Yeah, yeah, I’m hip, I’m hip! UPDATE

Andrew Klavan so often says precisely what I think, and here he nails it; the left’s obsession with always needing to be perceived as “cool” has played a large part in our undoing, because the culture has adopted that mindset. The government, the media and academia are all in the clutches of perpetual 14 year-olds forever chasing times and trends to maintain the aura of hipness that keeps them sitting at the lunch table with the “cool” kids. The spoiled cool kids who think they’re just entitled to everything. Which is generally what 14 year-olds do think.

No critic who values his relevance wants to point out that Bridesmaids soiling themselves while in wedding regalia is not really funny; or that Katy Perry’s hummable hit tunes peddling alcohol abuse and cheap sex to 12-year-olds are reprehensible; or that Sacha Baron Cohen mocking ordinary people for their non-ironic faith, manners or dedication can be at once hilarious and morally wrong — like laughing at a slapstick accident that leaves someone dead. No one wants to turn into the old man waving his cane from the porch rocking chair shouting at the young folks to stop all their goldarned canoodling and quit parading around with their hoo-has and what-nots hanging out, for the love of Mike.

And yet the nation hungers for just such behavior. Witness the recent YouTube video of a father punishing his spoiled daughter for a snarky Facebook post by plugging her laptop with a .45. The thing went viral to the tune of tens of millions of viewers. Why? Because it was wonderful to see someone finally step up and be Daddy.

Nations cannot be governed by 14 year olds. Read it all.

I’m feeling kind of “get-off-my-lawn” today.

Apparently Matt Archbold is feeling it, too:

I’ll admit I’m in a mood. I watched a video yesterday that really stuck with me. I put it up on The Reader under “That’s not Funny.” You can check it out but it shows high school kids who know absolutely nothing about their state, their country, or their history. Nothing. It’s painful to watch. And what makes it all worse is that the whole time, they’re all laughing and giggling about their own ignorance.

I wasn’t laughing. Here we are. The most advanced and prosperous civilization the world has ever seen and it’s like we’re all just assuming it’s always been like this and always will be. We’ve forgotten that this wonderful lifestyle we lead isn’t a given. Freedom isn’t a given. We’ve gotten to this wonderful place and we’ve torn up the map how to get here. Many of the people who educate our children don’t believe in the Constitution. They don’t believe that the values that built this society are anything special. And we’ve left them in charge of our children. So how can we be shocked when our children know nothing of the uniqueness of our country when their teachers don’t believe there’s anything unique about it.

Yup, here we are. I remember getting mad at one of my nieces who gave up good grades in order to be cool. Ignorance was cool. She eventually came to her senses, but yeah. Here we are.

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  • John W. Martens

    Well, he had me until the example of “adult” behavior – the father shooting up his daughter’s laptop. I watched that video and it left me feeling embarrassed for his childishness. Real adults do not discipline their children publicly if it is not essential; real adults do not break and destroy property and certainly not by shooting it with a gun. If the children are out of control, that father’s behavior gives me a sense of why they are. What’s wrong with talking to the daughter privately, confiscating her laptop, and grounding her? I do want to be the “old man waving his cane from the porch rocking chair shouting at the young folks.” That is acceptable behavior with a long and honorable pedigree. Shooting laptops on YouTube? Grow up! (And get off my lawn.)

  • Kris, in New England

    That father only put the video on YouTube so he could post it on Facebook – which is the venue his daughter was being punished for abusing. In fact the daughter had been disciplined several times about her abuse of Facebook. I’m sure it never occurred to him that his parenting methods would be scrutinized all over the world. Which is backed-up by the man’s steadfast refusal to give any interviews, meet with anyone from the media or profit in any way from that video. He has publicly stated that he doesn’t want to make any money from his daughter’s embarrassment. In fact, the daughter has absorbed her punishment and admitted that what she did on Facebook was wrong and that her father had every right to punish her in the way he saw fit. You may not agree however I see a father involved in his child’s life, a parent willing to show his child that there are consequences to actions. His methods may be objectionable to some and that’s their choice. I applaud Mr. Jordan.

  • jcd

    The cool”church” cause Tradition just isn’t:

  • dry valleys
  • Mark

    dry valleys, relevence of you comment is what? So tired of the joy one gets in seeing a republican outed as being a pervert. By outing them, are you agreeing that this behaviour is gravely disordered and should be outed and the offender lose their job? Do you post outed gay democrats? but maybe it is the issue of someone doing one thing while advocating against that behavior? Is that the issue?

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004. Yet he still sits as Treasury Secretary over the very agency that collects taxes from everyone else. Are you calling for him to step down? I have about 30 other examples. if you would like to run them out one at a time.
    I will give you one more for free. Sexual harrassment was costing companies all over the USA billions of dollars pushed by the feminist movement after Anitia Hill attack. It was all the rage. President Clinton gave several answers supporting this policy and his administration was vigilant in pushing it. One definition that always fit was any executive in a power position have sex in a company with someone who had much less power was a major no no and people were fired for doing it. Then we had I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinski. Rather than do the right thing and resign, bill managed to stay in office with the full hypocritical support of the feminist movement which set back sexual harrassment issues for generations. Kind of a bigger hypocritical story than this sherriff and far more devastating to thousands of women.

  • LisaB

    One of the comments at pjmedia used the term “bigotry of cool” I thought it fit right into the experiences I’ve had living here on the East Coast with the majority fallen away Catholics – It’s “cool” to mock the Catholic Church and her values. The last few years have been a tremendous learning experience; I’ve been mocked by family for my Catholic values of pro-life, smeared as hater for not supporting same-sex marriage and deemed a red-neck, hick by high-school dropouts because I didn’t vote for the One. All while those very same people’s lives are destroyed by divorce, addiction, joblessness and imprisonment. The past few years have been so sad, but to despair is a sin and there is good reason to hope.

    dry valleys, are you homophobic? Sheriff Babeu and all gays are welcomed in the Republican party. They would be respected for who they are as persons rather then political tools.

  • Claire

    I found “Bridesmaids” funny and relevant. The admittedly disgusting scene in the bridal shop very effectively skewered the wedding industry and the “walk of shame” scene was a perfect illustration of why the Church’s teaching on sex is and always has been right. I saw the movie with a group of other women, and was sitting next to the only other Catholic in the group…at that scene, I leaned over to her and said “Sexual revolution…AWESOME for women, right?”

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Um, Valleys, don’t take this wrong way, but do you realize how bigoted you progressives sound, when you go about outing gays, who’se political orientation you disapprove of?

    I mean, I thought you guys were supposed to be the tolerant, loving, compassionate ones, as opposed to us supposedly eeeeevil homophobic Republican bigots, who spend all our time shooting puppies and planning to keep women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, whilst plotting new ways to keep gays from having that lovely wedding they’ve always wanted.

    Not to menton that your link has really nothing to do with the topic at hand. . .

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    As Mark points out, it does seem as if you do believe this behavior is perverted; yet you’d be screaming “Bigot!” if anyone here was to make jokes about any progressive gays (Hollywood stars, for instance.)

    Very strange.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    I would just like to mention that British politico George Galloway once showed off his not-so-little, not-so-toned backside on British T.V., in a cat suit, playing, most appropriately, a cat.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Some people even still take him seriously.

  • dry valleys

    Well, Galloway’s fans don’t include me. If he ever was left-wing, he ceased to be so on the day he decided that utterly prostrating himself before Islamists was a good idea.

    And I think we’d all be a lot happier if LGBT people felt free to live in the way they were meant to, with their loving relationships being sanctioned by law and accepted by society. It’s not people like me who stand in the way of that.

    When I see the likes of Rupert Murdoch endorsing Santorum for his “values”, as if Murdoch had any values, I know what I think. Anyway, I was rather expecting to be ignored in that case, I wasn’t in the mood for any serious argument (had a few too many of those) and I’m still not. I’ve just woken up, you see.

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  • Sue from Buffalo

    Well, I’ve just been branded as a “hater” by my family for posting this on my facebook page. Lent has begun.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Valleys, why don’t you go back to bed?

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Yes, Lent has, indeed, begun!

  • dry valleys

    Because then I’d be fired and have to re-join the ranks of unemployed. :)

    As for Lent, I’ve given up peanuts for the time. I thought it’s as good an excuse as any to rid myself of bad habits such as overeating. (A surprising number of non-Catholics do this, evidently the idea of self-denial for a period has caught on).