I see a lot of the following phrases in threads around ATS: "This once great nation" "The Founding Fathers wold be rolling in their graves" "Reagan is
the best US president in recent memory", and a lot of those quotes along those lines relating to the history of our Country and Politicians.
So, was this country ever great?
The Founding Fathers created a country where Africans were enslaved, beat, raped and worked to the bone and to death. And many of the founding fathers
owned slaves themselves.
Women were considered property, did not have the right to vote, could not continue in education after Grammar School, they were considered basically
as not having a brain, intellectually challenged, too emotional to even think about anything political.
Native Americans were slaughtered, there land taken, and pushed back onto reservations much like Israel does to Palestinians today, does the "Trail of
Tears" ring a bell.
My point is that this country has a Dark History, everyone puts this country up on a Pedestal, The Shining City on the Hill. And it's not so great
today, and definitely wasn't that great 200 years ago, so why do people say "Our once great nation" or "The founding fathers would be rolling in their
graves" they probably would but for very different reasons.
And another thing, people love to say that President Reagan was the best president in recent memory. No, he tripled the national debt during his
presidency, he raised taxes every year he was in office except for one and it was felt hardest by lower and middle income families, Iran/Contra
scandal and gave Amnesty to 3 million Undocumented Immigrants. So think again before you say Reagan was great in any way.
So my question is what used to be great about this country that isn't anymore?
edit on 11/29/2012 by Uniceft17 because: (no reason given)