Loudon’s ‘Land of the Free’ Delusions

Dr. Gina Loudon is the Worldnetdaily’s go-to person to slam Obamacare, which means offering up hyperbolic and inaccurate criticisms that have no relationship to reality. But it turns out she’s as deluded about history as she is the health care market. How does someone write something this dumb with a straight face?

Some of this is generational. The World War II generation doted over their children, because many of them had seen the Great Depression. They wanted better for their children, so they tried to give them everything. They created the literal “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” and handed it to their Baby Boomers, who enjoyed it.

They ate and they drank. They didn’t always pay their bills, and they didn’t teach their children to do so, either. The Baby Boomers gave birth to the Gen Xers, who are having children now. The problem is human nature. The Baby Boomers and their Gen Xers sat on cruise control most of their lives, as the eager hogs of destruction in media and culture ate away everything their grandparents had worked so hard to give them – namely, freedom and courage.

Oi. First of all, this notion that the WW2 generation created the “literal” land of the free is ridiculous. Remember, this was also the generation that fought against desegregation and civil rights and had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world by those dreaded baby boomers. And I get so damn tired of this generational bullshit. Every generation thinks they were so much better than the one that came after it. The baby boomers were lazy hippie potheads according to their parents, then the baby boomers turned around and said the same thing about the “x generation” (that would be me) and now my fellow Gen Xers are saying the same thing about the “millenials.” They’re all full of shit.

The saddest part of all might be that in one administration, this president and his cronies have taken the hard-earned “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” and turned it into “The Land of the Enslaved Effeminates and the Home of the Cowards.”

Oh look, she thinks she’s being clever. I’m reminded of what Christopher Hitchens once said of PJ O’Rourke: She thinks she’s a wit — and she’s half-right.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • doublereed

    “Enslaved Effeminates”?

  • alanb

    I’m reminded of what Christopher Hitchens once said of PJ O’Rourke: She thinks she’s a wit — and she’s half-right.

    You have used this line at least a couple times, but I’m not sure that it is accurate. Hitchens did say it about Marty Peretz, however (For the Sake of Argument, 1993, p.112). Of course he was perfectly free to borrow his own words and use them for O’Rourke, who certainly deserves them. However, The Google has yet to lead me to a place where he did so.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, a mild attempt to prop up an small, opaque and failing section of the healthcare market, one built around supporting the preexisting structure, is one more sign of America’s decadence and continued fall.

    Learn from the lessons of history: Rome fell after the working class who didn’t get healthcare insurance through their employer got access to subsidized, private, health insurance on open, state or federal public exchanges. Look it up, people!

  • grumpyoldfart

    She says the WWII generation created the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    Twenty million war dead would probably disagree with that “freedom” bit.

  • Trebuchet

    I’m a boomer, and I categorically deny being full of shit. I just came out of the bathroom.

  • Michael Heath

    I keep a file of quotes I like where this one is included. I note it as unattributed.

    The earliest popular claim I’ve encountered is to Joseph Addision, b. 1672 – d. 1719. But I’ve never encountered any evidence he stated it or stated it first. The supposed Addison quote goes as follows, “He thought he was a wit, and he was half right.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kalli.procopio Kalli Procopio

    She is absolutely right, the WWII generation did fight to make sure America was the land of the Free!!!! Assuming you were white, anglo-saxon, protestant and hetero-sexual. Everyone else was free to be discriminated against

  • Georgia Sam

    Well said, Ed. You too, Trebuchet.

  • http://nigelthebold.com/ Avo, also nigelTheBold

    The Land of the Enslaved Effeminates …

    So, Freedom is only for macho chest-beating manly-men?

  • Chiroptera

    Actually, as someone getting on in years, I think the generations have been getting better. I think the current generation may actually be able to do something once the last person who lived through WWII is strangled with the entrails of the last baby boomer.

  • pocketnerd

    I’m a Gen-X-er, and I don’t think Millennials are lazy, entitled spendthrifts. On the contrary, I’m hopeful their generation will accomplish much of what my generation has, so far, failed to do.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    …The World War II generation … created the literal “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”…

    Then Francis Scott Key must have been a psychic, to coin those phrases more than 130 years before V-E Day.

  • magistramarla

    I’m a baby boomer, and I’m proud to identify as a liberal. progressive, feminist Atheist.

    I’ve been this way since I was in Jr. High and I’ve never stopped. We did attend church for a while, but it was a progressive one with a very diverse congregation and a lesbian couple who were the choir director and the head of Sunday school education.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jason.filak Jason Filak

    Though her “blame game” was entertaining I would agree with a few others on here that what stood out the most to me was that she would use the word effeminate, being a woman, in the derogatory. Through anger and intuitive, knee jerk reactionary speech the ingrained biases of people really do shine and show their irrationality. Highlighted in this case by a woman, attempting to belittle a generation, by calling them girly. I love it.

  • freehand

    My problem with the millenials is that they all look like kids. We need some damn grownup to take over when we die off. Plus, they’re always playing on my lawn.

    I was a feminist atheist liberal supporting full rights for gays and all ethnic groups 45 damn years ago. I’m not very patient with people my age who haven’t figured it all* out yet.

    * All = knowledge, playing fair, beauty, and life are good. Greed, ignorance, and cruelty are bad. Really, it’s not that complicated.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    How does someone write something this dumb with a straight face?

    Are we sure the face was straight when this was written?