Welcome to the Paul Allen Generation
It’s fascinating to hear the Boomer outcry against Paul Allen right now. Aren’t we missing the big picture? What Paul has done to the Blazers, isn't that different from what the Boomers have done to the United States. A loss of reputation accompanied by huge financial problems? Sounds damn familiar to me.
I don’t think the Greatest Generation would have produced someone like Paul. He is just a magnified example of one of us. When we decry the Olympic team’s values, it’s almost like they were raised in limbo somewhere. No, we raised the US Olympic team. We instilled them with their value system. Look at Julia Mancuso, whose father did time for bringing 67 tons of pot into the country. She went on to win Olympic gold despite these things, not because of them. He was more concerned with Acapulco Gold.
So sure, hammer away at the whining spoiled rich kid who bought Jimi Hendrix guitars and sports teams, but he’s the perfect metaphor for us. We’ve been given an awful lot as well, and we’re screwing it up just as badly. Hell, if I had a 40-billion-dollar bank, I would have bought Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, too.