[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Your Default Assumption Should Be That Everything Corporate Media Says Is A Lie

Unjabbed Austrians Now Face PRISON If They Do Not Comply

Supreme Court Justice Barrett Tips Hat to Bodily Autonomy in Vaccine Mandate Debate

THE STAGE IS SET FOR ALL SMALL AND GREAT, RICH AND POOR

Here’s A Picture Of The Loudoun Rapist The Superintendent Claimed Was Not ‘Gender-Fluid’

Ursula von der Leyen says time Europe eyed mandatory vaccination

AIDS Drugs Tested On Foster Kids

Have you seen the document dump on the Pfizer vaccine data? It's a bombshell. No wonder the FDA fought to keep it hidden for 55 years.

World Economic Forum Sees Synthetic Biology as Force to Reset Living Systems

Morning Greatness: Biden Greeted in Minnesota with ‘FJB’ and ‘You Suck’ Signs

Jussie Smollett should face justice for hurting race relations in America — and undercutting the real victims

IT was CusTer’s cavalry ... who blocked Lee’s forces aT AppomaTTox --- forced The whiTe flag of surrender.

Jamie Dimon’s quick kowtow after telling truth on communist China

Progressives forget that parents are in charge of kids’ education

NH Public Health Policy Has Officially Killed More “Kids” than COVID

CLIF HIGH AND DAVID NINO RODRIGUEZ - 11-26-21

Smartphones and Social Media - A Mass Surveillance Dystopia

In The Pacific NorThwest ... members of survivalisT movemenTs --- are growing in number ( 2016)

Biden-Harris dream team suddenly Dems' worst nightmare after just 10 months

Democrats' deepest fears

If GOP wins in 2022, they must investigate Biden family corruption

BOOM: Trump Gets Even MORE Good News From 5 Key Battleground States

The Corrupt Media Did Not Fall For The Russia Collusion Hoax. They Were Part Of It

Attempts barred to Access Info about Brandon's daughter!

How Facebook and Google Actually Fund the Creation of Misinformation

Build Back Better’s tax hikes will squeeze Americans long into the future — yet still won’t cover its spending

Whistleblower Videos Capture Pennsylvania Election Officials Destroying Evidence

Feehery: The next Republican wave is coming

FULL RELEASE: Ashley Biden Diary Reveals Child Sex Trauma, Drug Abuse, Resentment For Joe – Whistleblower

Proof that AG Garland misled Congress about silencing parents who dissent

Trump ... ‘ The USA is ' --- ' a Radicalized Mess’

IT’S NOT JUST WHITE PEOPLE: DEMOCRATS ARE LOSING NORMAL VOTERS OF ALL RACES

Pinkerton: Joe Biden and John Kerry’s Green Great Reset Punishes America, Rewards China

Are You Better Off Today Than You Were 10 Months Ago? (Does a bear sh-t in the woods?_

Byron York's Daily Memo: The Biden White House dumpster fire

Washington Post edits and adds editor's notes to at least a dozen Steele dossier stories

Media ... sacrifices RiTTenhouse --- aT alTar of iTs lies

Byron York's Daily Memo: When Adam Schiff loved the dossier

SANHEDRIN BEGINS TO PREPARE OIL TO ANOINT KING MESSIAH/KOHEN GADOL

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

The Russian ATTack On Ukraine ... Has Already Begun --- Biden Will Do NoThing To STop IT

“The only Thing ThaT sTands beTween The new way of life ... The currenT way of life is - frankly --- hesiTancy To vaccinaTions,” he said.

Joe Biden is all-in for open borders

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney concedes election loss to GOP trucker Edward Durr

Virginia Paves the Way for Trump’s Return

Astro World Hell - First hand account - My prayers go out to everyone involved

Mississippi to launch mobile ID program with digital driver’s licenses and vaccine cards

Joe Biden just keeps on lying to the American public: Devine

Democrat Governor Who Pushed for Trump's Tax Returns Didn't Pay Income Tax for Years

CNN - Sesame STreeT Team Up ... To Push Vaccine Propaganda --- for Very Young Children


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

Opinions/Editorials
See other Opinions/Editorials Articles

Title: Colin Powell and the Crisis of the Boomer Elite
Source: [None]
URL Source: https://townhall.com/columnists/kur ... s-of-the-boomer-elite-n2597632
Published: Oct 19, 2021
Author: Kurt Schlichter
Post Date: 2021-10-19 06:29:18 by A K A Stone
Keywords: None
Views: 37

You need to understand that in a society where religion has gone out of fashion, the elite has to canonize secular saints as examples for the people it proposes to rule. The elite needs a quasi-religious justification to feel superior, and if it is not divine right that grants them that dispensation, it must be their own inherent superiority. This is why is so vital for them to feel smart – and why you see nonsense like signs reading “We believe in science” on the lawns of suburban wine women who contend that Kaden has become Katy through the power of wanting to be a girl. But our current elite, especially the Boomer establishment, was much less smart than it thought, and it has a track record of failure that requires an accounting. Therefore, when an aging Boomer within the upper reaches of the elite passes on, it is worthwhile to examine his life closely.

Colin Powell is a prime example of that passing generation of the elite and the current crisis of leadership in our country. Many who knew him respected him greatly, and attempts to turn him into a comical failure are as meritless as those who seek to make him an icon. He was a mixed bag, as most of us are – though Washington seems to have more sacks of unmitigated Schiff than anywhere else.

The general died of COVID after, as all the elite-simping people writing the news reports assured us, he had been vaccinated multiple times. They had to get that in – they had to reassure the faithful that the general was no heretic despite his sad end. His passing was noted exactly as one would expect for a mandarin of the elite. The mainstream hailed him; the rebel media pointed out his faults. Predictably, his obituaries put great store in the fact that he was “the first black” whatever, reducing his achievements – and he did have achievements – to a mere accident of birth. Moreover, the repeated reassurances that he had been “fully vaccinated” only served to highlight the lie we were sold that the vaccine was perfect protection.

Powell represents the mixture of good and bad that makes our boomer establishment’s failure so troubling. He performed adequately – decades ago, in Vietnam, and in the Gulf War where soldiers in it (like me) found him a firm and reassuring leader. The guy was brave in battle. He got wounded and he was a competent general. But so was Robert Mueller, except the general part. Lots of the Boomer elite surfed achievements from the sixties all the way in.

Back then, the elite at least had an entry turnstile that was more than just getting some worthless degree from some allegedly prestigious college. Powell stepped on a punji stick, which strikes me as a pretty good qualification for future leadership. Hell, all I got in my deployments was a sunburn and appendicitis.

But let’s be very clear about Powell’s total failure once he became one of the Washington wise men. He accepted the false WMD narrative and put his prestige behind it. Now, to be fair, I believed it too – I worked in that field during Gulf War 1.0 and understood the capabilities Saddam had then. But it turned out to be baloney a decade later, sparking the disaster that was Gulf War 2.0. From his public actions afterwards, Powell seemed outraged not so much by the war itself than the fact that being caught falsely pushing the meme damaged his credibility.

Powell became a reliably Democrat-voting Republican, the kind CNN would wheel out every election cycle to explain how actual Republicans are terrible. He was beloved in Washington as one of the wisemen because of this; it certainly helped wash off some of the stink of being caught up in the mustard gas fraud. Grimly, at the end, his passing exemplified the worst of the people he thought were the best and enjoyed being one of, with focus on his race and his taking of the vaxx sacrament and a soft-pedaling of his flaws.

Like many luminaries of the Boomer establishment, Powell provided a certain gravity and dignity to an elite rapidly filling up with young, woke, unaccomplished hacks. Though he was firmly on the side of the woke pronoun people by the end, he was not one of them. He picked up a rifle; they picked a gender. Powell was a serious man who found himself allied with unserious people.

But what did Colin Powell have to say to the rest of America? Sorry about the maimings and all the KIAs? He never gave any sense that he understood the forces that pushed Trump into the White House, and why would he? He was a four-star general, then the Secretary of State. These are potentates, and their encounters with the plebs are both rare and uncomfortable. He never had to make a payroll, never worried about the next mortgage payment. He entered West Point and never left the warm embrace of the establishment, whether as a soldier and diplomat in the government or in the quasi-governmental world that followed. So, it was no shock that the rise of Trump was a shock to him.

Powell gave no indication that he had any sense of the betrayals normal Americans felt, of the security stripped from them both economically and culturally by the policies of people like him. After all, the target of their populist anger was the insular ruling caste that he was a huge part of. Instead, it was easier for him to ascribe the rejection of people like him to their knuckle dragging ignorance or, more darkly, their racism.

But the American people did not reject Colin Powell and his ilk because the American people are bad, but because the elite is so bad at being elite. In DC, they will mourn Powell as a secular saint. In the rest of America, people will shrug.

At least he tried. He was a patriot, even if that fact was overshadowed by his membership in the Boomer establishment. And the generation of the establishment that follows his has already proven to be even worse.

Colin Powell, RIP.

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com