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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 10:00 pm

How did a nation go from the Greatest Generation to arguably the worst generation in two generations?

The Greatest Generation sacrificed everything for its country through wars for freedom by scrimping, saving and doing without to serve their children's needs, always knowing personal responsibility. A lot of this generation expects the government to supply and provide for them.

This isn't the country I served and vowed to protect. When I entered the service, I could walk in any part of town and never locked a door to my house. Hollywood made pictures accentuating the positive side of America, not glorifying the worst. Those who chose to could pray wherever they were. Americans held up their end, pulled their weight, did their part, paid their share and worked to better their children's lives. We as Americans helped and aided the world knowing we most likely would never be paid back. We did this because it was the right thing to do.

The leaders of this generation don't care what costs are passed on to their children as long as it doesn't interfere with pandering for votes or their lifestyles. They feel they are owed. Could it be that we fostered this through class warfare? Everyone used to pay taxes; only about half do now.

Was it by telling people that they should not pull their weight, do their part or pay their share because someone else has more money? This nation was built on free enterprise, entrepreneurship and the promise of having the opportunity to succeed, not a guarantee of success.

Has the decline come about through schools that teach a revised history, a press that doesn't report but advocates a political belief or political correctness which means pretending there is no difference between men and women, strong and weak, smart and dumb, or straight and gay?

Is it that we have rid ourselves of manners and laud filthy speech? Has greed become accepted at the cost of truth and honor? How did it become acceptable to have children out of marriage or have two mothers or fathers instead of role models?

Maybe I have the answer. This generation that now controls government, press, education, business and finance are the free love, flower children, dope-smoking hippies of the '60s and '70s, when it was fashionable to be anti-American.

Larry Young


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  • posted at 7:48 am on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.


    Happy Father's Day to all the great Dad's out there! Enjoy your day. :-)

  • posted at 4:06 am on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.


    Yes, for the most part, as long as it's not a disturbance, we can pray wherever we want here. Unlike Iran and many other Muslim countries, we don't have to worry about people preying on us if we aren't praying in the name of Allah.Those who have dared to pray in any other name other than Allah in these countries either have ended up in prisonor their life snuffed out.

  • posted at 1:08 pm on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Danielh, I totally agree since I worked in SF durning the 60`s. Height St. was loaded with "hippies" really runaways sitting on the curb looking like crap, the young girls would do "anything" for a place to crash and something to eat. Free Love, yea right, just ask the free clinic. You left out the biggest feasco of all, it`s call Bizerkly. Power to the people, hell the people wouldn`t know what to do with it.

  • posted at 12:40 pm on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Larry: what about the debt? If you owe money on your mortgage and refuse to pay, don't you think something would happen?Do you think that a debt might have anthing to do with this?

  • posted at 12:38 pm on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Larry Young: I don't like this one: "free love, flower children, dope-smoking hippies of the '60s and '70s, when it was fashionable to be anti-American"

  • posted at 12:34 pm on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Larry Young, As a matter of fact, I think you hit the nail on the head:"This isn't the country I served and vowed to protect."

  • posted at 9:21 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Mazie, as Billy stated, you can pray all you want, and as long as your not causing a disturbance, knock yourself out. So I suggest you get a soap box, milk carton or just about anything will do, get on a street cornor and start praying. I hope you find what your looking for, but leave me out, I`ve done just fine for 70 years without any help from anyone, your biggest fault is getting on someone that doesn`t go along with your beliefs.

  • posted at 8:52 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Scuse me, I meant "they're", not "their".

  • posted at 8:51 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Mazie, there is a difference between public prayer, and praying in public. Last I checked, nobody has tried to stop praying in public. You are still, and will always be allowed to, say a private prayer in public. It is your 1st Amendment Constitutional right to do so. But in a forum, like the recently discussed CC meetings, all beliefs, including Nihilism, need to be respected. So prayer neither belongs there, nor serves a purpose. If we truly a society that strives to respect everyone, we need to knock off the divisive practices. Even if their tradition.

  • posted at 7:55 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Mazie wrote:"We have taken God out of everything, no longer able to pray in public for fear of upsetting some loser atheist (who cares about them anyway?)."My favorite part was the irony from the loving Christian in the parenthesis.I know of no one who would care if Mazie stood in public and prayed 24/7 until she dropped, but I also understand her need to construct the strawman argument to help her to make her insincere point that nefarious forces are somehow keeping Mazie from getting enough prayer in her busy day. Yes, nobody will let poor Mazie pray. Mazie's ability to pray has been taken - no, STOLEN - from her. Poor Mazie.

  • posted at 7:08 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Mazie wrote on Jun 15, 2009 6:28 AM: We just turn the other cheek. We have taken God out of everything,I have no doubt that the irony here was completely unintentional.

  • posted at 6:42 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    The only part I disagree with is your comment regarding mimicking. I do write quotes from other articles to back up my opinion, as well as post links for others to verify for themselves. I don't, like some who post, spout rhetoric I've absorbed from TV "news" shows as my own opinion without any substantiation whatsoever and then get huffy when others don't accept my posts as gospel. ;)

  • posted at 6:39 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Surprisingly, Jeromeway, I agree with the bulk of your comment. LOL!

  • posted at 2:48 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    I find it interesting how so many contributors to this forum accuse others of mimicking or parroting others' ideas and beliefs when it is they who rely upon others' work (through the incessant use of URLs and/or direction to what others have written or uttered) to support their own conclusions.The fact is, most of us do perform a certain level of research to ensure that what we believe is actually supportable. And what's wrong with that? There are those who truly accept as true everything that comes from the mouths of our politicians while others would sooner believe the reporters and entertainers on television, radio or through the Internet. It all comes down to "opinion" based upon what we want for ourselves and our nation. I believe that our current administration is taking us down a path toward destruction; and there is a faction who enjoys this governmental takeover so they can feel "taken care of." Thankfully, we're all free to believe whatever we want, in spite of what anyone else thinks.

  • posted at 2:30 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    Mazie, this might come as a shock; but from your posts, it seems to me that you are mimicking what you've been told. You might want to find out just who's behind telling you what and who ***your*** God is.http://incogman.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/what-christians-don%E2%80%99t-know-about-israel/

  • posted at 1:30 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    It started under FDR and was brought forward in the 60's under LBJ. Remove responsibility from people and give them handout from the government and this is what you get. An amoral, self centered society that is focused on the banal while at the same time letting emotion rule their lives. Look at CA, it is the advanced stage of this society. On the verge of collapse it will be rescued by the FEDs, but whats when the Federal govt collapses? Come on Libs, chime in on how much better things are now.....

  • posted at 1:28 am on Mon, Jun 15, 2009.


    no, Larry..it is not because of the 60's and 70's people. It is because of all the illegals we have in the U.S. not paying taxes, bringing in drugs, teaching our kids to sell drugs, the gangs that bring terror to our world. The man we call President that has not a clue. We have stopped raising our kids the correct way. Now we are afraid to spank them when they need it. We just turn the other cheek. We have taken God out of everything, no longer able to pray in public for fear of upsetting some loser atheist (who cares about them anyway?). we are so afraid we are going to upset someone else by praising OUR GOD..the same God that has been praised since the beginning of time. The end of the world is coming soon and the U.S. is proof.


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