RTFU

Douche of the Week: The Youth of America

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Updated: January 9, 2013

By Mr. Twisted

040831_financialTipsCollege_hmed_9a.grid-6x2Yeah, yeah, I know… That’s a vague title for Douchebaggery and, sadly, in most ways pretty obvious. But after a couple things popped up this week, I felt that the current crop of under 21-ers (that’s what I’m labeling youth—deal with it) needed a special hazing.

A recent study—conducted by some group who I’m sure is important but don’t really care about their name—showed that the current crop of college freshmen is in fact the biggest bunch of douchebags our country has ever produced. Due to their inflated sense of entitlement and ridiculously poor test scores, it has been decided that those entering college this year are by far and away the most snot-nosed, insolent group of “adults” the ranks of higher education has ever seen.

There is a lot of speculation about why this is so. Absolutely none of it will surprise you in any way.

Some of the “experts” have suggested that all of the namby-pamby, feel-good, pro-self esteem garbage that kids have been fed over the last decade or so has, get this, had disastrous results on those entering into adulthood. The unwillingness to tell those under four feet tall that they are inadequate at…well, anything…has resulted in a current crop of college students that believe everything should be handed to them on a silver platter, cooked to perfection as per every one of their whims and desires.

Rant mode…on.

The only thing that is in any way shocking about any of this is how long it took the “experts” to figure this shit out. For the love of all that is good and pure on this earth, how anyone did not see this coming years ago is beyond me. We as a nation have been raising a whole nation full of whiny-ass, spoiled brats that never “lose” at anything because their moms were convinced that it would hurt their almighty self-esteem. The children of soccer moms have grown up believing that they could do anything—that if they just wanted something bad enough, it would be theirs for the having.

They believed all of this because they were told it from the time they were born. They were told that they could do anything, be anything, or have anything they wanted because to tell them anything different would hurt their delicate feelings.

These sentiments were backed up by “experts” in the field of psychology who stated over and over again that a child’s self-esteem was everything; that how they felt was instrumental to their success in life and that if they didn’t get positive reinforcement at every turn, they would probably turn out to be serial killers.

All of this is, of course, complete and utter bullshit, and a good portion of us have known that for a very long time. We have known that getting slapped down for being stupid, for lying, for stealing, or for doing a half-assed job due to all-around laziness is what a lot of kids need. We have known that having kids compete against one another in sports or for grades teaches lessons that have to do with this thing we call “life” and that, if those lessons aren’t learned early on, this little thing we call life is going to kick your ass down its very long, hard road.

college-kids-poorWe know that to be truly good at something takes hard work—not platitudes.

We know that to be successful, one must endure some pretty hard times—not just play video games and hit the reset button every time it goes poorly.

We know that sometimes the best way of finding out the most valuable lessons in life is to have your teeth kicked into the dirt and told you aren’t good enough.

There is a very large percentage of the population that doesn’t know these things. In fact, there is a huge contingent of our country who think that it should be all sunshine and roses and that, if you say any different, well you’re just a meanie-pants bully who wants to keep their little boy or girl down (they probably would even be offended that I was audacious enough to use a gender-specific title right there).

And not only are these people procreating…they’re voting.

Are we doomed? Is the current group of young adults entering into the ranks of higher education a representation of our future?

Or do we, the .45%, have what it takes to turn things around? I realize what this means—making babies in mass quantities and putting them all in Ranger panties from an early age—and it is a massive undertaking, to be sure. But I also know that the military and Veteran community possesses about 6,453 times more motivation, intelligence, and ingenuity than the majority of what I’m seeing coming up in the college ranks (it’s a complex equation to come up with that number involving the multiplication of fractals, quadratic equations, and bourbon—I don’t want to go into it here).

It has taken the so-called experts in the field of psychology several decades to figure out what most of us have known for years—that Justin Bieber and the Kardashians are proof that we’re getting dumber…?

Well, yes, but more relevant to this topic, they’ve finally started figuring out that if kids don’t start getting a steady diet of RTFU and drive on, our country is only going to get worse. I say that, while it may seem like a depressing thought, we take it as a challenge.

After all, the lazier they are, the more chance I have of succeeding while they’re busy bitching about how hard and unfair life is. I have more opportunities to succeed because apparently half the population under the age of 30 is more worried about what’s on Jersey Shore, The Voice, or a half-dozen other brainless shows than they are with working up the ladder at a place who is now regretting the choice to employ them.

I’m not saying I’m glad that some of these oxygen thieves are out there. What I am arguing is that they are among us whether I like it or not, so I’m going to take advantage of it, and I’m going to make damn sure my kids have the tools necessary to do so, as well.

Because (and I hope I don’t get reported to Child Protective Services for this) sometimes, when I get really crazy and out of control…I tell my kids that they are wrong and put them in situations where they lose. I know, I’m a monster.

 

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  1. Daniel Belin

    January 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Being a member of this demographic, I unfortunately have to agree with your diagnosis for American youth. However, there are those of us who do embody–to the extent that we can–the ideals which you say the majority of youth lack. I cannot convince you effectively in a short comment on this article that this is the case, but I hope sincerely that you do recognize that there are youth out there who are achievers and understand–to the extent that they can–the meaning of hard work. There are parents out there who still choose to raise their children in a traditional manner; one that emphasizes the need for hard work and personal responsibility in youth.

    Many of these children come from first-generation immigrant families from the second and third world, where hard work is expected. The disproportionate high performance of children from Asia and the former Soviet Union in the “hard sciences” and mathematics may very well be attributed to their parents and their inordinate value on hard work and studies, a set of values which has earned them the derogatory moniker of “tiger parents” in the news media. Similar effects can be noted in other demographics that place high values on hard work, including military families where the hard work and achievement can be demonstrated through the efforts of the parents. The fact of the matter is that high performers rarely come from families that do not push them to succeed. It is also true that less and less families see the need to push their children anymore.

    In the face of this, there are achieving youth. Many of them come from the aforementioned immigrant and military families. Some of them have overcome great adversity to achieve what they have. Is it not difficult for one to look at the fifteen year old Olympian, the sixteen year old chess-master, the high school seniors receiving commendations from Congress or from NASA for their efforts in mathematics or science, the fourteen year old already published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, or the eighteen year old enlisting in a wartime military and not say that there is still hope for our youth? Many of these individuals would not seek credit and would not seek to be called gifted, but instead seek a higher distinction of personal accomplishment; whether it be getting into and graduating from MIT or becoming a Navy SEAL. Perhaps this cream of the proverbial crop of our youth is simply the embodiment of the Pareto Principle acting on society. Perhaps there is a percentage of youth that can be culled from this broad declaration of generational douchebaggery.

    Eventually, that small percentage of youth that does achieve will go on to lead and inspire the generation of youth to cast their vanity aside and succeed. At least, I hope so, because it would be unfortunate to see a wasted generation of Americans that do nothing but tax the systems we have in place. Time will be the only arbiter of whether this generation will go on to succeed like the generations before it.

    On a personal note, I hope this hasn’t come across as “bitchy” or vain. I can see the irony of one of the douchebags of the day writing this defense, but I hope that some of the points are still valid. When writing this I attempted to not include personal anecdote as I was not trying to defend myself from this article. Whether I am one of the “douchebags of the day” can only be shown by my personal accomplishments.

    Very Respectfully,

    Daniel Belin

    • Mr. Twisted

      January 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Daniel,

      That wasn’t bitchy at all and, to be honest, was one of the more well-written comments I’ve ever seen here.

      I completely agree; there are still good “youth” out there and this was intended as a generalization and, maybe hopefully, a motivator to those who know they don’t fit into this mold to get out and prove it. There are a good number of individuals who fit into this demographic and certainly do not deserve a “douche” title affixed to them.

      This article is, of course, addressed to the majority. Sadly, in that regard, it applies to more than the current generation of college freshmen. They just happen to be the demographic that these qualities are standing out even more in and thus more noticeable.

      • Daniel Belin

        January 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Mr. Twisted,

        Thank you, it makes me very happy that you think my comment was well-written. This article was well-written and provided an enjoyable read as well as a fair bit of interesting material for thought. This is not a surprise, as your writing on the Rhino Den has always been enjoyable; I also especially enjoyed your piece on the advent of unmanned drones in law enforcement. Good luck to you in your future writing here!
        Thanks,

        Daniel

    • Gunship Load

      January 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Perhaps there is hope for our “children’s” future after all…

  2. Dirtdartwife

    January 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Were you homeschooled Mr. Belin? I ask because I have yet to see a public schooled young adult have the ability to write a comprehensible comment, that stays on topic, and eloquently states your position. It appears, just based on your obvious capabilities of using big words correctly, that you are very intelligent and knows how and when to use it. I pray you have major success in all your future endeavors.

    I will agree that there are young adults that don’t fit this douchebaggery of the week article, however, Mr. Twisted is correct with the assessment that it’s unfortunately true for the vast majority of that age bracket. Failure is a foreign concept to most of these young adults.

  3. Crusty Old 1SG

    January 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Holy Crap! Daniel just gave me hope for today’s youth.

    When is this kid enlisting so I can get my hands on him.

    • Jeremiah

      April 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Sir, him I don’t know, sounds like an officer to me anyways. I am enlisting in approximately a year when I get my associates degree, but I am trying for the Marine Corps, if that has any effect on whether you can get your hands on me or not. If you are new school “let us think of the recruits feelings” don’t bother with me. If you are old school “smoke him till he can’t be smoked anymore” mentality of tear down every crap part of the personality of the individual that they didn’t even know was there and build them back up into something respectable, and able to do the dang job, please come and work your magic on me. I feel it is about time I do my duty to God and Country, as I have sworn on my honor to do (eagle scout, don’t judge)

      • Sahal

        April 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        Right on brother, I’ve got 2 years left before I can join, and I can’t fucking wait.

        And Dude, the only people that would judge you wrongly for being an Eagle Scout (which I think is pretty cool) are the Douchebags mentioned in the article.

  4. Krusty NoNCoM

    January 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Mr. Twisted,
    My wife and had to administer a heavy dose of RTFU to our 7 y/o twins (boy & girl) earlier today. As I was driving home from lunch (are my children are homeschooled Dirtdartwife), I began to second guess our parenting and discipline decicion making process, but, as soon as I stepped foot into our building, a young Soldier reinforced my decision…

  5. John

    January 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I have to say, going to a public high school, that people “Think of the children” too much. It gets to the point where we are too easy on them, and they start to take advantage of the situation.
    I leave for basic in about 2 months, and I know that it is going to be hard and that I am going to have to earn my way. Why do I know this? because I have been taught the power of hard work. Something that a bunch of other kids that I went to school with didn’t learn.
    One guy even told me about these “Stress cards” they give you in basic training. Wave it and the DS will leave you alone. I didn’t believe this for a minute, but it goes to show what some people think.
    Do we need to think of the children. Yes, we do. But in a way that prepares them for life. We have to tell them that they are not different, that they are the same, and that others just like them are going to competing for the same position. The thing that makes someone stand out is their ability to take constructive criticism. How they try to improve themselves.
    That is the qualities that most employers are looking for. You have to be special, and to stand out, not just say it.

    John

  6. Steve

    January 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    That was seriously the most articulate and thought out comment I’ve ever read in my life. Kudos to you lad.

  7. Russell Kimmel

    January 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Being a member of the aforementioned group, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments of this article. But I must also agree with Daniel. While most of my life has consisted of quietly muttering to myself “I’m surrounded by idiots,” it brings me no small joy to find others with the same ideals. Bravo, Daniel, for the extremely well written comment. It is nice to be reminded that there are still those who see life clearly.

    I do have one thing to say about the self esteem is all theory. Did they forget that no matter how you cut it, 50% of the population is below average?

    • Chris Fleisher

      January 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      The hope is to raise the “Average” to be higher, rather than lower, compared to all the rest. There is hope. Can we turn things around in time?

      BTW, this makes me think of the Corona commercial, “How’d you do?” “Crushed it.” (smarmy grin) I hate that one.

    • Ken Moseley

      January 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      That 50% comment is not necessarily mathematically correct. If we deal strictly with IQ points, here is an example: 1 @ 150, 2 @ 90. Total is 330, average is 110. In this case, 2/3 of the group is below average.

      That being said, I agree with your sentiment.

  8. Rufio

    January 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I would submit that these individuals have even infiltrated our nation’s military. I am currently attending USMAP’s in the hope of receiving an appointment to West Point next year. During CCBT the cadet cadre were not even allowed to look at us wrong, and telling someone to drop into the front leaning rest was considered hazing. It is hard not to feel cheated..

  9. SGT Airborne

    January 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I’m with Mr. Belin. As a member of this douchetastic generation, I see a lot of this first hand. I was a loser in high-school in my own opinion, not because I was small or socially inept, but because instead of wasting my time keeping up with pop-culture or partying away all of my off hours, I put time and effort into keeping good grades and working a part-time job at a grocery store so I could pay for my own car, the insurance and gas for it, my own cell phone bill, and anything else I wanted to buy for myself.
    Why? From the time I was in middle school, if I wanted something, I had to work for it. Even before then, as a little kid if I wanted a toy at the store, I had to be on my best behavior to get it, and even then that wasn’t always the case. I digress…
    It’s ironic, that now deployed to “Douchebagistan,” I read the Facebook posts of the people that I’d graduated from high school with and are now in college speaking more of how excited they are that Kim Kardashian is having a baby, and rarely seeing one commenting on anything important. They same goes for general conversation with them.
    I fear for the future of this country’s future, when these individuals are the primary force of America. Hopefully, enough of them learn to fail and RTFU than to continue to fall further into a hole of “Gimme-this Gimme-that.”

    • Sahal

      April 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      “I read the Facebook posts of the people that I’d graduated from high school with and are now in college speaking more of how excited they are that Kim Kardashian is having a baby, and rarely seeing one commenting on anything important. They same goes for general conversation with them.”

      Don’t even get me started about the fucking thinks these kids talk about these days. I’m in a highschool that is supposed to be for “smart kids” and I’m surrounded by fucktards who can’t even tell me what the 1st amendment means beyond “freedom of speech”. Fucking disgusting.

  10. Joe King

    January 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    AWESOME!!!

    And my kids… Both “army brats” have been told since they were very little… “Life sucks” or “Real life isn’t fair…” And they seem to be getting it… Only time will tell if i got it right and if they are the minority who get it… Or if they are the DB’s you speak of… My money is on them getting it… Or I will have to get crazy on their asses again!!

  11. Eddie

    January 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Great article. I am 34 and in college. I see this every day. I just want to reach over and slap some of these kids. I am lucky that I am a Computer Information Technology major and most of my classes are filled with people who can think, if you can and refuse to learn how to you won’t make it in that school. Unfortunately my required ‘humanities’ classes puts me in contact with these narcissistic drones that have produced in a failing public school system (not saying all are bad, but in my area they mostly are). Where are the dreamers? Where are the thinkers? Where are the doers? As Daniel pointed out there are some, and I see some of these (like the 19 year old I had a programming class with, he owns his own lawn service company and will have no debt after college and is smart and motivated). But that pool is shrinking. It makes me sad when I see my nieces and nephews acting like the deserve it.

    Who is John Galt?

  12. JR Toland

    January 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Really the youth not all of us are watching jersey shore and some could care less if beiber or the kardashians are on t.v. you sir are a douche why?
    Because there are children raised with discipline my Grandma hit me with a wooden spoon when I did something stupid. My dad who is a veteran told me I had to work hard and life is not easy. Yes most of the youth suck because they think the military is full of evil people and the governement has the solutions, not all of us are like that. I love America and the military and I study and kick my own ass when I fail. Just because most of the youth sucks not all of us do.

    • E.H.

      January 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Read the comments already posted by Mr. Twisted bud.

    • Tom W

      January 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      I agree that not all of the youth of America suck. However, your grammar is atrocious. It is not all your fault. A good portion comes from the educational system you were subjected to. In Georgia, they have the HOPE scholarship funded by the lottery. Get a B average in high school and go to college for free. Yet the number of students taking remedial English and Math courses, courses designed to get students to the level to start college, seems to have increased greatly. I have a friend who teaches Freshman Composition classes who actually had to make a rule that a paper would fail if it had text speak in it. Students were using LOL and OMG and such in actual college papers. Who taught these kids? Yet they feel entitled to go to college. About 40% of these kids should probably at most go to a trade school or tech school and learn a skill.

      • M Wolf

        January 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        Thank you Tom, I appreciate that you see that “kids these days” are not the root problem. That perhaps our bankrupt school systems are responsible for slightly declining Critical Reading test scores. You asked: “Who taught these kids?”. Your generation did, or at least the teachers that you chose to pay. Although I realize that neither you nor Mr. Twisted actually read the study that he is referencing, the percentage of college students taking Remedial Math has actually decreased by 25%, and the percentage of college students taking Remedial English has decreased by 50% since 1982. Finally, although I know you did not mention it, this article can really only say that students have a higher self worth than before, as the “ridiculously poor test scores” that Mr. Twisted cited are actually not that bad. In 1980 the average Critical Reading Score was 502, and the average Math score was 492. The scores from 2012 which are “ridiculously low” are: CR: 496, M:514. A six point decrease in Critical Reading and a twenty-two point increase in Math. Just for a midway point, in 1990 they were CR:500, M:501. Double finally, to all the college students who are letting people push our generation around, grow a pair and stand up for yourselves.

  13. E.H.

    January 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I will leave this small and simple. I recently read “Starship Troopers” and during chapter eight this was all I could think of and how well the author thought out what the future of America would come to (That future being around now).

  14. Alex Epstein

    January 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I am also of the same demographic that is being discussed, and I to must agree with Mr. Twisted and Mr. Belin. I go to a community college (not because I am lazy, but because I would like to save as much money as I can so when I fully have figured out what I want to do with my life I can afford another college without a huge amount of Debt) and I too see this every single day when I’m going or am in class. Like Eddie has said above, I too would also like to slap (more likely punch, but I digress) most** of these kids. I’m not saying we need to be complete assholes to the youth of America, But we need to be more strict and be realistic with them. They do need some RTFU treatment. The kinds of things I see everyday from actions to attitudes (which are terrible in nature and make me wanna weep for the future) are outright ridiculous and would have never been tolerated in my parents day. The college I attend is one of the best community colleges in the country, but from what I have witnessed it looks that 85%-90% of the student population are not only stupid (Which may or may not be necessarily be their fault, more likely their parents) but they are extremely ignorant and don’t take anything seriously. The ones who do actually care about more than Rap “music” (Don’t even get me started on that) or whats on the “Jersey shore” this week that are my age (and not adults returning to school) is so small it is actually quite depressing. Something needs to be done about the level of stupidity and outright ignorance in the majority of today’s youth.
    Also I must say that Mr. Belin’s comment was very well thought out and I fully agree with his own views on the subject.

  15. Mary Lowe

    January 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Mr. Twisted- I’ve been saying this for years. My parents raised me with a daily dose of RTFU, God bless them, and I turned out fine.
    Mr. Belin- You, sir, have restored some of my faith in our generation. Thank you.

  16. M Wolf

    January 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Know this. If there is ever a reckoning of the Douchiest generation of all time, yours will take the cake. Thank you Americans aged 30-55 for ushering in the least united era in American politics, for voting for and supporting policies (including our foreign “entanglements”) that raised the national debt from approximately 32% of GDP in 1982 to well over 100% of GDP. Thank you for generally supporting social policies that deny equal rights to all Americans, and thank you for criticizing your own children (we are, after all, products of our parents). Maybe us lazy children of yours will be the ones who save your asses. Mr. Twisted, consider this my nomination of Middle Aged Americans for the Douchebag of the month.

  17. AL Kitz

    January 10, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Like some of the other posters, I am one of these youth, and I’ve been actively trying to reject school-indoctrinated narcissim and convince my friends to do the same.

    This article hits it right on the head. People in every single one of my classes, even in the ‘honors’ classes (which would’ve barely counted as normal classes 30 years ago) who have one of 3 attitudes:

    1. “I’m special! I’m awesome and if I don’t get it on the first try, I quit!”

    2. “I don’t give a rat’s ass, because no matter how lazy I am, someone will support me.”

    3. “I’m not the best, I’m not the brightest, and I’m not great. Therefore, I’ll push harder than everyone else.”

    I am sick and tired of attitudes 1 and 2, and they dominate this generation. I can only hope they don’t complain too loudly once the attitude 3 people dominate them economically and politically.

    The problem is schools. History class isn’t meant to teach history; it is meant to push an anti-American, collectivist mindset. We read textbooks by marxists (Howard Zinn, for example), and learn about how bad America, Capitalism, and Patriotism are, and we learn it from college-boy morons who can’t distinguish reality from bias.

    Furthermore, we have taken out any and all concrete standards. Most classes have a “participation” grade, which is a %20 freebie. Phy. Ed. doesn’t require you to pass the standards to pass, and you can still move on while being a malingering fatbody. Most other classes are ridiculously easy, to the point where I can get an A without understanding the subject, if I so choose.

    It is comforting to know that some of us are bucking the douche trend. I myself used to be a fatbody, but have worked myself up through running and lifting to the point where I may just have a chance to get to a service academy, which annoys type 1 personalities to no end. I may even be varsity soon. All of this is due to my upbringing as an Army brat. Any time I complained about fairness in my house, I would be reminded that life’s not fair. I would and still will be slapped for back-talk. I don’t have a smartphone or an xbox or a ps3. I am required to chop wood, clean my own room, do my own clothes, and actually do chores, and no, I don’t get an allowance. My pay is in life experience and in the fact that I have a roof over my head.

    The problem is our generation has no self-control or self-discipline at all. However, I hope that those of us who do will dominate our generation enough that the next will not repeat our idiocy.

    I, for my part, will aspire to either become a sheepdog, or if I am not that strong, support the sheepdogs.

    • Sahal

      March 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Amen. I see the exact same thing happen in my school. Numbers 1 and 2 are usually also the kids that care more about the new pair of Jordans and bitch about how the US is a failed country.

  18. Logan Knott

    January 10, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I, like Daniel and a couple of others commenting, belong to the aforementioned group. In my second semester of college now I see this so frequently. My peers are for the most part genuine oxygen thieves. It saddens me. Thankfully pockets of useful youth that aren’t complete and total morons still exist and will hopefully be the part that runs the country when our time comes. Otherwise… We’re fucked.

  19. Sir Straight

    January 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Dear Mr Twisted,
    We, the youth of America must take full responsibility for our actions. I mean can you believe our generation and how it has just obeyed every life lesson handed down from your generation. You are oh so wise for catching us on our faults. We are truly the douchebags of the world. I just wish that all the great people of your generation could forgive our simple obedience. I truly see how we, the youth of America have singlehandedly taken the world to hell in a hand basket. Well spoken Mr Twisted, you have so responsibly laid the blame aside to cast the first stone. I now hand you my fathers stone, which was passed down to me because he could not cast it. Clearly you can. I hope you have little to no contact with our generation, as we have yet to start throwing stones. I hope you get the biblical simbolism I am trying to throw your way.

    • Mr. Twisted

      January 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Sir Straight,

      Nope–I didn’t get your sarcasm at all. It was way above my head because, clearly, the youth of today are the only people who have a handle on that oh-so-valuable skill.

      Now then, although your massive intellect has tried to demonstrate its superiority, you missed entirely a number of points throughout the piece whereby I, the author of said piece, state that it was how the youth of America was raised that is the primary reason for why they are how they are. Now, if I were the type of person who would use a logical thought process, I would infer from statements such as those that if it had to do with how they were raised, that those raising them might, perhaps, maybe, possibly have had something to do with it.

      As an example (I will point this out because your huge brain probably has so much going on that you missed it), I wrote “how anyone did not see this coming years ago is beyond me.” Hmmm, that would almost seem like an attack on….my generation? My parents’ generation? All of the above, maybe?

      Great attempt at irony and sarcasm. I bet that totally gets you all the chicks. And yes, I get the Biblical reference, but considering you can’t spell “symbolism” correctly, I’m guessing that kind of approach may be slightly above your pay grade.

      • J

        January 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

        Haha sir straight doesn’t get chicks. He gets plowed. You can tell by his pretentious writing style he wears a stupid winter hat and a scarf in summer.

    • AL Kitz

      January 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Mr. Straight:

      Did you even read the freakin’ article? Your idiotic attempt at satire only proves Mr. Twisted’s point further. Like a good narcissist, your first reaction to criticism is to attack the character of the critic. You clearly misunderstood the point, so I will clarify it for you in the simplest terms possible: OUR GENERATION HAS AN EGO PROBLEM. Clear enough for you? Our generation, on the whole, seems to believe that each of us is a great person simply for existing, and has no concept of discipline, let alone suffering. It sickens me watching simpering idiots like you adding to the problem by trying to blame someone else. Yes, the school system helped cause the problem, but you know what? You can fix yourself, by yourself. I fully admit I used to be a whiny egotist myself, but then I grew up and cut the bullshit. I suggest you do the same.

  20. Scott

    January 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I was watching a documentary a few weeks ago about WWII and there was a segment discussing Guadalcanal. The footage i was watching was shot during the voyage over to the island and showed the sailors and Marines preparing for the invasion.

    The part that stands out so vividly in my memory is that the commentator was wondering if the youth he had been watching and filming would be up to the task of fighting a war. Basically, he thought they were too weak, soft, lazy, etc.

    Essentially, he called America’s greatest generation a bunch of douchebags!

    I think every generation thinks the ones following it are less worthy than they were. In the end I think real life (life after school) will provide the necessary wake up call….or at least I hope it does.

    Sincerely,

    Scott

  21. John

    January 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I wrote a poem once, now lost due to a computer crash. It was the current generation talking to older generation. the point of it was that we have to make some mistakes on our own, and that you can’t protect us from everything. We, as the up and coming generation, have to fail at some point in life, and we have to fail hard.

    Everybody has to fail at something, and then be told flat out that they failed. None of this you tried you best and that’s okay BS. I mean down and dirty You F***ing failed because you did it wrong. It is at this point where we see what people really are. If they pick up and try to do it better, then they might eventually get it right. Even if they don’t get it right they will take a valuable lesson from it.

    Those that say I deserve it, deserve nothing. Pure and simple. If they say they deserve that same as their parents, they need to be slapped. their parents earned theirs, and you did not. I have heard stories coming out of base schools where kids thought that they should be treated in accordance with their parents rank.

    Example.

    A friend mine had a sister who was a cheer leader and had just been appointed captain. While they where doing lifts, another girl dropped her breaking her leg. This was done on purpose. The girls excuse. “Her fathers a Sargent, Mine’s a Colonel. I should be captain.” Needless to say the girl never attended a base school again

    I don’t know all the facts of the story, but that is what I was told. even if it is false, it shows what some kids are like these days. Some do have a sense of entitlement due to their parents.

    Another story that I have, and this I know is true, I know the guy and have ridden in this car.

    My friend delivered pizzas to help pay for college. It was an all night pizza joint. One night, he delivered to this house party in the rich part of town all night. Making several trips through out the night. The guy who was throwing the party wasn’t tipping him at all. When his dad got home, my friend was making the final delivery of the night, early morning by then. He asked if his son had tipped him, My friend being the pretty mad at this point because he was losing money, told him the truth. He hadn’t been tipped one cent.
    the father said for him to follow him, and led him to the garage. Opening the garage, he took a key out of his pocket and threw it too him. The car was a brand new, model year, fully tricked out BMW Z4.
    It was supposed to be his sons birthday present. he made his son give my friend the title and all paperwork over too my friend in front of all his friends.

    I salute this man. He showed his kid that he was entitled to nothing, and that you should at least tip people who are working threw college. But more importantly, it shows the meaning the hard work. That eventually it does pay off. Okay so we won’t get tipped new cars, but it shows that we have to be able to work towards our goals, no matter how much the current work sucks.

    Okay, so you have to work at wal-mart or McDonalds through college. You will at least have some work experience on your application.

    So what am I trying say in all this? That we have to fail, that we have to be knocked down, and that we have to go through the mud so that we can see what it really means to accomplish something.

  22. Princess

    January 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Oh you guys make ma laugh. And I mean out loud.

    I concur with the article 110%.

  23. Chase

    January 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

    ― George Orwell

    Every generation complains about the one to come after it, my generation (Y, 90s, 00s) will probably bitch about the 10s and 20s generation the same way Baby Boomers bitched about Generation X, your generation.

  24. HunterCurtSA

    January 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Mr. Twisted is dead on target. But I have observed something that gives me hope. Over the last couple years I have been running the Tough Mudder here in Texas and watched as more and more college students signed up for 12 miles of mud and pain; and paid hard cash for the privilege. It seems that some of the young skulls full of mush have figured out that if you want to have self esteem that means anything then you have to do something worthy of esteem. Having mommy and daddy give you a prize for just showing up isn’t enough for them. They actually want to challenge themselves so they take on something that’s hard. They get dirty, tired, bloody and sometimes they end up failing. But even then, they know they failed on the field of battle and that puts them far ahead of those spineless pukes that sat home playing MW3 and think they’re bad MoFos and never showed up at all. And when they fail they sign up for the next one, train harder, regroup and try again.

    So there’s still hope. Some of the youth know that they are missing something important and are seeking it out. If you find one encourage them. There is nothing like hitting that first water obstacle where they ice it down to 33 degrees and having 3 or 4 drill instructors give that subtle in your face encouragement that reminds us that pain is just weakness leaving the body.

  25. Matt T

    January 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I just feel bad for all the drills on the trail right now who get to deal with these dingleberries when they realize they have failed at college and join the army to be a cook as per their plan b). Good luck chaps!

  26. Dawn S

    January 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Dear Mr. Twisted,

    I have to completely agree with you.

    I have returned to college to obtain my degree in nursing. At first I thought, “Holy Balls! I am going to appear a moron for returning back to school this late in the game.” However, today’s youth make me feel highly intelligent.

    While in Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology lab, our professor had us performing measurements utilizing the metric system. Each student was given a meter stick. Eight out of 9 of my fellow – teen to early twenty- class mates asked me, “Where are the centimeters?” I stood there absolutely dumbfounded! I sarcastically laughed and asked, “Are you shitting me? Really?” To my dismay, they were not.

    Upon returning home to my 4 children and my husband, I ranted about the lack of education of our youth. Just to ensure my children weren’t as imbecilic as these students were; I showed the meter stick to my children, then asked them to show me “the centimeter”. I was quite thrilled to see my nine year old point it out quickly, as did the other children of older ages.

    The second day of labs, we had to measure liquids in a graduated cylinder. I had completed this mundane task in no time at all. However, the other students at my lab desk, were befuddled. They had no idea how to complete the lab. A 5 year old could have competed the lab.

    Today was the kicker of all. Three of the students in my Anatomy and Physiology lab stated, “I don’t know why we have to know all of the bones and the muscles in the body. It’s not like we are going to use it later anyway.” Mind you, these are student who inspire to be nurses and physical therapists. Being a Licensed Practical Nurse, I quickly corrected them on their comments. “If a patient returns from surgery, you have to read the surgical report. Upon reading the report, you will see the doctors use specific anatomical structures in their reports. This indicates which muscles, bones, etc they had to incise through, correct or remove. Being a good nurse or physical therapist, you have to know these structures, their locations and how they work.” I was simply appalled by their lack of knowledge, thought processes, and their thoughts of simplicity.

    Each day, my army buddy and I call each other to ask, “How smart do you feel today?” Each day, I feel I am Albert Einstein when compared to this generation I attend class with.

    Now, as far as discipline is concerned: My parents never bothered with time – outs or “go sit in the corner”. I was punished with a good and hearty ass whooping! Either it was the hand, the belt, the paddle or the good ‘ole stick off the the nearest tree. Having my own children, things are quite different. My children, fortunately, have the “you can hand it out, I can take it” attitude. One of my daughters told me when she was young, “When you smack me, it only hurts for a little while. I then forget you did it.” Well, I fixed that problem quickly.

    What is one of the best ways to discipline a soldier and keep them fit? PT. That’s right! Instead of spanking the kids, they now do front leaning rest positions, flutter kicks, mountain climbers, driving the Cadillac, and quite a few other military exercises, for punishment. When being overly “mouthy”, they stand at “Attention” until we dismiss them. Needless to say, it has worked out wonderfully and my children are physically fit.

  27. Brian

    February 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Now it is to wonder how many of us from this selected demographic agree with Mr. Twisted, as i do, and are still part of the problem?

  28. Jusuchin (Military Otaku)

    February 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    As part of the young generation, I have this to say:

    TANSTAAFL

    College Grad, with three jobs, working while sick. I pop a few pills or drink the cough meds and get to work. Rest when I need to, lay off the booze. On my days off I play video games but I also get my laundry done, food bought and portioned for the next week, and spend time with my sisters.

    I covet all these things, yet I’m perfectly fine with this computer that I built myself, bought using savings and a loan I pay off like clockwork every month, don’t own a credit card and I’m perfectly fine eating a nice meal that didn’t come out of a box and required nuking.

    There are others like me. You just see more of the failures than anything else.

  29. James

    March 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Unfortunately I have to agree with everything you wrote. I am currently a high school student and have to put up with more pompous bullshit than I even thought possible. Everyone thinks that because they show up and sleep through classes, that they are entitled to all of the same privileges as a person who actually works for what they want. Further more because they cant get all of these things rather then blame themselves, they blame our country. They believe that somehow America as a whole is responsible for them not being rich, smart or popular. This article basically sums up everything I believe about my generation, and honestly it scares me that these are the kinds of people who will be attempting to become scientists or run for president.

    There are few people in this generation who believe in hard work, traditional values and individual responsibility. Unfortunately all of the burdens of our entire nation will fall on these few people and everything that so many have fought and died for will depend on the integrity of so few. This, to me is the greatest threat facing our nation, self-entitled, arrogant douchebags with little or no respect for the sacrifices of our forefathers.

  30. Freedom Man

    June 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Being essentially in the median of this generation, I am disgusted to be a part of it. My family is rather liberal, and has little military background, but hard work is emphasized, and I have wanted to join the Army since I was six. My goals have always been aimed toward the uniform.

    My high school is supposedly the top public school in my area. And yet, it has a peculiar fashion for accepting extreme douchebags, from the wannabe gangsters to the obnoxiously leftist intellectuals.

    But it is not the fault of these kids. Rather, it is a morally corrupt educational system where only an academic slap on the wrist for the bad kids is acceptable, and the egos of the obnoxious intellectuals is constantly affirmed by teachers, peers, and curriculum. Clubs like Debate make little senators who simply want to win, not to do any good for anybody or even defend something they believe to be right. Their opinons become fact merely because they can defend them well, say the instructors. This atmosphere also degrades the academic and especially athletic performance of the students. I was saddened when I experienced this firsthand after losing confidence in my wrestling ability – the coach couldn’t give me an honest man to man talk, that wasn’t PC.

    Some of us carry the torch. I see more and more wanting to join up, not for college money or because ‘it’ll be like cod!’, but because they truly are patriots. I try to bring my patriotism to every class, and I see the asshats who wouldn’t even listen to my gun rights argument begin to consider it, or the ‘gangsta’ see that maybe being locked up or on the streets isn’t so cool after all. Most importantly, I try to give classmates my “Ruck the fuck up” attitude – these are the most important four years of the rest of their life, and they are screwing off.

    One last thing – I simply can’t imagine how many more of these fucktards there would be without Roe v. Wade

    RLTW!

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