Rights organizations have historically been a blessing to life as we know it today. While they did not necessarily reflect the ideology of every person in this great country, their purpose was for progression and prosperity of the nation as a whole. Women’s rights, abolishment of slavery, equal opportunity employment and to a good degree, affirmative action have all been for positive change to move our country forward. Now we are stuck in a gravy bowl of economic turmoil and some of these new found organizations are just adding flour.
Studying history of the 40’s and 50’s has me longing for that era when America was strong and her citizens were proud. Sure there were oppositions, but generally Americans were about America, right or wrong, those of that era stood by one another. No doubt this was a product of those who trudged through the Great Depression. Those folks were tough and resilient, no cry babies allowed. I wholeheartedly admire the perseverance of Americans during the Dust Bowl. Listening to the stories of that generation I conclude that they didn’t sue the government or whine about poor me. They supported their families any way they could, even migrating to find work, and what little they had they were thankful.
Today we are in a similar situation, unemployment continues to rise, foreclosures are reaching record highs, businesses big and small are collapsing and the government is deeply in debt. So what are some of us doing about it? Whining, moaning, groaning and tying up federal courts and wasting federal and state government money with lawsuits and protests. Meantime the media is more concerned about what dog the President will pick rather than reporting how we will pay for these bailouts aside from the printing press.
We have nut job churches protesting military funerals tying up local police and the funds required to have them on duty. The America hating city of Berkeley is busy producing legislation for noise and parking permits so loony activists Code Pink can protest in front of the Marine Corps recruiting office virtually blocking the entrance. Our government works hard to protect corporate crooks and their rackets. And the latest and greatest is the infamous Michael Newdow who filed a lawsuit to remove “under God” from our pledge of allegiance and now filed another suit to force President elect Obama from uttering the words “so help me God”.
The only upside to our perilous situation is that most of these organizations rely on public donations to thrive, so without jobs and monies we can only hope for these unnecessary groups to falter. The ties that bind us are rapidly unraveling. We could learn a lot from two of the greatest sing/songwriters of our time, Woody Guthrie and Merle Haggard. While being opposite on political views, their songs reflect unity for America.