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Monday, March 14, 2011

Outrage At The Children Then, At The Parents Now

Ann Althouse posted a video about Ronald Reagan's criticism of the Berkeley protests in the 1960s, which includes this comment by Michael Rossman (at 1:22 of the clip):
"He won by pandering to a citizenry that is outraged by what these terrible insolent ungrateful children were doing on the campuses."
Times have changed. 

Republicans won in November 2010 by pandering to a citizenry that was outraged not at what the children were doing on campuses, but by what parents were doing in Washington, D.C.



(Bonus question:  What sentence from Reagan's speech appears to be the template for a famous line from the movie Animal House?)

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8 comments:

  1. Well, the children then are the parents now.

    It's the same terrible, insolent, ungrateful people.

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  2. So Neidermeyer was channeling Reagan during the campus hearing against Delta House? Great catch there.

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  3. So, @David, which sentence is it? I haven't seen that movie since it came out in '78.

    And - @Luke: those children are actually the GRAND-parents of many of these kids. A whole generation is showing the fruit of that poisonous age.

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  4. Is the sentence: "As a matter of fact, I have here a copy of a report....." as the paper is flicked open? Man, I need to go back now and watch that movie!

    Thanks, Professor, for giving me another excuse to waste some time. Jk jk, of course. ;)

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  6. Doug Neidermeyer: And most recently of all, a "Roman Toga Party" was held from which we have received more than two dozen reports of individual acts of perversion SO profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits listing them here.

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  7. Well it's official now after 45 years of self discovery:

    The morally bankrupt generation is now financially bankrupt.

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  8. Like I've said many times at my blog, until the sixties generation dies off or retires we'll be beset with their childish and selfish mindset. The question is will we survive long enough to get rid of it, or will the second generation- trained by the sixties group- be worse?

    All kidding aside is there a difference between Wisconsin and Berkley of the sixties? The people, by and large, as the same. Just older, slower and more intent on cash than principle.

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