This post is by our buddy/commenter Mal. Because Mal’s not quite as young as most of us, I asked him to compare/contrast our country’s politics and religion to how things were back in the day. I was eager to hear his assessment and hope you find it interesting, too:
You asked me recently in one of your blogs if politics in previous elections over the years (since I’m 87!) were similar to today. I have to say “NO”. Never have I seen a more divided people than this President has created. For example, I remember when George Wallace, a Southerner and known Socialist, ran as a third party I believe in the 1960’s, both the GOP and the Dems got together and made sure he didn’t win. Now we see the Dems actually supporting one. The biggest difference today is in the attitude of the masses. We’ve gone from “what can I do to help?” to “what’s in it for ME?”. We’ve gone from pride to self pity; from ambition to apathy. We desperately need a new leader who can re-instill the pride and honor of previous generations. If we don’t, we are doomed.
You have also asked about the differences in the topic of religion in America and how that’s changed. It has definitely changed…for the worse. No one objected to saying Merry Christmas at Christmas time anymore than saying God Bless You when you sneezed! Prayer was not only accepted but encouraged at most venues. We pledged allegiance to our flag every morning in school. In games or sports, if we chose up sides the last ones to get selected just sucked it up and accepted they weren’t as good as some of the others. That was life and we accepted it without feeling self pity, and instead, worked harder to do better at it. -Mal
Please weigh in on Mal’s thoughts and even add if you think we CAN get back to the America we all knew and loved…….or if you think Mal and I are overboard and things aren’t so bad, tell us; we’re eager to hear. And thanks for your terrific input, Mal. I don’t see how we’ll ever get back to those times, but I SURE do wish we could.
HERE’s a little more from Mal which we think you’ll get a kick out of:
In the 30’s during the Great Depression Socialism once again reared its ugly head. Due to the dire conditions of the times it gained popularity and stuck around until WWll when it faded away. It was called Technocracy. It touted a government run by technical experts and their insignia could be seen on signs all over the country. It was a circle with a lazy “S” thru it with one half red, the other half white. Later, during an economics class I was taking at USC our prof. was covering Technocracy and said people would be paid by the “ergs” instead of the hours they worked. When someone asked how a ditch digger, for example, could compare to a brain surgeon, the Prof said they had physical ergs and mental ergs, and we all laughed. Can you blame us? – Mal