My generation is pretty weird.
Generation X is the bridge between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. We’re pretty independent and we can be very sarcastic to the point where we almost come off as callous.
We’re the latchkey kids, left on our own by our parents that were busy working and making money in one of the greatest economies of all time.
As a result, we’re naturally inquisitive. We had to search out most of the answers to the questions we had because our parents weren’t around that much to answer them.
Our world was formed by the excess of the 1980s, so by the time we came of age to shape the world how WE wanted to, we decided that we needed something a bit less greedy.
This attitude was reflected in the music of our time – music that had the political power of the 60s with the sonic power of 70s rock.
We had bands like Rage Against The Machine, REM, U2, and a host of others.
Our mantra was a line from Zack de la Rocha, the lyricist for Rage Against The Machine, who said over and over in a chorus, “F**K YOU, I won’t do what you tell me.”
We were sick of the pop culture of the 80s and moved towards something much darker…
And we started to loathe everything that was once revered.
What Is Wrong With Generation X?
So, my generation started shaping their world, trying to right the wrongs they thought happened to them.
We got political correctness. We got kids’ sports with no scoring allowed and everybody playing, regardless of skill. We got boutique coffee shops and dogs in shoes.
And I fear that Generation X—my very own generation—made this world a much softer place.
That being said, the stuff we railed about when we were young is now out of favor.
The stuff we wanted—more socially conscious governing, more social programs, a more environmentally friendly, more “lovey-dovey” stuff—is now at the forefront of our society…and I have to admit, it’s crap.
Worse than that, I think it’s killing our country. Our influence on the Millennials and Gen Z only made them like us, just 10 times more unbearable.
Everything we hated—law, order, financial success through hard work—that’s all counter-culture…as are our Conservative values.
If You’re A Conservative, You’re Punk Rock
When I was in my teens, skateboarding more than I was doing homework, I was really into punk rock. The energy and anger of the music fueled me.
Well, for some reason, over the past couple of years, I’ve been rediscovering that music.
Bands that I haven’t listened to in years—Black Flag, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys—have found their way back into my musical rotation and I’ve finally realized why…
It fuels me just as much now.
The anger that these men had back in the 80s is flowing through my veins today.
Every time I see a Liberal cry, whine, or toot their social justice horn, it drives me crazy, and my musical tastes are starting to reflect that.
It really started when I realized that many of the people I can’t stand interacting with on social media are from MY generation.
It made me realize that Generation X got or is getting everything they wanted…and it sucks.
We didn’t know how good we had it, but we’re finding out now just how big of a mistake we made.
Oh well. At least there are some of us out there fighting the good fight…
Maybe it’ll be enough to wake up our sleeping compatriots who are fine giving up freedom for security and social justice.
God, I hope so – because if we don’t, America is doomed.
Whether you know it or not, if you have Conservative values, you’re now the antithesis of what is popular in our culture…
Whether you know it or not, you’re now a punk rocker in the purest sense of term.
Welcome to the counter culture!
“To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.” – Patti Smith