What Happened To This Great Country?

Prairie Gleanings

Yep, this is a soapbox blog. You've been warned.

Published on: December 2, 2011
At some point in a person’s lifetime, they’ll usually hit the “things aren’t like they used to be” phase. You know, “kids aren’t respectful like they used to be” or “people used to work hard in this country.”

I never thought I’d hit this stage of my life at the ripe old age of 29. Yet, last week, my wife and I were opining on the way things were. We watched with disbelief as the nightly news reported on the growing number of parents shunning vaccinations against some of the world’s worst diseases.

I’ve read numerous reports on the shortage of labor in Alabama because of the new labor laws. Even though there are thousands of vacant jobs, Americans don’t want them. Picking tomatoes in the sun is too tough.

Of course, the super committee also failed. I remarked to my wife that even in little old Fairview Heights, Ill., politicians are unwilling to stand up and do what’s right for fear they won’t be re-elected. If local politicians are unwilling to do what’s right for their city, what hope do we have the House and Senate will step up and do what’s right for the country?

Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In my mind, it’s a reminder of the last great generation this nation will ever see.

People ask what’s wrong with this country. The last generation that really understood what it meant to fight for freedom is no longer in power. The last generation that was willing to put their family’s interests before their own is all but gone. The last generation that was too proud to take handouts has moved on. That’s what’s wrong with this country.

The ship has sailed for the veteran generation. And, unfortunately, no generation since has displayed the same moral fortitude and work ethic.

It’s eerily similar to the rise and fall of family businesses. The first generation works tirelessly to establish the business. The second generation expands it a bit. The third generation runs it into the ground and sells it off piece by piece. I sincerely hope America isn’t in its “third generation” of management.