There are some large differences between the 1930’s and today. Most clearly and decisively, we were substantially a Christian nation in the 1930’s. We were quite predominantly white and European based (85% +). We protected our borders (Ellis Island from Godfather movie – 4 minute video) and immigration was tightly controlled. We all spoke the same language with the exception of a few new immigrants in New York. America had a substantially desirable homogeneous culture. Well over half of Americans were living on farms and able to grow their own food. We had well under half the population we do now. We were savers and not spenders in debt. People knew how to work and had no reservations about doing so. We were wiser and more independent. We were not substantially dependent upon government as we are now (more than 1 in 3 get government money today plus many get medical care and food). We didn’t have violent gangs roaming the country, although there were a couple which came out of the depression and Prohibition and made life nasty in New York and Chicago. We knew how to think because that’s what schools and families taught. We were enterprising and resourceful. Class warfare didn’t exist to any significant degree. People were gracious and kind to each other Families were tight knit and helped each other when in trouble (sometimes 3 generations lived in the same home). The perception of “need” verses “right” had not been blurred. Then, people generally and overall had a much higher level of character and integrity. Needs were much simpler. Authority was respected and churches were trusted, strong and faithful institutions that could guide, help and encourage the citizenry who, if not Christian, understood and accepted Christian culture and norms. Then, there was unity of purpose and people were, in large part, decent to each other. One depression story this writer was told by his mother was when desperate people came to her back door looking for food, asking graciously and willing to do work for the food. There was no violence nor resentment toward her family because they had the ability to take care of themselves – envy was not dominant in America – THEN!
NOW, TODAY, all of that has changed! Today, you will see a much different response to the trials and tribulations of a serious and sustained economic downturn, and it will likely be very ugly and violent. A review of the last 20 years of Venezuela’s history will show this. Venezuela was the richest nation in South America with a strong, albeit inferior, Roman Catholic church. Look at them today groveling in trash dumpsters for food while elites dine in luxury. America is now “multi-culture” which means no unity; only division! How is it that America can possibly be immune to that end when we’re following the same path? Let’s hope and pray that this is not America’s end.
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