posted by Earlybird:
posted by aliencowboy: “Who are the communist conspirators? What group of people could do such a thing.
The same sorts of "normal" Americans McCarthy went after . . He was right about every single person he outed but the media had him run out of town .
. That was just the beginning
Success. When the Second World War ended, the United States was the “last guy standing.” America had “over half” of every measured commodity
or capacity in the whole dam world. Except people. Of which we have consistently had about 5%.
The Great Depression and the Second World War taught us to share, to sacrifice, to put everything ahead of material goods. We fed hobo’s in exchange
for a couple hours work. We had worked hard during the war. Everywhere we were encouraged to save “10%” in war bonds. Movie theaters which
routinely showed double features paused between films to turn on the lights and ask you to come to the refreshment stand to buy war bonds ($18.75 for
a $25 bond) or savings stamps, sold in 5 cents and 25 cents denominations. One time a month, school children were urged to buy stamps which went into
small booklets which when filled were turned in for a $25 bond, the lowest denomination. Held ten years to become worth the face value.
We had scrap drives. We saved chewing gum wrappers and bacon drippings. We had clothing drives. We had blood drives. My father became a “Five
Gallon” donor. The effective minimum wage was $1 an hour although the legal minimum was 50 cents. Many people worked two jobs. Along with most
scarce goods, gasoline was rationed, 3 gallons a month for an A sticker. To get a tire you had to appear in person before a 3 man Ration Board and
explain yourself. The national speed limit was 35 mph. And etc.
Post War. Americans freely and cheerfully donated to a quasi government organization known as CARE - Committee for American Relief to Europe - which
was stenciled on each box, hence became known as CARE packages which were sent to Europe and Asia . By the boatload. A CARE package contained such
items as flour, shortening, canned milk, salt, sugar, pepper, coffee, cloth, thread, needles, candy, cigarettes, toilet paper, hand towels, soap, and
so on. The dispossessed in Europe - and there were millions - would line up to receive a CARE package once a week. The US government made up any
shortfall in funds. Just imagine how we could help peope in Darfur (and elsewhere) with 2006 CARE packages? One package per family, per week. Hmm?
The Marshall Plan. The US made the first ever large, long term commitment to foreign aid primarily for our allies in Western Europe to help them
resist the temptation to go Communist. Remember, capitalism is a system that requires private capital. Whereas socialism (wrongly called communism)
can operate with state capital. (Well, socialists states do not need nearly as much capital as capitalist states. This is one of the appeals for poor
countries to become socialistic.)
Racism. But we were still a WASP country. Not in the very large cities, but in RURAL America where most of the population lived. Blacks were held
down and exploited by the racist system known as Jim Crow. It was legal. It was the law of the land. In the south of America segregation was de jure,
but in the north, it was de facto. Just as bad. Jim Crow had reversed for the most part the gains of emancipation. It was enforced by the Ku Klux
Klan, vigalantes and dishonest and disloyal law officers.
Read about Angola Prison in Louisiana, it is as bad as it gets. More than 3,000 blacks were murdered by hanging, called “lynching.” More than
15,000 black men were beaten so badly they never recovered. More than 50,000 black homes were burned in what was routinely called a “burnout.”
Black schools were pitiful. Black schools in Louisville, Ky, had outdoor toilets when I enrolled in elementary school in 1940. Black schools got
second hand furniture and second hand books. And teachers although of the best intentions, had less preparation in all black colleges. It was a system
where while landlords overcharged and under-served. Where banks “red lined” or “blue lined” whole section of town where blacks could not
borrow money but a white landlord could.
Every small town had its country club. It was a WASP center. Jewish people and often Catholics were not welcome at the local country club which was a
networking center. Blacks did not have access to hospitals. Medical doctors would not serve them. Blacks had no respect.
This system prevails in 2006 to a disgraceful extent. It is America’s albatross. We cannot get over racism in America. It is our millstone. Our
cross to bear. It holds us back in every way, morally, spiritually and ugh, even financially.
And that’s what happened. Success killed America. Lesson? "It is hard for a rich man to pass through the eye of a needle."
[edit on 4/12/2006 by donwhite]