Great post OP and others.
I have to agree America has gone downhill fast,
i went from school time of saying the pledge of allegiance
before school every day and being proud to be a part of such
a great country, to kind of ashamed of what our country has become.
Sadly, i dont think there is anyway to fix this unless mass groups mobilize.
We would have to first get a spot to gather everyone and discuss what has
changed and why we do or dont like it, and then figure out how to fix it..
But with the masses of American Idol people who blissfully watch the tv and
ignore what is going on, i am not sure there are enough alert and awake to
make that major change that is needed.
Sure there is a fulcrum, waiting to be pushed, but with all law's of physics it
takes weight and strength to make it happen.
The real question is, are there enough awake and paying attention to make that
pivot point worth pushing on. Or would we be trying to lift a mountain from a inclined
The other problem we have is if you think its bad now.. wait a generation. The kids now days
mine included have no clue what it is like to do without, what it
is like to sacrafice, while i try to teach them, as we all know to
fully get the lesson one has to experience it first hand. (although
the way the country is going, its possible they will be experiencing it..
but they wont be capable of surviving it.
Kids in general do not know what its like to go without, not to have
food, or new clothing, or new cars, or toys. I have tried many times to
explain to my step son (13) that he needs to experience what its like not
to have food for a day, or longer, not to have everything he enjoy's.
But have yet to convince him to give it a try.
Shoot growing up, we were poor, our meals consisted of fish..
fish for breakfast, fish for lunch and fish for dinner, and if you wanted
a snack, guess what.. you had fish.. not store bought fish, dad was
smart enough to know that money was going to be tight, so he wagered
on renting a house close to the lake. It was not any more expensive than
the houses in town, or at least not back then. When we got moved in, they
had bills paid for a month, and $24 left over. Thats it... So dad went and
bought 2 zebco fishing poles and we dug worms and we fished. Even at the
young age of 5 we helped, we caught the perch, so the parents could use them
for bait for larger fish. The next month we bought Rope and hooks and such and
set up trot lines, For about a year and a half we lived on fish. If we didnt catch
any that day, we didnt eat.
I've never had a comfe life, always fighting to get what i have, but thats ok, i like it
that way, because everything i have (up until last year when i got sick) i earned.
it was not handed to me. It's a pride i think many have lost over the years, and
instead count on hand out's.
You have no idea how much relying on the govt to get by right now drives me nuts,
but what option do i have. I cant work, odds are i'll be gone in 2 years or less.
So i take what they give me and pay the bill's.
But i believe a lot have lost the American pride, what's the point, some govt official
is going to take it away anyway, seems to be the majority of opinion, and i cant
say i blame them.
I am not sure if there is a fix or a turn around from where we are, sadly
i think total collaps is the only way things are going to get better.
I just hope we get it right the next time around.
To the grammer cop's. *lol* I am sure you have fun with my post, but i blame it on the morphine.
Thats my excuse and i'm sticking to
edit on 4-1-2013 by severdsoul because: (no reason given)