Lonesome Tree in Sandhills

Friday, July 10, 2009

Change vs Restoration

Another political email is making its way around the Internet calling for "A restoration that would take us back in time to a place where things ran better, smoother and life was more enjoyable." It went on to claim we used to have lower tax structures, enjoy more freedoms, affordable food and gas... along with other like assertions. Anyone who thinks we had it better "back then" is either clueless or very forgetful.

I for one do not want to go backwards to the time when. . .
- violent rioters were burning businesses owned by hard-working black people (1920's & 1960's)
- peaceful protesters were being beaten for exercising their 1st Amendment rights (1920's thru 1960's)
- beef & other food processors operated in unsanitary conditions (1900's through 1950's)
- black-market beef was sold for outrageous prices in the cities (1930's)
- electricity was available only in cities & only for those who could afford it (pre-1940-50's)
- natural gas was not piped in to heat homes all across the country (pre- 1940-50's)
- child labor was the norm in urban & rural areas - unless wealthy (pre-1920's)
- cars didn't have seat belts or safety seats to protect our children & ourselves in cars (pre-1970)
- telephones were available, if at all, only in the cities & then limited to 3 minutes (pre-1950's)
- 50-70% tax rates for middle incomes still paying for World II & reconstruction (1950-1980's)
- 10-12% inflation rates that sucked the value out of the US Dollar (1970's through 1980's)

Our beloved United States continues to enjoy almost full employment (over 90%) and full freedom of speech on our airwaves and in our streets. Our highways are well maintained and commerce continues across state lines unabated. Our stores are absolutely chock full of relatively CHEAP food, clothing, and other goods.

So far adjoining states have not declared war on their neighbors over water. Our country is still intact and not been wracked by violent war since the Civil War. There are only a handful of countries that have it better than we do.

Can we be just a little thankful... for a change?

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