Dougj, at Balloon Juice, wrote a post that struck a real cord with me.
I do get sick of the way everything revolves around boomer narratives. We all joke about hippie-punching, but when Joe Klein goes off on the “far left” (or whatever he calls us now), that is what he thinks he’s doing. And the electorate is polarized along age lines as never before (since the advent of demographically detailed exit polls), though the greatest divide is between those over 65 (who are too old to be boomers) and those under 30, not between Leno’s generation and Conan’s.
The string doing a reverb in my cranium is that the baby boomers won't get out of the way, and have taken to blaming everyone else for their failure to be what they think they are. See, lately, I've had this boomer jerkoff bitching a fit to me that people got stuff done in the '60s and '70s because they were organized, ORGANIZED I TELL YOU, and now people can't do things because they aren't "organized". WTF, you baby booming assholes! The vast majority of baby boomers are still around. If they think that organization is the key to social change, why are they being so fucking lame about doing it? Why are they tasking the generation that represents the lull in the population curve to achieve the mighty heights that they did? They're still around, right? Where is the march of mid 50 to 60 year olds on the capital to end the Afghan war or provide a Medicare buy in?
As Dougj indicates, the boomers will pass their legacy on to their children, Gen X and GenY. I would think, if their values are what they claim to be, they would be passing an activist legacy onto the youth of today, whatever that ends up being called. Most of Gen X are Reagan babies, and many support the teabaggers. They can organize, alright, but they do so at the expense of their parents. If the boomers are all that, then some and a little bit more, shouldn't they be rebelling against their children instead of expecting us 'cusp' folk to do it for them?
(For the record, Barack Obama, many in his cabinet, myself and most of my friends are 'cusp folk'. Our parents were born before, during or slightly after the Great War. Our parents weren't hippy organizers of the sixties. We are neither baby boomers, nor the children of said. We have been called the 'forgotten generation', due to the overwhelming might of the Boomers. For many of us to be tasked now to fulfill the holy orders of the Boomer's quest, just pisses us off.)