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The un-American generation.

Why do conservatives think the future belongs to them? Their power behind the throne in Washington, Grover Norquist, recently explained to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo:

"We've had four more years pass where the age cohort that is most Democratic and most prostatist, are those people who turned 21 years of age between

1932 and 1952--Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, Social Security, the draft--all that stuff. That age cohort is now between the ages of seventy and ninety years old. And every year, two million of them die.... This is an age cohort that voted for a draft before the war started and allowed the draft to continue for twenty-five years after the war was over. Their idea of the legitimate role of the state is radically different from anything previous generations knew, or subsequent generations."

If you doubt that Norquist would have really said this, I hasten to add that these words are taken from the conservative Weekly Standard, which, after Slate and The New Republic had published translations from El Mundo of Norquist's remarks, and distrusting those accounts for obvious reasons, acquired an actual tape of the statement. Norquist went on to describe what others have called the Greatest Generation as "very un-American."

From everything I know about Norquist and conservatives of his ilk, they really do hate the idea of government help for the needy, whose misfortune they attribute to defects of character while their own prosperity has nothing to do with the government subsidies they have been able to wangle, the taxes they have managed to evade, or the silver spoon that was often theirs at birth, but is solely attributable to their own talent and hard work. Most of all, they hate the thought that their sons and daughters might be required to share the burden of defending this country instead of being able to hire the less fortunate as substitutes. After all, they have, as Dick Cheney puts it, "other priorities."
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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