America; after 33 years of Liberalism
I graduated from High School in June of 1973. Northern California.
Our class song was "We've only just begun" by the Carpenters. Viet Nam was on its way out; and we still had good music as it was pre-disco. The POWs returned home that year and we and Israel were about to receive a big shock October 1973....Israel via an invasion and America via a gas crisis.
We still had a lot of WW2 vets as teachers; These teachers from the "greatest generation" were still shaking their head at what might in the future be called "the worst generation." As we were in the tail end of this baby boomer generation; we used to laugh at the "feel good" antics of our brothers 5 years older. The "love the one you're with" and "let it all hang out" dopers soon moved to Wall Street to make their millions; or continued to live off daddy's trust fund.
Everyone knew the definition of the word "is."
America had survived the temper tantrum the early baby boomers had vented during 1968-1970; but the Democratic party had turned very Left after Chicago 68 and McGovern in 72. Things started going downhill very fast for my little piece of America. California was great during the 60's but turned into the bozoland that it is today, shortly after.
Here is something someone sent me. It is VERY true; even for my Northern California.
Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.
1973 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.
2006 - School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
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Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1973 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.
2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
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Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1973 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.
2006 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
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Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.
1973 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.
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Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to school.
1973 - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2006 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.
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Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.
1973 - 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.
2006 - Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to get an abortion without her parent's consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.
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Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1973 : Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2006 : Pedro's cause is taken up by state Democratic party. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can't speak English.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red-ant bed.
1973 - Ants die.
2006 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario: Little Mary falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. She is found crying by her teacher, Mr. Baker. Mr. Baker, hugs her for comfort.
1973 - In a short time Mary feels better and goes on playing.
2006 - Mr. Baker is accused of being a sexual predator and loses his job. He faces 3 years in State Prison. Mary undergoes 5 years of therapy.