Discouraging our kids, dismantling our future

3 thoughts on “Discouraging our kids, dismantling our future”

  1. I don’t think I could possibly agree with you more.

    Is there some secret organization orchestrating a strategy to destroy every US quality that went in to creating the most dynamic, wealthy and free nation on Earth? Children who are hidden from their successes and failures are going to be in for a rude (or pleasant) awakening on the first occasion of their future employers (or even spouses) evaluation.

    It’s systemic. BP recently suffered an accident that will probably cost nearly a billion dollars to fix and yet the government absolves them of any liability exceeding 100 million dollars… Failed banks were recently given billions to bail them out of their miscalculations and fraudulent operations, and at the same time profitable banks were forced behind closed doors to accept bailouts equally in order to keep the winners and losers hidden from the citizens at large. Earlier this week during a high school Cinco De Mayo celebration, school authorities sent some children home from school because they wore shirts designed to mimic the U.S. Flag because some of the Mexican celebrants feelings might be hurt. Well, no darned wonder.
    It’s enough to make this old lady cry. What’s happened to the values I learned? What kind of world will my grandchildren and great grandchildren inherit? What kind of future leaders are we creating? Will our nation survive this slow decay from within?

    And sometimes I wonder, did my parents ask the same questions?

  2. “And sometimes I wonder, did my parents ask the same questions?”

    That’s a good question and tomorrow on Mother’s Day, I’m going to ask it of my Mom who will be 100 years old young this July the 10th. I’ll let you know how she responds.
    Give your mom my best. It should be an interesting conversation.

  3. First of all, your best was sincerely appreciated although explaining who you are was something of a challenge since my Mom has been blind for over 30 years and only knows of computers and the internet what she’s heard from a variety of questionable sources.

    In answer to your question, “Did my parents ask the same questions?” – her answer was an enthusiastic “YES!” And beyond that, her parents did likewise. From what she said, her parents and she herself began and lived life with nothing. Relatively speaking, and compared to us and our children, they really did. The complaint of her day was almost exactly the same as those of today… to wit: “You kids don’t have to work for anything.”

    No electricity. No refrigeration means that eating year around means that everything has to be cured (smoke, sugar, salt, etc), or canned… (remember Ball Jars?) or placed in the root cellar where insects and rot were impossible to prevent for extended periods. Rationed lamp use for reading or chores after dark because kerosene at $0.03 per can didn’t grow on trees.

    No engines. Horse drawn wagons and plows. Daylight till dark jobs just to stay alive.

    Don’t tell my kids, but my walking a mile to school up hill, in the snow, both ways, doesn’t seem so bad by comparison.

... and that's my two cents