My apologies to Kermit The Frog for my stealing today’s title.
All of the words below, except those in blue, belong to me. They are my opinions based on my experiences and personal observations. They are strong opinions. Over the years my political/social opinions have gotten stronger and so have the words I use to explain them. I know I offend some with those words and that is not my intention. I do understand how you feel as I am often (daily) offended by the rhetoric from much of the political left..
As is always the case, this non-photography related article will be moved to where all such articles reside, in mid-August of 2015, within a day of its publication.
I am not sure who the author of the writing below is, but it was found on Facebook. I can’t say that we (friends and family) were quite as good in those years gone by as the lady in the article, but the essence is correct. Every generation thinks they are better than the last one. In many respects, that sentiment is backwards. While some things are always improved, much is also lost with each succeeding generation. Among the most important things that seem to fall by the wayside are, humbleness, respect, selflessness, class, sincerity, and above all, common sense. Each new generation seems to get a little better at pretending to care about their fellow-man, but most of that pretence seems to be political correctness generated for reasons of self. Sometimes it’s easy to feel pious about things that are politically correct. Often what’s missing is a good look in the mirror.
Please note that the message below was inserted via the copy and past technique. The format could not be changed for some reason only the techno wizards will understand.
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day.
The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then. We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.
Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced, smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.
Personally I preferred generations that “told it like it was”, and were the same when you were facing them or when your back was turned. They may have been a little gruffer than today‘s, but you knew where you stood.
When I was little, all of my personal income (yep no allowance) was derived from lugging all of our used soda bottles to the mom and pop store a short ways from our house. The “recycling” that occurred (without melting down and reforming) with those bottles was just a daily part of life that we accepted.
If anybody would have suggested, that I should go to a store, and spent a $1.50, for a bottle of water in plastic, when water comes out of every faucet, we would think them to be nuts. I often still do.
The problem with today’s “green movement” is that it isn’t a logical attempt to save our earth, but that it is a political movement with a thousand other subjects attached to it. You buy one, you wind up buying the whole thing whether you believe in it or not. The proponents of green, will beat you down if they can. Just ask scientists who discover inaccuracies in portions of the current pseudo science that sometimes accompanies that movement. Sometimes they are even blacklisted.
Please do not misunderstand or misquote me. Being kind to our earth, and protecting what we can, is a good thing. Making it your religion, or using it to beat people down, only hurts your cause. Common sense goes a long ways. We are not destroying the earth ( oh my God did he say that?), but we can do a lot better job than we sometimes do, as stewards.
The “Green Movement” as it is presented to us in America today, is not an environmental movement, or a science movement, it is political and social ( to some it’s religious) in its foundation. It is one more nail in the coffin of free-thinking and freedom loving Americans. We can take care of our planet, and the critters which live here, without buying into the scare tactics, pseudo science and propaganda fostered by the political extremists who run the “Green Movement”.
Reasons to vote for candidates.
I stated on these pages before the 2012 Presidential election that if you vote for the current President because he is black, you are a racist. I was told that I was wrong because they weren’t voting against Mitt Romney because he was white. Now how can you vote for someone because of their race, and not be voting against his opponent because of theirs? Much of America, and its lack of ability to understand the simplest most childlike common sense reasoning, is terrifying to me. Conversely, those who only voted for Romney, because he was white, were acting out of racism. Please save your energy, and don’t tell me it doesn’t work both ways.
There are (and was in 2008/2012) black people in America who I would love to see as President. I have a long list.
We are likely to face the challenge of overt sexism in our next election. There will be many, who will vote for Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman. They will therefore be committing the act of sexism. I will find it very easy to not vote for Hillary based on her life and her lies and her beliefs. I would not vote for her if she was a man either. Not if I were held at gunpoint.
All thinking Americans on each side of the political aisle know that Obamacare is socialist in its foundation, but still leaves avenues for free markets and individuals. The idea was of course, to chip away at healthcare until it became truly socialist in nature. Have we forgotten Hillarycare in the 90s. Her system, right out of the box was communist. You could not become a doctor without government approval in the system she proposed. Only those future doctors approved by government bureaucrats were to be admitted into the healthcare system. The government would tell you what kind of specialty you would practice. You would need government approval for where you would practice. The government, not you, would decide which doctor or hospital you would be treated at. That is the same system used in the old Soviet Union.
This country, when we found out the truth, fell into a state of uproar. All these years later, the leading candidate for the Democrat Party, is the author of that plan. There is a lesson in that. I can think of many names for the current Democrat party, but the current one that would suggest democracy, is not one.
I truthfully think the time is in fact overdue for a woman president. There are many, many, many women I would vote for to hold that office. A compulsive liar, potential felon who is politically to left of Karl Marx, would not be my choice for the first.
Democracy is under assault.
For those of you who are honest Americans of any party or of no party (like me), who think that I am going too far when I predict doom for the future of this country ( on its current path), let’s look at just one current event.
The (Democrat) Governor of the state of Virginia, is as we speak, attempting to initiate the reversal (in Virginia) of this country’s long kept law of not allowing most convicted felons to vote. Governor Terry McAuliffe is attempting to restore the voting rights of murderers, child molesters, rapists, armed robbers and more, in an attempt to make sure his state votes Democrat. I am quite sure, that even Democrats know that criminals in general vote Democrat not Republican. Would you vote for the people who want to keep you in prison, or for those who want to let you out into society to repeat your bad habits?
Virginia has had its own law prohibiting felons the vote unless they have passed several years of observation and proved themselves rehabilitated, since 1830. McAuliffe is taking his cue from President Obama who has often circumvented both the courts and democracy, by unilaterally changing laws it as if he were king. ( as an aside, that practice will finally come under assault when republicans begin to follow suit).
While McAuliffe is (of course) playing the race card saying that Republicans just don’t want more blacks to vote, the truth is he is showing his own racist mentality by his own belief that all blacks will vote Democrat.
McAuliffe has in the past, vetoed legislation that would have secured that all voters were U.S. Citizens. That of course is already the law. Once again, there can hardly be an argument that “illegal” immigrants, would vote for the Democrat candidate, while actual legal immigrants, especially those from Latin countries, often vote for law and order, and therefore they vote for the conservative candidate.
Democracy is under assault. The future of freedom for “all citizens” in this country is being threatened.
A nation of addicts
The most appropriate word to explain the 21st Century, is addiction. We have become a nation, in fact a world, of addicts.
Narcotic addictions are beyond epidemic proportions. They aren’t just in our inner-cities or in old suburban trailer parks. Heroin is eating up affluent suburbia and our small towns. Addictions are not limited to drugs and alcohol.
Gambling addictions are at record levels. Once it was mainly Las Vegas or Atlantic City that presented the biggest temptation. Now every state has an Indian casino or two…or three…or more. The government itself promotes gambling via lotteries.
There’s nothing that goes better with gambling, be it casinos, dog or horse tracks, than a pack of cigarettes. I am a former addict of cigarette smoking. I always smoked when I gambled.
Spending addictions are also bringing hell to all three economic classes of America.
To me, anything you cannot say no to, that isn’t a necessity of life such as food ( in normal amounts) and water, clothing, housing ( both in affordable amounts) etc. is an addiction.
Just what has happened to make us so susceptible to taking hobbies, or occasional pleasures, to the level of addiction? I believe it is two-fold. For one, we live in a society that says we should have what we want, and have it immediately. Spending addictions are fueled by that. My parents, beyond their first ten years of marriage, always had more liquid assets than they had debt. They never spent a dime that they didn’t believe, was meant to be paid back, at least, within the time frame agreed upon by the lender. They didn’t believe they were owed anything. They were patient in waiting for their gratifications.
The second thing that guides us into addictions, is the claim, that addictions are diseases. After all, if it’s a disease, we can’t help it. It’s not our fault, it’s societies fault. We have erased all of our personal responsibilities for what we do. I mean, they tempted me with those casinos, or that off-shore gambling on football. What was I supposed to do? It’s not my fault. I’m probably predisposed to gambling……it’s a disease!
It’s funny (not really) how when we convince people that nothing is their fault, they just keep doing it until they can’t stop. I enjoy watching all the adds for the country club style addiction clinics that are on our TVs today. You just check into a luxury clinic, eat like kings and queens, and relax, and they’ll fix your addiction for you. After all, it’s not your fault, it’s only fair that it be easy. By the way ( they say), just check out Social Security Disability or Medicare, they may pay for it. I mean, it’s the government’s fault for letting you become addicted.
Calling these weaknesses in our mental, emotional and moral make-up, diseases, is a slam to every person who has any one of many actual physical diseases.
Remember, pornography freaks, serial killers, pedophiles, serial rapists, and others, are addicts. Addictions may begin harmless ( to others not you), but they rarely stay that way. There are those in this nation today, who do not want to hold any of those mentioned above accountable for their actions. Remember that when you vote.
To me, any addiction is a false idol. You cannot serve two Gods and we only kid ourselves, if we think we are Godly believers when we idolize something other than the true God.
Well, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to vent. My words were strong but, they still don’t truly emphasize the seriousness of our troubles.
God Bless, Wayne