“The Greatest Generation” is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation that grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity at home made a decisive material contribution to the war effort. My father served in the Pacific during World War II and my mother worked in a factory at home.
President Obama just slammed their values at a rally in Urbandale, Iowa, by declaring that “the agenda set out by nominee Mitt Romney and other speakers in Tampa was ‘better suited for the last century.’” He went on to say:
"It was a rerun. We’d seen it before. You might as well have watched it on a black-and-white TV. . . If you didn’t DVR it, let me recap it for you. Everything is bad, it’s Obama’s fault, and Gov. Romney is the only one who knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy."
How many times have we heard President Obama blame present economic conditions on George Bush? But that’s the least of the historical fiction and insults in his “black-and-white TV” campaign quip.
It was that black-and-white-TV generation that created the moral, economic, and political capital that he and his leftist minions are squandering and attacking. It was the WW II generation and its children that built a nation that was a beacon to the world.
That generation was not perfect, but it was the generation that made home ownership a reality for most Americans and put men on the Moon. It was that generation that saw the inequities among the races and did something about it that many in the Democrat Party opposed, including Al Gore's father.
Obama and Co. are all about reestablishing racial divisions to score political points. If a Republican had used the phrase “black-and-white TV,” Obama’s surrogates and the slurping media would have read racial overturns in it. Its gotten that bad.
Obama went on to say that Romney “did not offer a single new idea, just retreads of the same old policies that have been sticking it to the middle class for years." Here’s a “new Idea” comment that could become a Democrat campaign slogan:
“I wouldn’t have to steal ‘if the government gave us more money.’”
It was an embarrassment for most people in the black-and-white-TV generation to “go on relief.” Not anymore. It’s a badge of honor to make the rich pay their “fair share.”
Sometimes old ideas like saving for a down payment and pulling your own weight are the best ideas that never change. We’re not chronological snobs where only new ideas are the right ideas. The majority of people in the black-and-white-TV generation would never have thought of killing their pre-born babies or normalizing homosexuality. These new immoral trends are said to be "progressive values."
Forcing banks to lend money to people who couldn’t afford a down payment is a new idea that had terrible ripple-effect economic consequences. It was the Democrats who came up with the policy for the government to guarantee no-collateral loans if they went bad. And they went bad by the tens of thousands and it nearly destroyed the housing industry.
Staying out of debt is an old idea that has served prosperous nations well. The principle goes back to biblical times where debt is akin to slavery, no matter who’s doing the lending, the rich or the government (Prov. 22:7).
So give me some of those black-and-white-TV values. Give me Father Knows Best rather than The New Normal. Give me the black-and-white-TV Andy Griffith rather than the supporter of Obamacare Andy Griffith.