What A Difference 40 Years Makes…

Forty years ago today, the United States of America landed two men on the Moon.  To say that it was the crowning achievement of what a peaceful application of technology can achieve is a grossly understated description of the accomplishment of a nation.  This moment, I believe, was the greatest technological advance ever made that was not associated with war.  While many may argue that we were indeed in a “Cold War” with our ideological enemies at the time, it cannot be argued that the advances made in this effort benefited humans around the world.

We, as Americans, citizens of the United States, were able to stand upon the world stage in 1969 and declare ourselves and our country proud of the accomplishment.  We knew who we were, what we stood for, and could state that this is what our country could accomplish once we set our minds to the task.  We had the freedom to accomplish whatever goals we set before ourselves, and not follow any one else’s lead in achieving those goals.  We stood for what a free society could achieve

What a difference forty years makes…

Our free society is now following in the footsteps of Socialist-leaning Europe despite the warnings blaring from that continent.  Our national policies are now bordering on appeasement of our enemies and snubbing of our allies.  Our economic engines, manufacturing and innovation, are under attack from abroad without any restrictions or reciprocal agreements with other nations for parity.  Last, our government is taking steps to exert more and more control over the individual citizens’ lives all in the name of making things better for us in the midst of an economic crisis largely created by the government itself.

Our national image has also changed.  We are no longer respected by our friends nor feared by our enemies, and quite frankly, have lost our position as a nation to be reckoned with.  Our Country is no longer considered a leader of the world, but just another country that must be put in its place by the rest of the world.  Yes, the world is a different place today than the good-vs-evil of years ago.  But the world is no less dangerous than what it was – only the names of the players have changed.  But our national image has virtually been destroyed.

Our nation has become a nation of followers, from everything from adopting a nationalized healthcare system to combating “global warming” to equating our country to the many countries ruled by despots, dictators, and warlords.  Our elected leaders apologize and genuflect themselves to other countries where no such action is warranted nor is expected.  Our national identity is in crisis, and our leaders, who should be the country’s biggest cheerleaders, have become the biggest critics and copycats.

Yes, we can piss, moan, and bitch about what the “good old days” were really like, and pick faults from all eras of our country’s history and assign blame, but that will not make things any better. Neither will angry ranting (unless, there is a method to the madness) until we realize where the fault really lies.  You won’t like the answer…

The fault lies with us, the American citizen, who seems to squander their vote every election cycle.  We vote on charisma, promises, and what the government vis-a-vis the politician can do for us instead of their qualifications and what is right for the country.  All one has to do to look at the current state of affairs and all the proof of the preceding statement is there for all to see.  Promises of hope, change, and transparency have dissolved into hopelessness for millions, change for the worse, and impenetrable walls with no end in the foreseeable future.  Yes, we got what we elected, and we are the worse off for it.

Our nation has lost its way.  Short of a Second American Revolution, you, the American Citizen, must contact your elected representatives at the Local, State, and Federal levels and express your opinion on what your duly-elected representative must do to restore this country to its rightful standing in the world.  You do not need to wait for the next election to make your views known. 

This is your right, paid by the blood of our armed forces, pledged by the Founders of this Country, and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.  Use it.

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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10 Responses to What A Difference 40 Years Makes…

  1. Jennifer says:

    Wow, this has been one of the best posts that I have heard in a long time! Really!! A rant but such an effective one! It was intelligent and thought provoking and I’m going to link to it if you don’t mind.

  2. RaDena says:

    Jennifer is right. An excellent rant! I wish I could rant like that!

    I assure you I’ve contacted my representatives again, again and again. And will continue to do so. The evil being done to our country is so disgusting and upsetting that I’m usually at a loss as how to describe it accurately. I’m beyond being angry at what Obama and his Czars are trying to do to us. Well, he did promise us he would change the country, didn’t he. I heard this morning on Fox News that it’s one promise he made that he’s actually living up to. The change he’s pushing for is not the change most people thought he meant.

    Your rant got me started. I don’t seem to be at a loss for words. LOL! Great job. 🙂

    By the way… I came by way of Jennifer’s link to you.

  3. Tom,
    You’ve written so cogently about what I’ve been unable to get down on paper or on my computer screen.

    I confess that I’m very pessimistic these days as to the future of America as the great nation she once was.

    But I’m no quitter. Not by a long shot.

  4. dmarks says:

    “Our free society is now following in the footsteps of Socialist-leaning Europe despite the warnings blaring from that continent.”

    Socialism is one of the worst ideas in human history. It’s embarassing that it lasted as long as it did in the 20th century. Even more embarassing that it is still with us.

    Europe is a good place to look for the lessons of socialism. In the mid 20th century, socialism was allowed to bloom in full flower. Hitler and Stalin were not an abberation, or a malfunction of socialism. They are just a natural result of what aocialism will lead to.

  5. 40 years ago I was 17. We didn’t have a TV in our house, but we sat outside on the back patio, turned on the radio and looked up at the night sky while we listened to the broadcast of the moon landing.

    It’s because of this experience, and the totality of my experiences as an American citizen, that I love and honor and marvel at this great nation of ours.

    It’s such a crying shame that American history isn’t taught anymore in a way that is meaningful and relevant. Younger generations have been dealt an awful blow. It is up to parents at the dinner table — and on their back patios — to pass our American experience on to our children’s children. There’s no other way.

  6. Pete says:

    Great post Tom!

    You not only said so much, but you said it in a way that it needed to be said. You are absolutely correct in pointing out our (The American People) responsibility for our current state of affairs. In spite of all the corruption, arrogance, and greed coming from Washington, we the people still have the power to shape our destiny. We either don’t realize we have the power, or we’ve just become too lazy and apathetic to give a damn! Like in our personal lives, sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we take appropriate action. If our current situation doesn’t wake us up – I don’t know what will!
    Keep spreading the word.

  7. Tom says:

    Jennifer – Thank you for the kind words! And thanks for the link!

    RaDena – Thank you for visiting. I have added your blog to my roll – you have some interesting posts.

    Always on Watch – I too am pessimistic about this countries future only because of the politicians that always seem to be elected on what the people of the country want, and then go off and do the opposite. Until the citizendry of this country hold our leaders accountable for their actions, this country will not improve.

    dmarks – And we don’t seem to learn from history, do we? Socialism was tried as far back as the Pilgrims, and it didn’t work then either. By the way, I liked your post on the New Health Care Plan.

    Pasadena Closet Conservative – My parents allowed me to stay up late and watch the first steps on the Moon on an old black and white Zenith TV. I was 8 at the time. And I agree that our educational system needs as much of an overhaul as anything. There is something fundamentally wrong when classes on reading, writing, and arithmetic are supplanted in emphasis with subjects as multicultural ethics and world history (no American History except as a footnote on how “evil” we are).

    Pete – The problem is that we have come to rely on government to take care of us and all the ills of our society (or at least the special interest groups). The results is a non-participetory citizenship except around election time – NOT what the Founders had in mind for the direction of this country.

  8. wordsmith says:

    Short of a Second American Revolution

    I wonder if it would ever come to that? I never really would have believed we would ever find ourselves coming to such a point; but now I think we may be coming to a point where it may be “on the table”.

    I hope it never comes to that. 2010 and 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  9. wordsmith says:

    What a difference even half a year makes.

  10. Tom says:

    Wordsmith – The Founders left that option open, but I would much rather vote the buzzards out of office.

    It is scary how fast things have changed.

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