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A reality check for the new American culture

May 19, 2014

USAUrlaub2011 160The trees are budding and in some areas even leafing so fast on the surrounding hills and mountains it is almost like mother nature read my last posting about rapid change in Alaska. Maybe because of this change I am also becoming more aware of a total transformation in our nations culture.

From our President’s speeches to the constant dunning by the news media we are being told how ‘unfair‘ it is for some people in America that their children are being educated in sub-par schools, imprisoned more than others and must live in poverty. We are being told over and over that it is because some people are better off financially than others and that they just do not care.

Webster’s defines culture as, “the skills, arts, lifestyle etc, of a given people, in a given period”. Consider this…it was standing room only on Ellis Island in 1907 when over 1,004,000 immigrants passed through there, and the culture of our nations society at that time was such that these people if they were to survive they must do it ‘on their own’. They came here from many countries looking for a better way of life but first they would have to live in miserable conditions and work for a barely living wage.

However they understood that they would not be ‘given‘ anything and would have to work long hours just to survive. Most gravitated to enclaves, (ghettos), of people from their own nationality not understanding or caring that this was a form of self inflicted segregation. In fact they found what little help that existed was found within these small national communities. And though they lived in Polish, Italian, Irish, Chinese or Greek neighborhoods their ultimate goal was to become Americans.

Today it is a totally different picture, because the new mind set says it is not their responsibility to provide for their family but the governments. It is the governments responsibility to provide money and food when they do not work and housing far below what a working person pay for it. It is the governments responsibility to fix the schools because their children are not learning the basics of reading, writing and math. And it is the fault of the government that they are being imprisoned more than other people!

When those immigrants in the nineteen hundreds left Ellis Island and found some shelter do you think they thought they were being oppressed because they lived with people of their own nationality, or fortunate to find people who spoke the same language and shared the same culture? Do you think these ‘new’ Americans would not take any job when offered even if it was a 16 hour a day job for only a few dollars? Do you think they blamed the government when they were caught doing something illegal and imprisoned? And for those fortunate enough to have a child in school…do you think they felt it was the schools responsibility if that child did not do well and graduate?

Our nations culture of responsibility has rapidly changed
and if those early immigrants felt and acted the way many people do today
the United States would be only a memory.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2014 10:38 pm

    Good one, Pete

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  2. Gina permalink
    May 20, 2014 1:21 am

    Pete, Some days I get upset about our government but there are some days, especially this time of year, when I just sit on my porch with a cup of coffee and listen to the birds sing, watch the squirrels and be amazed at the glorious colors of the trees and flowers. Happy Spring !

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  3. Jon permalink
    May 22, 2014 10:45 am

    Now that Mn. has legalized pot, maybe I’ll become suddenly ill so I can toke up once in awhile to escape this full-frontal socialistic nation we’ve become.

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  4. del permalink
    May 22, 2014 3:49 pm

    lol jon

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  5. May 23, 2014 10:17 am

    Careful; you’re contemplating joining the throngs and masses, and becoming engulfed in the society at large. Consider how to cope with the oppressive surroundings ahead. You could just stay indoors, put your head in the sand, ignore what goes on around you, or maybe you’ll avail yourself of the ready news at hand at all hours of the day and night, a plethora of newspapers and spoken media decrying the state of the nation. Wherever you go, be prepared for it to be so much not like where you’re departing. And wonder why you left…

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