Romney is also the incumbent in a cultural sense–he is the old, rich, white guy that 45 years of higher education and Hollywood have inveighed against. He has a stake in the system and values that two successive generations of elites have been taught to hate.
And it got me to thinking that I have seen this movie before and I know how it ends.
I think every parent who has lived through their teenagers D&T period (drama and trauma) has also seen it. I have three children who have all survived to adulthood and to some degree, my wife and I have seen some or all of these traits as they passed through the teen years:
- Irrational: decisions are based on low levels of logic and high levels of emotion.
- Overly idealistic: often believe that things will change because they simply want to them to change and they can’t understand why everybody doesn’t see their brilliance.
- Self-centered: they are sure that they are the center of the universe, and they create a very small world where everything that happens is about them, to them or because of them.
- No sense of propriety: they are often unnecessarily loud and annoying and inappropriately address subjects at inopportune times and in incorrect venues.
- Omniscient fantasies: believing that they know everything when they are actually naive and have yet to experience the world first hand and often constructing their own realities to explain and reinforce their beliefs.
- Immature: They are stubborn, arrogant, often judgemental, disrespectful and rude to people/lack politeness.
- Selfish and possessive: believing that they own anything in particular when they obviously don’t and often demand/expect things that are beyond their parent’s ability to give (cars, trips, expensive clothes, etc.) with little regard for what they cost. That they want things is reason enough to have them.
- Lack age-appropriateness: they desperately want to be older – they act older than their own age.
- Lack of accountability: they don’t take responsibility for their own actions or they blame others for their faults.
- Procrastination: they put things off, believing that there is always tomorrow or if it is really important mommie or daddy will take care of it.
- Invincibility: they believe that they won’t get hurt or cause harm to themselves or others.
- Lack of self-awareness: they have no idea how little they really know about life.
- Prevarication/fabulism: they also lie to avoid consequences of their actions, especially the ones who like to experiment and they often fabricate elaborate stories to support their deception.
In short, they are immature teenagers.
The Obama Administration is a product of a highly immature culture that thinks it knows better than its parents and yet isn’t aware of how clueless it really is. Obama and his team exhibit every characteristic of an American teenager.
It seems that there is science that shows that it is biological:
…the most recent research on the adolescent brain, [which] indicates the juvenile brain is still maturing in the teen years and reasoning and judgement are developing well into the early to mid 20s. It is often cited as state lawmakers consider scaling back punitive juvenile justice laws passed during the 1990s.
“As any parent knows,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the 5-4 majority, youths are more likely to show “a lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility” than adults. “… These qualities often result in impetuous and ill-considered actions and decisions.”
He also noted that “juveniles are more vulnerable or susceptible to negative influences and outside pressures, including peer pressure,” causing them to have less control over their environment.
So the good news is that most teens get their brains back in their 20’s and eventually become rational and human again… but there are those who choose to remain in a perpetual state of immaturity because they have been catered to all their lives and given the things that they want. They have been shielded from life. We all know somebody like that.
We have been witness to it for the past four years being played out in Washington.
The voters loved the youth and exuberance of the 2008 Obama campaign with its promises long on hope and short on change but the fact is that the Obama Administration is a perfect example of arrested development. They haven’t grown, or learned from their mistakes and moved on. They exhibit every characteristic of the immature teen that were listed above, including the “I Won” syndrome.
We need mature leadership.
That is what the Romney/Ryan ticket presents to me. It is an opportunity to recover mature and adult leadership for this country to take on the serious and sobering problems that we face.
The teenage years and the immaturity of the Age of Obama are over – time for the adults to take over.