Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: Why aren’t we the greatest generation?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana


Ten years ago, NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw wrote a book about what he called “The Greatest Generation.” In contrast, there’s a new best seller out now calling America “the dumbest generation.” And since Louisiana is at the bottom of the barrel on most national lists, you can imagine how folks in the Bayou State are viewed. But with all the tools of modern technology of our digital culture supplying us with a 24/7 information overload, and the opportunities for intellectual development at an all time high, why aren’t we making a run at being “the greatest generation?” What conditions existed 70 years ago that set those who fought in World War II and those who volunteered at home apart?

These questions were the focus of discussion recently in New Orleans at the opening of some new spectacular attractions, all part of the National World War II Museum. Tom Brokaw was there for the grand opening and talked about his definition of the greatest generation. “They came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America – men and women whose everyday lives of duty, honor, achievement and courage gave us the world we have today.”

There’s no doubt that these men and women of the1940s were resourceful, hardworking and deeply committed to giving extraordinary service to their country. But do we instill these same values now? Or does today’s generation value lifestyle over success?

In his book, The Dumbest Generation, Mark Bauerlein has little hope for today’s youth. Bauerlien views our young people as “Ignorant of politics and government, art and music, prose and poetry. The dumbest generation is content to turn up their iPods and tune out the realities of the adult world. It is brash, pampered, dumb — and content to stay that way.” Continue reading……………..

8 thoughts on “Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: Why aren’t we the greatest generation?”

  1. ANSWER: We are not the greatest generation in Louisiana because of widespread corruption by state politicians over the last 70 years as exemplified by some of the past governors ( i.e.”Vote for the Crook”) and corruption in other State departments such as the Office of Insurance Commissioner ( i.e. commissioners commonly incarcerated and how about our wonderful 10% required hurricane deductibles).

    But I do declare Louisiana is at the ” top of the barrel ” when it comes to getting taken to the cleaners concerning insurance rates – both auto and home owners. From today’s SunHerald story ( thanks to a pastor’s investigation) it appears that insurance commissioners’ offices have sold out this generation as far as BS claims and rates concerning hurricane damages and claims for many many years. This is the one big reason southcoast people move to Texas and other states and no new residents are migrating in ( other than illegals wanting to rebuild and enjoy the American dream)


    I would love to know how much money is kicked back to state legislators and office of insurance commissioner from not only the national insurance companies we know so well, but also from the ” international investors ” who are the ultimate insurance carriers ? And who are these anonymous ” international investors” covering the butts of our ” good friend ” national companies who are “always there ” to rape us with their inflated rates ?

    Maybe you can answer the above questions for us Mr. Brown ?

  2. This article is ridiculous. I am 26 years old. I would be considered a part of the “dumbest generation” based on the article and I keep up with politics, government, tax policy, etc. The poetry and music don’t really match my personality, however.

    How about this excerpt ” Young people are incorrigible and it

    1. For the most part I would have to agree with the two comments stated above. Can anyone blame the new generation for being ignorant about politics? I certainly do not and those who are heavily into politics from older generations may be part of the problem. The “older generations” are and have been in office for awile now. I would tend to beleive the general public alone is not pleased with our government and what they have been doing for the country. Also I think it would be fair to assume that a lot of those who are heavily into politics are generally hard lefts or hard rights and most do not readily accept the other sides view. When you combine that with the 2 party system the media fuels its no wonder why politics may not be popular with the younger generations.

      Lockem made a good point about illegals moving in looking for the American dream. Although I can’t blame them (to a point) but this practice has taken a toll on labor jobs in our country. I strongly believe the immegrants are being exploited because they are willing to work cheap, companies are getting addicted to it and it’s driving wages down for Americans. For that, I can’t see any good reason why the new generation would work these labor jobs when they can get a job at McDonald’s, make the same or more, and have a much easier job. For those reasons, I would have to actually call them smarter.

      Auditor–I like your points regarding “it wasn’t my generation”

      Eye-Spy (Generation X)

  3. My father’s generation may be considered the “greatest generation.” This may be true. They were great at fighting a war against a deranged tyrant who cajoled his fellow countrymen to hate Jews, Negroes and all other “lesser” races. The greatest generation was not so great at recognizing early on that Jews, Catholics, Poles and others were being imprisoned and slaughtered. They preferred to look the other way. They also stuck their heads in the sand when they returned from the World War II. They allowed politicians to get us stuck in wars in Korea, Viet Nam, Cambodia, etc. And to a lesser extent to skirmishes in Lebanon, Latin America and the Middle East. When their children said “No more War.” They told us to “Love it or Leave it.” Fortunately for America the “Boomers” said “no” we will change it.

    Slowly change took place. The war in Viet Nam was brought to an inglorious end. The “law of the Land, Seperate but equal ” was finally seen as the greatest hindrance to our promise of our Forefathers of “all men are created equal.” So yes they were a great generation. So is the “boomer” generation. So is the Gen X generation. We must all live up to the promise of America as the great nation that it is. We must stop putting ourselves down. We are and will continue to be a great nation. Go out and live your life as if our greatness depended on you being a great citizen.

  4. It is said that soldiers in combat see the “battle”, and even the “war”, solely from their own perspective, which severely limits their knowledge of what happened around them. Since I live in the CESSPOOL called New Orleans, I can only comment on what I see. What I see is, in order of importance: the DISINTEGRATION of the family unit, prolific illegitimacy, ignorance, idleness, crime, including particularly violent crime and drug use, a sense of “entitlement” and strong desire for self-gratification, raising children like “little wolves”, who act like wolves even before they reach adulthood, bad habits that result in obesity, disease and worse, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS, which infects others through irresponsible behavior by the “carriers”. I could go on-and-on, but we are approaching the cocktail hour. Ashton O’Dwyer.

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