It seems like a modern society should improve as the decades go by. I think of life when I became an adult and how things have changed. When I was in the 4th grade- if you asked students to raise their hand if they lived at home with their real Mom & Dad, and those people were married to each other- most hands would probably go up.

I never remember health care being a big concern at the time. Some of us had 3 or 4 brothers and sisters and maybe even a stay at home Mom. Dad might have had a Joe Sixpack job that came with a pension.

We got shots at school. Food sensitivities and allergies seemed much less common. We saw medicine ads on TV for Pepto-Bismol and Doan’s Pills. Today, the TV prompts us to ask our doctor if we can be written up for meds with chronic side effects.

How about using legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

Don’t grow a marijuana plant in the back yard though, that would be completely off-limits.


College/student loans seemed to be manageable 40 years ago. People my age would go to Alaska and work summers on a fishing boat. It all seemed to work out.

Race relations seem much more tense over the past couple of years than when I was a young adult.

Homelessness and Heroin addiction seem to be much bigger problems today- even though billions of dollars have been spent on the US Dept. of Homeland Security and troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.


Young adults today live with undeclared/unwon wars that never end. Today we’re told that The Troops are in distant lands protecting American rights and freedoms. As a child, I have no memory of people stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.


Voting- there’s been a lot of it in recent decades. Over the past 25 years, candidates from both major parties and a wide range of political personalities have been elected President. Five presidential administrations have now had their hands on the wheel in Iraq.

When high level politicians run for reelection in congress- they tell voters what their priorities are. The list will look something like this: Jobs, economy, health care, environment, education, student loans, veterans, etc. This is a reminder of what does not change. A list of things that did not get fixed after the last election. Newspeople tell us this is a “key election” to keep us tuned in on their coverage.

What stays the same no matter what political party or personality is in power?

Failed Wars that Never End.

The Heroin Racket.

A secretive, wasteful, and ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security.

The ongoing glorification of military service.

Federal prohibition of hemp and marijuana.

Guantanamo prison. Did the advantage of Guantanamo allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be won or shut down?

And newspeople who do not ask questions.




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