I found the following on my MySpace bulletin list earlier:
And, my good sir, I feel I must reply to such a statement. I admit I do grow weary of and rather offended by constantly hearing from my elders that I and the rest of my generation are all inherently spoiled, drug-taking, rebellious, lazy troublemakers, no matter how hard we work, no matter how much good we do for our families, friends, communities, and world, no matter how very responsible we are. However, you raise an interesting point about your very many "drugs" and your assertion that in the days that what you describe were more commonplace, America was generally better. I don't know how old you are, so I'm just going to make a guess, but here's the America that used to be SO much better than today.
-Schools, buses, churches, and just about everything else in the country was segregated.
-Women, except during WWII and all, were forbidden or at least highly discouraged from holding jobs.
-Very, very little, if anything, fell under the category of child abuse.
-Pregnant high school girls were automatically forbidden to attend school.
-Dr. Charles Drew died because he was denied a necessary, life-saving blood treatment that HE invented, simply because he was black.
-It was weird for women to wear pants.
-Peoples' entire careers and lives were absolutely ruined for the sole purpose that someone else suspected they were communists.
-Countless common medical procedures, thought to be good, were harming more people than they were helping.
-In the "greatest generation" of freedom-loving Americans, it was considered wrong for female issues, including labor and childbirth, to be discussed around men, and for men to utter a swear word if a woman is present.
-Many people seriously believed rock n roll was Satanic.
-A woman was considered at fault if she got raped.
-Children's genuine learning disabilities were pegged misbehavior, so they were disciplined as such.
-It was perfectly okay, in the United States, for a doctor to perform a genital mutilation procedure on a little girl whose parents requested it.
-It was a normal thing for mentally handicapped children and adults to be locked away in a cellar or attic and neglected.
-There were still lots of drugs, sexual misconduct, and violence everywhere, but that fact was gently swept under a rug all the time, so all the good at-home family folks wouldn't have a reason to think anything in their happy country was wrong.
So, yes, please, by all means, let's return to the good old days.