“Old America”

By Judith Moriarty

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Once upon a time, in Old America, there was pride in the workmanship of American Made. Small town America flourished with manufacturing, tool and die shops, sheet metal, appliance companies, paper mills, steel mills, mining machinery plants etc. The police did not carry electrocution devices (tasers) nor did we have Ninja troops, breaking down doors, killing innocent citizens, in some ill founded drug bust. Meantime, our southern border [Mexico], has tons of drugs entering in unhindered! The poppy fields of Afghanistan are booming. What drug war?
 
Once upon a time in Old America the doctor would come to your house. The President didn’t advise those in need of health care to sit in an emergency room for hours. A hospital bill didn’t bankrupt a family. Medicines were affordable. Children didn’t die of an abscessed tooth because a dentist demanded cash.
 
Small town America had downtown streets bustling with home town businesses. Walmart with its poison junk from China was not the largest employer in the nation. The elderly didn’t need to apply for jobs; bagging groceries or as Home Depot Associates to make ends meet. Schools were not centers of social engineering, teaching alternative life styles, or the intricacies of putting a condom on a banana! Children were permitted the joy of being a child and not arrested for zero tolerance schemes, thought up by some mindless educators in Washington. A compliant, obedient, passive workforce, needs early intervention and training in obedience. Group Think is inindividual genius, exuberance and creativity needs [to be] drugged. It takes a village to raise an mindless idiot .
 
Once upon a time in Old America a man working in a mill, or auto plant etc, could see his son becoming an engineer, a doctor, or scientist. Today’s child, has his/her career being mapped out in school by social engineers. College costs are out of sight, with various grants and loans being eliminated. Youngsters no longer works at paper routes, or at odd jobs. These are being done by unemployed parents or immigrants. Those being prepared for a world of Forever War – or placement in the local Wigget factory; don’t need math skills, spelling, or reading abilities. Thus many graduating today, can’t do simple math (watch what happens when the computers go down in a store), read a newspaper, or discuss a work of literature. Many have no idea of our history, and think the civil war was the Watts Riots. Try asking your fourth grader to look up a word in the dictionary or write a short story.
 
The fault of this rests with parents/citizens – who have allowed this madness of indoctrinating their children into stupidity. Teachers (change agents) are only interested in a paycheck or retirement benefits. They are not about to rock the boat. Citizens on the other hand, without a murmur, have their children prescribed mind altering drugs, without the least bit of research! Because some bovine drone threatens them – they bleat and obey. Would that we had some ‘zero tolerance’ addressing the corruption in Foggy Bottom – or in the robbery of war, with billions gone missing. Meantime, the offspring of the moneyed/well connected, receive the best of private school educations – to prepare them for their secure positions of future hucksters – industry hacks etc.
 
Once upon a time in Old America there was no danger stranger, Amber Alerts, or daily fear advertisements. True we had Duck and Cover, a silly ass routine of Bert the Turtle, advising us to duck under a desk, to avoid the aftermath of an Atomic Bomb. At age six, I had enough sense to see the lunacy in this, and received a monthly ‘unsatisfactory’ in deportment, because I wouldn’t participate in acting the fool. Today I imagine I’d be arrested.
 
Once upon a time in Old America the streets and parks were alive with the laughter of children at play. Small town America had its fireworks, parades, carnivals, swimming hole, family picnics, concerts in the park, fishing, building forts etc. Today the streets are silent and echoing on a summer’s eve. Video games and mindless TV programming have created a generation of lumpkins. Except in a rare instance, I don’t recall a classroom filled with doughy – dullard overweight children. But then we had no fast food restaurants, or additive saturated foods, when I was growing up. To this day, I have never eaten (WHY?) at a McSlop fast food joint.
 
Citizens today have been propagandized and programed to enslaved consumerism. I can’t imagine that my parents would have paid hundreds of dollars for sneakers, or designer clothing , so that I could fit in with the other kids at school. ‘TV was my teacher far into the night – it taught me to buy everything within sight’ – this is today’s mantra. Imagine robbing your children, by sitting them down in front of something called Sponge Bob (or whatever) or violent video games?
 
We are for the most part kept ill informed as to the true state of our nation. Millions are losing their jobs and homes. One state or region has no idea of what is occurring elsewhere. Detroit looks like Beirut – with its downtown echoing with abandoned hotels, train stations, and rusted auto plants. The steel mills and textile plants of middle America – the South (never modernized), were allowed to rust into oblivion – with few realizing the implications. In times of crisis we could never prepare for war. <http://www.coalcampusa.com/rustbelt/oh/oh.htm>http://www.coalcampusa.com/rustbelt/oh/oh.htm
 
Once upon a time in Old America there were real grandmas with aprons and flowered dresses. Women didn’t feel the need to resort (TV conditioning) to liposuction, face lifts, breast implants etc. Our votes weren’t hijacked by computers with no paper trail. True, there have always been the robber barons exploiting the workers, shooting down strikers (looking for a decent wage), and crooked politicians, only too willing to sell out their constituents. The difference today is that these robber barons and corporate hucksters; hold the most strategic positions in government (from the Defense Dept to the regulatory agencies). Lobbyists for industry now determine legislation. Government (politicians) for the most part, are nothing more than props. No matter the party in power, one can observe, that they are about feathering their own nests, serving their corporate owners, or holding tedious hearings, that result in nothing but filling time. Anything done for the citizen is by pure accident.
 
And now in the New America we can see that our infrastructure, utilities, water, and vast holdings of real estate are being sold out to foreign interests. Rest assured, that all these supposed protected areas (parks – timber – minerals – grasslands – etc) are mere collateral for our massive debt. I suspect, that under the guise of paperless ID, we will next be ordered to be chipped (much like pets). In the days of slavery this was called branding – the chip is merely updated branding. One must keep track of one’s human resources on a plantation. >>Source
 
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