Thursday, January 18

The Good Ole Days

As a child growing up in the 50's and 60's I was told many stories by Mom and Daddy about the "good ole days". At that time I couldn't appreciate or understand where they were coming from. I'm sure many people my age heard about our parents walking 5 miles to school, the family taking in boarders to help out with the chores and also to help out someone in need, having to drop out of school after the 8th or 9th grade in order to help run the farm and take care of the younger children. The list goes on and on.

I received the following comparing 1956 to 2006 which brought back my memories of my "good ole days".


Scenario 1: Jack pulls into school parking lot with a rifle in his gun rack.

1956 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to his car, and gets his own rifle to show Jack.

2006 - School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1956 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody gets arrested, and nobody gets expelled.

2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrest Johnny and Mark, and charge them with assault. Both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3: Jeffrey won't be still in class disrupts other students.

1956 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.

2006 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4: Billy breaks a window in his father's car, and his dad gives him a whipping.

1956 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself, and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario 5: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to school.

1956 - Mark shares headache medicine with principal out on the smoking dock.

2006 - Police called, Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6: Mary turns up pregnant.

1956 Five high school boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.

2006 - Middle school counselor calls Planned Parenthood who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her parent's consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.

Scenario 7: Pedro fails high school English.

1956: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2006: Pedro's cause is taken up by a liberal state organization. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can't speak English.

Scenario 8: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, and blows up a red ant bed .

1956 - Ants die.

2006 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Homeland Security, and FBI called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 9: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1956 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in State Prison.

That's how it was then, and that's how it is now. Think about it.

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