It might be nice to go back to the 1950s for a little visit if it were possible.
The air over the United States was at least 50% purer back then than it is now.
The air in the halls of congress was definitely a lot purer than it is today!
Politics in the 50s weren’t so fraught with screaming infantile right wing extremests doing their best to unravel the Republic either. As I recall, both sides were able to come together over a table in Washington and get things that needed doing done . . . back then.
I think that when we go to the polls in November, we will very much be making a choice as to whether we want to turn America back and regress to the dark ages again or whether we want to move forward into a future rife with opportunity for all Americans and not just a few who might feel they are privileged or elite or some other such nonsense.
One of the things I remember about the 50s was it was a time when neighbors actually knew each other’s names, held coffee klatsches in their new suburban prefabricated houses and took soup to neighbors when they got sick. It was also a time when doors could be left safely unlocked.
No one talked much about personal religion or politics back then and there were few actual fist fights over who got elected and who did not and the broadcast airwaves were devoid of all the angst, vitriol and anger surrounding elections that we have become so used to of late.
In fact, back then both sides – - Conservative and Liberal would have shrunk back in disgust at any such thing as a modern “attack” ad during a campaign. Back then both sides would have labeled such tactics as immoral and dishonorable and neither side would have used these tactics.
In discussions about the terrible hurricane that has just recently devastated much of our North Eastern coastline I have heard people ask the question, “If Republicans are pushing for the privatization of The Federal Emergency Management Agency, does that mean they are willing to reach into their own pockets to pay the costs of such tragedies or will they require the middle class and the poor to bear the financial burden of it all through raids on whatever is left of the public bank account?”
I think that is a question well worth asking before we cast the first vote in this election!
Can we afford an administration running this great country with Her sometimes outsized problems that believes in dismantling the Fed, downsizing the government and privatizing all the big agencies that help people when help is needed?
I think that is what we are going to be looking at if we get too many Republicans back in charge in November.
The question has been asked and I am willing to agree – - – “America has always been a country of people who care about other people and who are more than willing to watch each other’s backs. Why is it that Republicans always seem to be interested only in their own interests and do not always seem to be willing to watch any backs but their own?”
I think we need a large central Federal Government because it is a large central Federal Government that can best allow a nation to pool resources and help each other out when there is a great need.
Posted by John Liming at 8:00 AM