What Happened To The Old America?

America was once great after WWII. We were strong economically and society was more united as a whole. Yet in these modern times we drifted away from traditional values and we are faced with hardship.

What happened to the old America? By the old America, I mean Post-WWII America. Despite current economic turmoil, America was once booming economically after the conclusion of World War II. Believe it or not, Americans were actually once proud to be American; patriotism was once found in every home with an America First attitude! So how does our current American society compare? According to tradingeconomics.com in May of 2012 the national unemployment rate was 8.2% where in Post-WWII it was around 4-5% according to the Washington Post. Nowadays many people are out of work and barely scraping by or living simply pay check to pay check.

However, it isn't just our economy that is out of wack. It is the way society behaves, with the unfortunate advancements in gadgets such as iPhones, iPads, etc., people are getting away from what is most important in life such as God and family. Society is also moving away from its strong blue collar background. This nation was built upon hard work from blood, sweat, and tears; it is what made us unique and united. From what I have seen there is little respect for the electricians, plumbers, landscapers, farmers, construction workers, even our own military.  This is shameful to think that important jobs like these are frowned upon by the educational system. It is no longer deemed acceptable and honorable to go to a trade school or vo-tech. Schools only now push college and don't talk about the military option for post high school.

It seems to me that if you don't drive a Mercedes or Audi or live in a $400,000 house or make over $150,000 a year your not deemed successful. It is very possible to live happily and comfortably with only making $40K or $50K a year.  America has become too dependent upon technoogy and worries about what other people think of them. What happened to the time when hardwork, family values, and faith were worth more to a person than a new car? 

Take a moment to look back on your life; do you really need all the new expensive things to be happy. Or be thankful for what you have and help those who are not as fortunate and struggling in these economic times. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, donate food to a family barely scraping by. We are Americans, we are a nation where we help one another to suceed. It is that quality that made us united and great! Yet we are drifting away from that.

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Anonymous June 27, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Just tossing in my two cents. If you did read through my entire response, I will say that your article was effective in that it got me thinking, and quite agitated. It is now one in the morning, and I doubt that I will get any sleep as I will now only be able to think about how much I prefer modern America to the nightmarish America of the 1950's.
Karen Paley June 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM
I wish to thank the original author as well as Anonymous (although I would prefer identification). I fell in with the sentiment of the "good old days" when I read the initial entry and then agreed with every word that Anonymous had to say. I suppose that means my convictions are not as clear as they once were. I grew up in the 50's with two parents who had some serious problems in a culture that did not accept getting help either from professionals or 12-step recovery programs like AA. Everything got shoved under the rug and my sister and I went out into the world battered, troubled, and emotionally illiterate. While there is still much denial today, many more of us seek help to resolve our problems. That is a great improvement over the 50's culture in my opinion.
Jack Baillargeron June 29, 2012 at 08:13 PM
What Happened to the old America? Not going to get into a debate over what has passed I think. However there is no all inclusive answer to the question. Your assumptions and opinions on the matter are correct on some and wrong on others; same with anonymous in my opinion. We cannot go back in time and that would be fools folly to do so. We must learn from the mistakes made in the past and not repeat them, which so far we have not succeeded at sadly. We constantly repeat many of them. As a vet I will not discuss the statements of “anonymous” because he/she is well anonymous. I will just say I disagree totally, as the military does not start wars, the politicians do, and no individual if perfect and there are enough atrocities in civilian life to go around as happen in wars. Neither are acceptable, but both are a reality of humans period.
Jack Baillargeron June 29, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Human societies are a constant evolution of civilization as a whole, and therefore subject to the imperfection in all of us. Well it is nice to dream of utopias and all humans singing cumbya, it will never happen, with out total mind control and even then I suspect it will not. Many have tried to do this, including Mao, Stalin and Hitler. All they succeeded in doing was the slaughter of estimated total of 80 million to 136 million humans depending on what numbers you look at. That is the legacy and the shame of all humans in my opinion. War is as inevitable as there are fish in the sea at any moment in time. “It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.” Thomas Jefferson
Vicky White June 30, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Let me preface my comments by saying I loved your disappointment. It was an idealistic post and I admired how you admirably embraced and critiqued what you percieve the wrongs to be in both centuries we have lived in. I agree, we have drifted, but not in some of the ways you claim. Younger generations may (may) be detached from patriotism because in their short lives, they've only said the Pledge of Allegience and have by default been removed from the hardships of war unless they tune in to CNN. If you think to the Greatest Generation, the bandage rollers, the bread and potato sharers, who were civically engaged in war efforts because of the *cost of war, you will see a different, not lesser, value base on our freedom. Younger generations inherited it, but I do find they are most enthusiastic to defend it.


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