Generation Zero: Documentary Film Review
Generation Zero is the title of a new documentary that explores how the Social Liberal ideologies of the Woodstock Generation led to the collapse of our financial system in America.
The Woodstock Generation rejected the traditions, customs, and mores of the Greatest Generation; the generation that had lived through the Great Depression and World War Two. The Greatest Generation built a society in the 1950s that is often the target of ridicule and derision by Social Liberals. It was the greatest country in the history of the world.
The country that was bequeathed to the Baby Boomers had the highest standard of living ever seen on Earth. The traditional family was the foundation of American society. The women of the time lavished love on their children; they focused on creating the best possible home environment for their families. For no other reason than this, the feminist movement lambasted these women as oppressed, less-than-whole women.
Divorce and out-of-wedlock childbirth were seriously discouraged until the 1970s, when both became celebrated as casting off the shackles of old-fashioned, out dated values. Since then both have increased by 800%--even with abortion coming into vogue to keep the numbers of the latter down. In fact, half of the fifty-five million aborted children would have been paying taxes, and helping to support the Social Security program by now if they were living. Implicit in all of this, is the rejection of one of the cornerstones of American history: personal responsibility.
Personal responsibility has been replaced by a self-centered, narcissistic world-view. The passage of welfare laws has helped to make this possible by making it attractive for people to do as little as possible to succeed in life, knowing the labors of others would be confiscated on their behalf; while at the same time making it clear to women that they were better off economically without a husband.
Social Liberals infested the Supreme Court, and for the first time in American history our country’s highest court cast God, the Bible, and prayer out of our public schools. This was a sharp blow against the traditional values that had formed the bedrock of what was America.
As our society became more godless; abortion, perversion, pornography, and promiscuity ran amok. The effect of all of this has been the creation of the most troubled, confused, unknowledgeable citizenry America has ever had; an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases; fractured families; and millions of children with no idea who their daddy is.
The financial crisis in America is a cultural crisis. It is no coincidence that the dot.com boom, bubble, and bust occurred during the late 1990s. That was precisely the time that the Greatest Generation of conservative businessmen retired from the workforce.
It was because of these men that the old adage of Business being allied with Conservative Republicans came about. This is now a long outdated belief. The new corporate, banking, and Wall Street power brokers are mostly Social Liberals who are in alliance with the leaders of the Democratic party.
The same spirit of narcissism that destroyed the traditional family is still at work. This can be easily discerned by noticing the $70B in bonuses given out in 2008, and again in 2009, to the failed gamblers working for firms that received taxpayer funded bailouts to the tune of Two Trillion Dollars.
Labor unions have exacerbated the financial problems. Backed by Liberal Democrats, they gained the power to shut down American manufacturing firms through strikes and closed shops. Eventually, they gained wages and pensions ($75 per hour at GM) that priced America right out of the global market. But far worse than the cost of labor directly, were the union work rules that absolutely ruined the work ethic for which Americans were once world famous.
It is one thing to have workers paid ten times what they are in Japan or China when they build superior products, as we once did; it is quite another when the products are shoddily made. Unionism is the first step to Communism, said Karl Marx.
American manufacturing, which once exported goods throughout the world, has virtually disappeared. This has created a trade deficit that is a huge part of our current financial crisis. 6.5 million jobs have been lost in the last two years. But this has not slowed consumption by Americans. We consume 5% more per year of the world's resources than we produce. We can only do this by borrowing, personally and as a nation.
The policies of Social Liberals have directly led to a concentration of power in Washington, D.C. States, counties, and local governments have less and less control over their own communities as the federal government usurps their jurisdiction. This has led to the powerful lobbyists who last year spent $3B to influence 536 people.
The environmental movement of Social Liberals killed nuclear power plant building; the construction of gas refineries; and the drilling for oil and gas. This helped make America dependent on foreign energy sources, upsetting our balance of trade.
The Social Liberals have created mountains of regulations—and the bureaucracies to enforce them—that have stifled American business. The largest corporations have welcomed this movement because it squashes all of the smaller, innovative players who cannot comply, or even understand, the regulatory requirements.
Helping to concentrate power in Washington are the movements that Social Liberals imposed on American society including affirmative action, multiculturalism, diversity, political correctness, and domestic-partner benefits--all of which are implemented and enforced by the federal government. Multiculturalism has damaged traditional American values, which it denigrates while glorifying failed cultures.
The United States is now $12T in debt--$7T owed to foreigners. Our entire national wealth is $50T and that exact amount is owed in future payments for Social Security and other entitlements to the Baby Boomers who begin retiring next year.
The only people who seem to see where this is headed--the collapse of our nation--are the Tea Party people. Naturally, the liberal mass media—long ago conquered by Social Liberals—vilifies them. Why are they vilified? Who are they? That’s simple; they are a group of decent, hard-working Americans who believe in traditional values and fiscal responsibility.
The reaction of Social Liberals to the financial crisis, led by their president, Barack Obama, is to blame Capitalism itself as the villain and take over control of the manufacturing, banking, and insurance industries, thereby concentrating even more power in Washington. Word has been circulating that Socialism--or even Communism--has new wind in its sails. It was unmistakably Capitalism that made America great in the first place, but federal control over public schools has duped our young citizens into believing otherwise.
Barack Obama has increased the federal budget deficit from $400B to $1.3T in one year. While focused on phony problems such as global warming or health care, Obama and his Social Liberal cohorts are quadrupling deficit spending and quadrupling the money supply—devaluing the dollar to where it soon may no longer be the global standard. The 2010 budget deficit is equal to the entire 2001 federal budget.
If the $2T stimulus and bailout money had instead been given to the working middle class, it would have meant $40,000 per worker. Surely that would have stimulated the economy. The biggest problem is that Social Liberals do not believe in free enterprise.
The Dumbing Down of America
The problems in America run deeper than even all of this. The affirmative action, political correctness, and diversity movements Social Liberals have foisted upon America have ultimately meant that the best and the brightest--in public schools, universities, and corporations--no longer rise to the top. This has had tragic consequences.
Identity politics, envy, and a spoils system have taken the place of true competition. The case of the New Haven firefighters, where 17 persons were denied what they earned because they were white males, is only the tip of the iceberg in a nation where mediocrity is rewarded ahead of excellence as long as one is in the right group, and as long as the end result can be seen as politically correct. Imagine this same thing going on nationwide for twenty years or so. Well, it has.
Instead of earning and deserving advancement in society; it is now seen as an entitlement. This ultimately destroys the idea that Americans are responsible for the outcome of their own lives. Our national character is seriously devalued. Standards are lowered. The American Way is disdained. Traditional values are discarded.
The Communist ideal of "To each according to their need; from each according to their ability" has new life—the very opposite of personal responsibility for the success or failure of ones own life. This can be seen in the extreme by the number of the young trying (and oft times succeeding) to get on lifelong governmental disability payments (SSI) because one leg is shorter than the other, or they are allergic to alarm clocks.
The Community Reinvestment Act was another boondoggle of Social LIberals. This Act meant that loans had to be extended to people with lousy credit and no way to repay the loans--if they were in the correct identity group.
The Self-Esteem movement of Social Liberals helped to create all of this in our citizenry by praising kids for nothing, and more or less looking down on true achievement. No matter how lazy or dumb you are; YOU ARE GREAT! And so were your ancestors. Go ahead and be obese. You are still great. Why? Because you are breathing!
This whole mindset is why we have $100B of fraudulent claims in Medicare and Medicare each year. It's not about what you can do for your country. It's about what your country can do for you.
The Americans of the 1950s saved money. They didn't buy a house or car unless they could pay cash for it; or at least put down 10-20% in cash. They didn't buy anything else on credit. They lived within their means. They largely stayed married to the benefit of their finances and their children.
They believed in legacy: that they owed a debt to the dead who came before them; and to the generations who would come after them. Today, a common response to the question of “what about future generations?” is "I'll be dead by then."
The Greatest Generation built the most Christian nation on Earth. With that came the Protestant or Puritan Work Ethic. Thrift, Prudence, Virtue--these three are now laughed at by Social Liberals.
The immigration laws were changed drastically by Social Liberals beginning in the 1960s. No longer did America admit immigrants based on what they had to offer to America. Now it was based on admitting as many third-world peoples as possible.
When that didn't prove to be enough, the illegal immigration movement was supported, to flood the country with any poor sap as long as he wasn't white. Why? Because Social Liberals knew that people of color would vote for them, become dependent on the government, and develop a lifelong need for their social programs.
It's a Brave New World
In the 1950s life was not perfect. Life is never perfect. But America was the richest nation on Earth. It was filled with strong families, marriages that lasted, and good jobs. The killing of the unborn was extremely rare; bastard children were few; divorce was unusual; Americans honored God for the blessings he has bestowed upon our nation. We were rich.
Today, we are pacified by pharmaceuticals, 24-hour cable television to provide distraction, Internet pornography as a portal to evil, the government dole to back us up. The young are riddled with sexually transmitted diseases, they think nothing of killing their unborn children, and it is routine to have fatherless children.
We are obese, we have driven manufacturing out of the country, we are self-absorbed, the world owes us, we are told we’re great when we are not, our failings are not our fault, and our nation has piles of debts it can’t pay. We are morally, culturally, and financially bankrupt. America is broken and broke.