Kill the Old

The latest insight from David Hogg, teenage idiot and wannabe revolutionary:

“The reason Republicans are successful right now is because they’re empowering young people,” he told me, pointing out that Paul Ryan was 45 when he became Speaker of the House. “Older Democrats just won’t move the f— off the plate and let us take control. Nancy Pelosi is old.”

“…and let us take control.” This is progressivism in a nutshell: Kill the past, confiscate the legacy of the older generation, bring in the new, take control. It is no accident, of course, that the little punk also favors taking away guns and enforcing “universal healthcare.” The better to exterminate you with, my dear.

You may (and should) laugh at this idiot — but you scoff at his sentiments at your peril. This is where totalitarianism takes root, and where it gets its momentum. “The old caused all our problems. The past must die.”

In isolation, such sentiments from one over-zealous, undereducated teenager should signify nothing. All depends on the general tenor of the society in which these ideas are being spouted, by which I mean:

a) How widespread are such feelings among the young, including even among those who are not yet actively politicized, but merely indoctrinated? That is to say, is there enough critical mass to produce effective revolutionary momentum?

b) How eager is the older generation of political progressives to encourage, support, and give a prominent platform to such youthful rants for their own purposes? (How effective, in other words, do they believe such radical ideas, safely distanced from themselves by being placed in the mouths of teenage dummies, might actually be in shifting mainstream attitudes?)

c) How dry is the grass of society at large? Is it ready to respond to a few well-placed matches?

You may answer each of those questions for yourself.

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