Song- Proud to be an American
Posted Sat Jan 21, 2012 07:06 PM
Posted Sat Jan 21, 2012 08:24 PM
But what did the country "used to be"? Me personally, I would not want to have lived at any other time than now. The past holds an awful lot of contradictions in ideology vs. practice toward fellow men and women and children.
I can therefore only hope that the founding fathers meant for the concept of freedom to be a beacon for future generations (that's us) and that we wouldn't fixate too much on a past that is largely in our imaginations.
Posted Sun Jan 22, 2012 02:12 AM
I've often said the world's going to Hell in a hand basket , maybe it's just part of growing old & watching what witch you treasured being warped into things you'd rather not scrape off your boot heel .
The old values that shaped who I became don't mean much anymore , the youth of today don't value honor , dignity , decency , & respect like they did in my day & that's saddening indeed .
Of course that's only my personal observations .
Posted Sun Jan 22, 2012 06:54 PM
Posted Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:49 PM
There was a time you could sleep with your windows open , see someone walking & offer them a ride , & I don't do these things anymore .
Leaving your windows unlocked & open will get your home invaded (which leads to me killing them) .
Offering a ride could get you car jacked , robbed , or worse ..........
The times ohhhhhhhhh the times are a changing .............And not necessarily for the better
Posted Mon Jan 23, 2012 06:51 AM
Posted Mon Jan 23, 2012 07:50 AM
nostalgia blurs things a bit, imo...
i definitely agree that freedom seems to be slightly in jeopardy right now, and i don't agree with it, but there is no way in hell i'd like to go back to the "old days". i mean i'm young and i didn't actually live through those times, whatever, but i would not trade all the progress that has been made regarding equal rights for everyone. obviously the world has not got things sorted yet, but it's a hell of a lot better than drinking fountains for different races and marital rape not being illegal. life was probably pretty grand back then if you were in the "correct" demographic, but it definitely wasn't for everyone.
i guess i'm just feeling lucky that i even have freedom that can be in jeopardy, when some people never even had it to begin with, both today and in history.
This post has been edited by saintnailpolish: Mon Jan 23, 2012 07:50 AM
Posted Mon Jan 23, 2012 08:21 AM
As for leaving the door and windows open... Well, I'm happy to report that I still do that. The streets have never been safer, I can take a walk at any time of the day or night, and I don't feel the slighest aprehension if I see a man or a group of men coming my way. Well true, I'm not an American, and I don't live in the US. Life is good for me though.
Posted Mon Jan 23, 2012 04:18 PM
Posted Mon Jan 23, 2012 09:44 PM
Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:18 AM
The United States of America has always been a work in progress (key word: progress). We've never been ONE way, and now it's not that way anymore. I agree with this...never gonna be perfect, but continual progress is key.
As far as our "freedoms", I feel just as free as I ever have See; Patriot Act. Passed by Bush, renewed by Obama. Habeus Corpus, 4th Amendment, 1st Amendment...no longer are unalieable.
we already "took Her back" in the 2008 Elections.... took it back from a plutocratic system that had run amok by putting into place policies that screw over the majority while handing all the goodies to a minority. Yeah...Obama's poster boy for corporate tax burden honesty, Jeffery Immelt of GE, who's company didn't pay one red cent of tax on $14 billion in profit. Oh, and the banks getting "liquidity injections" from Obama...that doesn't count as screwing over the masses and giving it to the few uber-rich, right? We didn't "take her back" in 2008. We sold her out to another politician with a "D" next to his name on CNN as opposed to an "R".
Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:28 AM
Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 02:55 PM
Humans aren't very good at pattern recognition between generations. Every generation says that the newer generation is "HORRIBLE AWFUL OH MY GOD NO WONDER THIS COUNTRY IS IN SUCH A MESS", and each new generation ends up with a higher quality of life than their predecessors. Why? Well, because the myth of decline is flexible and fits to any particular political viewpoint. The left says "decline" and they mean unregulated capitalism and the precipitous drop in union enrollment, the right says 'decline' and they mean "Moral decline what with all them homosexuals" or 'economic decline' what with "All them government regulations." Libertarians say 'decline' and they mean "OH MY GOD, PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT THEIR GOVERNMENT TO DO SOMETHING? OUTRAGEOUS" and isolationists say 'decline' and mean "MAN LOOK AT ALL THESE WARS WE'RE EMBROILED IN" and imperialists say decline and mean "GUYS WE'RE NOT FIGHTING ENOUGH WARS." It means a thousand different things to a thousand different people, and the overall effect is that everyone thinks we're 'declining' for reasons that directly contradict what everyone else thinks.