I Survived 70 Years Of Liberal Democracy, And All I Got Was This T-Shirt

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The following is a monologue delivered by a friend of mine. He is now in his mid-70s, and a pipe smoker — usually a sign of a good egg — who has retired to the countryside after a successful career at a professional level. I have presented it as faithfully as I can recall it, with gratuitous obscenities edited out because of their marginal utility of expression.

I was born in mid-1940, at a time when everyone knew we were going to war but no one knew when. This explains in part why my parents were so nervous and tried to keep me from seeing the world. Because of that, however, I was the most curious kid you could ever imagine.

I have now survived over 70 years of liberal democracy, if that is what you insist on calling it. To us it was just more of the government in our lives. When I came awake into life at about five years of age, the war was ending and life in America was still pretty good.

You could move somewhere, set up a farm, trade with others, and get yourself going. You did not have the property taxes, local taxes, income taxes and stuff that you have now. There was much less paperwork, if any. Half of the country could not read or barely could but it did not affect them at all. Being able to do basic sums and understand proportion was always more important anyway, and having some mechanical skills so you could fix things.

Doctors were not cheap but not expensive like they are now, and they could not do any miracle work so you were either there for a quick fix, or basically doomed. That sounds bad but it meant that people did not linger on for years, or live with lost hopes. You just got on with life if you could and if not, you died at a natural time. It was also cleaner. Doctors could refuse to treat any patient, and hospitals could turn away people if they needed to, so the bums, crazy people and other races had to go find their own doctors. Now I can’t believe what the cost is for even just an office visit. People wouldn’t have put up with that back then.

America was the type of place the kids would call “fascist” now. Any business could turn a person away for any reason. If the community didn’t like that, business folded and we all got on with life. If someone who looked weird or homeless — we called them bums then — showed up, the sheriff would pick him up and drive him to the edge of town. We did not see many police. They protected the good people. They walked beats around the middle class neighborhoods and business areas.

In poor areas or places where shady business went on, the cops mostly just ignored it. They could do that because if a person decided to engage in shady business, it was on him. He faced the consequences of having done something wrong. In the same way, poor people were viewed as people who just did not have their act together. The cops figured that those who contributed nothing and caused lots of problems should be responsible for their own safety. There was a lot less real poverty then. Good people fell on hard times, and then got out. Bad people tended to self-destruct. If they left their shady areas and threatened good people, they got arrested and sent to prisons which were like concentration camps, where they had to work all day. No shady person wanted that.

There has been a lot said about the plight of Negroes. The fact was that Negroes had it pretty good but they had to make it on their own. The cops left them alone in their neighborhoods, and white people hired the nice ones to work in our shops and factories. The black community had its own stores, doctors, lawyers, and banks. There was a thriving black middle class of people who owned these.

Now, white people kept to themselves. My grandmother raised us to always be kind to everybody, but to realize that there were differences between people. Poor people were probably not as smart as us, and more likely to steal. Niggies (that was her term for Negroes) could be really nice people, but if you did not know one, be careful because they are closer to gorillas and might act like them, getting violent on the spur of the moment. White women stayed away from these. Indies (to her, anyone brown and not Negro was an Indian) were simple people who could be really competent but were prone to cheat. The Orientals (Asians) were like that too but better off. They just cheated on their taxes or put a thumb on the scale. She saw Jews as a type of Oriental. Our kind of people did not associate with these not because we hated them, but because we kept to our own just like those groups did.

One big difference between then and now was education. Not many had it and so businesses did not rely on it so much for jobs. They looked at the candidate and his abilities, and if it looked like he could do the work, they hired him and gave it a try. People got fired a lot more back then which was good because it cleared the decks for those who could do the work. There was less paperwork, and lawsuits almost unheard of, so business could take a chance on a worker knowing he would not vest for his pension until a certain number of years on the job. It was easier to get a new job if you needed one and if you were good, employers tried to keep you around.

I don’t buy into those “the old days were paradise” people. It was a harder time. People had a lot less. But they had a lot more time, and because it was a harder time, idiots were kicked to the curb a lot more frequently. People did not wait in lines and fill out paperwork as much, and there were not so many laws and lawsuits that you could not speak your mind or do what needed to be done. If you did the right things, like have some form of career and live morally, you would do just fine. You didn’t have as many gadgets and doodads and children had fewer toys, but we never noticed any sense of deprivation. Life was good and relaxing once you got on top of it.

As is obvious by my age, I do not have many years left. Naturally that is a bit scary, but I have come to believe in infinite life and a God who does the best for us. It was easier to believe in Him in the old days, although it took me personally many years to do so, because life had an order and our towns and cities did too. If you did good, good things came to you. There was a beauty in life, not this oddball “utilitarian” style of living. People were not always focused on the bad and what they were afraid of.

If you ask me for solutions now, I can only give you the wisdom that time has taught me, against my own arrogance and resistance: keep it simple. Do not interfere with mother nature. Some people will do good, and the rest are going to reap what they sewed, both from nature and God. Let God handle what is His and this is one area where only He can judge, and He does. We can do without all these laws, and should go back to what our Founding Fathers came up with. Just abolish everything since. Get rid of FDR’s programs, because they have not stopped the recessions. Build community and send children like I was to church so that fifty years later, it will all make sense to them.

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26 Responses to “I Survived 70 Years Of Liberal Democracy, And All I Got Was This T-Shirt”

  1. Johann Theron says:

    It will make sense 50 years later. What a profound desire and outcome. You are truly blessed. My own dad who died at 91 recently told me in no uncertain terms that the world is in chaos meaning that I have to find my own order. Blogs like this helps towards that goal. Thank you. Their is another “old” Texan I converse with. His name is Ross MacDaniel and he was a Green Beret in Vietnam. What a pleasure.

  2. Johann Theron says:

    Just as an aside – this chaos compared with the apparent simplicity of life 60 years ago, is IMHO entirely due to dark organizations where most of the underlying factors point towards liberalism as a sort of PTSD. I recently wrote about “spanking” which liberals find abhorrent but how else do you introduce violence (emotional or physical) to a child that he can in fact realize the balance of life 50 years later? Would love your response to this question.

  3. avraham says:

    That is my impression of how the USA was then. Very different from now.

  4. JPW says:

    The US produced such better people back then. It’s amazing how much of our moral rot comes from becoming “civilized” and getting with the future!

    • crow says:

      Civilization is born bearing the seeds of its own demise. It cannot get started without organizing individual intellects to be on the same page and to work together, yet intellect, once exalted, knows no bounds, and thinks itself into madness.
      Takes a while to manifest, but sure as eggs is eggs, civilization falls by that which built it.

      • It cannot get started without organizing individual intellects to be on the same page and to work together, yet intellect, once exalted, knows no bounds, and thinks itself into madness.

        Depends on which intellects we are speaking of here, and those are guided by quality of the soul beneath.

        • crow says:

          I do not differentiate. Any and all intellect, prone to exalt itself, becomes progressively more intellectual – living exclusively inside its bone shell, removed from Reality – until it approaches, then enters the realms of madness.

          The only hope, for intellect, to remain a going concern, is if it is able to recognize and implement that recognition, to step back and reintegrate itself with instinct and intuition.

          In a word: humility. Without this, intellect is the loosest of cannons, and will blithely crush and destroy anything within its range.

          • In a word: humility.

            Or, realism. Only one can come in first place: the self or the world. Just like we either let the best rule the rest, or the rest rule the best to the ruin of all.

            Two interesting words:

            1. regarding the human being as the central fact of the universe.
            2. assuming human beings to be the final aim and end of the universe.
            3. viewing and interpreting everything in terms of human experience and values.

            http://www.dictionary.com/browse/anthropocentric

            1. Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
            2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

            http://www.dictionary.com/browse/solipsism

      • Intellect does not even need to be exalted. The human being is easily detached from common sense. Watch any compilation of cringe-worthy feminism videos and discover the truth of that. One gal filmed red poles marking curbs in the event of snow in the parking lot while voicing much grief over yet another instance of patriarchal oppression.

        It’s not just nutty individuals. The Department of Justice of the government of the Unites States of America will now be filing suit against N.C. over bathroom rights.

        It is the signature characteristic of leftist that they have discovered that some fact or proposition that suits them but then pursue that with great zeal without regard to unintended consequences. Your garden variety socialist in the U.S. will have no knowledge of the Gulag whatsoever.

        Look about you. America is riven with pathetic lies which now are hysterically defended by the left. The most pedestrian minds create this destructive tidal wave.

  5. -A says:

    Sixty years ago sounds better than now.

    • crow says:

      Any old guy will tell you that. They’re the only ones with any comparison to make. No matter how insane life becomes, to the young, it’s just normal.

      • -A says:

        Yep. I actually always assumed much of what I know as being, in some form, always there. This passage actually both answered a question and made a new one for me.

        In the Great Depression, why did people leap around all over the place if they owned their homes? I always assumed it was because of property tax. However, it seems to me to either be wishful thinking that someplace else would be better or the urge to self destruct. If one were able to make a farm, the only real reason to leave would be drought. I understand that was a problem in some places during the GD, though.

        • crow says:

          Fear. It’ll make people do the craziest things, or things that look crazy, to observers, after the fact. It’s a very good idea during one’s lifetime, to address the subject of fear, and discover how to deal with it.

          • -A says:

            Indeed. Part and parcel with learning who you are is learning how you innately respond to fear and how you can affect how you respond to fear.

  6. Ossian North says:

    Good stuff.

  7. Cryptogenic says:

    …And then people like him created the world of today, or produced people who did.

  8. AntiDem says:

    Sorry, Mr. Baby Boomer, but my well of sympathy for your generation is dry as a bone. Yes, you’re right when you complain about how terrible things are now, but to quote the great philosopher Walter Kovacs, “If you’d cared from the start, none of this would have happened”.

    • I concur. Heartily.

      Generation X got screwed: we saw the past, and then what was coming.

      No wonder the whole generation is in shock.

      • Godomar says:

        As a millennial I find more interesting to talk with people from X Generation than to other millennials.

        It’s almost impossible to have a non-empty conversation with them about real life issues, philosophy, history, or anything not related to entertainment. They flee and hate you for that.

        Millennials = Stillborn Generation or Leftistborn Generation.

    • Michael says:

      As a member of Gen-X, the utter selfishness of the Boomers simply amazes me. Even the relatively good, conservative members of that Generation exhibit this.

      But equally amazing is that the WWII generation created them, yet failed utterly to pass on their values, work ethic, etc. When my grandfather’s generation passed, I saw so much of what they built crumble in the hands of the Boomers.

      • But equally amazing is that the WWII generation created them, yet failed utterly to pass on their values, work ethic, etc.

        My wife believes that this crisis originated in women going to work during the war. This caused them to see themselves as having power independent from the family, and thus to have lower commitment to making the family work, since they had options for escape. That disrupted the power dynamic and created tension between the parents, which was passed on to the children, who then rebelled and wrecked everything they could in spiteful, resentful rage.

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