posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 06:43 PM
Originally, I was going to title this thread "America is better off now than it was 200 years ago", but getting curious about what everyone else
thinks about this topic, I decided to change it and allow other people's input.
My stance is that, contrary to what most people are saying, the U.S. is better off than it ever was in its past. I hear a lot of people talk about
racism in the U.S. People say things like "With racism eminent as it is today, how could people not notice the deterioration of America?". To me,
that statement is complete B.S. Take a glimpse into our past, and you will see that America has made vast improvements in the field of civil rights.
Slavery? Hello? Racism is becoming increasingly eminent today? I think not. Slavery was allowed in our country for many years, and when it
was finally outed in the 1800s, minorities STILL had plenty of problems to worry about. Up until as recently as 50 years ago minorities
(Namely blacks) had to deal with all kinds of crap. Lynchings, beatings, segregation, murder, and a lot of this was excused by our government! I'm
extremely thankful that I was born into this era, and not the America that existed 50 years ago. I'd say it's safe to say, as far as civil rights
and rights for minorities are concerned, that we're better off now (Now being in the past decade or so) than we were at any other time. Now this is
not a knock at America. What can be said about the U.S. in those times can pretty much be said about any country of that time, and some even today.
My point is that America has improved, not "America was terrible back then, so if you compare it to today's America, we seem pretty darn good!"
Many people complain about the Separation of Church and state. One side is telling us that the evil Christians are taking over, and the other side is
telling us that the priest-killing liberals are trying to destroy Christianity. Now think about what we were 200 years ago. Think about state
organized religions. Were we really better off back then? What place would a modern Satanist or Athiest, complete with black clothing and combat
boots have in the America of our founding fathers' days? What place would they have in the America of 50 years ago? Most likely, a person like that
would be even more of a social out-cast than today, probably never get a decent job, and be forced to change their ways. Do you think schools would
allow giant purple mowhawks into a school 50 years ago? Do you think that in the 50's there were groups like the ACLU watching over people and
taking down religious statues in government buildings and shopping malls? Of course not! Now this isn't necessarily a good thing to a person like
me, who happens to be Christian, but to people who are complaining about "the Christians taking over", we've made VAST improvements in the
separation of church and state area since when our country was founded.
Take a look around you. People are generally more accepting, open-minded, and giving than they were at any other time in history. And although
we're not perfect, we've made really great improvements over these 200 and some-odd years that we've been a country. The political exposure, the
open debates, all of it. People are much more informed about what their government is doing. People are researching conspiracies and government
corruption and putting an end to it. Sure, the annoying political back and forth gets annoying, and I personally wish that we would get along better,
but think about what we would be if we didn't have opposing sides and viewpoints pointing out each other's flaws. Without people watching over
each-other (Look up the watch-dog function), we might be a monarchy today.
Again, I'm not saying in any way that America was a bad country in our past. I'm merely saying that we've made great improvements in our time. I
for one think that we were, still are, and always will be a great country.
[edit on 6-10-2005 by Herman]