Quote of the week

Many of the horrible things that happened to this country in recent years started at the nonexistent 704 Hauser Street in Queens:

For those too young to remember, or too old to remember, Rob Reiner is famous for having played the character “Meathead” on the popular 70’s TV show All In The Family. The show was supposed to mock traditional Americans, particularly blue collar Americans, but the public received it mostly as a celebration of normal people at a time when normals were under assault from liberals, hippies and various other degenerates. Rob Reiner’s character came to represent what had gone wrong with the country.

Meathead was a loudmouth know-it-all boomer, who enjoyed lecturing his father-in-law about the terribleness of America and the men that had made the country. The irony was that Meathead lived off the people he ridiculed. Archie, the patriarch, worked and paid the bills while his daughter and son-in-law lived in his house. It was a perfect metaphor for what was happening in the country. The parasites were determined to kill the host, but in the mean time they were perfectly willing to enjoy the fruits the host had accumulated.

Years ago, the great Paul Gottfried remarked that the country had long been taken over by the Meathead generation and their ethics. The Archie Bunkers were all gone. By that he meant traditional working and middle class America had been lost and the country was now run by fashionable liberals, who occupied the first ruling elite in history to be actively working to destroy the foundation on which it rests. Look around the culture and all the high ground is occupied by degenerate boomers, who carry on as if it is still 1968.

There is, as there almost always is, an upside:

That means if you are a young alt-right trouble maker, you only have another decade or so to put up with degenerates like Rob Reiner. This realization may be at the heart of the hysteria we see in the ruling class. Rasping geezers like Hillary Clinton look around and see their time is just about done. They also see that what is forming up behind them is a giant cultural eraser, ready to rub out any trace of what her cohort leaves behind. Her “Basket of Deplorables” are young dudes and dudettes in hazmat suits, ready for cleanup.

I will, however, insist that Reiner’s magnum opus, This Is Spinal Tap, be preserved for posterity. Nobody, with the possible exception of Paul Ehrlich, is wrong all the time.


  1. ETat »

    11 September 2016 · 9:49 am

    Thank you for this post. I lead me to bunch of interesting internal links and even more interesting comment treads.

  2. Roy »

    11 September 2016 · 11:23 am

    Yeah, the show did portray boomers in a bad light. But not all of us are or were like the meathead. And never forget that every generation is a product of the ones that came before it. Archie’s air headed daughter was raised by…

  3. Lorna »

    11 September 2016 · 12:22 pm

    I didn’t know this show at all, not just because I was born in the 80’s but I think because I am in the UK too so we didn’t see things like this. It sounds really interested though and I always think the ‘don’t bit the hand that feeds you’ saying is apt for this too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  4. Roger Green »

    11 September 2016 · 9:30 pm

    Lorna – there was a UK show called From Death Do Us Part, from 1965-75, which was the inspiration for All in the Family. Before your time, but…

  5. nightfly »

    12 September 2016 · 1:13 pm

    Archie’s airheaded daughter was raised, not just by Edith and him, but by the useful tools in the government educational system, who were captured first; by the devolution of reporting into journalism, while public opinion and trust were still high; finally, by the entertainment industry reinforcing all those lessons.

    This accelerated in my time, when economic necessity and family erosion meant either only one parent left, or two parents working and thus not as readily-available to counteract the acidic influences eating away at the culture.

  6. fillyjonk »

    12 September 2016 · 3:35 pm

    I think now I’m happy to be an “invisible” Gen Xer (raised by “Silent Generation” parents, so I’m actually a lot more curmudgeonly and cranky than some of my peers who were children of flower-children)

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