Daniels can’t think of too much positive to say since he has been pretty much non-existent this year during Indiana’s legislative session.   So at Butler University’s recent graduation at which he gave a speech, he decided to trash the “Boomer” generation with a mea culpa of  “don’t be like us.”

Photo Credit:  Indy.com (Alan Petersime)


Oh, come on.  It really is time now – 40 years later – to get over blaming Boomers.  I have heard ad nauseum for decades now how the Boomers have ruined the world.  It really gets old – especially when it isn’t true.  Since my generation of the 1960s, two more generations have entered the world’s stage – and have done quite a bit to mess things up.  These youngsters are also called the “me” generations.

Those born in the 1970s have been dubbed Generation X (born to the Baby Boomers) and those born in the 1980s and 1990s have been dubbed Generation Y (Echo Boomers).  Both of these groups are today’s young people, those who also have been accused of being selfish and taking for granted that the self comes first.

But since Daniels is having a tough time in his home state legislative endeavors, he has decided to deflect attention from the real shape of Indiana’s finances and jump on the old saw that the Boomers really messed things up.  And, wow, he actually believes he has the power to seek forgiveness by saying “we’re sorry – don’t be like us.”

If he thought he would get rave reviews, he was wrong.  Many disliked his negative tone and felt his speech belonged in a different venue.  Some felt it was simply a “put-off.”  I guess Daniels decided not to follow the old adage that “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.”

But ya got give the guy credit – at least he stayed true to his character:  nothing to say, so cry and whine and find a scapegoat for his lack of inspiring advice.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Marymary says:

    This is just speculation of course, but I think that Daniels is naturally a negative person who has to struggle to seem positive when he campaigns. Take him out of campaign mode, and his real personality comes out. You’d think that someone would have advised him to take a more positive tone at a college graduation.

  2. Pete C says:

    As a member of the Me Generation, he could have been clearer by saying, “Don’t be like ME.” But what are the chances of that. It’s like Dubya’s line, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on — shame on — uh…”

    Per the linked article, the Midwich Cuckoos generation didn’t follow the good example of their parents’ and/or their grandparents’ generations. That’s hilarious. I think you can extend it all the way back to the beginning of history. But wait a minute — the Boomers didn’t go wild on speculation and dance on the edge of a new depression? Didn’t become company men and build their nests in bedroom communities? Didn’t take a shot at another American Century and a new gilded age?

  3. Patrick says:

    Yes, don’t be like those kids in the 60s and get involved…

  4. Iceironman says:

    As I have said before, the greatest generation gave birth to the worst (ideals,selfishness, etc). Dont take this personaly, this is a generality.

  5. Patrick:

    I just wonder when the two succeeding generations after us Baby Boomers will actually start giving a crap about what happens in the world and do something instead of fiddling with all their gadgets and making sure their kids have every technology toy possible. The more technology we use, the more we lose a part of our minds.

    Personally I think the last two generations have been among the most self-centered and selfish in our history.

    By the way, I am going to order your book – The Revolutionary Artist: John Lennon’s Radical Years. Lennon is one of my idols. When I hear “Beautiful, Beautiful Boy” it makes me so sad to think that he never got to see his son grow up.

    I really wonder whatever happened to the activism of my generation? I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s and graduated from high school in 1966 – smack in the middle of the Vietnam War. Young people actually cared and marched and got jailed for what they believed in.

    Where is that spirit today? Everyone just sits back and lets the corporate world control everything with the result that the American worker is no longer even a factor.

    Power to the people!

  6. Ice:

    Sorry, but your generalization is based on what you actually think. You are generalizing to all people of my generation – and that includes me. So it is a little hard to not take it personally.

    I have sons who fall into the “X” generation, and I would never think to say that it is the worst generation ever – why? Because it includes my sons, and I don’t consider them belonging to a “worst” generation. They may belong to a self-centered and selfish generation, but I hardly think any generation has a corner on being the worst.

  7. Ice:

    By the way, what is wrong with ideals?

  8. Iceironman says:

    Ideals are great when they are for good. The ideals I refer to are things like telling women they dont need a man, men are dominators (led to high divorce rates). Ideals like telling people they need to belong to groups so they will have strength, even though strength comes from within ones self and should not need a group to feel power and esteem. Ideals in the likes of William Aryes, that killing was justified so long as the outcome is good in their views. The likes of Aryes who hates America and loves communism, he is an idle, a master mind of the liberals of the sixties and today. The ideals that the higher education in this country is nothing more than a social gathering of liberals.

    I would call it a close 2nd for Gen x but since they never actually spit on soldiers, the hippy generation still wins first prize.

    PS we did gather about a month ago, you know the half million across the nation. But that doesnt count? We are just rednecks, anti tax, anti spend, put country before govt, hillbilly racists. Funny how that was forgotten. Just because it isnt about war doesnt mean we were and are not motivated.

  9. Ice:

    Ah – the good old “If I agree with certain ideals, they are good, but if I disagree, they’re bad” position.

    The divorce rate has increased for a number of reasons. Some of the reasons are absolutely legitimate – like not remaining in an abusive marriage, either mentally or physically.

    How is it on one hand, you trash the ideal of group strength, and, then on the other hand, talk about how groups (500,000 strong) got together recently and how great that was. Your statements are complete contradictions.

    Come on – enough with the Ayres crap. I don’t even remember him, and, I bet most didn’t even remember his name until the McCainster and the Palinite decided to make him a household word last year.

    You really need to go look up the definition of “liberal” once again. Oh heck, I’ll save you the trouble:

    1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
    2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
    3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
    4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
    5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
    6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
    7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
    8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

    Look through the definition – I see a lot of good ideals expressed by the word “liberal.”

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