachers proudly told us about it!) with the false idea that it would bring the poor students up instead of dragging the good students down, changing how things were taught, and changing what was taught. We knew jack about history, grammar, and our own language, but hey! We knew all about AIDS, homosexuality, and safe sex, had really high self-esteem, and could apply condoms to bananas.
We were experimented on in our education. And nobody asked us.
Economic. It’s not Boomers’ fault that the systems worked so well for them. Their predecessors bequeathed them an excellent system where a little smarts and a little grit and grind could almost guarantee you a successful career. Better still, government policy was geared towards protecting their investments. And Boomers replaced the aging, retiring Greatest and Silent managerial class. It was the Boomers’ turn to run the show, and run it they did . . .
. . . and they’re still running it in the year 2019. When they do retire, Millennials are getting the nod to replace them because is Xers are “too old.” Thanks guys.
Oh, and under Boomer management, we’ve had some pretty bad recessions, stagnant wages, and foreign competition for work (more on that system layer). But at least the (Boomer-run) government bailed them out!
And don’t get me started on fiat currency and our trade deficit . . . cheap consumer gadgets do not trump a robust American culture.
University. College is a joke. Again, I don’t fault Boomers for being beneficiaries of an excellent university system. I do fault them for failing to read the tea leaves: If everyone is shunted off to college–with huge loans–then the value of a college degree by necessity will fall. And then the administrators of said colleges turned their schools into replicas of the insanity they started at places like Berkeley. Free speech was a sham that turned in to political correctness. So now we have devalued degrees and a culturally Marxist nation.
Worse, many conservative Boomers complained mightily about it . . . but sent their kids to college anyway, thereby feeding the corrupt system. Way to go.
Immigration. It’s tough to put that college degree to use when rapacious megacorps can just pay a foreign version of you some 25-40 percent less, or whatever it is, while making their workforce look “vibrant and reflective of the current US population.” Forget throwing a bone to those who were born and raised here.
Why are the children of illegals called “Dreamers” while Gen Xers were called “slackers”? Naturally, many Boomers looked at their own progeny with disdain while importing a new population. Mostly as cheap labor, but also to feel good about themselves and not be “racist” like they thought their fascist, nationalist parents were.
Military. For all their anti-draft, anti-war, and anti-Vietnam (but mostly anti-draft) agitating, Boomers sure love sending young men to Muslim countries in the name of “nation-building” on behalf of people who have always hated us and always will. Tell me again what good sending troops to Somalia did.
Millennials got the shaft in this regard too. Remember when we sent troops to Iraq with inadequate body armor? Good times.
Entertainment. Do I need to get started on how our pop culture is full of negative, anti-civilizational messages steeped in moral relativism, progressive propaganda, and postmodern meaninglessness? What was pumped into our heads as kids–created by Boomers–mostly depicted children as evil or at least an annoyance.
So there you have it. A smattering of systems that failed Gen X. To make matters worse, we’ve been largely passed over when it comes to running the show.
We might be cynical, but we’re realistic and know how to make the best of the situation.
Update: From friend of the blog Jill Domschot: Apparently Gen X just doesn’t exist . . .