Date: 2014 OK, to respond to a couple of emails at once… symptoms are manifestations of problems… or like in medicine, you sick and want to get well? Fix the problem and the symptoms will go away. Can’t fix the problem, the symptoms won’t go away, and you may die.
If we’re clear on that, I’ll continue.
1969 we went to the moon, the federal budget was balanced and Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” initiatives began to kick in.
That year there were somewhere around 3.63 billion people on the face of this good earth. US represented about 5.5% of that with 202 million people, as follows, Whites: 82%, Hispanics: 4 %, Blacks: 12 % and Others: 2 %. That’s about right. Check the record and you may come up with slightly different percentages, but not much.
In 2014 the world population has doubled to approximately 7.25 billion people, of which the US contributes 319 million or 4.4 %. Demographics now are as follows for the US: Whites 65 %, Hispanics 17 %, blacks 13 % and others 5 %.
Yea, you’re right, a lot’s happened in 45 years. It isn’t your Daddy’s old USA anymore. Jump up and down… scream… but we’re a different color now, have a different culture.
Vietnam was a mess because of Johnson’s wrong-headedness. His “Great Society” mandated socialism and national debt. It also promoted “affirmative action,” inter-city give-aways, and “diversity,” over the here-to-fore “best and brightest” and dedication to a work ethic, that previously defined the American way. Egalitarianism, writ large, came into vogue as the more modern-day American way… at the same time accumulation of wealth was labeled “greed.” “Bums” became “homeless,” Illegal Aliens became “undocumented workers.” ”Dumb” became “academically challenged.” Felons became victims of society. To the point… no one’s held responsible for anything anymore. Don’t work? Gov’t'll provide. Kid out of wedlock? It’s OK. You can get benefits.
To make something of all this publically, a person is labeled out of touch or “un-American.” The IRS will look at your finances. Democrats will yell at your lack of humanity, fostering the notion that we’re a nation of haves and haves nots… divided unto itself.
The population explosion has made us dumber, because many – most? – of the great increase in the world population comes from the undeveloped/under-educated/under-nourished countries. No wonder herds of these poor people try to go places where there’s more food and shelter.
Trust me on this, US is more stupid now than before. School kids here in Las Vegas test half what the kids in Canada score.
Newspapers are losing circulation because 1) not as many people are interested in national politics and world affairs, and 2) people now get their information pre-packaged electronically in apps… opinion makers are found on twitter and facebook. Not much in the way of town meetings any more, or families sitting down to supper together. Going to church. PTA.
There is no going back.
Obama’s an empty suit, but he’s a pretty true reflection of the electorate. He’s sort of the messenger from the new America to us old farts… patriotism is yesterday’s passion… Tats and rap and iPhones rule. Movies are about androids and athletes make the GNP of small countries. If you marry you could lose benefits, and that’s the purpose of a life’s work anymore, benefits. You got 5 seconds to make your case about anything… after that the new America loses interest. PayDay Loans can make things happen now… what’s with “savings?” That’s a yesterday habit too.
And no one goes fishing anymore… no one spends a night in the woods… or stares at the stars…
So don’t bitch to me about Obama… or mass migration from the south.
America is, what it is.