- - Sunday, November 30, 2014

A generation ago, John Wayne personified America. He was the rugged American who could handle his own problems. If times got tough, he was tougher.

That was then. Today, Pajama Boy personifies America. Instead of ruggedly facing our problems and dealing with them, Pajama Boy sits in a onesie sipping hot chocolate and whining for the government to step in and solve his problems.

The Pajama Boy mentality permeates America. Perhaps the best and most recent example of the Pajama Boy mentality Oliver Friedfield. Mr. Friedfield is a student at Georgetown in Washington DC.

A few days ago, Mr. Friedfield was mugged at gunpoint. He was relieved of his wallet and his cellphone. Then in the true spirit of a 21st century neutered American, Mr. Friedfield said he could not blame them because of his privilege.

That’s right. He’s not angry. He’s not demanding justice. He is whining because he is “privileged.”

Mr. Friedfield said, “Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as “thugs? It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.”

While no one faults Mr. Friedfield for not fighting an armed mugger, his mentality is simply mind blowing. Mr. Friedfield’s solution is of course, more government programs. After 50 years of the Great Society welfare state, poverty has not been eliminated but the American spine apparently has.

Elizabeth Lauten is the communications director for Congressman Steven Fincher, Tennessee Republican. She wrote a post on her Facebook page where she dared to criticize the Obama daughters. She wrote: “Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.”

The left immediately went bat guano crazy that someone would dare criticize the Obama children. Barack Obama is like most politicians. He likes to use his children as political props. But then, he doesn’t want anyone saying anything about them.

A few hours later, Ms. Lauten published an apology. “After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were.”

Hurtful? Is this the standard Americans have fallen to? Nothing that is “hurtful” can be said.

The real problem here is that Ms. Lauten apologized. Lawyers like to say,
“The truth is an absolute defense.” She was right. Someone should have told the Obama children that if they are going to be a part of a public ceremony, they do not sit there and make faces.

In her original post, she wrote, “Dress like you deserve respect.” That is sound advice that should be given to any teenager. The smart money is on the Obama daughters never having heard those words.

While it is doubtful the Obama daughters are even aware of Ms. Lauten’s words, she is doing them a favor. They do live in a spoiled bubble of privilege. One day, they will leave that bubble. It is a cold cruel world out there and there are people who say things that are “hurtful.”

A couple of generations ago, if someone said something “hurtful” there was a way to settle it. In 1950, President Harry Truman read a review of his daughter’s singing that was published in the Washington Post.

He did not like the review, so he penned a letter to the critic at the Post. Among other things, he wrote, “Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”

Today in Obama’s America, men are expected to curl up in their onesies, cry and wait for the government to do something against someone for saying something “hurtful.”

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