THE GOOD OLD DAYS
There are people who like to complain that the world is going to the dogs, but actually it is getting somewhat better over all. Radical adventists preaching gloom and doom and predicting the end of the world are too pessimistic. God still has more work to do among us, perfecting His creation. The first half of the twentieth century is now “the good old days” to some who lived then. Here is how it was:
WHAT WAS GOOD WHAT WAS BAD
Economic optimism, millionaires Economic depression, suicides
25 cents per gallon gasoline 40 cents per hour minimum wage
Capitalistic work ethic Unions forcibly resisted
Unsafe working conditions
Strip mines, leaded gasoline
Sunday for worship and rest Segregated churches
Prayer and Bible reading in school Book burning, Scopes trial
All-white segregated schools
Everybody knew their “place” WASP-dominated society
Indians on reservations
Ethnic slums, run-down shacks
Mass genocide in Turkey,
Russia, China, Germany
Doors left unlocked Judicial discrimination
Law-abiding citizens Lynching, vigilante mobs
Law-abiding presidents American imperialism
Patriotism and national pride Ugly American image abroad
Clean-shaven, short-haired men Ridicule of “odd” people
Stable home life Male dominance
Husband having property rights
Old Maid stigma
Respect for women Underpaid female workers
Closed male professions
Minimal abortion Slums, child abuse
Minimal drug use Saloons, speakeasies
Unrestricted public smoking
Lung and mouth cancer
Prohibition of alcoholic beverages Gang wars, bootleggers
Repeal of Prohibition Deaths from drunk drivers
Sclerosis of the liver
ANOTHER “OLD TIMERS” LIST
Nostalgia for the good old days and a list of memories.
Remember when the “War Department” became the “Department of Defense,” thus proclaiming to the world that America would never strike the first blow as an aggressor?
Remember when “might makes right” was regarded as a medieval concept?
Remember when an unprovoked first strike, like Pearl Harbor, was denounced as a sneaky, cowardly act?
Remember when “shoot first and ask questions later” was what the bad guys did?
Remember when a big bruiser picking a fight with a midget was called a bully?
Remember when a boy would put a chip of wood on his shoulder and dare another boy to knock it off - which meant the young punk spoiling for a fight had “a chip on his shoulder?”
Remember when only an outlaw state would start a war without United Nations approval and multi-lateral cooperation?
Remember when America helped form the United Nations after the Second World War, so there would be a world forum for talking rather than shooting?
Remember when the trial of war criminals after the Second World War led nations to see the need for an International Criminal Court?
Remember when the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was approved and honored by America as the best way to stop the Cold War’s escalation?
Remember when America promoted both democracy and human rights, and not just democracy?
Remember when both China and Cuba were equally treated as repressive communist nations?
Remember when the Geneva Conventions guaranteed the rights of prisoners of war?
Remember when the protection of habeas corpus meant a person could not be prosecuted without hard evidence - or a nation start a war based on flimsy accusations?
Remember when government was the friend of the little man?
Remember when government did not pry into the private lives of its citizens?
Remember when the separation of church and state was preached from every Protestant pulpit in America?
Remember when spending yourself into debt was called irresponsible and “living beyond your means?”
Remember when living in prosperous economic times allowed the government to make tax cuts?
Remember when the American dollar was the strongest currency in the world?
Remember when it was thought proper that heirs receive an inheritance rather than having to pay off the debts of their wild-spending parents?
Remember when conservatives were against “big government?”
Richard L. Atkins