Americans have short memories and practically no knowledge of history or they simply don’t care. Perhaps that’s why it’s so easy for many Americans today to gripe and moan about how tough things are.
No opportunity, no chance to get ahead and it’s always circumstances or somebody else’s fault. Don’t get me started.
When someone does create something, does grab an opportunity, does rise way above the crowd, other Americans cry unfair, inequality, I want a fair share … of what others earned. Or I deserve it “free” from government.
So, what was the tape recording that Johnson was listening to, and seemingly so concerned, distraught?
It was a message from his son in law from Vietnam
Times were certainly different back then. I wore the green for a couple of years (1971 – 1973) … The Vietnam Conflict Extract Data File of the Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Extract Files contains records of 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties of the Vietnam War. These records were transferred into the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration in 2008. The earliest casualty record contains a date of death of June 8, 1956, and the most recent casualty record contains a date of death of May 28, 2006.
2006 is, of course, more than 30 years after America’s involvement in that war officially ended.
I encourage everyone here to share family and other history you have experienced with your children – lest they forget, or perhaps never knew. I’m reminded of my mom’s trip to America, through Ellis Island, at 7 months of age every time I look at the blanket my grandmother had wrapped her in. That and one small suitcase of clothes. It was all they had upon arrival – having been sponsored by others.
So where’s the “privilege”?
Quinn, Yes, it makes sense. I was wondering if you have posted thus in the retirement page? A more captive audience might give you some nonsense and prove your point.
Our current state of affairs is just shocking to me. The rewriting of history or the out right cancelling of the past scares the crap out of me. I am currently on vacation and stopped at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site where the Little Rock Nine had to be protected by over 1000 troops from the 101st Airborne just to go to school. It struck me how now there are groups pushing for segregation again. A lot of bad things happen when a county forgets it past.
Financially, I tell every young person I know that they will live through bad economic times. The great recession of the 2000’s didn’t affect me as much as the high inflation and interest rates of late 1970s and early 1980s. They think I make this stuff up. The economy goes in cycles but it seems that bad things skip a generation and everybody forgets.
How many people will not have emergency funds after Covid? People are going to expect the government to just give them money to keep living their same lifestyle. Many people were hurt by the shutdowns and then there were many people like me who are retired and our income did not change. We only got richer by the government giving out money that my grandchildren will have to pay back.
This entitlement history is what they will remember, not what it took for America to become what she is today.