The Parkland Student Activists Are On My Last Nerve. Here’s Why. [VIDEO]

The Parkland Student Activists Are On My Last Nerve. Here’s Why. [VIDEO]

The Parkland Student Activists Are On My Last Nerve. Here’s Why. [VIDEO]

I’ve had it. I’ve been sympathetic to the trauma that the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School endured at the shooting last month. And of course high school students should be able to speak their minds in the public square. But, like our Marta, those attention-craving, astroturfed activists have just stepped on my last nerve, too.

I’m thinking specifically of the insufferable David Hogg and Cameron Kasky. These two schmoozed with Bill Maher on his HBO “Real Time” program last Friday — Bill Maher, who is just as full of himself as Hogg and Kasky.

Here’s their appearance:

The insulting of their elders hit me personally. Very personally. Here’s why.

First of all, there was their condemnation of previous generations, whom these two insist created the “world” that is “f***ed up.” You mean, like Baby Boomers? I’d like these two to tell me how Steve Jobs and Bill Gates “f***ed up” their world. Jobs and Gates alone gave them technical powers that were only a dream when I was their age.

Oh, but in the spirit of magnanimity, Kasky said he “accepts the apologies” of previous generations. “We appreciate that you are willing to let us rebuild the world that you f****d up,” he said.

In the words of the late Andrew Breitbart, “Apologize for WHAT?” Moreover, just how do these two plan to “rebuild the world?”

Chairman Mao called — he wants his Cultural Revolution back.

But Hogg and Kasky should learn something about this man and his generation. In this picture he wasn’t much older than those two. But his generation saved the entire world from tyranny seven decades ago.

That man is my father, in a collage of photos taken in 1944, when he was 20. He was part of a B-17 bomber crew that flew fifty missions over southern Europe and Germany. That was his plane and his crew. Those men are gone now, with the exception of my dad, who will turn 94 next month.

He experienced terror in the skies, and certainly the horror of being shot at. But there were no places for him to run, not in a plane flying at about 25,000 feet. And when he came home, he had nightmares, even breaking out a window in his parents’ home one night. The dreams, however, eventually passed, even though he didn’t talk about the war for many years.

But he was not any different from the millions of other World War II veterans who returned home after the war. “It was a job,” he says, just like other WWII vets would say. He doesn’t think he’s a hero, or an expert on the war, or on military policy. Oh, he loves to tell his stories now, and he’s grateful if you thank him for his service. But to seek out publicity? No. His is not a self-absorbed generation.

So maybe David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and their fellow “March for Our Lives” activists should learn a bit of that history—and humility. Maybe watch “Saving Private Ryan,” or especially “Band of Brothers.” Perhaps they’ll appreciate how the members of the Greatest Generation actually saved the world, and even rebuilt it—not “f***” it up. And maybe—just maybe—they’ll see that their own astroturfed “accomplishments” are really quite small.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Scott says:

    Their parents need to be beaten severely, for allowing them to act like this.. they were obviously not raised properly, they didn’t turn into the obnoxious little shitbags they are overnight since the shooting happened, they’ve been this way a long time, this has just given them the opportunity to put themselves on display..

  • Jay Dee says:

    And the the Oscar for the Sanctimonious Twit Award goes to David Hogg.

  • GWB says:

    In this picture he wasn’t much older than those two.
    The difference is, in his age, he was required to actually grow the hell up.

    As to these sanctimonious little [self-censored]s, they’re going to discover that failure to study history – even very recent history – means they’re going to run headlong into the rake handle. Where is Cindy Sheehan now? Where is Wendy Davis now? Where are all the other 15-minutes-of-famers who thought they could use their holier-than-thou credentials to “change the world”? They’re all dust in the wind, flowers of the field. You kids will be, too, unless you found your lives on something more substantial than self-righteous indignation.

  • harleycowboy says:

    The blood wasn’t even dry and the “never let a crisis go to waste” crowd rounded up a couple of useful tools to do their bidding while they rent their clothes in fake outrage.

  • rbj says:

    How about another movie: “To Hell and Back.” Audie Murphy was 19 when he earned the Medal of Honor.

    He learned to shoot well because he had to bring in food for his younger siblings. Raising them himself, mom dead, dad gone.

    I bet these kids parents have brainwashed them to be this way.

    • Scott says:

      Watching an Audie Murphy movie right now. Hell of a man! More so than all of these little panty-wastes put together! He was awarded every medal this country can give, and a few more besides… it’s a shame schools don’t teach all about him, and make that book required reading!

  • Mike Giles says:

    “And of course high school students should be able to speak their minds in the public square.”

    Why? What does some adolescent have to say that anyone would want to hear? This isn’t the past where adolescents were already the head of families; this is current society where they are carried on their parents health insurance until they are 26 because they’re considered still children.

  • Tyler Anderson says:

    It’s hard to be proud of my generation when guys close to my age talk about their elders like this in such a disrespectful manner. And it’s not just the disrespect, the stereotype of our generation in terms of “we don’t know what we are doing” was clearly shown by Kasky and Bogg by not having the full information and facts about the shooter, the FBI, etc, in Parkland. This does not help their movement, which I don’t agree on, because if you’re going to March For Our Lives, you need to know what/who you are speaking for.

    • Scott says:

      Well said Tyler, you’re showing maturity by your comments that those you mention obviously lack. Bravo, and keep fighting the good fight. I believe you’ll grow into a fine adult.

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