I am going to show you a couple of photos of hair styles, but the photos and this post are not about race, so don’t misunderstand. The hairstyles are just meant to illustrate how I see our society today compared to what it was when I was growing up.
When I was growing up and even until I was discharged from the military, our society was pretty much going along okay. Oh, yeah, like all of history, things began to loosen up when I left the military, but it still was a helluva lot better than it is now.
I’m 66, and I can look back over the past six decades, the past 60 years, and see how things have changed. I can see what people younger than 40 cannot see.
When I was growing up, people didn’t need burglar alarms or surveillance cameras to protect their homes. Many people didn’t even bother to lock their doors. Children could walk to school by themselves without fear of being abducted. I walked to school alone starting when I was in first grade.
People didn’t need to carry concealed weapons. Our government didn’t tell us what kids were allowed to eat in school. Students didn’t assault teachers. Teachers didn’t have sex with students. Girls did not start screwing in middle school. The worst thing that could happen to you during or after school is a fist fight. Kids didn’t start cussing like truck drivers until they got into high school. Today, fifth graders embarrass me with their filthy language.
We played outside. We had a curfew and it was dusk. We had to be in bed by nine, later by ten. Kids were not allowed to watch graphic TV programs. Today, parents let their kids watch anything. Entertainment corporations figure if it ain’t dirty, it ain’t good. So, they allow words like bitch, whore, slut, boobs, and others to be broadcast during prime time. Then they deny any of that has any negative influence on the children.
People did not shoot at each other on the freeway. People were not carjacked. Homosexuals kept their perverted lifestyles to themselves. They were not allowed to teach children the world of homosexuality. Children were not taught sex education starting in third grade.
Saturday morning cartoons were funny and wholesome, not destructive and violence between some superhero and a villain threatening to take over the world like the cartoons today. There was Bugs Bunny, Popeye, the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, My Friend, Flicka, Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse, and on and on. The cartoons today are so complicated, so filled with violence and killing—it’s mind boggling.
Parents were in control of their children. Parents did what parents should do to raise their children properly. Parents were not reported to police for giving their out-of-control brat a slap on the butt. Parents were not turned in by their rug rats and accused of child abuse. Children did not disrespect their parents. The parents were in control, not the children.
Politicians have always been crooked, but not to the point it is today with such hatred spewing from their mouths, such idiotic accusations, and so much attention paid to themselves while letting the country go to Hell.
Patriotism was alive and well, and pride for country was a strong ideal among all Americans. We had parades, barbecues, celebrations, and we were proud of our country. So proud.
Yes, there was racism, and it’s a hateful thing no matter where the racism is coming from. It was time for blacks to be given the same privileges as whites, and not segregated as they had been for almost a century. It was the right thing to do.
When our troops went overseas they went with good wishes from all of us. People did not stand on street corners holding signs that read, “God loves dead soldiers.” People did not claim God was dead. People went to church on Sundays and thanked God for the prosperity of our nation, the health of our families, and asked for forgiveness.
Our nation did not shrink away from creativity, from producing the best cars in the entire world, the best of everything. It was that national pride, that unified feeling of all Americans being as one great nation that helped us beat the Nazis’, and Imperial Japan.
Hollywood was not inundated with stars and little-known wanna-be stars. We didn’t have as many “entertainers” as there are today, and it was easier to remember them all. Humor was not filthy, racist, crass, and disrespectful. Comedians did not have to use disgusting language to get a laugh. I feel if you have to cuss to get a laugh, you’re not a good comedian, and the audience cannot laugh at anything unless it is filthy.
The world I grew up in was a much, much better world than we live in today. It was more peaceful, more patriotic, cleaner, and much more respectful to each other. Today, even though there is a refuse can a few feet away, people will toss their garbage on the ground. People look at you as if you’re a crazy person if you smile at them and wish them a good morning. Few men still open car doors for women. Few women know how to be alluring in their clothes without being slutty.
The only women who cussed openly and in mixed company were sluts. Today, women cuss just as badly as truck drivers and sailors, and they don’t care who is within earshot. Even in restaurants with children, men and women spew forth filthy gutter language with no respect for women and children nearby.
Men strongly avoided using foul language in the company of women, but today men no longer have any respect for women, and women can take a lot of the blame for that. Both men and women use the word f*** and its variations in casual conversations.
The News Media. Ah, there is a real tragedy. They used to call themselves ‘government watchdogs’. Now they can call themselves the ‘government’s bed partners’. Journalism used to be fair and unbiased. USED to be. Journalists hounded both parties equally. There is such an enormous amount of corruption now in journalism. So sad.
I can go on for another thousand words, but let me show you these two pictures. The first shows how I felt our nation was before 1970. The second picture, with NO reference to race, please understand, is how I see our nation, our society today. The point is in the hairstyles, not what the race is, okay?
Here is how I felt our country once was:
Here is how I see our country, our society today:
Wild, out of control, unbalanced—that is the world I live in today.
Again, please ignore the skin color of the two women. That is not my point and has nothing to do with race. It’s just an illustration between neat and messy.
I truly feel sorry for people in this country who did not see our country the way it used to be. You have no idea what a wonderful place it once was. Today, we have to fear crimes against us, terrorism, illegal immigrants who get benefits they shouldn’t get, egregiously crooked politicians, filth, disrespect, homosexuals teaching our kids how to be homosexuals, dirty TV, dirty movies, filthy comedians, sex involved with everything from advertising on TV to what our kids learn in school, and on and on and on.
I seriously doubt our country will ever be what it used to be. I fear Christ will very soon be totally fed up with the depravity of our nation and the world and come back to end it.
There IS a God. And there IS a Satan. And the battle between them has been going on for Eternity. When Christ returns and the prophecies of the book of Revelations are fulfilled, God will win.
What you need to worry about is who are you going to be with? The winner or the loser?