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Old 06-20-2009, 04:56 PM
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I don't think life is so much worse now. I do feel that human carachter as corroded(sp) to a great degree thou. We're much more like whiny headcases than anything else, people ***** too much.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:38 PM
Location: NC
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Originally Posted by Chango View Post
we must have progressed a little since roman times, since now we fake murder and death as entertainment instead of throwing live christians in front of hungry lions.
We also do not practice chattel slavery or burn witches anymore I suppose that too is a step in the right direction.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:16 AM
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I don't harken back to an imaginary better America where women had no rights, rape wasn't able to be prosecuted, people could own people of color, Asian people couldn't be citizens or own property, there was legal segregation in the South, there were no vaccinations, the average lifespan was 45 due to lack of public health or clean water, there were no unions, no child labor laws...
I agree with the poster who points out that, thanks to modern technology, we can be aware of every bit of things that go on, 24 hours a day, TV or Internet. I do think there is a coarsening of that awareness, the off-color, downright crude flavor of so much of that electronic "info" and advertising. That is a change from before.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:23 AM
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Originally Posted by chicken.or.the.nugget View Post
And now people have to be politicaly correct and accept untraditional things. If someone doesnt approve of gay marriage/sex changes/single mothers they are considered hateful people. I heard june is LGBT month. Why do we need a month to celebrate them?
Because for the other eleven months, we get to celebrate your heterosexuality. And, frankly, I'm tired of having your lifestyle shoved down my throat eleven months out of the year. I think it's nice we get a formal, recognized departure from it in June.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:29 AM
Location: 95468
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Originally Posted by twista6002 View Post
This whole "society is dying" thing is just some false reminiscent fallacy by the Limbaugh types, as though people had never picked up prostitutes, done drugs, gotten drunk, or exposed themselves before 1992. Anyone that disgarees with that, I would encourage them to read a book called "City of Eros" by Tim Gilfoyle.
Sounds like you've been busy.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:18 AM
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Originally Posted by achickenchaser View Post
I was a kid in the 80s, a teen in the early-mid 90s. Back then it seemed a decent amount of folks just knew this country was going to hell in a hand basket. Just look at all of us gen-x slackers with our crappy gunge music and attitudes? This county was doomed. You just didn't know anymore "these days."

Funny how everything managed to turn out just fine in the long run. It must have been a miracle, I guess
Playing devils advocate, one could say that the older segments of Gen. X, who are coming of age as economic leaders and represent the first Americans reared under the "self esteem at all costs" theory of parenting, have demonstrated some really terrible business acumen.

Is it really all just fine or are we going to be buying our happy meals with Yuan in a decade?

If anything is going to save us, I think it is the members of our generation who have been embroiled in that bit of unpleasantness in Iraq and Afganistan. Wars force the emergence of leaders, and leadership is what this nation desperately needs.

As far as violence, teen pregnancy, babies left in dumpsters, etc. etc., I don't think that the rate of terrible human undertakings is any different than it ever was. What has changed is how readily available reporting of these things has become. Every day sees more news than all the people in China could shake a stick at. You would need hundreds of thousands of pages of drudge report to cover it all. What pulls people to news sites, gets ratings and sells advertising space is bad news. Our news is market driven, make no mistake about that. You will get the news that sells.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:22 AM
Location: Texas
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I don't know...I mean, it's only been recently that we have made a law regarding spousal rape (prior to the last couple of decades, it wasn't rape if your husband forced you).

We also don't tolerate discrimination based on sex, race, disability, or sexual orientation.

We have created programs to help the mentally retarded/disabled learn to live independantly and contribute to society rather than just shut them away in asylums.

I think we're doing a lot better, personally...
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:18 AM
Location: Round Rock, TX
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Interesting that this thread was made in 2009...

No, not really. American society has always had its low-ends and will continue to do so...

I can say though the political climate right now is probably going to get much worse and be even much worse than what it was during the Civil Rights era unless we get the ****s together. Already as well have depression and suicide rates reached a new high as well among the youth in the country...

Maybe 4 years ago I would have said "Yes", but I was able to think throughly better and say "no".

Honestly, what can we see coming into the country the next 10-20 years? Who knows honestly.

I say first off fix our education, get more serious politicians into our country and not some random ass celebrity with more money than Trump, ditch off PC crap and we'll see how our nation improves by a bit...
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:24 AM
Location: Round Rock, TX
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With the thread having been made in 2009, it makes it all feel as if 2009 where to have been another 2013-2017 period. Except funny enough in 2009 the BLM hasn't even started yet, gay marriage wasn't legalized, SJWs were not a new fabric yet, Obama was newly in office, etc. Guess some people lived in really big cities to have noticed the shift in such things then by then huh?
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:59 AM
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Channel 11 in Chicago shows a film yearly where people who grew up in 1930s Chicago are interviewed. This one lady that was a teenager in the 1930s said that on a hot summer night(there were no air conditioners back then) she would walk down to the nearest park all alone in her pajamas with a pillow and blanket and sleep in the park without one thought that somebody would do her harm. And a person could do that in any park in the city of Chicago. Another guy interviewed said everyone knew everyone in the neighborhood. You know a neighbors aunts and uncles, cousins, etc. There were many people interviewed and the name of the tape is either Chicago Remembered or Remembering Chicago. But I think that there about 6 tapes covering different years and I don't think that you can order only the tape of the 1930s.
Anyway, to answer your questions as to whether or not American culture is sicker today I have to say yes it is a nightmare compared to what it once was and is supposed to be. The author Russell Baker(I think that is his name) once wrote that "if a person could step foot from 1940 American into America today he would be shocked and horrified, it would be like a futuristic nightmare come true."
WW2 put an end to our America. We sided with the communists and the communists won the war. So now we have what we have sown.
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