This is not a Republican or Democrat thing….it is about all of us.
I had alluded to this topic in an earlier post, but I think it is clarified in my mind.
It seems like most of us just accept the fact we are in America and don’t think about how lucky we are to be here, and there is no way we should pay or sacrifice for the privilege.
It goes back to the 2nd World War when the government made us aware that we had to contribute to be part of the effort to save America and the free world. If you were the right age and physical condition you were either drafted or volunteered for the service. You joined organizations that helped the war effort from neighborhood air wardens to the USO. And all essential items were rationed, from gasoline to food to clothing to cars (no new ones for 4 years), and taxes ran as high as 90%, and everyone saved stamps in savings bond books until we got enough to get bonds. And bond drives were constant, to get as much money as possible out of circulation.
The draft was in effect through the Vietnamese War, then it was stopped. These police actions, ranging from Korea to Vietnam to Granada to Serbia to Iraq and Afghanistan were so frequent, and the government went under the policy of we could have guns AND butter, that wars could go on at huge costs but we could keep on shopping.
Of course our dollar has devalued, our kids grow up thinking that the desert wars are great inspiration for video games, and we can ignore when 30 of our finest are killed in one day and concentrate on meaningless celebrity foibles, etc.
So no wonder so few volunteer for services that would help America or feel the need to contribute more or to help get our service people out of harms’ way or do anything for anyone else , as all the spending and wasting and wars don’t affect us personally unless we are related to some tragedy that occurs.
Will someone have the guts to make us the America I knew growing up?