P.J. O’Rourke at The Daily Beast implores ‘hipsters’ to vote in order to save us from Ted Cruz:
‘I’m ethnically Republican. (I know you young people understand Identity Politics.) My grandmother was born in the 19th century near Springfield, Illinois, where the only Democrat anybody had ever heard of was John Wilkes Booth.’
I suspect some of the idealism, bloat and dysfunction of our current politics has its roots in the 60’s ‘me’ generation solipsism embraced, then later satirized, by O’Rourke. It’s tough to stay hip these days, as both parties have enormous populist vs. establishment rifts, but he’s giving it a go.
A former radical and democratic socialist fossil from the 60’s doing combat against a rather unprincipled career pol endlessly seeking political power on the Clinton brand name is ripe for satire as well, I should think.
This is our current polito-sphere, as of the winter solstice, December 21st, 2015, America. We’ve earned it:
Above are the people who want to lead us, America, and they’re probably not the best among us.
Addition: Do you want a Jeb instead of a Cruz? Is this a form of establishment defense old-timey nostalgia against Trump’s populist success upon which Cruz is drafting?
As previously posted:
The baby-boomers are still talking about themselves, and perhaps it’s still important.
A line by O’Rourke which stirs libertarian sympathies:
‘We’re creating a political system upon which everybody is dependent.’
Did the 60’s counter-culture and the conservative counter-counter culture both win, in a sense?
Christopher Hitchens, William F. Buckley and Peter Robinson discuss below, including the sexual revolution: