Remembering a bygone era…
How far our nation has fallen from where we once were!by Skip Barland
I like this article by Jay Leno, and I thought you would too.
The point is, regardless of when you were born, there’s a message here for everyone!
To those of Us Born 1930 – 1979
by Jay Leno
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.
We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And, we weren’t overweight. WHY?
Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day.
And, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes.
There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward this to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
“With hurricanes, tornado’s, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”
Personally, I am glad to have grown up in this time period and I strongly feel that we as a nation would do well today to remember how far we have fallen from where we began!
The truth is to the extent our nation has virtually abandoned the faith of our forefathers, and has removed the Bible, prayer in the classroom, patriotism, and all teachings from the Bible on the difference between right and wrong from the public schools, our nation has been on a steady slide downward.
You think I’m kidding?
It was in 1963 that in the ‘wisdom‘ of the United States Supreme Court that God was officially removed from our pubic schools, and just look at what has happened since:
A. Young People
1. For 15 years before 1963 pregnancies in girls ages 15 through 19 years had been no more than 15 per thousand.
After 1963 pregnancies increased 187% in the next 15 years.
2. For younger girls, ages 10 to 14 years, pregnancies since 1963 are up 553%.
3. Before 1963 sexually transmitted diseases among students were 400 per 100,000.
Since 1963, they were up 226% in the next 12 years.
B. The Family
1. Before 1963 divorce rates had been declining for 15 years.
After 1963 divorces increased 300% each year for the next 15 years.
2. Since 1963 unmarried people living together is up 353%
3. Since 1963 single parent families are up 140%.
4. Since 1963 single parent families with children are up 160%.
1. The educational standard of measure has been the SAT scores, and SAT scores had been steady for many years prior to 1963.
From 1963 they rapidly declined for 18 consecutive years, even though the same test has been used since 1941.
2. In 1974-75 the rate of decline of the SAT scores decreased, even though they continued to decline.
That was when there was an explosion of private religious schools. There were only 1000 Christian schools in 1965.
Between 1974 to 1984 they increased to 32,000.
a. That could have an impact if the private schools had higher SAT scores. In checking with the SAT Board it was found that indeed the SAT scores for private schools were nearly 100 points higher than public schools.
b. In fact the scores were at the point where the public schools had been before their decline started in 1963 when prayer and Bible reading/instruction was removed from the schools.
c. The scores in the public schools were still declining.
3. Of the nation’s top academic scholars, three times as many come from private religious schools, which operate on one-third the funds as do the public schools.
D. The Nation
1. Since 1963 violent crime has increased 544%.
3. Illegal drugs have become an enormous & uncontrollable problem.
2. The nation has been deprived of an estimated 30 million citizens through legal abortions just since 1973.
Certainly compared to today these times, prior to 1963 were much better times for kids to grow up in!
At least they were safer times, and the reason was on a whole the American family unit was still intact.
Even though we had none of the modern technological advancements and conveniences that we all have gotten so use to today, and even though science and technology has increased by leaps and bounds, nevertheless I think even the casual observer would have to acknowledge the steady decline in the morals and standards of our society as a whole!
Now be honest, do really believe these statistics that I have just quoted above are a coincidence, and that they had nothing whatsoever to do with our decline?
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that this correlation is accurate and true… it’s as plain as the nose on your face!
I do know this, at least when I was a kid, most of my friends (in fact everyone that I can remember when I was in elementary school) still had both parents living under the same roof; and everyday at school began with our saying these words:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Now mind you, I don’t mean to say we didn’t have our problems, because we did, but certainly nothing like what we see happening today… not even close!
First off, the most important thing is, where we have erred, is that we no longer as a nation collectively acknowledge the importance of having faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as did our Founding Fathers; and that is more than obvious by the fact that such teaching was long ago removed from our public education!
Next, all Judaic/Christian values, as are taught in the Bible, were also removed, even though those same values are found clearly expressed throughout our founding documents; and the fact is our Founding Fathers all agreed (which fact can be verified in their own personal writings, as well as in our founding documents) that they mostly ALL agreed that our belief in God and and respect for His Word were necessary and foundational to our survival as a free people!
If we are ever going to survive much beyond where we are today, especially under this corrupt and unconstitutional de facto UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION, it’s not a suggestion folks,, but rather it is mandatory, as per the instruction of God’s Word that our nation, and that be both YOU and ME, repents and turns back to the faith of our founding fathers.
And this is the history we have long since strayed from:
As I remember, it was mostly during the sixties and seventies that any teaching about right and wrong, based on biblical values, were prohibited, along with our not being allowed to pray in the classroom; and it was also during that time that patriotism towards our country and our flag, were also removed from the curriculum’s of our public education system.
The fact is most people clearly want the benefits that we have all come to enjoy in our country; and the truth is people have for years come to our shores from all over the world because of the fact that no other nation in the history of the world has ever been as blessed as we have been, here, in our country.
Does anyone really believe, for even a moment, that these blessings are in any way coincidental to the fact that our nation is the ONLY nation in history whose government was founded based upon biblical principals and faith in God!
I think not, but people who want to believe that way are free to do so, but I think anyone with a brain would have to recognize otherwise!
But that’s just my opinion and also my soap box speech for today! 🙂
Pray for our country folks, because we are in serious danger today of losing it all!!!