reply to post by dragonsmusic
Well, its sad that you feel the way you do about your home, but I would be naive to think, that others don't echo your sentiments at this present
juncture in US history. Lets face it, their is something sinister in the winds, and who knows what it is, but many walk around with that sharp feeling
in their guts. It is like the feeling a horse gets before entering the glue factory as was the practice years ago. A feeling of dread and
However, this is my home, good or bad. I was born and reared here. My ancestors fled Europe, and I have listened and learned from their accounts of
the Old Country, and I would be doing a disservice to them by leaving the country they called home.
They spoke of property ownership restrictions, relatives who suffered under the Nazi and Soviet oppressors in Eastern Europe, subjugation under the
British in Ireland and the Potato Famine during the 19th century, chronic lack of work, food shortages, and a whole myriad of social misfortunes in
the European system at that time. They thought this was the only place their families could come to get a fair shake and a chance at upward mobility.
I learned about these things from my grandparents who were, then, first generation in this country and I am now third. They complained like we do now,
they suffered under the Great Depression, some had to scavenge for food in dumpsters during that time, some lined up at laboring jobs just to be sent
home, while others were taken with no explanation as to why they were selected, another road the rails as hobo around the country, working, whenever
possible, then they fought in WWII bringing back with them the sting of war that never left their subconscious mind, racism due to their religions and
immigrant status, and other trials.
It was a different time, but we face trials as they did, right now. Who are we to moan, groan, and complain, and just up and run when things get hard,
when our ancestors stood up to the problems of their day as we must do today? In my humble opinion, we must follow their lead and stand up to the
injustices and tribulations before us, as they did.
On paper, this is still one of the finest countries in the world, but in practice, it leaves less to be desired at times. In any human experiment,
there is always failure and mistakes to be made. That is the case in this country as well as any you may visit on your travels, abroad, in the near
future. By all means, see the world, because every young person should, however, don't forget where home is. I have seen many parts of the world, and
still, this is home, for good or bad. Trust me, I having the same feelings as you. May you have fair winds and following seas on your travels. Good
[edit on 9-11-2009 by Jakes51]