People are appalled when Donald Trump talks about the “good old days” without thinking about what was good about the past.
In the Fifties when America recognized the injustice of a separate but equal system of education, we stood against the system and changed it.
In the Sixties when police brutality against Black Americans was rampant, we stood together as a nation and fought for our civil rights.
In the “good old days” religious leaders led their congregations to righteousness, standing together against the oppression of an unfair government.
In the “good old days” Americans recognized the American dream could be realized by voting for and electing leaders who believed in the rights of the people.
The elite learned that the “good old days”, should they continue, would strip them of their labor force, reduce their profits, and diminish their power, so they worked diligently to make sure the “good old days” never returned.
By the Seventies, corporations began to lead our system of education towards a new standard. It was no longer acceptable to educate our children to become leaders, they would now be educated to become workers. “College and career readiness” became their misleading mantra, preparing our children for a life of subjugation to an economic system that considers them nothing more than data bits and dollar signs.
Religious leaders who were previously paid by their congregations to save their souls,were now being paid by non-profit organizations led by very profitable corporations to sell their souls to the “company store”.
The American dream became a nightmare of debt, dehumanization, and devolution.
It is time we returned to the “good old days” when Americans believed that America was their country and voted, with pride, for the issues, not the candidate; when we fought for the rights of every American’s right to live in a land where “. . . all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
We should all long for the “good old days”.
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