The concept being promoted by the culture oligarchs, who created our culture, was “anything that was rebelling against your parents” was “cool” and if there is one thing teenagers want to be, it's cool.
Most of our parents believed drugs were bad, sex was saved for marriage, and morally responsible behavior was to be praised and destructive behavior condemned.
With the entire dominant media mocking these values, we knew that such thinking was as outdated as the horse and buggy. The only thing that mattered was being cool, and being cool meant embracing the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll culture.
As petulant children, we reveled in an ideology that said if it feels good, do it. Live for today and live for yourself, for we are alone in a godless universe with nothing to do but seek pleasure and avoid pain.
Well, we redefined our nation. Out-of-wedlock birth rates skyrocketed from 4 percent in 1965 to over 41 percent in 2009. Drug addicion and drug overdoses went from extremely rare to an ongoing fact of life.
Millions have had their life, or the life of a love one, irreparably scarred by the horrors of addictive drugs. America's drug nightmare hasn't only robbed countless people of a meaningful future; its ubiquity is contributing to the failed state of Mexico.
Another popular slogan from my youth was, “Rock 'n' roll will never die!” Well, rock today is as dead as Joe Paterno. Young kids today either listen to hip-hop and R&B, or pop/country. Roy Rogers gave way to Elvis, who gave way to Ozzy Osbourne, who gave way to Lady Gaga and Lil' Wayne.
I recently heard a local rock station's bumper ad saying something to the effect of “we're the radio station your mother warned you about.”
How sad, I thought. I would bet that the target demographic for this station is males over 40. It would be hard to imagine anything more pathetic than middle-aged men still listening to music because they thought it would make their parents mad.
In the wreckage of our moral collapse, the United States no longer is the exporter of stability and Christian values. Instead, it finds itself a debtor nation that can't balance its budget or control its borders, and has gone from the most admired nation in the world to increasingly the most hated.
Now the cultural oligarchs use the baby boomers as foils for the next generation as seen in music videos, commercials and shows oriented to younger people. White males 40 and older are almost always portrayed as mindless dupes whom everyone ignores or laughs at. Every father, principal or other authority figure shown in most kids' programming more resembles Homer Simpson than Ward Cleaver.
It is a bittersweet irony that some of those who were raised to worship being cool now see the epitome of uncool every time they look in the mirror.
Now the boomers, with their bodies sagging from age, see their 401(k)s flounder, their Social Security and Medicare imperiled and the disturbing levels of social rot that has germinated out of their pop scene. Some are beginning to understand why their fuddy-duddy parents held fast to their outdated values.
Maybe they were right. Maybe we should pay as we go, fulfill our commitments, go to church, and not engage in nihilistic and self-destructive behavior.
Many of the aging boomers, hemorrhoids bulging and eyesight weakening, are starting to understand that the cultural oligarchs exploited them. For some, however, the tragic lesson has come too late.
Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll indeed.