Kids say the darnedest things

Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today.

You want to see the Hot Take of the Day?

Actually, this probably qualifies for Hot Take of the Year.

Here you go:

And she means it too!

This is the problem we have when History becomes the least taught subject in public schools.

Ya get kinda dumb!

Listen kids, modern-day teenagers cannot be compared to people of the same chronological age from the 18th Century.

I can’t believe I have to explain that!

But I tried.

But there’s another aspect to this that’s also worth noting.

And that’s this.

The modern-day “teenager” wasn’t really a sociological construct until the 1950s.

This idea that children live at home and attend school until they’re eighteen, then promptly head to college afterward – all the while living with Mom and Dad? This was not the norm before then.

Especially for those living in agricultural communities.

If the modern-day teenager was rare prior to 1950, it was flat-out unheard of in 1776.

In the 18th Century, children as young as fourteen held apprenticeships where they learned a trade.

While today, those kids are home begging Mom and Dad to let them get on Twitter where they can reveal their historical ignorance. They’re texting their friends and listening to aggressively cheerful music sung by people chosen for their ability to dance.

Comparing 18th Century men in their late teens/early twenties to modern-days kids is, to borrow a phrase, comparing apples to bananas.

Oh, and one more thing, little girl.

Alexander Hamilton didn’t really rap.

But she wants us to take her opinion seriously.

Which is the funniest part about this — poor kid.

Come to think of it, this is the Hot Take of the Year.

Now, I know it’s not uncommon for kids in each generation to believe that they’re smarter and better than the generations that came before them.

But to try and put yourself on par with the people who founded this great nation?

That’s truly astounding.

But then again, mind-boggling arrogance and a lack of perspective are common traits among teenagers. That’s what happens when you don’t have a fully-formed frontal lobe.

But as Art Linkletter said lo these many years ago, “Kids say the darnedest things.”

So if nothing else, thanks for the laugh, honey.

And bless your heart.

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10 thoughts on “Kids say the darnedest things

  • February 26, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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    “Kids” back then were a HELL of a lot more mature than today’s spoiled Tide Pod eating idiots. They had to be . It was a matter of survival.

    Today’s brats can’t hold a match, let alone a candle, to the youth of the past.

  • February 26, 2018 at 6:31 pm
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    Roxanne

    Right!

  • February 26, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    Most all the names listed above were tutored and Classically Educated. Few college graduates these days could even have an intelligent discussion with these men.

    • February 26, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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      So true. There is just so much stupid in that tweet, it’s almost too much to unpack.

  • February 26, 2018 at 9:03 pm
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    I’ll bet every one of them owned a gun, too. And it was as fine a gun as the gov’t had, too. Just as much firepower. Probably as much firepower was posessed by these people as the army.

    How does that grab that little stupids.

  • February 26, 2018 at 9:37 pm
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    I joined the NRA today

  • February 27, 2018 at 7:40 am
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    My personal favorite of the Brit Generals was a Celt ; Gen Sir J. Moore. At 16 he was and Ensign (what 01’s were called for 100’s of years, Now 2nd Lt.) At 17 he was a Lt leading a co. of Musketmen against the rebels here. When he as Maj. Was given command of a regiment of foot soldiers. Which he converted to riflemen. The best riflemen in the world, at the end of the 18th century! His men could fire 3, WELL AIMED shots a min! The Prussians, (#2) got off 2! The Brit Riflemen wore green jackets. He said IN HONOR OF THE BRAVEST MEN HE HAD EVER KILLED, AMERICAN JARHEADS!(he killed a a Jarhead Cptn, and his Sgt. @ 17) (Am I bragin here? Why yes I am.) Redcoats were musket men (getting off 5 well times shots a min. Also very good.)

    At 16 Alexander was not only a general but also King of Macedonia!

    If she has the ages right Light Horse Lee would be a Col (06) at 23! Beat me by a mile!

    BTW It goes un said frequently; but needs (IMHO) to be said – Each of the 3 men I listed killed others many times over for their country! Great men usually kill to protect their loved ones! Always have – always will!

  • February 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm
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    Actually the tweet by Rachel is partially correct unless some new science is uncovered to explain that the list she posted of those men show their brains developed faster physically than those of the modern 18 year old. Science proves that the brain in men and women do not fully develop until well into their 20’s, and for most the is 25.

    Simple fact is (Diogenes is correct) those men were smarter and more mature not due to lifespan (of note most of the FF’s lived well beyond 35) but due to education and the times. Remember education and religion went hand in hand. They didn’t have cheap entertainment known as tv, cell phones, etc. Reading and education oneself was entertainment.

  • February 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm
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    “Oh, and one more thing, little girl.

    Alexander Hamilton didn’t really rap.”

    This I love!!! I also want to add that General George Washington consider those ‘men’ boys.

  • March 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm
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    Sure, Ms Gonzalez that’s a fair comparison.
    They risked their lives to gain freedom from a government that controlled it’s citizens.
    You risk nothing to take freedom away from citizens that control their government.
    But, hey. CNN.

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