Punksmacking for Gay Patriot, bitchslapping for Peggy Noonan

by CynthiaYockey on November 1, 2009

Gay Patriot fell into bad company yesterday, by which I mean Peggy Noonan, who is too elitist and envious to understand the miracle that is Sarah Palin, and Noonan persuaded him that our nation’s ills are due to us pampered, spoiled Baby Boomers.

Here is Noonan’s central problem: Obama is deliberately bringing down this country, but he is her Messiah and therefore it is anathema for her even to consider his culpability.

Obama is using debt bombs to destroy the United States as a capitalist democratic republic. We have not lost our way. Obama and his handlers and minions intend to destroy the U.S. economy for their own personal gain. They are doing this on purpose. How is it the innumerable times Obama has said one thing and done another, or said opposite things, has never tipped Noonan off? Why aren’t Obama’s socialist and communist and terrorist cronies — to say nothing of the tax cheats and felons — a continent of red flags for her?

The malaise Noonan is just starting to detect is the confusion that a con artist’s marks feel when they realize the con artist says one thing, but does another. They are attached to their belief that what the con artist said and promised must be true because it is just what they wanted to hear in exchange for handing over their power and money. It takes a long time to get the marks to register that you have to ignore what con artists say and pay attention only to what they actually do, which always will be in their own self-interest regardless of anyone else.

Noonan is only three years older than I am and should remember the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies a little better before making pronouncements that Baby Boomers are too pampered to be able to imagine that America can fail. In the Fifties and early Sixties I remember, we had a constant fear of nuclear war with the USSR that would wipe us all out. This was followed by the Viet Nam war and price controls. In the Seventies we had inflation — I am skeptical that any Boomer who remembers inflation does not dread it almost above all other things — gasoline shortages due to OPEC and double-digit mortgage interest rates due to Carter — and we capped off the decade with 444 days of the Iran hostage crisis.

Most of us also were born before the polio vaccine and while there may have been vaccines for them, I had measles, mumps and chicken pox as a child — illnesses virtually unknown to Gen X-ers. And when the AIDS epidemic came, it was friends my age who died and the survivors my age who led the charge to fight it.

When exactly was this halycon time of untroubled bliss that we Baby Boomers had all to ourselves?

The people I saw at the 9/12 Tea Party March on Washington were almost all Boomers — as a crowd, we were old, gray-haired, fat and a truly amazing proportion of the crowd was either in a wheelchair or using a three-wheeled scooter. Boomers ARE the people who know Obama and the Democrats are trying to bring down America and we are the ones organizing to save her.

Noonan: The new economic statistics put growth at a healthy 3.5% for the third quarter. We should be dancing in the streets. No one is, because no one has any faith in these numbers.

Yes, because we know Obama and the Democrats cook the books.

Noonan: Waves of money are sloshing through the system, creating a false rising tide that lifts all boats for the moment. The tide will recede. The boats aren’t rising, they’re bobbing, and will settle. No one believes the bad time is over. No one thinks we’re entering a new age of abundance. No one thinks it will ever be the same as before 2008.

Just because Obama and the Democrats told everyone the tide of cash from the stimulus package would create prosperity doesn’t mean it was true. We Tea Partiers and conservatives tried to stop it because we saw it was fake prosperity but REAL debt. Noonan and Gay Patriot — where have you been during all the Tea Parties and town hall meetings?

Noonan: Economists, statisticians, forecasters and market specialists will argue about what the new numbers mean, but no one believes them, either. Among the things swept away in 2008 was public confidence in the experts. The experts missed the crash. They’ll miss the meaning of this moment, too.

Actually, for a year or two before the crash, the cable TV news shows had a constant parade of experts forecasting a crash. A number of them were flogging books they’d written forecasting a crash. However, perhaps it was possible to miss their relentless warnings if you only watched MSNBC or just read the New York Times.

Noonan: The biggest threat to America right now is not government spending, huge deficits, foreign ownership of our debt, world terrorism, two wars, potential epidemics or nuts with nukes. The biggest long-term threat is that people are becoming and have become disheartened, that this condition is reaching critical mass, and that it afflicts most broadly and deeply those members of the American leadership class who are not in Washington, most especially those in business.

The most sophisticated Americans, experienced in how the country works on the ground, can’t figure a way out. Have you heard, “If only we follow Obama and the Democrats, it will all get better”? Or, “If only we follow the Republicans, they’ll make it all work again”? I bet you haven’t, or not much.This is historic. This is something new in modern political history, and I’m not sure we’re fully noticing it. Americans are starting to think the problems we are facing cannot be solved.

Immediately after the crash last September Obama began denouncing the economy and mocked McCain for his efforts to restore people’s confidence in our ability to get through any crisis and to reassure us the fundamentals of the economy were strong. It is Obama who has worked tirelessly to get Americans to stop believing in themselves. And it is the Democrats in Congress who have worked to intrude government into every aspect of our lives to usurp our liberty to solve our own problems.

I [Noonan] talked with an executive this week with what we still call “the insurance companies” and will no doubt soon be calling Big Insura. (Take it away, Democratic National Committee.) He was thoughtful, reflective about the big picture. He talked about all the new proposed regulations on the industry. Rep. Barney Frank had just said on some cable show that the Democrats of the White House and Congress “are trying on every front to increase the role of government in the regulatory area.” The executive said of Washington: “They don’t understand that people can just stop, get out. I have friends and colleagues who’ve said to me ‘I’m done.'” He spoke of his own increasing tax burden and said, “They don’t understand that if they start to tax me so that I’m paying 60%, 55%, I’ll stop.”

He felt government doesn’t understand that business in America is run by people, by human beings. Mr. Frank must believe America is populated by high-achieving robots who will obey whatever command he and his friends issue. But of course they’re human, and they can become disheartened. They can pack it in, go elsewhere, quit what used to be called the rat race and might as well be called that again since the government seems to think they’re all rats. (That would be you, Chamber of Commerce.)

Uh, where have Noonan and Gay Patriot been while conservatives have been hollering, “I’m going Galt!” at the top of their lungs since Obama’s inauguration?

Noonan: And here is the second part of the story. While Americans feel increasingly disheartened, their leaders evince a mindless . . . one almost calls it optimism, but it is not that.

It is a curious thing that those who feel most mistily affectionate toward America, and most protective toward it, are the most aware of its vulnerabilities, the most aware that it can be harmed. They don’t see it as all-powerful, impregnable, unharmable. The loving have a sense of its limits.

When I see those in government, both locally and in Washington, spend and tax and come up each day with new ways to spend and tax—health care, cap and trade, etc.—I think: Why aren’t they worried about the impact of what they’re doing? Why do they think America is so strong it can take endless abuse?

I think I know part of the answer. It is that they’ve never seen things go dark. They came of age during the great abundance, circa 1980-2008 (or 1950-2008, take your pick), and they don’t have the habit of worry. They talk about their “concerns”—they’re big on that word. But they’re not really concerned. They think America is the goose that lays the golden egg. Why not? She laid it in their laps. She laid it in grandpa’s lap.

They don’t feel anxious, because they never had anything to be anxious about. They grew up in an America surrounded by phrases—”strongest nation in the world,” “indispensable nation,” “unipolar power,” “highest standard of living”—and are not bright enough, or serious enough, to imagine that they can damage that, hurt it, even fatally.

We are governed at all levels by America’s luckiest children, sons and daughters of the abundance, and they call themselves optimists but they’re not optimists—they’re unimaginative. They don’t have faith, they’ve just never been foreclosed on. They are stupid and they are callous, and they don’t mind it when people become disheartened. They don’t even notice.

Yo, Noonan! The people who intend to break America and who see making Americans disheartened as one of their first steps to complete control are Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd and Frank. Read Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin — and A Conservative Lesbian — for heaven’s sake!

Eric Erickson at RedState.com recently featured Ronald Reagan’s speech from Oct. 27, 1964, “We Have a Rendez-Vous with Destiny.” Reagan — you remember him, don’t you, Ms. Noonan? — had a clear sense of the perils ever-ready to kill America, as well as the clear solution: keep government small, keep taxes low, create the economic conditions that allow entrepreneurs to be filled with ambition and to thrive. He has the video and full text of Reagan’s speech — here is a pertinent excerpt:

I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines. Now, one side in this campaign has been telling us that the issues of this election are the maintenance of peace and prosperity. The line has been used, “We’ve never had it so good.”

But I have an uncomfortable feeling that this prosperity isn’t something on which we can base our hopes for the future. No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income. Today, 37 cents out of every dollar earned in this country is the tax collector’s share, and yet our government continues to spend 17 million dollars a day more than the government takes in. We haven’t balanced our budget 28 out of the last 34 years. We’ve raised our debt limit three times in the last twelve months, and now our national debt is one and a half times bigger than all the combined debts of all the nations of the world. We have 15 billion dollars in gold in our treasury; we don’t own an ounce. Foreign dollar claims are 27.3 billion dollars. And we’ve just had announced that the dollar of 1939 will now purchase 45 cents in its total value.

As for the peace that we would preserve, I wonder who among us would like to approach the wife or mother whose husband or son has died in South Vietnam and ask them if they think this is a peace that should be maintained indefinitely. Do they mean peace, or do they mean we just want to be left in peace? There can be no real peace while one American is dying some place in the world for the rest of us. We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. Well I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers.

Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

Earth to Noonan and Gay Patriot: Reagan’s message in that speech is ever-green. Boomers are out in droves at the Tea Parties and town halls and we are working our e-mail lists and blogs to wake people up to the intentional destruction and confusion Obama and the Democrats are using to destroy capitalism and America. Not only do we have a clear plan for restoring economic prosperity and strength to America, we’ve been demonstrating and rallying in ever-growing numbers and generally shouting it from every rooftop and IP address. What on earth is the matter with you that you haven’t connected with that?

Update, 11/1/09: Smitty at The Other McCain got to Noonan’s column first and illustrates his points with a couple of YouTube videos that are worth watching — I especially liked “The Warrior’s Song,” which will not surprise my regular gentle readers. Smitty quotes Noonan and comments:

[Noonan] This is historic. This is something new in modern political history, and I’m not sure we’re fully noticing it. Americans are starting to think the problems we are facing cannot be solved.

Absolutely, they can. Just not by you, not by elite North Easterners, not by Progressive thinking. Get the [debris] out of the way. You’re part of the problem, not the solution, Peggy.

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  • Noonan and the two guys at Gay Patriot are, God help them, cosmopolitans. They think of the baby boomers are only those who went to Woodstock and who turned a nice, working class neighborhoon in San Francisco into a drug and VD infested hell on earth.

    Noonan and GP forget that there were far more of us spread about Viet nam than ever went to either of those places. Funny, though, I went to Haight Ashbury in the spring of ’67. I was at the (now closed) Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, recovering from a pretty serious injury.

    There were a helluva lot more of us , then, in the Bay area in uniform than there were of those vermin infested hippies, too. We were in that big hospital, we were at The presidio, we were at Alameda Naval Station, and Hunters point, The big base in Oakland, right up the road at Travis Air Force Base.

    It’s maddening, to think that those damned druggies defined my generation. Even people like Noonan let them define us.

    Those people are not my generation, though. My generation went to work. Some of us went to college and then to work, millions of us went into the Services and went where we were told. Then we went to work, and now this numbnutted big eared, empty headed shyster is trying to destroy everything I worked for. Well, he and Pelosi and Reid have the hard part done. They’ve got it talked about. Now all they have to do is go through me, you and a couple hundred million of those just like us.

    • Peter,

      Thank you.

      Boys my age, and Noonan’s age, in the Sixties planned their lives around their lottery number for the draft. Women were still effectively property. Homosexuals lived in fear in the closet.

      Meanwhile, Gay Patriot grew up with vaccines and antibiotics, a state of openness and equality for homosexuals that we Boomers fought and died to create, an all-volunteer armed forces, cars with seatbelts and airbags, VCRs, CD players, DVD players, video games, computers, the Internet, ready access to venture capital, the Reagan revolution and a stock market and housing prices that always seemed to go up. I’m going to have to go with the post-1980 babies being a tad more pampered than the Boomers.

      Cynthia

  • Cynthia,
    Updated my similar drubbing of Peggy to link you.
    I link in a writer in the UK who offers a foreign perspective.
    Cheers,
    Chris
    .-= smitty´s last blog ..Drowned in Blood: Frightening Tales of an Adirondack Halloween =-.

  • Stinky

    Well said. I heard Rush Limbaugh comment on Noonan’s pathetic op-ed, and he said what she got really wrong was that people are feeling disheartened. He believes that people are past that, and are at anger, and it is growing. I think he may be right.

    • Stinky,

      Thank you! Yes, I agree with Rush. My e-mail inbox is inundated with the local chapters of the groups like Americans for Prosperity and local conservative activists who have realized that we are fighting for the life of our country as a capitalist democratic republic. Every month they need to find bigger venues for their meetings — now they are meeting at hotels and fire department banquet halls that seat hundreds.

      We are fortunate that the Alinsky model that Obama, et al., have mastered is based on an obsolete paradigm and we are the new masters of the paradigm shift. Think of it — Gov. Palin is out of office yet she is totally PWNING Obama and the Democrats from Facebook. And Boomers that Obama thought were too old, fat and stupid to figure out what he is doing to America have indeed figured it out and are fighting back immediately and effectively. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      Cynthia

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  • Thanks for this post Cynthia. I was aghast at reading that over at GayPatriot and I just left a comment. I have heard this type of thing about Baby Boomers many times before….It has become a theme in education and drives most of us in education crazy. The current problem is that Generation X is now in charge of the White House, and their leadership skills and extreme ideology is going to be the mess that our generation will have to clean up. They think we are on the way out…..but we are going to live much longer. And I think many of them will also wise up……hopefully sooner rather than later.
    .-= Scott Lassiter´s last blog ..Tammy Bruce and Public Service =-.

  • Gary Ogletree

    Well said, as usual.

  • Ad rem

    I was born in ’47, and am therefore an “early boomer”. As a kid, my friends and I shared bouts of the measles , mumps, and the chickenpox. Occasionally someone we knew got polio. It was a big deal when the Salk vaccine came out in ’55. I went to high school and sung in the choir with the guys from the “Turtles”, later “Flo & Eddie”. Most of those guys were heavy into pot and alcohol and almost got our entire graduating class put on suspension. Everyone else, however, was NORMAL. Somehow these guys wound up “defining” our entire class.
    I think this is what has been allowed to happen to the “Boomers”. We’ve let the media, basically the most left-wing pro-drug kids of our generation define us by their wants and desires.
    Right now, the liberals are using us in a new class-warfare battle. We’re being pitted against the youth of America. We’re being labeled as the grasping, greedy elderly……seeking to bleed their generation dry via prolongd hospitalization and social security colas.
    ps. My parents didn’t own a color tv until 1973….oh, the luxury!

  • I R A Darth Aggie

    When exactly was this halycon time of untroubled bliss that we Baby Boomers had all to ourselves?

    When, exactly, have the Boomers been pressed to the edge?

    We have not had to fight an existential war for our very survival. We haven’t (yet) faced a deep dark economic depression where we wonder where our next meal will come from, or are grateful for a cup soup and a bit of 3 day old bread.

    We’ve lived in a Age of Wonders. I can hear my father’s voice you don’t know squat about hardship, boy. And he’s right, I’ve not had to do without.

    • I R A Darth Aggie,

      Gay Patriot dismissed the very real hardships that Boomers grew up with that he did not, which I named. Noonan was unaccountably dismissive of them, too. I believe Gay Patriot was born in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s — people of that generation are the ones most likely to think America is unbreakable because all their lives the stock market nearly always has gone up and housing prices rose.

      Obama is trying to break America. Noonan is still in her adoring fog and can’t figure out what’s going wrong because she can’t see the truth that Obama is a sociopath whose best friends have spent their lives planning the destruction of capitalism and who planned re-education camps for everyone who didn’t want to go along and the murder of the 25 million persons they estimated could not be re-educated. That’s the world that is staring us in the face right this minute.

      Even Americans who lived through the Great Depression, when Americans actually starved to death in tent cities in sight of the Capitol building, have not had to face the hardships that the Chinese faced, when peasants ate their own children because Mao took all their grain for export. And Americans do not yet face the atrocities of sharia.

      But the comparison Gay Patriot made was between his Gen-X generation and the Boomers. And you know what? Even if Americans haven’t lived through the worst possible hardships, Boomers DID have quite an array of challenges and hardships that Gen-Xers never experienced and don’t believe can happen to them or anyone ever again. Gay Patriot graduated high school without worrying about what his draft lottery number was. Boys my age and a little older planned their lives around their draft number.

      But arguments about who had it rougher are an unworthy distraction. We Boomers have been galvanized into action to stop the destruction of America as a capitalist democratic republic and we need to work with the Gen-X, Gen-Y, and Millennial young people who were not duped by Obama, unlike the majority of their peers. We’ve got money and own stuff — well, other Boomers do, me, not so much — while the youngsters have energy and mad skillz. We must work together.

      Cynthia

  • David in NY

    “galvanized into action to stop the destruction of America as a capitalist democratic republic”

    Are you kidding? George Bush and the Republican Congress create the biggest deficits ever, the uber-capitalists of Wall Street use their freedom to create a bubble that brings us near economic destruction, the economy comes screeching to a halt, Obama and the Democrats (over the idiotic objections of nearly every Republican in Congress) pass a stimulus package that is slowing brightening things, and you blame Obama and the Democrats???? Get a grip.

    Your prescription, I suppose, is to balance the budget, which would, of course plunge us back to the Bush disaster. Sheesh. Obama saves the capitalists’ asses and you’re whining about it.

    • David in NY,

      I am concerned with my father’s health today and must hope that my regular readers will deal with you. Kudos, though, on how well-drilled you are on Obama’s talking points, including ignoring the number of times Bush and the Republicans tried to stop Dodd, Obama and Frank.

      Obama hates capitalism and is doing everything in his power to destroy it for his own personal gain.

      Cynthia

  • David in NY

    Oops, should have read that stimulus package is “slowly brightening things”. Thanks for the prompt moderation. I look forward to seeing my comment accepted.

    • David in NY,

      You have the nerve to complain that your comments were not approved within a half hour of your submitting them when my most recent post said I was taking my father to the doctor? Thanks for illustrating how you see only what you want to see.

      Do not comment here again. You are not tall enough for this ride.

      Cynthia

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