In what is becoming a disturbing trend within some “conservative” circles, talking heads representing Generations X, Y (Millennials), and Z like Steve Deace have made Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) targets of hate for their part in “wrecking” American culture.
Though this spirit of hate possesses many of these so-called conservatives, one of the most blatant examples of what it looks like comes courtesy of pro-Trump echo chamber personality Steve Deace, who has been preaching his hatred of Baby Boomers ever since the 2016 election when he was against Donald Trump before he was for him:
Regardless of who wins, praise Allah this is our last baby-boomer election.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) September 7, 2016
Actually, 2016 wasn’t the last baby-boomer election because 2020 also fit the bill, prompting Deace to repeat his mantra of hate for Baby Boomers and to dedicate an entire episode of his show to defend his hatred for them while calling out people for “whining” about it:
Today's @theblaze podcast — I not only don't apologize for pointing out the baby boomer generation wrecked America, but your whining about me saying so only confirms that I'm right. https://t.co/IlnJbdnZYQ
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) August 16, 2019
I wonder how Steve Deace defends working for a guy like Glenn Beck, who is a Baby Boomer himself. I guess if the person wrecking America is putting money in your pocket at the same time, you give him a mulligan à la the one evangelicals gave Donald Trump for paying hush money to a porn star.
Generation X, Y, and Z conservatives hate their elders with a ferocity never before seen in our culture. Rather ironic when you think about it because by attacking Baby Boomers, they are engaging in the same behavior used by Baby Boomers against the elders of the Silent Generation.
Steve Deace, who professes to be a Christian, often blends his hatred of Baby Boomers with an all-encompassing “Spirit of the Age” mantra that I find quite interesting; not because he’s sharing any deep insight, but because his hate for Baby Boomers is evidence of the spirit Jesus said we would witness in the Last Days:
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
“Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” ~ Mark 13:12-13
The wording in this Scripture (also found in Matthew 10:21-22) is revealing; it doesn’t say the children will kill the parents, but rather they will “rise up against their parents and HAVE THEM PUT TO DEATH.”
Someone other than the children will do the actual killing, but death comes nonetheless because that’s where hatred always leads.
“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” ~ Job 12:12
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” ~ Proverbs 1:7
“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” ~ I Timothy 5:1-2
America used to be a place where the elderly were given special respect due to their age, wisdom, and knowledge. But in today’s America, Generation X, Y, and Z “conservatives” despise Baby Boomers due to their increased age and their refusal to simply get out of the way or die.
To put it simply, the Steve Deaces of the world consider Baby Boomers an inconvenience to their inheritance of the American promise.
Some “conservative” members of Generations X, Y, and Z are pushing for an amendment to the Constitution that would limit the age of candidates for office. Though allegedly designed to prevent career politicians, this proposal is driven by the belief that “At the time that our U.S. Constitution was written, men and women did not live nearly as long as they do today.”
In other words, the want “old” Baby Boomers constitutionally prevented from serving in office.
Maybe, instead of fighting COVID tyranny, Deace should consider embracing it as part of what could be called The Ebenezer Scrooge Doctrine — using the so-called pandemic to get rid of Baby Boomers by letting them die in nursing homes in order to “decrease the surplus population.” After all, it worked for Andrew Cuomo in New York.
As a Baby Boomer, I don’t claim we are perfect, but conservatism doesn’t require perfection; only a desire to see America return to true conservatism instead of embracing the nationalist substitute being cheered by Generations X, Y, and Z.
By the way, as a footnote to this piece, let me remind Steve Deace that the conservatism he claims to be fighting for came to America courtesy of the Baby Boomers he hates.
Conservatism stood at the outer margins of intellectual and political respectability until William F. Buckley, Jr. published the first issue of National Review in 1955. A quarter-century later, Baby Boomers, guided by Buckley’s conservative movement, elected Ronald Reagan and helped move conservatism to the center of American political culture.
Steve Deace once said, “We have watered down our belief system for so many years to accommodate electability to the point now that most Americans don’t know what Conservatism is.”
Based on the hate he has for Baby Boomers, I don’t think Steve Deace knows what it is either.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.