Now Hillary Clinton is a public figure, and in an era of wall-to-wall PR it’s hard to argue that she’s not playing the game. But perhaps she simply backed into it. Perhaps she’s that Sixties activist at heart who preferred behind-the-scenes advocacy and the humility of action — but got drawn into politics as a result of her husband’s career. Perhaps she is a reluctant politician, not a Machiavellian schemer.
So asks the Washington Post in its recent front page story, “Why the sharp rise in suicides by boomers?”
The Post supports its claim by drawing on a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which shows that the suicide rate for many boomers in 2010 was significantly higher than it was for people the same age eleven years earlier. Most compelling, writes the Post, is that the 2010 suicide rate for men in their 50s was “nearly 50 percent” higher than that of men who were in their 50s in 1999, rising from about 20 to 30 per 100,000.
Needless to say, headlines, chatter, and conversations followed, all gelling into an emerging conventional wisdom that this alleged spoiled generation just can’t hack growing older.
The problem: as with so much journalism about baby boomers, it’s not only misleading but built on a flaccid foundation of inaccurate history, bubblegum sociology, and generational stereotyping.
So now we can finally point the finger at those truly responsible for the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. No, it’s not the priests who actually exploited the young children entrusted to them. Nor is it the bishops themselves, many of whom looked the other way and willfully ignored the signs of dysfunction in their church.
Thanks to a new report released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we now have a group of people singularly deserving of blame: baby boomers. Continue reading Hating Boomers: America’s Last Acceptable Prejudice