A Word for Generation W
Who can blame us really? Many of the comments to the recent post entitled "The Worst Generation", reflected a poor reaction to being criticized. Isn't that part of being coddled? The classic part for me was that the protests showed such vintage Worst Generation attitudes. Some blamed our parents which is just classic. Others didn't want to acknowledge that their success was anything but their own doing. One cited Rush Limbaugh saying the same thing about our group, although I'm sure Rush was using it to brag about his observational skills, rather than to criticize himself for being a reckless, pill-popping junkie. Indeed, the comments reflected such a strong Generation W profile, that I'm going to take a page from President Bush and invent a new word. The only difference between this and what he does is that I'm aware that I'm doing it. Perhaps my word will "resignate" with the people as much as some of his have. First, are you aware that the "resignate" word was delivered right here in good old Memorial Coliseum? That's a piece of American History, folks, which will mean even more if we're coming to the end of it. Anyone of us could have gone down to that rally and yelled out, "It's resonate, you idiot!" and maybe changed the course of the election. So really, when you think about it, the last 6 years could have been Portland's fault. But why dwell on that right now? It's about improving and changing course. I saw an NBC/Wall Street Journel poll tonight that said 81% of Americans think we're on the wrong track and that it's not just a blip but a long-term trend. 81% is quite a number, folks. We've got to get better at seeing ourselves. We need a new word to point out the foibles of our ways so we can speed up the process of correcting them. It turns out the term "The Worst Generation" is already widely in use, so I have to get more creative and contribute something else. Okay, here goes: It's half "adolescent" and it's have "Boomer". The new word is "boomescent." When you blame your parents for the mess we're in now, that is boomescent. When you take your parents' inheritance earned from decades of frugality and immediately blow it on expensive toys, that is boomescent, too. And when you invade a country for all the wrong reasons because you want to play cowboy and show you're a wartime president? Well, that's really putting the "Boom!" in boomescent. I like making new words. Too bad I was born overseas or I could parlay this into a run for president.