America 1956 vs. America 2016

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Once Upon A Time - FacebookIs America a better place today than it was back in 1956?  Of course many Americans living right now couldn’t even imagine a world without cell phones, Facebook or cable television, but was life really so bad back then?  60 years ago, families would actually spend time on their front porches and people would actually have dinner with their neighbors.  60 years ago, cars were still cars, football was still football and it still meant something to be an American.  In our country today, it is considered odd to greet someone as they are walking down the street, and if someone tries to be helpful it is usually because they want something from you.  But things were very different in the middle of the last century.  Men aspired to be gentlemen and women aspired to be ladies, and nobody had ever heard of  “bling”, “sexting” or “twerking”.  Of course life was far from perfect, but people actually had standards and they tried to live up to them.

 

So how did it all go so wrong?

Could it be possible that life in America peaked back then and we have been in decline ever since?

Before you answer, I want to share with you a list of comparisons between life in America in 1956 and life in America in 2016…

In 1956, John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world.

In 2016, our young people look up to “stars” like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

In 1956, Americans were watching I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show on television.

In 2016, the major television networks are offering us trashy shows such as Mistresses and Lucifer.

In 1956, you could buy a first-class stamp for just 3 cents.

In 2016, a first-class stamp will cost you 49 cents.

In 1956, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.

In 2016, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has gotten so far out of control.

In 1956, children went outside and played when they got home from school.

In 2016, our parks and our playgrounds are virtually empty and we have the highest childhood obesity rate on the entire planet.

In 1956, if a kid skinned his knee he was patched up and sent back outside to play.

In 2016, if a kid skins his knee he is likely to be shipped off to the emergency room.

In 1956, “introducing solids” to a baby’s diet may have meant shoving a piece of pizza down her throat.

In 2016, we have “attachment parenting” which advocates treating children like babies almost until they reach puberty.

In 1956, seat belts and bicycle helmets were considered to be optional pieces of equipment, and car safety seats were virtually unknown.

In 2016, millions of us are afraid to leave our homes for fear that something might happen to us, and if something does happen we slap lawsuits on one another at the drop of a hat.

In 1956, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked.

In 2016, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at all-time record highs.

In 1956, about 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.

In 2016, more than 40 percent of all babies in America will be born to unmarried parents.

In 1956, one income could support an entire middle class family.

In 2016, approximately one-third of all Americans don’t make enough money to even cover the basics even though both parents have entered the workforce in most households.

In 1956, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.

In 2016, the federal government systematically redistributes our wealth, and two communists are fighting for the Democratic nomination.

In 1956, there were about 2 million people living in Detroit and it was one of the greatest cities on Earth.

In 2016, there are only about 688,000 people living in Detroit and it has become a joke to the rest of the world.

In 1956, millions of Americans dreamed of moving out to sunny California.

In 2016, millions of Americans are moving out of California and never plan to go back.

In 1956, television networks would not even show husbands and wives in bed together.

In 2016, there is so much demand for pornography that there are more than 4 million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.

In 1956, the American people had a great love for the U.S. Constitution.

In 2016, “constitutionalists” are considered to be potential terrorists by the U.S. government.

In 1956, people from all over the world wanted to come to the United States to pursue “the American Dream”.

In 2016, 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

In 1956, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

In 2016, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

And there is one more thing that I would like to share with you before I wrap up this article.

This is what the New York skyline looked like on March 31st, 1956…

New York Skyline 31 March 1956

And this is the kind of thing that we are seeing displayed on the Empire State Building these days…

New York Skyline Kali

For those that don’t know, that is an image of the Hindu goddess of death, time and destruction known as Kali.  And next month a reproduction of the 48-foot-tall arch that stood in front of the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria is going up in Times Square.

So now that you have seen what I have to share, what do you think?

Has America changed for the better, or has it changed for the worse?

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

   
  • Dale Graley

    This is what happens after pushing God out of our country & lives in a 60 year period!

    • RJ

      So where was god when white people in the fifties were OK with segregation? People were using the bible back then to justify having white only and colored only facilities. Sounds like good christian values to me.

      • Daddyotis

        *Yawn*

        • Gay Veteran

          take a nap

      • krinks

        Look at black neighborhoods then compared to now. Everything was black owned and everyone worked. Education was the goal not a source of embarrassment. God was feared not mocked. You Libs destroyed them and their neighborhoods worse than any Klansman ever could.

        • Gay Veteran

          doubt it was “Libs” that shipped MILLIONS of American jobs to Mexico, China, Vietnam, etc., thus helping to destroy the family

          • Daddyotis

            *Snore*

          • Gay Veteran

            yeah, you’re asleep

          • Paul Patriot

            Then who was it? I relocated from a state run by “libs” and that leadership has destroyed it, spiritually, politically, and economically…..

          • Gay Veteran

            were the “libs” running all the corporations that have shipped American jobs overseas?

            but keep on believing that left/right democrat/republican dichotomy

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            You can blame both political parties for that.

          • Simon

            Libs championed the abortion of more black babies than either of us could count – they did it both ideologically and monetarily. It was Sanger’s goal and she has been achieving it for a long time. Losing your job can be incredibly difficult but let’s reserve a statement like “helping to destroy the family” for a just recipient: abortion.

          • Gay Veteran

            riiiiiiiiiiiight, shipping millions of American jobs overseas hasn’t done anything to help destroy the family.

            you sound like you really oppose abortion. adopt any unwanted kids?

          • Mike

            You think that the folks shipping jobs overseas are republicans? They’re elitists in partnership with the elitists in both parties. It’s the democrats that brought in all of the recent destructive trade agreements that sent the jobs out of the USA (NAFTA – Clinton, Trans-Partnership – Obama, etc). BTW, we know you’re gay, why don’t you drop the sexual preference title. Or is that all there is to you?

          • Gay Veteran

            “You think that the folks shipping jobs overseas are republicans?….”

            WHERE did I say that?
            democrats = republicans

            “…It’s the democrats that brought in all of the recent destructive trade agreements that sent the jobs out of the USA (NAFTA – Clinton, Trans-Partnership – Obama, etc)….”

            yep, and supported by the republicans AND democrats.

            “…we know you’re gay, why don’t you drop the sexual preference title….”

            oh I’m sorry, didn’t realize I needed your permission for my screen name.
            and btw, my “preference” is Black men, my orientation is gay

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Actually, it was George H.W. Bush who first signed NAFTA in 1992; Clinton signed it into law after it was ratified by the US, Mexico and Canada legislatures.

          • TheYimmmy

            GHWB is no conservative. He’s a phony and a crook just like most if not all of that clan.

          • Simon

            Hey, you’re not great at deflection which is strange – from all your comments (do you live on this website or something cause you sure are busy here?) I’ve seen you’re well practised – you ignore or distort anything you don’t have an answer for and it’s a growing pile

            Please learn to read my comments – you know I never said shipping jobs away “hasn’t done anything” – what I did say was that murdering a sizeable portion of a population is literally “destroying the family”. Families members survive job loss, they don’t survive being murdered. Now the ball is back in your court – don’t twist what I wrote now.

            You sound a lot like a Marxist-styled atheist who considers himself an intellectual, yet here you are trolling a Christian website for what is beginning to seem like every spare moment of your day, judging by your excessive commenting. Do you have a job or are you even more Marxist than you’ve been letting on? By your logic-in-practise, I should be trolling Pro-Life forums and making snarky comments to show that I care about the lives of unborn children, not adopting them. Sure, it would make no sense but then again, here you are so at least you would understand me, right?

            You’ll get the number of adopted children in my family when you start to read and respond to what I actually write – but I’m guessing you won’t be changing tactics anytime soon.

          • RJ

            How does abortion destroy the family? If you think the American dream sucks right now, imagine if all those aborted babies had actually been born. The poverty level in the US would be worse than it is now.

            Technology is replacing people, faster and faster. So less people are needed.

            Gay Vet brings up a good point about adoption. Unfortunately, people would rather adopt a baby than an older child. Kind of like why people would rather buy a puppy then adopt an older dog at the pound. It is just one in a long list of societal ills we face as a country.

            People love to get on their soap boxes and rant about the supposed sins and immoral acts of others, but when you confront their own weaknesses in regards to doing what’s right, they clam up and the conversation stops.

            It is easy to tell everyone else what they should be doing, but much harder to put your money where your mouth is.

          • Gay Veteran

            indeed

          • Jjjacj

            Yes I’m scared tbh cause life is life a egg shell now an can we image how thin it will be for my 8 month old kid lord please b with us all love u more then u can ever know but I look up to god an beg him to do his will almost ten to 20 times a day cause the world don’t own my I’m a follower of who GOD baby be blessed world pray an u will receive amen

          • SRVES339

            They just love the smell of bloody coat hangers in the morning… of course the wealthy who make mistakes would simply pay for a quiet, proper medical procedure.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Losing your job can be incredibly difficult but let’s reserve a statement like “helping to destroy the family” for a just recipient: abortion….”

            just recipient? and losing your job is not a just recipient of “helping to destroy the family”???

            “…Families members survive job loss, they don’t survive being murdered….”

            tell that to the people who committed suicide because of losing their job.

            “…You sound a lot like a Marxist-styled atheist who considers himself an intellectual, yet here you are trolling a Christian website for what is beginning to seem like every spare moment of your day….”

            because anyone who disagrees with you is a Marxist-styled atheist, eh
            and how is this a Christian website? the author is Christian, but I don’t see any sign saying “Christians only”

            “…judging by your excessive commenting. Do you have a job or are you even more Marxist than you’ve been letting on?….”
            oh I’m sorry, I’ll get your permission to post in the future.
            I love how some of you anti-abortion types sooooooooooo hate abortion but aren’t willing to do anything to stop it like adopting

          • Simon

            By all means, if you aren’t an atheist, shall we write praises to God here instead of debating?

            You could share some of your favourite praise verses and I’ll share mine! ;)

            You never needed my permission (I never demanded it, did I?) but you post here heaps – I just thought intellectual atheists (the only type right?) would have better things to do than come and troll Christian and conservative-type websites. I humbly admit my mistake – you must have nothing better to do. By all means, go nuts buddy!

            Your constant blame shifting and perpetuating victim status of certain groups (both frequent Marxist tactics) suggested that you were indeed a Marxist – I don’t see you disagreeing, just mouthing off. Correct me if I’m wrong.

            Speaking of blame shifting, if you choose to kill yourself, no matter how sad and awful it is, it’s a choice you made. That would make it your own responsibility – unless your choices are other people’s responsibility??

            Do you always blame other people for a person’s choices – oh wait, it seems you do that quite a bit!

            Sometimes in life, people wrong you. Sometimes they do it really badly and it leaves a lasting negative impact in your life. Sometimes, you really were an innocent victim without any fault in a situation.

            You got two choices:
            1) blame shift everything that goes wrong in your life to others for the rest of your days (ie choosing to kill yourself becomes someone else’s fault, not your choice)
            2) choose to take responsibility for how you respond to the situation (like fight for your family, even if it’s really hard, humbling, or even humiliating).

            Sure, you may deserve recompense (plenty of people do) but if you aren’t going to get it, killing yourself and leaving your family to fend for themselves is not a good choice. And that’s what it is: your choice.

            Good chatting with you GV.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…you post here heaps…..”

            interested you’re obsessed with my postings

            “…I just thought intellectual atheists (the only type right?)….”

            thy shalt not bear false witness

            “…you must have nothing better to do. By all means, go nuts buddy!….”

            and yet you are stalking me, obviously YOU have nothing better to do

            “…Your constant blame shifting and perpetuating victim status of certain groups (both frequent Marxist tactics) suggested that you were indeed a Marxist – I don’t see you disagreeing, just mouthing off. Correct me if I’m wrong….”

            again, thy shalt not bear false witness.

            and Marxist? really, is that all you got??? pathetically lame

            “…Speaking of blame shifting, if you choose to kill yourself, no matter how sad and awful it is, it’s a choice you made. That would make it your own responsibility – unless your choices are other people’s responsibility??….”

            the person talking about blame shifting is YOU

            “…Do you always blame other people for a person’s choices – oh wait, it seems you do that quite a bit!….”

            great strawman

            “…Sure, you may deserve recompense (plenty of people do) but if you aren’t going to get it, killing yourself and leaving your family to fend for themselves is not a good choice. And that’s what it is: your choice.”

            from the guy who thinks that shipping MILLIONS of American jobs overseas does not help to destroy the family.

            typical anti-abortion type, you love the fetus but don’t give a sh it about actual breathing people

          • Spartacus Rex

            “Gay”

            Because ‘Sodomite’ contains too many syllables!

          • Gay Veteran

            lucky for you “retard” and “moron” have the same number of syllables

          • Spartacus Rex

            “Gay Veteran”
            Is that the “politically correct” handle these days for a Sodomite Sh*tbird?

            Pound Sand!

          • Gay Veteran

            aren’t you late for your Klan meeting?

            oh, btw, F you with a rusty chainsaw

          • Spartacus Rex

            Did you come up with that droll rebuttal all by yourself, or did your sweetheart, aka Sodomite Snowball, help you out with your homework there?

            “oh, btw,” here’s hoping that your next prostate massage is performed with a rusty hatchet.

            Cheers & Pound Sand Douchebag!

          • Gay Veteran

            awwwww, I’ve upsent Shi tacus Pus sy

          • Nikki Six

            i support veterans.but not butt hurt ones.hope your a crippled one and deal with max pain until you commit suicide

          • Gay Veteran

            awwwwww, F you with a rusty chainsaw

          • Spartacus Rex

            Unfortunately, anyone who would likewise respond with an “F you” would only give you pleasure.

          • Gay Veteran

            well I can imagine what gives you pleasure……..stay away from those farm animals!

          • L. A. McDonough

            True, he’s a Marxist roll freak who needs to visit leftist type blogs and ditch this one. Probably unemployed and drawing gov. hand outs. He and other ilk of his type is why I refuse to join any site and support or join any either.

          • eg

            I adopted a 7 year old, and yes I oppose abortion.

          • Gay Veteran

            you may be the first person on this blog to have actually adopted!

          • eg

            You missed the point completely.. (snark)

          • Gay Veteran

            and what point were you attempting to make?

          • Nikki Six

            bet your a pedo

          • eg

            What is a pedo?

          • eg

            Is that the best you can do? Impulsive empty-headed insults that make you feel powerful? You should pass the gas and let the air out of your “brain”.

          • SRVES339

            Yup, nothin like hungry kids and no hope to keep a family together…
            Brain dead Cretin… buy hey ya got lots a company here… lol!

          • TheLulzWarrior

            Yep,
            Sanger delayed the Democalypse by 20 years and tens of millions of extra democrat voters that would have allowed Bill Clinton to establish single party rule in th 1990s.

          • TheLulzWarrior

            Muh free markets!

          • Gay Veteran

            LOL, yes, “free” markets

        • eg

          Well said Krinks, and most black people that did get an education, have God in their lies and worked, also dressed respectably..how things have “changed”.

          • Joanna

            I can say the same thing about whites. More of you are in poverty than ever before. However I’m sure you will try to find a way to blame African Americans for your hardships.

          • eg

            That response made about as much sense as a 1 year old trying to talk

          • eg

            Would you like to provide a verified source with those statistics? Population numbers are a significant factor, numbers mean nothing unless those details are included. You propose to know me? How can anyone be so pretentious and stupid as you? Thanks for the display.

      • jaxon64

        Ignorant statement–if “white people” were okay with segregation, then we would still have segregation.
        Just as hundreds of thousands spilled blood to end slavery.
        PS: 23 nations still practice legal slavery in the world ALL are in Africa and the Middle East–and the Americans pushing for segregation now are blacks ( numerous articles on the internet if you google it about blacks wanting to get rid of whites)

        • Gay Veteran

          “…if “white people” were okay with segregation, then we would still have segregation….”

          they were just okay with it for a century, eh

          • jaxon64

            many were–attitudes change.

          • Gay Veteran

            over a century, and even then there was massive opposition

          • watchmannonthewall

            I hate to break it to you, but slavery/servanthood is a biblically (God) approved condition. Many get upset with that statement, but I am not the one who wrote the Bible and spoke the written word it contains. I do not sit in judgement on God. Others do! They are greatly in error!

            Not enough room here to describe all that the Bible has to say about such an situation, but you are able to research it there on your own, and I encourage you to do so!. It is in the Torah, and also in the NT at the beginng of an number of books where the writer says something like, “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ…”

            The term “bondservant” means one who loves his master so much tthat when the master gives him his freedom, he refuses it and the master bores a hole through his earat he dorpost of his home, theblood dripping on the threshold (i.e., a covenant is being made) and puts his earring in the hole as a sign the servant is his forever!

            There are certain spiritual applications in the situation but the most important is the the master has no right to abuse the slave and if he/she does, the slave/servant goes free.

          • JD

            Another reason we know the bible was written by man and not god.

          • Gay Veteran

            indeed

          • CT

            You are substantially incorrect.

          • watchmannonthewall

            Chapter and verse, please.
            Even Paul, in the NT, sent Philemon back to his master and admonished both men to set a good example of the God they both said they served, as an example for unbelievers.
            2 Peter 2:18-21, “Servants, be in submission to your masters with all respect, NOT ONLY to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor [with God], if for the sake of conscience towards God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly…FOR YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED TO THIS PURPOSE [unjust suffering], since Christ also suffered FOR YOU, LEAVING YOU AN EXAMPLE for you to follow in His steps.”
            However,understand the master who does not treat his servant with respect will be treated the same on Judgment Day by God!
            Many Christians choose to ignore the very plain teachings in Scriture about servanthood, assuming is is like the the slavery that existed in this nation’s history. God’s servanthood is not. Period!
            I can remember back to the time a black man, a believer, asked me what I thought about slavery (20+ years ago). He wasn’t happy with my answer but it was the same as given here.
            I do not make apologies for, corrections to, or deletions from, God with respect to His Word. It would be like a 5 year old telling his father he is too stupid to make good decisions and tell him how to live, probably worse.
            I have stood before generals for inspection before and didn’t like that at all. I can’t imagine what it will be like to stand before the Creator, our spiritual Father, and tell Him He was wrong! Others think they will. His Word says they won’t.

          • Gay Veteran

            when god speaks to a man that is revelation.
            when that man speaks to another man that is hearsay

          • Gay Veteran

            jeez, you religious types will justify anything so long as some priest or preacher tells you what to do.
            and let’s not forget that your “god” ordered the murder of children and babies

          • watchmannonthewall

            I believe we’ve had that discussion before, but always good to write with you. It involved the fact those people’s descendents are still with us today and causing great consernation throughout the world. They are coming/already are, here.
            I am fully capable of reading the Bible with comprehesion, as are you, and do not need a preacher to tell me what it says. God intended most of it to be understood by the common man, and today’s preachers don’t talk about the controversial or difficult to understand passages.

          • Gay Veteran

            so you pre-trib rapture or post-trip rapture?
            you Christians can’t agree on anything. so much for the UNchanging word of “god”

          • watchmannonthewall

            Unfortunately, you are correct in your assessment once again of our sorry state of doctrine regarding the UNchanging Word of God.
            What really bothers me is that I have provided documentation from Catholic websites, to my very own “Christian” blood relatives, where the Catholic leadership specifically takes credit for changing many doctrines from the pages of Scripture, and my family doesn’t care. They want to do all the Catholic stuff, they’re non-denominational, instead of live in accordance with what Scripture and Jesus taught.
            I have also provided them with pages from encyclopedias and Christian refence books written by authors they supposedly respect, proving they are following a “man-made tradition” and they still are going to do the Catholic stuff. This is a huge obstacle to overcome to get us to just one doctrine, an UNchanged Word, as you say, and I think only God will be able to bring them in line, if at all.
            I am pre-wrath.

          • Simon

            You pretend God doesn’t exist so why would you pretend that God’s just judgments on the Philistines do? Why would you insist God did something if you don’t believe in God?

            On top of that, you actually support the murder or children and babies through abortion so what point are you trying to make exactly?

            Which is it, man?! Make some sense! ;)

            I want you to know that I enjoy our conversations Gay Veteran – if only I had your extensive time to respond to all of your comments (if you got paid for spending time here, you would be rich!)

          • Gay Veteran

            You pretend God doesn’t exist so “why would you pretend that God’s just judgments on the Philistines do? Why would you insist God did something if you don’t believe in God?”
            hey Einstein, it’s YOUR bible that says he ordered the murder of children and babies

            “…On top of that, you actually support the murder or children and babies through abortion so what point are you trying to make exactly?….”
            no, I support a woman’s right not to be a slave

            “…I want you to know that I enjoy our conversations Gay Veteran – if only I had your extensive time to respond to all of your comments (if you got paid for spending time here, you would be rich!)”
            extensive time? ROFLOL, riiiiiiiiiiiight
            but you obviously have the time to post here

          • MaxRockatansky33

            Bible was written by mortal men not by God. It’s a tool that bigots are using to explain anything. Including slavery, rape and even murder. No difference from Islamists. Religion is the opiate of the masses. Slavery is and was evil. And there is no explanation of this. If God accepts evil this means he is not a true god but some twisted image of human stupidity.

          • watchmannonthewall

            Correct, it was written by men, but as Peter says, men moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21)

            It is not a tool but is instruction from the Creator which proud men will refuse to accept and the items you mention will be the outcome of that refusal. As mentioned elsewhere, since man is created in the image of God, to abuse man is to show distain for God. Choices always have consequences.

            I dare say, in the near future, there will be many who will gladly be willing to serve others for a nice place to sleep and 2, not even 3, meals a day. These, no doubt, already exist!

            And finally, blaming God for man’s bad choices is just a psychological technique to escape our personal responsibility. It started in the Garden with Adam and Eve blaming everyone but themselves for their choices, and so is nothing new..

          • Gay Veteran

            when god speaks to a man that is revelation.
            when that man speaks to another man that is hearsay.

          • watchmannonthewall

            Seems to me the pioint you are trying to make with that statement is that when Jesus, God, speaks to Peter and tells Him somthing he later writes down for us, we can’t rely on his testimony as to what either Jesus said or what Peter said, yes? Even though three other people all gave the same testimony. I think that is the point of having two or three witnesses that all testify to the same set of facts, isnt it?
            It is OK if you want to apply current legal practice to God’s Word, you will certainly be able to make a good case He doesn’t exist and never said anything. I think you will be preaching to your own choir though, perhaps just as I do.

        • Hmm, contrary to the “whitewashed” websites you get your misinformation from, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. were not whites.

          The Blacks, the feminists, the hippies, all the “non-establishment” folk throughout history have been the ones who altered the establishment when it was the establishment hoarding all of the best rights and privileges for the top echelon.

          All of the b!tching and moaning and protesting that the anti-establishment folk did is why the “white people who were completely OK with segregation” had to finally start letting go of their beloved segregation.

      • william mony

        and this means what?
        go back to voting for Hillary
        and martial law will be good for someone like you, It may actually help

        • Joan Camara

          I heard her say on a talk show, that 65,000 is a good number of muslims to bring into this country…obummer has got her beat, by still vowing to bring in 100,000. And then the UN says that 650,000 need to be brought in! Horrible country we live in…

          • L. A. McDonough

            We will end up like the E.U. where Shiria law is going into full swing now. Pork is banned from schools and some diners, free speech outlawed, crime increase, law and order gone, segregated swimming, and soon to be executions, forced marriage and Muslim attire worn by women. Neo Marxist EU leaders want Islam. America will not be fit for the next generation to live in which will be a third world hell pit not fit for rats or other vermin.

          • Pic889

            Austria, Hungary and the UK disagree with that statement. Only the “progressive” countries of Sweden, Greece and Germany accepted immigrants by the boatload and have the problems you mention… France always had muslims so it doesn’t count.

      • Tony Cape

        yes, but it did not stay that way. Things changed. Like any person who has a multitude of attitudes, some are wrong and need to be changed, a society is the same way. If you are following christian values then it will be addressed, but you can’t solve 20 attitude issues at the same time. It’s very hard to change habits.

      • Dale Graley

        What Bible verses were they using to justify that?

      • Segregation worked fine, didn’t it?
        Today, black on White crime is off the charts.
        You need to go live in a black neighborhood for a few months and come back with a report, if you’re still alive.

        • No.
          Check out FBI dot gov (sorry, won’t let me post link). 89% of crimes upon whites are committed by whites. 91% of crimes perpetrated upon Blacks are perpetrated by Blacks. The reason that white-on-white and Black-on-Black is so high is because of proximity. Criminals target people who live/work/exist near to them.

          Now if you want to cry about some SUPER-DISPROPORTIONATE crime stats — focus on why 89% of crimes inflicted upon women are by male perpetrators… but the inverse is not true. 94% of crimes against men are still perpetrated… by men.

          So if you reallllly want to be pro-bigotry (and you clearly do), then drop the “Trump stats” which were proven to be lies repeated only on white power sites, and instead start crowing against men who single-handedly keep the prison industry in business.

          • The stat I was referring to was black on White rape. Virtually zero Whites rape black women, but according to FBI stats, black on White women rape is off the charts.
            I lived in Detroit area back in the 1950s-60s and one could just about anywhere in the area. Today, no-White dares go into a black area for fear of their life. But that is not the case when blacks go into White areas. Further, blacks disportionate make up US prison poplulation.

            Has nothing to do with your brainwashed and programmed to blame bigotry when someone mentions black crime.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Same with robbery statistics. It’s not racist to say it. It’s just true. And most everyone – black people and white people- know it, too. And they will tell you. But the media won’t admit the obvious truth about race relations in this country that every( unsheltered) person knows. White people are victimized by black people far more often than the other way around. And it’s been that way for half a century.

          • Yep, these SJWs love to pontificate on about White injustice against blacks, about how races are all equal, but challenge them, especially White females, to take a long stroll alone down a main street in say, East Los Angeles, Cleveland, Detroit or Chicago at 11 pm. and all one hears is crickets chirping.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Sure, they don’t live in those neighborhoods. They probably haven’t even been there.Unless it was on their Quaker school community service project and they went to help out at a soup kitchen with a large contigent of volunteers, in broad daylight.But that experience doesn’t give you an accurate picture of what’s going on in those neighborhoods. True, Detroit and Youngstown and other cities that used to be nice (and are now considered hellholes) have suffered economic devastation when industries shut down and moved to Mexico or to southern U.S.A. But poverty and unemployment do not make a bad neighborhood bad. What makes a neighborhood horrible to live in; or perilous even to walk through, is the presence of widespread immorality.

          • I have only ever heard ONE group of people claim that all races were equal, and it’s wasn’t “SJWs”. (Jesus, btw, would have been exactly a Warrior for Social Justice, had he existed. Too bad his supposed followers do all they can to impede social justice.)

            No two races are equal. There is not one metric by which that claim could be supported by facts.

            Also, when I visit the my mother, I routinely take walks down the neighborhood where our first family home was: Inglewood, California. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? I love to see how that house has been painted/upgraded throughout the decades, and how they change the landscaping. I couldn’t be whiter unless you sprinkled me with flour, and I do not fear walking in that old, old neighborhood of mine. You soothe yourself with these lies that you tell yourself. Reality shows a different, well, reality.

            Wait, I take that back — there’s a sport center near there (The Forum, I think?), and on nights when there has been a game I would not step foot on the sidewalks of any city. Men become primal on nights where there’s been a sporting event involving their team. Watch the news after a team has lost — it’s turned over trash cans set on fire, cop cars jumped on and kicked, beatings and mayhem galore… What I don’t understand is why even when the men’s local team WINS, they still behave like hysterical cavemen, knocking things over, breaking storefront windows, and setting things on fire. Never could get a good explanation for that.

          • I have scoured the FBI website, as well as BJS dot gov, and each site debunks your black-on-white raape claim. Those assaults are overwhelmingly done on people of the same color, and if you believe that white men don’t s3xually assault Blacks “all that often”, then go look into Daniel Holtzclaw. He raaped more Black women than the white power websites claim that white men do to Black women per year, and he outdid that white power website stat SINGLEHANDEDLY! The majority of raapes are NOT reported to the police (but are still reported to raape hotlines where no one gets punished), and what raapes DO get reported are often scoffed at by lazy police who simply mark the report as “unfounded” rather than do ONE SINGLE MINUTE of detective work. I know some people become hysterical at this claim, but police precincts are coming under more and more fire for doing exactly this, so it’s impossible to keep claiming that cops don’t cover up or 100% discount raape reports anymore — they verifiably DO ignore reports and mark them as false/unfounded.

            Aaaand, as for your “blacks disportionate[sic] make up US prison poplulation[sic]”, let me just take that truthful stat and raise you an even more truthful stat: MEN DISPROPORTIONATELY MAKE UP THE US/WORLD PRISON POPULATION. Men are 49% of the population, yet they make up over 90% of prisoners. If you want to just focus on violent crime… then raise that to 98.5% of prison stats between men and women.

            You seem ***very*** focused on pointing over there at Blacks and their criminality… but if you want to point most truthfully at who is committing most crime, violent or otherwise, then start pointing at men. Every crime stat you or I can find will support the true statement that crime is a GENDER thing, not a skin color thing. {And I’d like to just point out that I ONLY ever point out men’s devotion to criminality when one of those men starts pointlessly blaming Blacks/gays/Jooz/or whatever bigotry he holds. Don’t show me your bigotry, and I won’t correct you. Simple as that.}

          • – focus on why 89% of crimes inflicted upon women are by male perpetrators…
            White women commit their crimes against Whie men in the legal system: false child abuse charges, false rape, and when divorcing, it’s not the men who gets the house, the car, the children, child support and his pension.

          • None of those are crimes, and not even half of them are true anyway.

            A man is more likely to be raped than he ever is to be falsely accused of rape. Also, divorce attorneys routinely tell their clients to DOWNPLAY any stories of abuse because courts have come to believe all accusations of rape/abuse/wrongdoing are just fabricated to get a better outcome. Claiming a spouse abuses the kids will backfire against the person making the allegations.

            And it’s not the woman who automatically “gets” the laundry list of lies you lied about either; it’s the person who earns less, who works the less important job. If I were to divorce, my [retired] husband would automatically get the kids and the house, because I work a full 60 hours most weeks, and earn the family’s income. It has naught to do with gender. As for pensions, divorcing couples EACH receive portions of the other spouse’s pension, it’s not just one-sided. So in addition to spouting off lies about minorites, you also spout them off against women too! What a champ chump!

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Sometimes women do abuse the legal system for their advantage, though. It’s happened to guys my husband and I have known.

          • No, it does absolutely happen on both sides. Although divorcing couples are instructed to keep quiet on “negging” their ex, they are also encouraged to start by demanding 100% of everything as a negotiating method.

            Splitting up must absolutely suck if you were married to a bad person willing to pull any of those stunts.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            ‘Tis true, it does suck. My boss keeps lamenting that he’s still single. I keep reminding him that he could be much worse off.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            It just occurred to me (not to bash the menfolk), but of all the school shootings and workplace shootings (and bombings and one beheading) that I have heard of, I don’t recall a single one that was carried out by a female.

          • As the menfolk are fond of saying, “facts are facts”. I do believe there WAS one female-shooter scenario in Australia. Although, really… out of the hundreds and hundreds, one girl is an anomaly, an exception.

            Heck, some menfolk even blame Elliot Rodger on “women”. You know, because “women” weren’t sleeping with him. Yet his own manifesto stated that he was too fearful to even have conversations with the opposite sxx.

            Oh, and just so you know, when I had spelled “sxx” the correct way, it got hung up in moderation, grrrrr!

      • watchmannonthewall

        Did you ever consider that Martin Luther King might have been a gift from God to help us get on the right path? God will not force His will on us until the cup of His wrath is full! Sounds like the Jews who thought the Gentile Christians would contaminate them, to me. Both were wrong. How do we move forward?
        We have moved far down the road of racial equality, from where we were, but many continue as if we are in the same place as we were in the 1950’s and 60’s. Not that we don’t have a ways to go.
        Still, acting as if there has been no movement since the 50’s will ony inflame those who have lived through the movement. And those who see things as they are today, pretty much balanced (?), will wonder what the —- some are complaining about! Who makes a black person sit in the back of a bus today or stand so a white person can sit? When was the last time you saw or experienced this?
        Maybe it is time to take a fresh, unbiased, look at things from one side, and to listen to complaints on the other.
        One LORD, one faith, one baptism, one nation [Israel] under God, indivisable, with liberty and justice for all!

        • Gay Veteran

          move to Israel, but NO more of OUR tax dollars going to any foreign country

          • watchmannonthewall

            Not time yet. Scripture says God will take me there just as He took Israel to the Promised Land from Egypt.

            “‘Therefore behold, the days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘When they will no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ BUT, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led back the descendents of the household of Israel from the north land and from ALL the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.” (Jer. 23:7-8) This land includes Jorden, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebannon, and Iraq. It is all part of what God gave Abraham! If the Arabs can kill all of Israel, then God is a liar. This is what the devil, through our leader(?) is trying to do, today!

            I’m with you on the cutting off of the $ from all countries. When that day comes, then only God will fight for Israel and shortly after that it will be time to go!

      • jaxon64

        A lie–it was primarily Christians who pushed for civil rights and marched with Reverend King–you’ve spent too much time in public schools and liberal arts majors at university.

        • Paul in NC

          Amen. Sadly, the, bewitched sheeple that walk among us today, and the demon possessed liberal leftist media, refuse to admit and give credit to all the Christans who spoke out against slavery, and the senseless evil known as the kkk.

          The news and history we read today is so biased and intolerant, it’s disgusting.

          • Gay Veteran

            like Christians didn’t support slavery and Jim Crow laws.
            but what the heck, it just took over 100 years for the Southern Baptists to apologize
            guess it will take another 100 years for them to apologize to gays

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            They will never apologize to the gays. We have discussed this before.

          • Gay Veteran

            oh Jodie, 50 years ago Southern Baptists never thought they would apologize for their role in slavery and Jim Crow laws

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            I’ve explained this to you before, GV! There is nothing in the Bible that prohibits white people from mixing with black people. Sure there were specious arguments based on Bible verses launched in order to preserve the status quo. But nothing nearly direct as what Leviticus says concerning male homosexual behavior:”Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Now since you don’t see the Bible as authoritative for your personal life, that verse means nothing to you. But to a Southern Baptist or other Christian fundamentalist, that is the truth, and they CANNOT ignore it. You may counter that most Christians do not observe the dietary laws prescribed by the same book. But they may reply that after naming every nonkosher animal, God specifies that this is unclean “for you”; rather than just plain unclean for anybody.

          • Simon

            You sound like you really care about gays – but how could you, you spend like every free moment you have making comments on this Christian website?

            What have you done for gays recently to prove your concerns are legitimate and sincere?

          • Gay Veteran

            “You sound like you really care about gays – but how could you, you spend like every free moment you have making comments on this Christian website?….”

            thy shalt not bear false witness.

            and how is this a Christian website? the author is Christian but I don’t see any “Christians only” signs

            “…What have you done for gays recently to prove your concerns are legitimate and sincere?”

            odd question.
            now what have you done for Christains recently to prove your concerns are legitimate and sincere?

          • Simon

            Questions aren’t statements and therefore don’t bear witness to anything. Can you ask a false question? Interesting idea.

            Hey, but at least you are posting some of your favourite bible quotes. Love it. King James too – love those thys!

            You started the “interesting questions” above when you asked how many children I had adopted to demonstrate that I wasn’t a hypocrite for criticising abortion, as though you are not allowed to call abortion out as the evil act it is unless you are taking responsibilities for other people’s actions.

            I guess you make so many comments here you must lose track of what you have posted, right?

            Anyways, I wanted to see if you really did care about homosexuals and could prove it by listing off all the ways you have helped them. You can prove it, right?

            I would hate for some kind of double standard on your part to be demonstrated here – people respect your opinion here and with great power comes great responsibility…oh wait, responsibility – you don’t do that, do you?

          • Gay Veteran

            “Questions aren’t statements and therefore don’t bear witness to anything…..”

            spoken like a lawyer

            “as though you are not allowed to call abortion out as the evil act it is unless you are taking responsibilities for other people’s actions….”

            you want to turn women into slaves.
            you want to prohibit abortion but are unwilling to accept any of the burdens that will arise from such laws. thus you have NO moral authority on abortion

            “…I guess you make so many comments here you must lose track of what you have posted, right?….”

            still obsessed with my postings, eh

            “…Anyways, I wanted to see if you really did care about homosexuals and could prove it by listing off all the ways you have helped them. You can prove it, right?….”

            right after you prove what you have done for children recently to prove your concerns are legitimate and sincere?”

            you TALK a lot about responsibility.
            project much?

        • Gay Veteran

          Christians supported slavery and Jim Crow laws

          • TheYimmmy

            False Christians. Christendom has been polluted and bastardized for 2000 years.

      • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

        No era is perfect. But you could look at the 1950’s as a time when certain landmark events occurred that would soon rid America of segregation forever: for instance, the Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. the Board of Education, which did away with “separate but equal” facilities for black schoolchildren.

      • Obama Loves ISIS

        You sound like a Christophobe.

      • Simon

        People misuse the bible. People misuse good comment space with stupid questions and lazy statements. God lets both types of people live even though they both don’t deserve to.

        Plenty of white people fought a war to end slavery. Plenty fought to end segregation. Plenty of them did it because they actually followed Jesus, who died for all humanity regardless of superficial skin tones.

        Ever heard of William Wilberfoce? Dude was white and he fought the hardest to end slavery in England. He didn’t do it because he was white – he did it because he was following Jesus. See, skin colour was irrelevant.

        Now Charles Darwin was a literal racist, believing in multiple races with the superior being the “white” one. His ideas were widely disseminated by the 1900s so perhaps you should be looking at people’s belief systems as a motivator for racism rather than their skin colour, lest you unwittingly become a racist yourself.

        Hint: start with naturalistic atheism.

        And how about you start wondering why God allows you to continue living and posting stupid comments on Christian websites when he could easily kill you? The answer is that God is very merciful to all people, people like me and you, and he desires us all to come to repentance. Especially the ones who have done really bad crap, like me and you.

        Jesus loves you even though you don’t deserve it – plenty of uneducated farmers throughout history could accept and so could plenty of atheistic racists (like I used to be) so now it’s your turn.

        • Robert Veklotz

          … and Darwin’s theory brought about Hitler’s Master Race theory that went far in starting WWII and the Holocaust. Anyone who does not believe that God exists and created all living things believe in the Great Amoeba who created all living things. I think I will stay with Jesus and his redemption.

        • Gay Veteran

          Plenty of white people fought a war to preserve slavery. Plenty fought to continue segregation.

          • Simon

            Thanks for agreeing with me. I didn’t expect to see it but I appreciate the support! ;)

          • Gay Veteran

            interesting that Christians were on BOTH sides of the slavery issue, and both used the same bible to justify their stand

          • Simon

            Man, we are beginning to agree on lots here – that is exciting!

            One way you could look at it that people can twist the bible to justify their own evil actions, even though it doesn’t actually support them.

            There are other options but mostly it’s atheists who go for those and after your offence at my calling you an atheist above, combined with your posting a favourite bible verse about lying (a good one btw), I think we can both settle on option one.

            Hey, this is addictive – I can see why you spend so much time posting so many comments here.

            We could go on like this forever!

          • Gay Veteran

            “…One way you could look at it that people can twist the bible to justify their own evil actions, even though it doesn’t actually support them….”

            OR the bible is sooooooo poorly written that people can use it to justify, for example, slavery

            “…Hey, this is addictive – I can see why you spend so much time posting so many comments here….”

            still obsessed with my postings, eh.
            and it doesn’t take much time to deal with BS like your’s

      • Michael Daush

        Black families in the 50’s had a higher percentage of two parent families than whites did…a real shame what welfare and the libs have done to the black culture.

      • Nikki Six

        wow all the bad now compared to then and you have the balls to through a racist card?its OK because your people are the majority of the problem and i hope baal receives your children burning.

      • TheLulzWarrior

        Knew some brainwashed idiot was going to bring the Race Card.

        Yep, they didn´t get nuked by the tens of millions after all.
        Meanwhile the bottom-kissing, Whites of today are suffering from their lack of spine and they are going to suffer even more in the future.

    • emk

      And then you have “conservative” sites like Naturalnews that won’t approve Bible verse comments that are on subject.

      • Joan Camara

        Whaaat? I subscribe to that newsletter. I didn’t know about that! Not good.

    • Joan Camara

      True, but then Satan lives here on this earth, and it is said his time is short. I say it’s getting shorter…

    • RJ

      This has nothing to do with that. Please stop spreading lies based on incorrect religious interpretations.

      People in the fifties were not angels. There were many bad things happening back then. Just as there are bad things happening now.

      Our country was not founded on the teachings of your jesus in the NT. The people who came to this country did very immoral things to the people and that is the legacy that has continued throughout the generations.

      The US has many sick secrets. Most people are too lazy to investigate and learn the truth.

      Instead wanting to believe that god gives people good things in their lives, but can’t interfere with the bad because then he would be taking away free will. You can’t have both.

  • K

    Yes things have mostly gotten worse. Eisenhower tried to warn us. Kennedy was killed because he would not go along. And this Country has been taken apart, bit by bit ever since. God was pushed to the side. And right and wrong went with him for the most part. And yet people will tell you, they see no change whatsoever. The simple fact is the majority of this Country is deceived. They have chosen a path without God. And that path always ends in disaster.

    • stop the snake

      GEORGE SOROS is a nation killer
      tons of bad things link back to him
      he even funds the protesters / rioters

    • TheLulzWarrior

      Eisenhower was part of the problem, his “warning” was aimed at misleading the public away from the Federal Reserve.

  • MaxRockatansky33

    There is also a one dark side of the 50’s – nuclear war paranoia, Reds are coming with hydrogen bombs! Duck and cover everybody, Russkie are ready to drop A bombs.

    • nekksys

      D-bags with A-bombs???

      • MaxRockatansky33

        No, the bad Red Russkie.

        • nekksys

          You missed the reference…

  • John Atkins

    I don’t ever hear old black people saying that they would want to go back to the 1950’s. Only old white people would say that.

    • RJ

      Thank you! Same with many women who did not want to be baby making machines and spend their time raising kids and making sure that their husbands were happy.

      • imustbeacoocoo

        So basically, the trashy women who wanted to besmirch their responsibilities in life….got it. Most of them ARE still baby machines…even more so than the mother that actually keeps her kids.

        • RJ

          Have you ever read the magazine articles during that time? As if men did not have affairs and cheat on these women who served them. People are people. Always have been. Always will be. No matter the time period. Interesting not one mention of the men who besmirched their responsibilities. It was mainly the women who raised and took care of the kids. That was a 24/7 job. Men had it easier as they worked their 40 hours. Came home. Relaxed while the wife served him, cooked dinner, bathed kids, put them to bed. Then she was still expected to perform in the bedroom. Good news. She got to wake up the next day and do it all over again.

          • imustbeacoocoo

            Okay, then let’s just clear away the moral fog of decency, and move to anarchy. Is that what you’re suggesting? It’s so awesome for everyone to act like a jerk anyway. Let me tell ya, I’d rather explode in flames than have to see one more episode of Gold Rush (I call it ‘Woman’s Bane’), but I can see that my actions matter nothing for myself…it’s the kids right? It’s their future. And honestly, I feel that was already sold off a generation ago…people have crossed the event horizon on selfishness. So much for self control and long suffering.

          • Rhialto the Marvellous

            It’s pretty much a myth that being a stay-at-home mom was a 24/7 job. Stay-at-home moms had plenty of time to watch soap operas, take a long lunch break, take a long coffee break, then take a nap before the man came home. Besides that, the man had the maintenance of the home and the yard as his responsibility as well as his 40 hour a week job. I know this for a fact because I’ve seen both sides up close and personal.

          • LC

            When kids are younger, at-home moms never get a break! They work their tails off and then some. When the kids get a little older, there’s still a ton to do if you like a clean house, have kids’ activities to carpool to, volunteer with the school, etc. Somehow I never had all of that time to myself – wish I’d done better.

          • algol2000

            While the man went to work at the automobile factory and put up his legs all day reading “The Daily Mirror” and got paid for doing nothing, yet giving the woman 70% of his paycheck (sarcasm).

          • Raymond P. Kot II, Esq.

            Yes, but with a women’s longer average life expectancy, isn’t it true equality if wives let their husbands have time to relax after they come from a hard day’s work since they aren’t expected to live as long? Essentially, if the Libtards were true egalitarians, they would understand the division of labor, one works outside the home, one works inside the home is truly a balanced way to manage home, family and gainful employment for income to support the family. Could it be that now we have lower and lower quality of student, lower quality employees and lower quality communities because our current students, employees and members of our community are on a constant competitive treadmill, at times in your face hostile to each other (think divorce court), without much in the way of real love and peace of mind. It seems like the majority of society is very mixed-up, that does not value what is most important in life. I blame cultural Maxrism and loss of religious values combined with crazy laws that are forced upon society. Toss in endless immigration and Globalism and we have New World Order hell on earth.

      • Rhialto the Marvellous

        My mother got her degree in education during the 50s. She went on to live a very fulfilling life with a very fulfilling career. She wasn’t a baby-making machine. Only women who didn’t have enough gumption to get out and make their own way became baby-making machines.

    • Jacynthia Read

      You don’t know many old black folks, do you? I know a few, and even though they have more civil rights today, they lament the decline of family and spiritual prosperity. Their communities have been destroyed, just like everyone else’s.

      • RJ

        Liar. Nice try though.

        • Jacynthia Read

          Truth lives.

      • nekksys

        Yep! And Detroit is a fine example of how a community has been destroyed. Bad debt and bad decisions over long periods of time have led to the once great manufacturing city’s demise. It’s horrible what’s happened there!

        Anyone with good eyes can see how far family and spiritual values have declined.

      • AzDi

        The liberals alway go for the race issue. I agree with you. IF the black people want a good life for themselves and their children, they have the same advantages as the “white’ people….. if they work at it. Perhaps many blacks just want all the free stuff cause they don’t want to even try to be successful.

        • Blacks will never, and likely can never, achieve the same advantages as whites, simply because [white] people in power will never, ever give it to them.

          And far more white people receive free stuff from the government than do minorities. That statement of yours further goes to show the pre-judging whites do against Blacks.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Anyone who has the mentality that someone in power must grant him advantages in order for him to succeed will never achieve anything.

          • UNTRUE. Many Black (or any “undesirable”) people have to surmount the insurmountable in order to catch one little break that is automatically and freely given to someone in the club.

            In college, I had Black friends ask me to ask for the bathroom key when store managers turned down my classmate, I filled out a rental app for a Black friend (heck, we weren’t even “friends”, just classmates) and though she had been told there were no vacancies — despite a sign in the manager’s window to the contrary — the manager not only enthusiastically gave me an application but approved “me” in under an hour. I hope he was apoplectic when he found out the application he approved was 100% truthful but for the person filling it out.

            If you’re in the In Club, stuff is handed to you or available to you without question. If you’re darker, or less attractive, or perhaps fat, dress poorly, and so on, you get SUBSTANDARD treatment, and far fewer chances.

            Blacks (and other “undesirables”) who succeed are a testament to trying so much harder than any white person ever had to.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Wow Carrie you gave two whole examples of discrimination, both of which have been illegal for decades in the U.S. And let me correct you: many black people have succeeded not because someone in this alleged “club” magnanimously gave them a little break; rather, through hard work, self-discipline and intelligence they have achieved position and prestige: as have many other members of minority groups in America.

          • No, I gave two whole examples out of dozens I could think of off the top of my head, and only because this isn’t my personal blog. And it goes to show that just because a law has been passed DOESN’T mean prisons and jails are all empty, does it? No, laws be d-mned, no law is stronger than the desire for some people to keep undesirables down.

            And yes, the few Blacks who have achieved some parity with whites have indeed worked very, very hard — I never claimed it was all “granted” by some white person of power. That’s the entire point! Blacks have to work infinitely harder, longer, and better than whites do, JUST to “get” a chance at having something that is very simply expected/achieved by whites for just showin’ up.

          • Mr. Cipher

            “Blacks have to work infinitely harder, longer, and better than whites do”

            They can start by pulling their pants up, stop slinging dope, shooting each other and speaking proper English.

          • Again, no. The majority of Blacks have never done even one of those things that idiot racists always think Blacks do, yet they still get painted by that same brush by the aforementioned idiot racists who rely blindly upon the false stereotypes you just brainlessly regurgitated.

            I wish you could begin to speak proper English, “proper” meaning “truthful”.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Nonsense! You had better back that up with some proof. How, exactly, do blacks have to work “infinitely” harder than whites? Give some examples of your contemporaries’ alleged struggles, supposedly made so much harder by racism in America in the early 21st century. Your last sentence was outlandish!

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Carrie, I was taught that crap in high school, but then I went to live in Philadelphia in a real black neighborhood. I saw for myself what is really holding African-Americans back and it is NOT white racism, even though a few pockets of it still exist in America. So you can’t fool me with that liberal BS.,Sorry, but I’ve been around too long for that.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            I disagree with your first statement for two reasons. First of all, the U.S. government and state governments have invested considerable resources into poor minority communities (as an example the programs initiated by LBJ’s “War on Poverty”. Also, in my home state of NJ, public money has been lavished upon the poorest, mostly minority school districts since the 1985 Abbot vs. Burke ruling: yet those “Abbott”districts still get poor ratings from sites like School digger and Zillow.) Secondly, there are more minority Americans in power than ever before: have you forgotten that a biracial man has been our President for almost eight years? Not to mention the other names that are household words: Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, Vernon Jordan; just to name a few minority men and women who have in the past few decades have risen to places of power and influence: and yet you believe that the game is nonetheless controlled by a number of sinister whites who are determined to maintain a permanent minority underclass? If you have proof of this diabolical conspiracy, please provide it. As for whites getting more “free stuff”, I went to one of the most liberal sites (HuffPo) to get their take on it. And they cited statistics that showed that yes, more white people receive SNAP benefits than any other group, but when you compare the percentage of whites and blacks in the U.S. population, it is clear that blacks are overrepresented among the recipients of welfare.

          • “names that are household words: Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, Vernon Jordan; just to name a few minority men and women who have in the past few decades have risen to places of power and influence: and yet you believe that the game is nonetheless controlled by a number of sinister whites who are determined to maintain a permanent minority underclass? If you have
            proof of this diabolical conspiracy, please provide it.”

            Well… you kind of just provided it yourself! Neither you nor I can name many more than TEN MAXIMUM non-whites who have been allowed to become recognizable names “in the past few decades”. Let that sink in: IN… THE… PAST FEW DECADES. I bet if you or I had the time and patience and inclination, we could name a MILLION such white folk “in the past few decades” though. Thank you again for proving my point.

            As for the wasted money we throw at minority schools and neighborhoods — that is what we get (and always will) when we allow the government to “fix” things with tax money. The government (of perhaps any country) is consistently THE least effective way to solve problems. Poor/poverty-stricken areas could be helped with far less money if there were some decent plans put into place. Alas, there is nothing like that on the horizon. If you look at poverty as an illness like an airborne virus, the government is spending millions on band-aids and crutches — neither will ever, ever help stop a virus.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            Oh Carrie, please! Just Google the keywords African-American, scientists, congressmen, doctors, etc…..plenty of American blacks have “made it”.This is America, and despite its flaws, it is still the land of opportunity for all: regardless of skin color.With your second paragraph, I am in complete agreement.

          • Mr. Cipher

            Blacks will never…..bla bla bla Maybe because it is too easy to blame it on the evil white man who was born privileged than to work hard and achieve something.

          • Maybe it’s because it’s too easy to blame it on what’s rightly to blame?

            I agree!

          • Mr. Cipher

            You can kiss my lilly white but cheeks. I’ve earned everything I have. Unlike many “suppressed” blacks I stayed in school. I didn’t have a bunch of children out of wedlock. I didn’t sell crack. But you go ahead and play the victim card. No one is listening. When you figure that out Try PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!

          • Nah, I’m going to pretend I’m Jewish for a sec, and not ever want to kiss your pig a$$.

            You seem heckbent on putting down Blacks, and I’m sure given the chance you’d knock down all other non-white, non-male, non-Xtian, non-straight, and non-everythingyouaren’t too.

            And that must S*U*C*K* to be you, living like that.

          • Mr. Cipher

            You seem heckbent on being an anti-white bigot.

          • Not to anyone paying attention, no. I’m an anti-bigot bigot, i.e., I hate people who exalt their own kind and curse others based on prejudging. That is the very definition of “prejudiced”. And “prejudiced” is the very definition of bigoted.

            If ALL white people were like you, then everyone would have good reason to be “anti-white”; but since it’s only you and a small handful of hysterical racist/sexist/phobics who are that bigoted, we’re just antiyou, not anti-the-whole-race.

          • Mr. Cipher

            Does this mean you won’t be attending our Supreme White Power Brotherhood meeting?

          • Mr. Cipher

            Does that mean you won’t be attending my Supreme White Power Brotherhood meeting?

          • I don’t attend in-bred sausagefests as a rule, no.

      • krinks

        Sorry but the white ‘burbs haven’t been. We can still leave our cars and homes unlocked if we so desire.

        • Jacynthia Read

          Where do you live? Can I and millions more come live there? Unless you are in a gated neighborhood, I don’t know a single place like that. Now in the 1950s and 1960s that was more common, but not today. I live in a nice middle class community that is about equally integrated with blacks and whites. All of us have alarm systems, and with good reason. Many of my neighbors have been broken into. You’re not implying that in order to be safe the neighborhood has to be all white are you?

          • krinks

            I only know that I don’t have to lock up if I don;t want to and that it is mostly if not all white.

          • Jacynthia Read

            You do not know how fortunate you are. Honestly, you’re the first I’ve heard that I can do that. I used to not lock my car in the parking lot of a store, but I do now because in the town I live in people were being hijacked because of not locking their car. I hate that we have to be this way.

          • My elderly mother lives in a “very integrated” neighborhood and never locks her house, windows, or car door… unless she’s driven somewhere. Then she will set her car alarm “because she doesn’t know what kind of people are around”.

            Her neighborhood has whites as a minority, and there’s next to no real crime. No property crime, no violent crime. The only news story I’ve seen on her city is when the POLICE there shot a man’s [non-violent] dog. Cop completely overreacted, nothing came of it.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            A coward cop, Kyle Ferreira, shot and killed a sweet German Shepherd in Wyckoff, NJ- a few miles from our town. Said “the dog came at me” . The officer was in the wrong yard; actually he had no business there. The dog approached him, as any dog would do, and received two bullets (four were actually discharged; this cop apparently needs target practice) . Anyway, the good people of Wyckoff wrote letters to the newspaper supporting the police (since blind support of the police is considered by many a patriotic virtue), and so of course nothing was done. I hate these cowardly trigger-happy dog-killing cops!

          • Yes, I had been “blindly” pro-police my entire life, I was always raised to believe that the police were our friends. (And in reality I have never had any bad interactions with them.)

            But now that the Internet exists and the media shares such awful stories about such awful examples of the police (killing non-violent pets, shooting unarmed, passive “suspects”, breaking into the wrong houses with warrants, raaping women while on duty, etc. — see Danial Holtzclaw), I have begun to treat the police like I treat the general population: judge them one at a time, and don’t assume they’re good, competent, or above breaking the law themselves.

            Sad.

          • Gay Veteran

            the police maintain order for the State, period

        • parking

          I certainly can’t in my neighborhood. In mine, the avg home price is $240k and if we have thefts regularly, a drug house across the street, a few attempted kidnappings, and a house that was shot at. And we live in a nice, quiet neighborhood.

    • jaxon64

      Many of my patients are “old black people” living in skilled nursing facilities. Almost all of them talk fondly of the “good old days” and poorly about “todays youth” and “godless society.”
      You are wrong.

      • common sense

        Of course they talk fondly about the “good old days” because they’re facing death.

    • Gay Veteran

      LOL

    • Paul Patriot

      Very good point.

    • True!!

    • Mr. Cipher

      I don’t ever hear old black people saying they’d like to go back to Africa. They didn’t have shoes until they were brought to America.

  • Purple Wings

    I met a man ten years ago who grew up and lived near Detroit – Rochester, if I recall correctly. He said that there would come a time when he would have to leave everything behind to go and spread the Word. He said that things would decline there and he was right. I’ve lost touch with him now but I wonder if he’s left yet. Guess I will never know :)

  • Jim Davis

    Personally, I think this country peaked in the early-mid 80s. After that, two incomes started to be required to have a family with any quality of life.

    • krinks

      It peaked in the mid 60s when Ted Kennedy opened up the third world immigration flood gate that had been closed since 1925. This slowly but surely killed the unions and the middle class.

      • Gay Veteran

        ok, you’ll have to explain how Ted Kennedy did that and how he did it all by himself

        • krinks

          Congress controlled by Demonrats with a Demonrat President. Funny how they are supposedly the guardians of the Middle Class and yet they are responsible for its demise.

          • Gay Veteran

            and I’m sure not a single republican voted for it, right?

            democrat = republican

        • Ted was the only Democrat he could think of back then!

          When in doubt, blame the Democrats. Or the Jews. Or the gays (present company excepted of course ;p). Let’s see… blame pretty much everyone in the “other” column. On Dem websites, they’d be blaming the Republican du jour.

          • Gay Veteran

            a lot of people are too ignorant to realize that
            democrat = republican

          • 100% agree. It’s maddening sometimes.

      • It wasn’t T. Kennedy; he was only the front man for two jews, Javits and Celler.

      • Jim Davis

        Ted Kennedy was the most evil politician ever. A woman and nation murderer.

        • Gay Veteran

          moronic statement

  • Robert

    Michael describes a time when blacks were not even considered second class citizens. So the joy of the 50s is tempered by your point of view. The rich still got away with murder and the poor were drafted into the military to fight in a war they had nothing to do with I.e. Korea followed by VN. In the 50s we were scared to death of polio and life in big cities was dangerous and cops everywhere were out of control just like now. Hollywood portrayed the “good life” but that life was not available to minorities and many poor white people. The rich and powerful did not become rich and powerful because of honest dealings and fair play. Corporations were poisoning our water supplies daily. A girl who got pregnant was sent away or ostracized. The “father” walked away as happens today.

    Do not fall in love with a period of time that was not all that great for many folks. Myths still abound.

    • RJ

      Thank you. I wish more people were as informed as you.

    • Rhialto the Marvellous

      The statistics quoted by Michael are true. Education was better, the justice system worked better, terrorists weren’t beheading people by the hundreds, the world’s economy was not about to collapse, America’s economy was not turning socialist, babies weren’t being slaughtered by the hundreds of millions, homosexuals were not proud of their sin, Christianity was recognized as the one true way.

      I grew up in the 50s and 60s. Having seen that era and our current era I am qualified to say that the 50s were far, far better than today.

      • Robert

        Of course some of what he says is true but it depends on a person’s circumstance. I was dirt poor in the 50s. Mother left. Today I am economically secure. Today you do not get to smoke in a restaurant and ruin my meal. Today cars are safer and more reliable. Today we have internet to stay informed rather than relying on 3 tv networks and a newspaper. Today we do not hear false narratives about the Civil War and it’s “glories”. As for terrorism please look up Tamberlane. Terror is part of the human condition. Some things are better. Some worse.

        • Rhialto the Marvellous

          If the same numbers were used today that were used in the 1950s, you would see unemployment at 23%. The examples that I listed seem to me to be far more serious than the examples you listed. They seem indicative of a society in collapse, whereas yours only indicate a higher level of technology. Also, please do not try to deny that terrorism is exponentially worse today than it was during your youth.

      • Gay Veteran

        ah yes the 50s, when Blacks and them homosechuals were routinely beaten and even murdered with no charges against the criminals

        • Plus marital rape was rife and legal. Any man who was raped was branded a pervert (not a victim), and any woman who was so assaulted was shunned as an adulterous floozie.

          Children were routinely beaten as standard discipline and it was even considered “funny” if a boy couldn’t sit down for the pain of the beating his parent had given him.

          Any victim of crime who wasn’t upper- or middle-class white had very little likelihood of police caring enough to do anything about it.

          My parents lived through the 50s (as well as the 30s & 40s), and they could sure tell some harrowing stories of what used to be allowed — if not encouraged — back then.

          • RJ

            Thank you for your truth Carrie. Yes things were not all Leave it to Beaver rosy in the fifties as some would like us to believe.

          • Gay Veteran

            but, but, but we were a godly people then /sarc/

        • Mr. Cipher

          The good-ol-days

          • Gay Veteran

            aren’t you late to your Klan meeting?

  • AzDi

    I personally think all of this was caused by Nixon when he took the US off of the gold standard. Now we have monopoly money which doesn’t mean anything.

    But I agree, America was a much more religious country up until the 60’s. Then things changed….. big time.

  • DJohn1

    The problem basically started when Nixon devalued the American Dollar and made trade agreements with communist China. This would date it to about 1970 or 1971.
    The devaluation took 10 years of 12% inflation.
    It was finally stopped under the Reagan Administration at a great cost to the American Public in the form of 18% adjustable rate home loans.
    Reagan also stopped the progress of the unions getting raises when he broke up the Air Controllers.
    Did Nixon have a choice? We had accumulated under Lydon Johnson’s Presidency a debt of approximately 450 billion dollars over Vietnam and a huge loss of young American lives through the draft.
    Your prices show what the dollar is worth today. If a stamp cost 3 cents then and 49 cents now that is a 3/49 ratio and it does reflect in other products as well. But to make it really simple? What 10 cents bought then, a dollar buys now. Not really true because it is much worse than that.
    So if I bought a home for $13,900 on a 7% interest rate in 1969, it should be worth approximately 139,000 dollars now.
    That is not truly accurate. But I think the house might sell for 90,000 if it is in good shape even today.
    A lot of the devaluation is reversing itself. Houses have lost about 20% of their value in about 7 years.
    Gasoline went from a high of about $4 a gallon to about $2 a gallon. Again this not accurate but a general idea of cost.
    So items previously inflating are now deflating in value.
    Which is chaos financially for everyone.
    Basically I blame the government for not seeing that curbing all inflation would collapse a lot of industries in this country.
    The negotiation of a living wage by the average person does not really exist anymore.
    Guess who benefits from that?
    The Republican Idea of inflation is no wage increases. Though that is changing. The Republicans also seem to be in bed with major corporations here in this country.
    Trump’s idea of stopping cheap retail goods coming into this country without an isolationist tariff won’t work. It will increase the base price of everything without increasing wages to go along with it.
    It is a tiger by the tail. If you stop it you get mauled.
    The great weakness of this system is the transportation of goods over a 6,000 mile average or better. Meaning without a huge government handout on the Chinese side they are operating at a loss instead of a profit.
    Thus more and more expense for the average American being screwed by everyone. I take this from the title of a study of professionals in this country. It was a book in the 70s or 80s called the “Screwing of the Average Man.”
    What was written then is just as relevant today as it was then.
    I have not written exact numbers here simply because it is changing far too rapidly right now.
    For probably 5 of the 8 years Obama has been President, the Social Security COLA has ruled we get no raises. That is about a third of the population of this country is on a fixed rate income that has to eat any inflation that occurs. And this is a Democrat? A working man’s friend?
    Not likely. Both parties are bought and paid for. They owe their souls to their campaign finances.
    The trade agreements made by Clinton are partly to blame.
    So now a Clinton family member is running for the President Job?
    How soon people forget.
    Or on the other side of the fence, you have Ted Cruz. Wife works for a major corporation with financial interests conflicting with his campaign? How soon people forget the Bushes and their associations with the Cruz family.
    If you want to better the average American Living situation then bring back the unions and negotiate legitimate contracts with industry.
    If you want to benefit all of us replace Obamacare with something that actually benefits everyone. Like a national health insurance program doing away with all insurance programs existing now.
    Negotiate prices on prescription drugs and freeze the price.
    Meaning no more runaway inflation on prescription drugs.
    Do away with the Federal Drug Administration and replace it with something not quite as in bed with the companies making prescriptions.
    I am disappointed in all the candidates. Both parties leave us with poor choices for a President.
    You might as well have run Archie and Edith Bunker for President.
    (70s comedy show)
    That Wisconsin voted Cruz means that all the old tales of farmers might be true. Only someone uneducated in the facts might vote for this person.
    Trump is honest. But he is so far off base it is pathetic.
    So you put Bernie or Hilliary in? What a choice!

    • TheStarseer

      The problem started with the murder of JFK. The country has been demon possessed ever since…

    • Smilardog

      In the 50’s a “silver” dime would buy a gallon of gas… Hey, a “silver” dime is still the same value as a gallon of gas… Whaaaaat?

  • greanfinisher .

    Things turned for the worse in this country soon after JFK was eliminated in the Dallas coup d’etat.

  • Dio Jones

    America today is a sewer pit, and every demon in hell is loose…

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark

    • tyh

      just wait till the catholic church comes to power

      • Dio Jones

        They are working on it…

  • jsmith

    Michael makes a good case with this article, yet the group of people who are at the helm of this change are not as nearly exposed. Follow the money to the top, and by that I mean the people that control our banks, our president, our Congress, our Federal Reserve, our corporations by majority stock ownership, and you get to see a clearer picture. Get the picture?

  • jeffrydrew

    Simply stated what transformed the country was liberal politics.

    • OakFortress

      That – and a hefty dose of satanism…

  • OakFortress

    I live just fine with no cell phone, no TV, and no Facebook. Never sent a text message either. All of this is garbage that keeps people distracted from what’s going on in their environment. Never heard of “twerking”, but I think I might have an idea of what it is.

    Excellent article!

  • J Dubya

    God is slow to anger but will not be mocked forever. Our judgement will be well deserved; we have called good “evil” and called evil “good”.

    History is replete with nation-level judgement being handed out in the form of conquering armies which utterly destroy those nations that mocked and turned away from God.

    It can happen to America too.

    • Gay Veteran

      got some examples?

  • takingmyownpath

    Great article. I do disagree with one thing. Attachment parenting is not about raising immature kids, but about meeting the needs of our babies & children. The interesting thing that I found as I parented my children this way, is that our grandmothers pretty much did the same things. Sadly some people using this parenting method also do not believe in discipline and I believe it gives the movement a bad name. I started attachment parenting my first child 25 years ago. I raised very responsible and creative children- or rather I’m still working on it. 5 of my 11 children are grown and gone- married, working, in college etc… I’m not patting myself on the back here, but I get compliments all of the time on how mature, kind, responsible etc… my children are. And I wager that you would be hard pressed to find tougher men/boys- so it doesn’t turn them into sissies either. LOL Attachment parenting is really what women through out the ages have done and still do in other lesser developed countries. Oddly enough, I think that real attachment parenting fits into what you are trying to promote here, more than the accepted modern methods.

  • usaguy

    While I agree somewhat, back then people were not spending every penny they made on stupid stuff. They maintained a savings and regularly contributed to it.

  • Tony Cape

    It’s sad to see our country in this condition. the quote

    In 1956, one income could support an entire middle class family.

    In 2016, approximately one-third of all Americans don’t make enough money to even cover the basics even though both parents have entered the workforce in most households.

    really gets me.

    Our world is finished as far as I’m concerned. Just waiting on what’s inevitable and keeping my faith in Jesus Christ to carry me thru the fight.

  • Arizona

    WELL it ain’t as gloomy as it seems,FOR instance,WHO paid any attention to THE NEW SUPREME COURT RULING APRIL 4,2016……YOU HAVE FREEDOM TO TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN AMERICA WITHOUT A DRIVERS LICENCE,LICENCE PLATES,INSURANCE,or rules that would stop you,IF you obey the traffic laws and are not endangering your fellow travelers your good to go,AND YES THEY MENTIONED THE POLICE GANGS,they were told,LEAVE THEM ALONE,if their going the speed limit,stopping at the red lights,and stop signs,and not drunk or endangering their fellow travelers,LEAVE THEM ALONE,THE PUBLIC HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO USE THE HIGHWAYS,AND CITY STREETS THEY PAID FOR,SO BACK OFF…….OBEY YOUR OATH TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE…now we’ll see who the terrorists really work for………

  • Lucas Doolin

    Our decline was not an accident. The Deep State is real and did this by design.

  • Barry Goldwater

    Our decline actually began with Woodrow Wilson and two legislative actions which have served to destroy America and lay the groundwork for what we see today.
    The Revenue Act of October 3, 1913.
    The Federal Reserve Act of December 23,1913.
    If we’re to dramatically expand government it had to be funded and a new income tax fit the bill.
    If we’re going to debase and devalue the money supply, create inflation and eventually abandon the Gold Standard it’s necessary to establish a Central Bank.

  • donna

    lots of these are true some absurd. The personal lives of Wayne, elvis and monroe were an absolute moral outrage. No parent was shoving pizza down their babies throats in ’56 on the contrary we were simply but nutritiously fed. kids are not sent to ERs over minor injuries I have a young friend with a one year old in expensive daycare in NYC who got a black eye;they handled it did not call mother or doctor which I, dinosaur that I am, thought outrageous. Life was not a paradise in the 50s I was there but I agree considerably better than today.

    • Chris

      As an ER nurse I have to agree that kids are in ER’s for the slightest of injuries! It’s pathetic! Parents just can’t let kids fall and get a scrape, or God forbid they cough once! It’s a bubble wrapped world, sad!

      • donna

        i defer to you Chris. like everything one hears it is extreme on both sides. Expensive NYC nursery who does not call parent or doctor over an awful eye injury. I did not run to ER but called my pediatrician if there was any injury other than scraped knees. Especially to head.

  • James

    In 1956, seat belts and bicycle helmets were considered to be optional pieces of equipment, and car safety seats were virtually unknown.

    And this is good?
    Why is unnecessary death from accidents good?

    • Mr. Cipher

      The Pussification of American is upon us.

      • Gay Veteran

        please feel free not to wear your seat belt

  • James

    As for the pics of NYC.
    So the United States has deviated from Christianity and decided that going full on christian in a global economy where most people are not christian is a bad thing?

    Seriously, WTF?

  • James

    In 1956, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.

    In 2016, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has gotten so far out of control.

    Maybe because in 1956, society thought it was okay to discriminate against impoverished people who would commit most of the crimes. Now, people have decided that discriminating against the impoverished is not a good idea, and because of that, it leads to a whole row of issues.

    • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

      I don’t get your point. Are you saying that discrimination somehow inhibited crime? I don’t see how one has to do with the other.Besides, the most notorious school shootings have been carried out by young white males.

  • James

    In 1956, people from all over the world wanted to come to the United States to pursue “the American Dream”.

    In 2016, 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

    Stop comparing international reception to domestic reception

    • Gay Veteran

      “…In 2016, 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”….”

      quite an indictment of today’s America

      • James

        May I mention that it has always been that way.

        • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

          I don’t think so. At one time, people had more faith in their government (rightly or wrongly.)

        • Gay Veteran

          got ANY proof for that?
          or more of your BS intended to deceive people

  • James

    In 1956, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

    In 2016, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

    The United States still lends piles, and piles of money. See Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Citi, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, United States Bankcorp, SunTrust, Capital One, Fidelity, Vanguard, Blackrock, KPCB, Google/Intel Capital, AIG etc.

    The United States debt is also not a big deal because
    1) The largest holder of United States debt is the United States government by trust funds (Social Security, Medicare, Highway, Land/Water, Veterans, etc)
    2) The second largest holder of US debt is us citizens. Remember what a savings bond was? Yep, all those have become digitized and held by retirement accounts, mutual funds, etc
    2) The debt is payed on a specific date, China can’t demand money today. Know what bonds are before people start giving a bunch of bs.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…The largest holder of United States debt is the United States government by trust funds (Social Security, Medicare, Highway, Land/Water, Veterans, etc)….”

      and what happens when Social Security needs money?
      hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

      • James

        Social security’s bonds can only be paid on specific dates.
        If Social Security goes in deficit/ SS will cut benefits and increase taxes

        • Gay Veteran

          and how are those bonds paid?

    • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

      The U.S. debt may not seem like a big deal now, because of low interest rates that have minimalized our payments on those debts. The International Monetary Fund even advised that it may be better for us to invest in our infrastructure at this time rather than take austerity measures. But that same organization also warned us to get our house in order, for public spending by the U.S. is “unsustainable”. I don’t have a source (sorry) but I remember reading that interest on the U.S. debt will exceed military spending by 2021.

  • James

    In 1956, millions of Americans dreamed of moving out to sunny California.

    In 2016, millions of Americans are moving out of California and never plan to go back.

    This completely avoids net in migration into California.
    As for net out, it grosses 500,000 per year. The population of California is 30 million

    • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

      About one quarter of CA’s population is foreign born, and Hispanic and Asian people make up a larger percentage of the population than in years past. So much of the migration into CA is not from other parts of the country, but from other parts of the world where living conditions are less favorable. The biggest problem with CA, from what I hear from folks who have lived there, is the cost of living. Everything is more expensive.

  • James

    In 1956, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked.

    In 2016, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at all-time record highs.

    A big issue of perception vs reality.
    With communication technology, any crime is able to be messaged halfway across the world in 1/2 a second. In 1956, communication technology was a piece of garbage

    • Mark Harmer

      Good comparisons. It’s also possible that the average home had less stuff worth stealing in the 1950s.

      • James

        Yes, that is true. UCLA researchers identify that homes today are 3x bigger than homes in the 1950’s and contain more misc stuff such as electronics, books, furniture, etc.
        Homes in the 1950’s were very simple compared to today, ex Kitchen with a fridge, stove, and oven, basic furniture, a TV maybe, and a couple of beds.

        Vs today
        Kitchen with overflowing gadgets, phones/tv’s/computers everywhere, more furniture, etc

  • James

    In 1956, you could buy a first-class stamp for just 3 cents.

    In 2016, a first-class stamp will cost you 49 cents

    In 1956, the GDP per capita was 16k
    Today it is 51k.

  • Tom Dobbins

    What happened? The Democrats happened.

    • Mistanick

      No, no, Tom. The dems and repubs are essentially marching to the same globalist drummer. There is not a dime’s worth difference anymore. Oh, the parties like us sheeple to think there is. You need to have two sides to fight against each other. At the top echelons though, no difference.

    • Gay Veteran

      psssssst, democrats = republicans

  • knifemare69

    Forsake Marijuana? Why, are you anti-semitic? Marijuana was a key ingredient in the temple incense of the Jews before the Romans destroyed it. The holy oil that annointed the head of Jesus had cannabis in it.

    Go ahead and hate the plants that the God of Abraham made on your own time, hypocrite!

    • Rhialto the Marvellous

      No, cannabis was not in the anointing oil or part of Temple worship.
      You’ve been smoking too much of it.

      • knifemare69

        You’re not Jewish so you wouldn’t know, ignorant little troll. Go back to being marvelous while tossing your salad into the mirror, at least you’re qualified for that…

        • Rhialto the Marvellous

          Wow, a small disagreement really sets you off doesn’t it? Are you really that insecure?

          • knifemare69

            No, but your mother is insecure during lightning storms so I give her my Kosher meat pacifier to gnaw on and she pipes right the heck down! Bwahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!

  • WhiteDragonKing

    Jesus is out of america and all the good the came with him

  • Mistanick

    I guess ultimately, man’s sin nature can always be called to task for mistakes made, sin given into, and what not. However, the faithful are not responsible for the evil that pervades the Earth. If you believe that each of is responsible, you are giving satan a free ride that he should not have. The unbeliever is just as sin filled as the believer. One has the peace of God and the other seeks peace but through their own lusts and rebellion. satan laughs now but will not in the end.

    • JD

      The definition of sin when the bible was written was to miss the mark. Not all the guilt and shame emotions people now have for being human.

  • James

    In 2016, millions of us are afraid to leave our homes for fear that something might happen to us, and if something does happen we slap lawsuits on one another at the drop of a hat.

    Yes, companies/individuals should be held liable for the pain/suffering/damages that they cause.
    Ex, if Pfizer made a crappy drug that caused people to get cancer, you would want to sue Pfizer.

    • Mr. Cipher

      I think Michael is referring to the pussification of America which you appear to embrace.

      • James

        Eh.
        I prefer avoiding preventable deaths rather than going on testosterone highs

  • Stokjockey

    FLAT EARTH 2016, LOVE and KINDNESS

  • TMZ

    The main problem is the lack of critical thinking skills and the dumbing down of America. It lead directly to a polarized society where people attack each other without really understanding each other and hearing people out. We don’t have an educated population anymore. They can be easily manipulated. It lead to the rise of the empty suit Obama. The Uniparty New World Order is working hard to make people ignorant and dumb.

    • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

      It’s easy to deceive an ignorant populace.

  • IbFreeAmerican

    This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965:

    “If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first—I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

    And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors on how to lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

    If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war that themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

    Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography—soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

    If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were to devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”

    • chriscas

      I’ve heard this before. Boy did he call it right! Common Sense in 1965=Hate Speech in 2016 and beyond!

  • James Stamulis

    I remember it well for 2 years later i was shinning shoes and selling newspapers to have some spending money and America was number 1 in everything good that mattered. Our homes and streets were a lot safer and the drug epidemic was yet to come in the 60’s. I would give anything to be back in the 50’s.

  • Obama Loves ISIS

    The end is nigh.

  • boxer7

    Boy, you just don’t realize the differences until someone puts it into perspective. I was seven years old in 1956 and remember almost all of these things. How completely pathetic that it had to come to this.

  • Mr. Cipher

    In 1956 your savings grew with compound interest. In 2016 the Banks give it to you doggie style.

  • chriscas

    So who won the Cold War? The Marxoids have been taking over our institutions of “higher learning” since the early 70’s (and much of the media, etc. as well); and from the way some of these professors talk the “higher” part of higher learning might as well be from drugs! Groupthink and PC fascism seem to be the order of the day. Oh, and one more thing Mike: When I went to Brandeis in the late 70’s, $40K paid for almost everything for 4 years. Now that won’t even pay for one! Ah, but Bernie and Hill will take care of that fer sure. It’l all be Free! Freedom as Slavery. Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison.

  • Arizonan

    God told the Israelites to not do the abominations the heathen did, yet they went on to practice evil and were punished. Our country was once a true and GREAT Christian nation, then it began to eliminate God and practice all sorts of evil that today “evil is good and good evil”…..

  • Gay Veteran

    there will be prayer in school as long as there are algebra tests.
    oh, you meant state sponsored prayer, yeah, that’s over

  • Gay Veteran

    was it only countries near Israel?
    gee, was “god” to busy to destroy China? India? Japan?

    • J Dubya

      I can only lead you to the water; I cannot make you drink. The information is there. You’ll either avail yourself of it or you won’t.

      • Gay Veteran

        simple questions:

        was it only countries near Israel?

        was “god” to busy to destroy China? India? Japan?

        • Simon

          GV, there is a simple answer but can you focus long enough to receive it – your responses seem to wander and stray:

          God had plan to save humanity from sin and death.
          God chose one family who grew into one nation: Israel.
          Israel would bring forth the Messiah, Jesus.
          Jesus would die and resurrect, thereby saving humanity from sin and death.
          If Israel was destroyed, no Messiah, no salvation, God would have failed.
          Often, it meant preserving Israel from its own self-corruption – Israel too received judgment, not just the surrounding nations.
          God always deals with other nations but his priority was preserving Israel to bring forth Messiah Jesus.
          God succeeded, just as he promised.

          Now you can trust in Jesus for salvation.

          That, or wear the judgment that comes with remaining in sin: death and then the second death.

          Honestly, I have had fun GV – but I have other things to do and I likely won’t have time to read all your follow up comments, maybe none.

          May you have peace and wholeness in Jesus Christ.

          • Gay Veteran

            I see you don’t want to answer my questions:

            was it only countries near Israel?

            was “god” to busy to destroy China? India? Japan?

            understandable you don’t want to answer the questions since China, India, and Japan have nothing to do with Israel. and the MEN who wrote the bible would not know of those countries when they wrote their fairy tales

            May you have peace and wholeness in the flying spaghetti monster

        • Simon

          GV, there is a simple answer but can you focus long enough to receive it – your responses seem to wander and stray:

          God had plan to save humanity from sin and death.
          God chose one family who grew into one nation: Israel.
          Israel would bring forth the Messiah, Jesus.
          Jesus would die and resurrect, thereby saving humanity from sin and death.
          If Israel was destroyed, no Messiah, no salvation, God would have failed.
          Often, it meant preserving Israel from its own self-corruption – Israel too received judgment, not just the surrounding nations.
          God always deals with other nations but his priority was preserving Israel to bring forth Messiah Jesus.
          God succeeded, just as he promised.

          Now you can trust in Jesus for salvation.

          That, or wear the judgment that comes with remaining in sin: death and then the second death.

          Honestly, I have had fun GV – but I have other things to do and I likely won’t have time to read all your follow up comments, maybe none.

          May you have peace and wholeness in Jesus Christ.

  • McCarthyism, overt racism and sexism were legal, blue laws, cars were more deadly and Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old cousin, so it was not better unless you were a white Christian male full of entitlement.

  • JH

    The people in the 50s probably wrote the same comparisons about 1900 and 1950.

  • Ron

    Carrie, You are apparently a very intelligent person. You do not owe me or anyone on this site any sort of explanation. Your experience in life is your own and what you see life as is exactly correct. It certainly is affected by many factors, but in short it depends on your life experience from your own unique perspective to understand people and life as you do. If you would consider, though, not learning about God ( I know Him as Jesus, Messiah) through the experiences of others. Others, me, all of us Christians are hypocrites atleast sometimes, even often, probably often. But, I would ask you to consider challenging Jesus himself. In earnest appeal to Him for your hearts needs, hopes, desires. Prove Him for yourself. Take some time to take it seriously. I know it probably sounds like a waste of time. And you can definitely criticize me for my request. I am nobody. But for you, please consider it…

    • RJ

      God and jesus are not the same. According to christians there are 3 gods: the father, son and the holy spirit. Sounds a bit polytheistic to me.

      • Ron

        Thanks RJ. Still, though, Jesus is God Himself. Three representations, with in some ways different roles, but all with common purpose. I agree, sounds like 3 Gods. Only God could be a perfect and therefore be a perfect sacrifice for others sin – He has none Himself. Being perfect Jesus never had to die, and yet He died. His death was for us as a sacrificial death in that “while we were yet sinners, He still died for us.” I think of how profound that is. We essentially spit in His face and He yet dies for us. Without His shedding of blood, no one would have a way to compensate for their destitute fate. God is perfect. Requires perfection. Through Jesus He sees us as purified with Jesus’ payment for our sin. He sees us as perfect in Jesus. Jesus had a earthly half, and a divine half. Even Jesus said “you call me good, yet none is good save (except) God.” He said of Himself in other examples as well, that He was the Son of God. Yet He also called Himself the Son of man. Do not judge God based on peoples lives, no matter how Christian they call themselves and purport to be. Judge God Himself by your experience with Him. Prove Him. Seek after Him, the Bible says you will find Him. For your sake, consider reaching out to Him in Jesus and prove Him by this. Do it earnestly and honestly. I believe with everything I know, He will be found of you. He is kind, He is lowly, He will not dissatisfy. Not for my sake. I am sinful and of little importance. But for your own sake, please consider seeking after Him. He is there for you. Please for you…

        • kim

          If jesus was god then who was he talking to when he asked “father why has thou forsaken me?”

          According to you the answer could only be himself.

          • Ron

            Kim, I think you are referring to my statement “that Jesus is God and He is 1 God.” I can see how you can make a your incisive statement. Consider this: God is 3 persons in 1, as in 1 purpose in complete unity. A foundational Christian belief is that Jesus is God. It is stated in multiple versus in the New Testament – John 20:28 “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.” In John 10:30, Jesus said: “I and my Father are one.” John said in John Chapter 1: “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” This states that Jesus, the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among them, is God and that He was the Creator as well. You can go all the way back to Genesis to see a simple but profound statement perhaps little noticed. In Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” showing God referencing himself in the plural form – “let us” and “our”. God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are God, present to us as 3 personages, yet 1 God. I think that makes it easy to see how Jesus was speaking to God the Father, not himself, when as you wrote: who was he talking to when he asked “father why has thou forsaken me?” And that He yet is God and is 1 God. I hope this is clear. Thanks for asking though. I know I write things that I should be better to clarify.

          • Kim

            There is nothing in the bible that explains genesis 1:26 in regards to the trinity that the church/christians talk about today.

            Jesus said he was one with the father/creator source because he is. Just like we all are. Every single one of us. Without exclusion. The message of jesus as with the message of budda, etc have been twisted and perverted by men who want control and power.

            Did you know that the KJV which is the gold standard for many fundamental christians today also included the apocrypha? It was removed. Why? Research it for yourself.

          • Ron

            Kim, It seems you just want to critique some part of my statements. I only tried to give you information related to why I believe Jesus is God and you reply with a global conclusion that the use of Genesis 1:26 is not valid in this argument. I don’t know how you could know that to be true; it would require you to know every argument presently used by every Church/Christian related to the trinity. What about the whole of my statement, does it not use Biblical sources that show that Jesus is God? In John 17 Jesus asked the Father that those that believe in Him would be (not already that way) one in Him and the Father: 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

            It was a prayer looking forward for believers not everyone. Even Jesus was exclusive in this. I think there is much evidence in the present day that many men are not one with the Father. I am just thinking of the murder and rape of Christians by hoards of evil men who call themselves Holy warriors for Jihad in Islam. I am sure you can find wrong in my retort. And I know there is valid reason to criticize Christians. Christians are hypocrites some times, myself included, even often. I believe we can only judge the truth about Jesus by our own experience with Him. I believe anyone can prove Him to be true or a lie with an appeal to Him. I believe that He will be found of you if you do earnestly and honestly seek Him. Not mystically found but truly found. The Bible is a profound well of wisdom. It is a great deal of study to see some of the greatness in it. I can only tell you that it is a living Word to me and has been a guiding grace in my life. I know that means little to many people. I was once completely godless and regarded all related to religion and God as a joke. I understand an agnostic position (not atheistic, I always thought that position was very presumptuous). I would have easily dismissed all I said many years ago. It is God that has to compel.
            To be so easily offended is just excusatory. It should challenge to prove or disprove Jesus was who He said He was, the Son of God and that Jesus is real and even present now. My best hope is for you. I am sure you are a very intelligent and knowledgeable person. I wouldn’t blame you if you just dismissed this. I would just say though, not for my sake but for your own sake you consider…

          • kim

            If that’s the case jesus is not god and by elevating him to god I would think you would be incurring gods wrath. People will always find ways to justify their beliefs – unfortunately I would rather study and learn the truth then blindly follow something that was made up to keep the churches rich and in power.

            Just because a book has some kernels of good and common sense does not make it the word of god.

            There are also bad things in your bible as well, yet no one seems to point these out. It is just accepted as “well we can’t know the mind of god.”

            To that I say can’t we? Supposedly he auto wrote the bible through men.

            I wonder if your jesus was god why he did not write the bible and his words of wisdom before his passing? Wouldn’t that have been the easiest route to take in regards to that?

            Instead we have men supposedly inspired by god who were NOT the actual apostles who spent time with god writing about the past.

            We know how well that turns out in regards to the truth.

          • Ron

            Kim, I think it is more compelling to have a story told of someone than by that someone of their own self. Jesus probably knew if He was the author, it would have been easier to be skeptical of Him. When we shout of our own greatness, it has much less influence than when others testify of the truth they have found. It smacks much less of self serving. Men are right to be skeptical when someone is blowing their own horn.
            When the books of the New Testament were written there was very little power in the churches. For many years of the first 250 years the of the church, Christians suffered under much persecution. To believe in Jesus these early Christians suffered greatly even unto many deaths. Consider what Paul went through. All the apostles suffered death except John although he was poisoned yet it failed. So he was exiled to Patmos. To say that these books were written to keep the Church rich and in power is just not understanding the history of these people. If these Christians blindly followed, realize that many did so even to their own martyred deaths. Ultimately, you are correct in that only through your own study can you find the truth. I would urge you to be earnest about a personal study and challenge God Himself to prove Himself to you. I believe that with an earnest and honest search for God, you will find Him and find Him to be true in Jesus. I can tell you I did this over a period of about 6 out of 10 years and I found my faith in God in Jesus and found it to be true. The Bible is a deep well of knowledge and a fair study can be very intense. Isaac Newton, whom I think is the most intelligent man to have ever lived, spent ten years in his study. He found Jesus to be true. Although, many people have found Jesus more easily. There are men and woman in this present day, that have believed so fervently that they have refused to deny Jesus before their ISIS executioners and have given their lives rather than deny Jesus. There is still great faith. it is not all just for power and riches. I hope for you.

      • Guest

        Wrong…nice attempt at Christian smear there Ron. According to christians there is 1 God. I’ll let your inquisitive mind figure out the rest and how the trinity plays into it.
        Just remember, not believe in God because you can’t see Him is like not believe in gravity! ;) do you really wanna jump off the ledge and test your theory? Not believing in God is doing exactly that!
        As the infamous gay vet would say “think for yourself”

        • Ron

          To our guest. I do not quite get your understanding of my position. I will just assure you, I don’t think I would jump off a mountain ledge, even if I thought it was God telling me too (and yes the juxtaposition is intentional). I am not perfect in faith, or rather I am cautiously skeptical through much of life’s experience. Yet I do believe with all that I am that Jesus is God and He is 1 God. I just give RJ the respect he deserves as any man does, even if He is willing to dismiss or despise me. Everyone deserves at least an ounce of understanding. We all come short of the highest standards in God.

          • Guest

            It was a typo when I placed your name in that post, it was directed at RJ. My apologies, my brain switched the names when writing the post.

        • RJ

          Already jumped and do not believe any organized religions pathetic version of the so called truth.

  • Of course America has changed, it’s got a huge 3rd world population now, and its turning 3rd world. That’s a huge change.

  • Good write-up BTW.

  • Pic889

    You forgot to mention the extremely high number of failed marriages aka divorces, some of those divorces happening on households with children. And the portion of the population that still chooses to have children is diminishing anyways.

    BTW, I can understand why so many men are “afraid of commitment” and don’t want to have kids. Promiscuousness is being celebrated, and if the man leaves the household he pays alimony, but if the woman leaves the household she gets paid alimony by the man. Most girls nowadays aren’t even interested in learning on how to be a good mother and their idea of perfect parenting is hiring some other woman to do it. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the near future most child births are child births caused by accidents.

  • Michael Daush

    I was born in 1952 and grew up in a small town outside of Cincinnati that wasn’t all that different than Mayberry called Mt. Healthy. A public park and swimming pool where we would go to play with kids from all over town, Memorial Day and 4thof July parades, WWII memorial in the middle of the park, unlocked doors, Church festivals, Wednesday night dances at the park, Drum and bugle corps practicing on the baseball fields for the State competition, policemen knew us by names, Bananza the only color TV show… a simpler time.

  • ProclaimingGodsTruth

    Appalling and abominable!

    This is what America has become – Godless and full of wickedness.

    We are racing towards God’s judgment. No recognizing our sin, no Godly sorrow, and little if any repentance.

    But there is a small remnant however, those that still know Christ and proclaim His truth.

  • SRVES339

    Wayne was a RW bigot and Elvis/MM were druggies… Sitcoms still highest rated! And you seem to have awakened from your dream before that part where 20% lived in abject poverty and were banned from White Only public facilities where they may sully the lily white middle class “livin the dream” (in public while they were boffin the hired help, killin themselves with tobacco, and drinkin themselves stupid every night!

    And every one of those economic/social/crime points can be traced back to the 50 year corporate elite driven, trickle down economics designed to suck every last drop of wealth up to the top (Google The Powell Memo with commentary), that conservatives have been brainwashed to support (yeah, give that billionaire another $M tax break and just watch those slums turn to gold (oh sorry, gold is not spoken of in polite, elite circles… oops)!

    But what’s a little more whacked out, more guns are the answer, liberty lovin’ cretins who believe their Ivory Tower elites wake each morning to rid them of those evil “elected” leaders and replace them (ie, sell public assets to them at pennies on the dollar like every GOP controlled State Legislature has done… see Flint) with benevolent rich dictators who live every minute for the good of the common man!

    But hey kids, “The Rapture’s” on it’s way and all will soon be well… so why all the angst?

    Oh and … what you been smokin’ Mike?

  • SRVES339

    Was puzzled how half the repubs could vote for Trump… then I read this entire thread…

  • Beeboy 1950-8346-6194

    Kali also has a cool story associated with her about how she killed a demon. But the demon would be reborn if a single droplet of blood of hers hit the ground. So she had to catch every single droplet of blood with her tongue while fighting the demon.

    What was that? No, I got sidetracked because this site is retarded.

  • djm4706

    This article nails our country. In 1956 my high school day was opened with a prayer by the principal and a pledge of allegiance. 2016, prayer is prohibited by law, the pledge of allegiance is considered racist, bigoted, and intolerant. We have come a long way but I don’t believe we have much further to go until we collapse.

  • Kevin D’Arcy

    Whenever a politician is derisively accused of seeking to “turn the clock back to the 1950s,” I remember what it was like then and say to myself, “Does he PROMISE?”

    Remember when government was small and dreams were big?

    Remember when television was a “vast wasteland” instead of a toxic cesspool?

    Remember when people had good manners and wore clothing that matched them?

    Remember when coins were beautiful, impressive, miniature repositories of silver, or even gold?

    Remember when the only tattoos you saw were on men who had fought in a war, or on the persons they had rescued from gas chambers?

    Remember when music meant actual melodies, and lyrics that were charming and intelligible instead of brutal and moronic?

    Remember when there were no perennial panhandlers — only kempt, dignified, handicapped people who sold pencils, apples, and newspapers on the street?

    Remember when your city’s downtown streets didn’t reek of urine?

    Remember when sports stars were gentlemanly, accessible, and grateful for their fans?

    Remember when parks were places for kids and families rather than havens for drug addled derelicts and perverts?

    Remember when teachers, cops, and adults in general were respected by youth?

    Remember when cops went after the real bad guys and didn’t hound working stiffs for harmless infractions?

    Remember when those students who did poorly were blamed for their performance, rather than their teachers?

    Remember when you shopped around for a doctor the way you shopped around for a plumber, and you hired the best person at the best price, and paid with your own money?

    Remember when street cars and busses were clean, safe, ubiquitous, and cheap to ride?

    Remember when you could walk from your home to a tidy little shopping area?

    Remember when the best toys didn’t use batteries or electricity, just your imagination?

    Remember when “Made in Japan” meant it was junk?

    Remember when it was common to see a rifle and rack in the back window of a pickup truck, even in high school parking lots, but nobody ever heard of a “mass shooting?”

    Remember when China was Red and our non-box stores were stocked with good products of our own labor?

    Remember when unions insisted upon quality from their members and didn’t protect the deadbeats?

    Remember when companies had loyalty to their employees and were proud if they retained them for 40 years?

    Remember when you played ball in the street with your friends, instead of texting them?

    Remember when almost all of your friends had two parents living in their home?

    Remember when our cars were muscular and our government was lean?

    Remember when colleges were hallowed halls of higher learning rather than places where cultural grievances and political factions could be promoted?

    Remember when the churches were filled and the prisons were not?

    Remember when “bad words” were foul words, not politically incorrect ones?

    Remember when out-of-wedlock births were a rarity?

    Remember when plain-speaking was common but rudeness was not?

    ———————————————————————————————-

    I am conscious of the fact that nostalgia is a powerful emotion that can falsify our perceptions of the past. Was America perfect in the 50s? Certainly not, but we understood that social perfection was impossible, so we made a good, practical society based upon reality and the traditions of our ancestors. Since then we have demanded more and more government to try to bring us closer to perfection, and to make us more “equal.” But the result has been to make us less free, less
    responsible, and ironically, less equal. It is impossible to turn the clock back, but it is not impossible to return to our roots and the precepts of our founding.

  • Ron

    Thanks for the reply, Carrie. I am sure no arguments I can render would begin to move you toward any sort of belief. I won’t try to and insult you. All people can do is relate their own experiences which are unique to each of us. So that no understanding I have can be inherited by any one else. I will just say, as you already know, I believe with all I can muster in God in His Son, Jesus. I hope for you. You sound very much like an intelligent woman with much to offer. All the best to you.

  • rj

    I know many living family members that were destroyed by the very “families” you like to wax poetic about. Through physical abuse, sexual abuse and mental abuse.

    So family does not mean that a child will not be destroyed.

    How do you explain this?

    Christians like to pretend that life is cut and dry. That this mythical family exists and that if we all only just believe in jesus that life will be perfect, just as soon as he comes back – but I ask you this ….

    if god supposedly was jesus in the flesh and died so we could get the benefit of living in heaven, then why would jesus need to return? Why wouldn’t god come back, since he will not be sacrificing himself again?

    Another question that always goes unanswered: how did the angels sin in heaven? Why would they when they communed with god on a daily basis and why was satan rewarded with an entire planet to rule and reign over as punishment?

  • jbstoner43

    I can’t speak for the 50s, I was born in 72. Even in 70s and 80s was better than it is today. Kids today are bubbled wrapped to avoid injuries, we were patched up and went back outside. There wasn’t any silly laws mandating that bicycle helmets and knee pads had to worn when riding a bike. We ate just all types of junk food and burned off those calories by playing outside all day. It was normal to have friends sleep over and eat dinner at someone elses house beside your own on the weekends, today if you do, the punk kid might steal from you. There is much more, but I stop here.

  • Ray S.

    Over the last 60 years we have continued to remove God out of our families, our homes, our government, our schools, our nation. God cannot dwell and bless areas of our life where he is not allowed or welcome. The Lord never forces himself. He gave man free will to choose to love him or reject him. 60 years of rejecting God and this is where we are today. Eventually with the way we are headed God’s hand will completely remove from this nation and there will come His judgement and it will be a nightmare for all those who did not stand on his side.

  • JackerRaabit

    Yawn.

    America is ruled by hard-core Satanists.

    America does the will of Satan.

    …and you want, what, the Lord to bless America? Are you high?

  • TheLulzWarrior

    “Kids deserve a stay at home mom with high income dad.”

    No.

    They got that and what happened? The baby-bratters!
    One thing that living standards are declining, another thing that ye can´t give ´em a LifestyleTm and turn em into soft, emotional c***s.

    100 years ago there was a lot of poor people but they went on w/ life still.

    Children, if ye really cared, should learn to be tough and mindfull, do without Nice Things when necessary.