The Great Depression
Let us contrast American attitudes from the depression with that of Americans today. Again, we live in difficult economic times. This modern attitude empowers government and debilitates us because of our own attitude toward business, the rich, and entitlements.
People that lived during the Great Depression were proud and hardworking; they relied on each other and their own abilities to take care of themselves and their families. From time to time, they accepted food and supplies from family, friends, and neighbors (and perhaps an odd job that was offered to a family member).
The Great Depression was also a time when relying on each other and their own abilities was not enough and so they turned to government for assistance. Instead of rioting, looting, vandalizing, and setting the city on fire, people patiently waited in long lines to get a small amount of food to take home to their families, or another line to take a chance on getting a meager paying job.
Our bad attitude is the main reason we are not like the hardy people who lived through the Great Depression. Let me explain.
Today’s Attitude: Entitlement and Dependence
Unlike people living during the Great Depression, Americans today have a real problem with an “Entitlement Attitude” and a dependence on government programs that satisfy basic needs.
It is a problem when a large population of Americans live on government assistance, when they are expecting to be on assistance (even demanding it), and when they are willing to go to just about any length to get what they need and want. If they don’t get what they need or want, they just take it.
Although, on the surface, all this may sound like nothing more than supposition, but the numbers do appear to support this claim. People have all but given up on getting a job, so they look to society and government programs to get what they need and want. Instead of blaming their situation on bad governmental policies, they blame the “greedy” rich (who they believe are not paying their “fair share”) for their problems.
Blame Bad Government Policies
Today, many Americans believe that society owes them a living and to live the American Lifestyle that people had available to them in the 20th Century; and they want it no matter the cost or consequence.
The truth that, for more than a decade, government policies have shut down manufacturing and production (which is where I first got my start in the work force). Also, they have placed so many restrictions on business that they have no choice but to leave America and take prospective jobs with them. Below are just a few of many links I found on a google search that support my point.
- Trade deals closed 50,000 factories
CNN April 23, 2015 A Pacific trade pact moving through Congress has split many pro-union Democrats with President Barack Obama. Liberal MSNBC television host Ed Schultz is among those opposing the deal.The Trans-Pacific Partnership would expand trade and investment between America and 11 Pacific Rim countries. But Schultz says it’s a bad proposition for the American worker.
- 10 Iconic American Factories That Have Closed In The Past Two Years
Business Insider Feb 9, 2011 – America is on its way to becoming the world’s first truly post-industrial nation. Factory jobs have been shed by the thousands and cities that …
- 19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Make You Weep
Sep 27, 2010 -The United States is rapidly becoming the very first “post-industrial” nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing. It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. Click here to see the facts >
- The Plight of American Manufacturing – The American Prospect
Dec 21, 2009 – For American manufacturers, the bad years didn’t begin with the banking … When a factory closes, it creates a vortex that has far-reaching consequences…Something has gone radically wrong with the American economy. A once-robust system of “traditional engineering” – the invention, design, and manufacture of products – has been replaced by financial engineering. Without a vibrant manufacturing sector, Wall Street created money it did not have and Americans spent money they did not have. Americans stopped making the products they continued to buy: clothing, computers, consumer electronics, flat-screen TVs, household items, and millions of automobiles.
- The Case of the Disappearing Large-Employer Manufacturing Plants
Jul 11, 2011 – The plants that have closed have tended to rely on large quantities of … which has specialized in manufacturing industries that use unskilled labor … Obama noted in his 2010 speech, “Over the last decade, the manufacturing …
- Congressional Record – Page 7580 – Google Books Result
https://books.google.com/books?id=bmKJUWWkkg4C Let us focus for a moment on just one sector of our economy, manufacturing. … the past year, more than 10 American textile mills have closed, and industrial …
- [PDF] How to Track Trade-Related Job Loss in Your State … – Public Citizen www.citizen.org/documents/manufacturing-job-loss.pdf Public Citizen
loss: Under the NAFTA-WTO model, U.S. manufacturing imports have soared while growth of U.S. … and the $2.6 billion surplus with Mexico in 1993 (the year before NAFTA … 10. Such middle class wage losses have helped push inequality to levels not … Statistics survey, series ID CES3000000001,manufacturing industry,.
- take away a person’s independence and make him/her dependent on a benefactor (government),
- gain his/her allegiance so they will readily accept what is offered,
- removing borders and individual constitutions make taking control of a nation easier,
- and flooding a nation with (legal or illegal) immigration destroys community closeness and create chaos.
When people can no longer depend on family, friends, community, and church then all that is left is a benefactor who instills dependence and loyalty. It is an evil plan but one I am positive is being used today.
Restore American Respect in the World
The American People MUST understand that our situation is by design and any discussion about raising the minimum wage, blaming the rich for not paying their fair share, blaming Republicans for coddling big business, and Donald Trump for gaining momentum in an election year by fear-based rhetoric is all a cleverly devised plan to continue the plan and insure being in power for as long time. People who say America is already great and don’t need Trump to tell them differently have their head in the clouds. It doesn’t take much to see that America is Not Great.
Below is a video with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin laughing at American elections and so-called Democracy, and makes it very clear that the world is laughing at us.
Published on Jun 19, 2016
Credit to RT https://www.youtube.com/user/RussiaToday
Translation courtesy of Inessa S https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeix…
Fareed Zakaria, as a host on CNN, is known to misquote Putin as well as misrepresent Russia’s intentions to the world. At the St Petersburg Economic Forum 2016, Zakaria wasn’t going to get away with that very easily…