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Generation Vex

The (really) long goodbye of the Baby Boomers.

Nov 5, 2007, Vol. 13, No. 08 • By P.J. O'ROURKE
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Traffic jams are everywhere, but it's not because of too many cars or too few highway lanes. It's just slow driving in the famous old-age mode and with on-board navigation systems to provide someone to have a grumpy argument with even when you're alone.

What else do oldsters do besides drive slowly? They watch TV. Flip through the cable channels and compare what you see to what was seen 50 years ago: I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Burns and Allen. When it comes to fuddled, is not the whole entertainment industry drooling in its second childhood?

We baby boomers are growing old--but growing old with a vengeance. Our hands may be palsied and arthritic, but we hold America's fate in them. And America's fate can be summed up in one word: Youthanasia.

P.J. O'Rourke is a contributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.