President Obama has said that the Republicans’ ideas are from the previous century; many are.
Conservatives fought for the end of Slavery, they fought for Civil Rights, and they fought for equality for all. Very few Americans would want to see those re-instated. But on some issues, yes, we would like to return to many of the ideals, mores, and beliefs of the past.
I would like to see school children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. As American citizens, there is nothing wrong with voicing this pledge and teaching our children to understand and believe the words. There is Pride and Unity in them.
What is wrong with standing and placing your hand or hat over your heart, or saluting when The Star Spangled Banner is played? What is wrong with singing along? What would be wrong with teaching our children ALL of the verses?
Women in the workplace are wonderful, and there have been women with jobs outside of the home for centuries; and they should get equal compensation for equal work. In most cases where the work is truly equal, they do; but many positions are relative, and even men don’t get equal pay for the same job. In most areas, there are many levels of pay dependent on factors such as time on the job, position, performance, attendance, and so on; so equal pay is difficult to judge. The only time that you will see true equality of pay for anyone is in an instance where the starting position pays minimum (either government or company decreed) wage.
I have worked for most of my adult life, but the best years were those when I could stay home and spend time with my daughter. Back in the day, when women stayed home and men worked outside of the home, families were more of a partnership. He took care of the money, and she took care of everything else. Even then, when women had outside jobs, there was a partnership. She took care of the inside, and he took care of the outside. He did repairs; she did laundry. He took care of the lawn; she took care of the house. And don’t forget the kids. They had chores fit for their ages. They cleaned and dusted, took out trash, cleaned their rooms, did dishes, helped with the lawn, and put their dirty clothes in the hamper and clean clothes in their dresser and closet. The family was a unit and functioned as one.
During the Great Depression, people didn’t want to go on welfare; most fought it tooth and nail, and they tried to get off the “dole” as soon as possible. Doctors were often paid on the barter system. People took what jobs were available and lived according to their means. It was great to have a wealthy person in your town as then there was work to be done and an income to receive. There were tough times, but the people worked through them with the knowledge that this great country would recover and win.
Unmarried girls and women tried not to get pregnant, mostly through abstinence. If you did, the boy would most times make good, and a family would be created. The divorce rate was lower, and most children grew up in a family atmosphere. There were exceptions, but most families worked at the marriage through the hard times and didn’t just give up. There was reason to create and save a good marriage.
People took pride in themselves and their families. Women didn’t run around dressed in pajamas, children wore clean and pressed clothes, and men combed their hair and trimmed their beards. Families dressed up for church and sat together while they worshipped. Families sat down at the dinner table together and didn’t watch TV (I’m guilty of that one, big time). Children did their homework, and the parents checked it. Parents joined the PTA and went to the meetings. They expected to be a part of their children’s education. Abusive parents have been around for years, but they are in the minority; now, parents are afraid of correcting or punishing bad behavior. Teachers would ‘fail’ a student if they didn’t learn and give them a second chance the nest year. Most students who graduated to the next grade were at least partially proficient in the last one. You took tests to get into college and were placed in classes that fit your knowledge level.
People believed in the words “In God We Trust” on our currency, and so did the rest of the world. We are the only country that will honor any bill ever issued by the federal government for face value. We may have changed the way it looks, but it is still legal tender. We have never cancelled our currency and reissued a new one, making the old worthless.
Americans took responsibility for themselves and for America. John Fitzgerald Kennedy said it best.
“Ask not what your Country can do for you; ask what you can do for your Country”
I must admit, he was a Democrat. But not of the same ilk we have today.
Illegal immigrants were ousted and told to enter legally. America was created by those choosing to come to this country. Most worked hard to get here and harder to make it here. There was self- pride, independence, and a drive to make a better life. They weren’t looking for a handout; they were looking for a hand-up. A way out of tyranny, poverty, subjugation, and persecution; not a way toward dependence, but independence. Immigrants studied and were proud to become American citizens. They didn’t want to be citizens of the country they had escaped. They wanted the life of an American and didn’t want America to become what they had left.
This country’s laws were founded on the Ten Commandments and the Magna Carta. We have freedom to worship as we choose without the government telling us which church to attend, and there are certain “inalienable rights” to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Prior to “Free Love”, anti-establishment era of the 70’s, Americans had pride and honor. They worked hard to get ahead and reveled in America’s advances and their own. During this period, America began to change drastically. The commune became popular with promiscuity and drugs, with irresponsibility being the main focus. Anyone over 30 was not revered for their wisdom and experience but reviled for their beliefs. Many grew up and joined civilization. Many are the leaders of today, for better or worse. The ideals of youth did not mature with experience as the experience was a lack of ethics and morality. Parents not wanting to suppress their children’s free will therefore did not teach them to be constructive members of society. Parents who believed that their parents were wrong in their ethics taught none to their children.
Punishment is not allowed, self responsibility is frowned upon, and working hard and succeeding is demonized.
So, yes, Republicans have ideas and ideals from the last century. Thank God! And may God continue to Bless the United States of America.
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