Sunday, February 22, 2009

Then and Now...

As I thank God everyday for the blessings He has bestowed upon this great nation, my family and friends and am grateful He has kept us safe thus far.I can only imagine only for how much longer as I watch, daily in dismay as the foundations of this country and our society crumbling with the majority of people continuing their lives like nothing is any different.

I was checking my email today, as I normally do and an interesting email pertaining to this subject appears. As I read it I thought it was rather funny but suddenly realized this wasn't a joke.

For those who think that things are better now than they ever have been I include this email as a "realitycheck."

HIGH SCHOOL -- 1959 vs. 2009

Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school
parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1959 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his
car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2009 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail
and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for
traumatized students and teachers.

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

1959 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up

2009 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and
Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled
even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1959 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by
the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and
does not disrupt class again.

2009 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is
then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state
because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a
whipping with his belt.

1959 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college
and becomes a successful businessman.

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

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1959 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock

2009 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug
violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

1959 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2009 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear
nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for
graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state
school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then
banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up
mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them
in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1959 - Ants die.

2009 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged
with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents --
and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are
confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is
never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

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

1959 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2009 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of

Now ask yourself : "Are we more educated learning from our mistakes? Do we have more common sense than years past or have we entered "The twilight Zone?"

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