Even disco’s better than this

July 24, 2013
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I belong to that group of Americans born at the end of the “boomers”, but before the gen X’rs.

 Born too late for “Howdy Doody” and “The Mickey Mouse Club”, too old to be mentored by Big Bird and Oscar, we grew up sandwiched between the white wonder-bread of the 50’s and the multi-grain mix of the 70’s.

 We didn’t march on Selma or descend on Haight-Ashbury and Dealy Plaza, the Ambassador Hotel and Memphis are historical places rather than events seared in memory. And while we were lucky enough to have missed Vietnam there was no escaping the aftermath.

 Our teen years began with the resignation of Nixon and ended with the election of Ronald Wilson Reagan.

 Started high school with Carter’s “that even our great nation has its recognized limits, and that we can neither answer all questions nor solve all problems.”, and ended them under clouds of “malaise” that his own inept leadership created.

 “Live from New York…..” and “Day “xxx” of the Iranian Hostage Crisis” are words we know well.

 We’ve experienced double digit mortgage rates and the fall of the Berlin Wall first hand, rode the peace dividend and tech wave right up to the dot.com bust and recoiled in anguish as the towers fell.

 We went from the complete loss of trust in government (Nixon) to one new department after another created (Carter) to “fix” the very problems said government was creating in the first place all in one decade.

 From our perspective, if America could survive the 70’s she could survive anything. Anything that is, except going back.

 One would think that having a decade of so many failures so recent in our history we’d have learned our lesson. Yet here we are, stuck with a federal government bigger and more intrusive than ever. (One could argue that WWII rationing and production saw more control but that was with the full consent of the people united behind a common cause of defeating a foreign enemy that threatened our very existence.) What is emanating out of Washington today is anything but the “will of the people”.

 For the sake of a political philosophy espoused by an elite and connected political class, America is being forced into a “transformation” that tens of millions do not want. A transformation that if not stopped will leave us all stripped bare of our founding principles and the Constitutional rights and liberties so many before us gave their all to protect.

 Too melodramatic? Think about it.

 Think about an NSA that so easily moved from foreign surveillance to scooping up data on each and every American citizen, think about a government that forces the survivors of the Benghazi attack to sign non-disclosure agreements to protect the politicians at the expense of the fallen, think about an IRS that targets political opponents and silences political speech, think about a government that says we’re in “recovery” because inflation is “in check” but doesn’t include the cost of energy and food, the two most needed items to live, think about $4.00 gas and skyrocketing electric rates caused by an EPA pushing a diminishing return ideology over sound cost/benefit policy, think about real employment being in double digits, think about a singular government data base containing all your personal health and financial records open to abuses not yet even imagined.

 Think about them one, think about them all.

 Thank about the damage being done and the mess we’re leaving behind and you just might find yourself thinking what I’m thinking:

 All of a sudden the 70’s don’t look so bad after all.

(Publisher’s note:  The above is the as submitted version of the print column that first appeared in the July 24, 2013 edition of the Joplin Globe.  The edited print version can be found here.)

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