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Dear Abby: Millennials vs. Boomers

The following letter appeared in a "Dear Abby" column this week:

DEAR ABBY: I have a question for you and your readers. Why have baby boomers failed in the way they raised their children?

We were raised with honor, respect for authority (even a little fear), integrity, a hard work ethic, honesty, etc. The millennial generation, for the most part, lacks all of those qualities. They don't want to work, can't get off their mobile devices and don't want to leave home. They expect their parents to take care of them, and have no appreciation and no respect.

I'm not saying they are all that way, but the majority I have encountered are. I blame it on parents who didn't raise them with the same values they grew up with. What's your take on this, Dear Abby? How do we fix it? -- ANONYMOUS IN CALIFORNIA

I was struck by the hypocrisy of this letter.  I'm looking at the current election and wondering where in the world the writer got this idea?

I see a lot of baby boomers at Donald Trump rallies. These are people who support a racist, misogynistic man who boasts about how he cheated on at least two out of three wives--but baby boomers were raised with honor and integrity?  Donald Trump's father handed an enormous fortune to him, and Trump proceeded to wipe it out in a trail of bankruptcies, but baby boomers were raised with a hard work ethic?  Donald Trump makes fun of the handicapped and of women, he yells at babies, and he advocates violence against his opponents, but baby boomers were raised to respect authority, while millennials have none?

Let's be clear here.  Donald Trump has shown us that a large segment of the American population are crass, bigoted, selfish, racist, close-minded people including the above-mentioned baby boomers.

Not all baby boomers are like this, certainly.  But to claim that all baby boomers are saints while all millennials are lazy, slack-jawed dullards is ludicrous and short-sighted.

Abby was kinder than I would have been.  She responded:

DEAR ANONYMOUS: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to your question, and frankly, whether the millennial generation lacks the qualities you listed is a matter of perspective. I would hesitate to paint a picture of an entire generation with one brushstroke. Readers, what do you think?

I'm interested in seeing what she publishes in a few weeks.



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Aug. 31st, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
I was just talking to a millenial the other day about how the rudest customers are the old white men: they flick money across the counter and make cracks about how women always want your money.
Aug. 31st, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2016 02:29 am (UTC)

Amen. I think you nailed the hypocracy right on the head.  I have gotten through my entire life without knowing I was Gen-X until someone caused me to look it up recently.  We should be seeking points of commonality with one another, not creating artificial differences.

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