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I talked to a man today

I talked with a man today, an 80plus-year-old man. I asked him if there was anything I could get him while this Coronavirus scare was gripping America.

He simply smiled, looked away and said:

"Let me tell you what I need! I need to believe, at some point, this is the country my generation fought for... I need to believe this is the nation we handed safely to our children and their children... I need to know this generation will quit being a bunch of sissies...that they respect what they've been given...that they deserve what others sacrificed for."

I wasn't sure where the conversation was going or if it was going anywhere at all. So, I sat there, quietly listening.

"You know, I was a little boy during WWII. Those were scary days. We didn't know if we were going to be speaking English, German or Japanese at the end of the war. There was no certainty, no guarantees like Americans enjoy today.

And no home went without sacrifice or loss. Every house, up and down every street, had someone in harm's way. Maybe their Daddy was a soldier, maybe their son was a sailor, maybe it was an uncle. Sometimes it was the whole damn family...fathers, sons, uncles...

Having someone, you love, sent off to war...it wasn't less frightening than it is today. It was scary as Hell. If anything, it was more frightening. We didn't have battlefront news. We didn't have email or cellphones. You sent them away and you hoped...you prayed. You may not hear from them for months, if ever. Sometimes a mother was getting her son's letters the same day Dad was comforting her over their child's death.

And we sacrificed. You couldn't buy things. Everything was rationed. You were only allowed so much milk per month, only so much bread, toilet paper. EVERYTHING was restricted for the war effort. And what you weren't using, what you didn't need, things you threw away, they were saved and sorted for the war effort. My generation was the original recycling movement in America.

And we had viruses back then...serious viruses. Things like polio, measles, and such. It was nothing to walk to school and pass a house or two that was quarantined. We didn't shut down our schools. We didn't shut down our cities. We carried on, without masks, without hand sanitizer. And do you know what? We persevered. We overcame. We didn't attack our President, we came together. We rallied around the flag for the war. Thick or thin, we were in it to win. And we would lose more boys in an hour of combat than we lose in entire wars today."

He slowly looked away again. Maybe I saw a small tear in the corner of his eye. Then he continued:

"Today's kids don't know sacrifice. They think sacrifice is not having coverage on their phone while they freely drive across the country. Today's kids are selfish and spoiled. In my generation, we looked out for our elders. We helped out with single moms whose husbands were either at war or dead from war. Today's kids rush to the store, buying everything they can...no concern for anyone but themselves. It's shameful the way Americans behave these days. None of them are worthy of the sacrifices their granddads made.

So, no I don't need anything. I appreciate your offer but, I know I've been through worse things than this virus. But maybe I should be asking you, what can I do to help you? Do you have enough soda-pop to get through this, enough steak? Will you be able to survive with 113 channels on your tv?"

I smiled, fighting back a tear of my own...now humbled by a man in his 80's. All I could do was thank him for the history lesson, leave my number for emergency and leave with my ego firmly tucked in my rear.

I talked to a man today. A real man. An American man from an era long gone and forgotten. We will never understand the sacrifices. We will never fully earn their sacrifices. But we should work harder to learn about them, learn from them...to respect them.
 

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What purpose is served in looking back? Fire them all and look ahead.
 

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One of the worst mistakes the American people ever made was giving government control of education.
Govt "guidelines" in any area, meant originally as minimal standards quickly devolve into maximum standards with no incentive to exceed.

Those of us who can teach and had the financial ability to leave the education system left. It was a no win situation years ago.
Back before teachers' unions, wages were for educators was paltry. No one went into teaching for the money. If you became a teacher, it was because you really wanted to teach. Now it's one of the easiest degrees in college to achieve and one of the best paying jobs available, particularly given the part time hours and full time salary and benefits.

edit-- In regards your excellent post about your 80y/o friend-- you weren't here a yr ago when I made the comment that it should be the patriotic duty of the under 55y/o crowd to go out and contact CoV in order to quickly establish herd immunity. The death rate from CoViD in that demographic is well under 1%...I said that was a reasonable risk, considering our young patriots flocked to enlist in the services in 1941/42 at a time when war casualties would prove to be in the range of 20%.....But, then, that was before political correctness and the wimpification of the country.
 

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John Taylor Gatto said it all about what the government schools are really about. His books are the best resource I've found on the subject. I believe when the first public schooling started in America, either the military or the national guard (I forget which) was necessary to get the parents to comply. Back then they knew better.
doc, I had the exact same thought when a friend "tested positive." Since then, I've gotten a better understanding of what's really going on, and don't think I could get covid if I tried. The real virus is on TV and radio, and that's something I won't expose myself to.
 

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The ignorant aren't the ones who designed it, but the ones who dutifully implement it.
There is a story about a man who was watching his wife fix the evening meal. She was preparing a roast for the oven and she took a knife and cut a portion off the roast before she placed it in the pan bound for the oven.

The husband was curious and asked her why she first cut the piece off of the roast. She responded with, "That's the way my mother always did it."

Well, Mom had moved into a room into the back bedroom of the house, so they went and asked her why she cut the piece off of the roast prior to roasting. She replied, "That's the way that my mother always did it."

Now grandma was living in the old folk's home, so the next time they visited they asked her why. She replied, "That was the only way that I could get the roast to fit into my pan."

It's a very old problem:

Mark 7:6-13-The Message

6-8 Jesus answered, “Isaiah was right about frauds like you, hit the bull’s-eye in fact:
These people make a big show of saying the right thing,
but their heart isn’t in it.
They act like they are worshiping me,
but they don’t mean it.
They just use me as a cover
for teaching whatever suits their fancy,
Ditching God’s command
and taking up the latest fads.”
9-13 He went on, “Well, good for you. You get rid of God’s command so you won’t be inconvenienced in following the religious fashions! Moses said, ‘Respect your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone denouncing father or mother should be killed.’ But you weasel out of that by saying that it’s perfectly acceptable to say to father or mother, ‘Gift! What I owed you I’ve given as a gift to God,’ thus relieving yourselves of obligation to father or mother. You scratch out God’s Word and scrawl a whim in its place. You do a lot of things like this.”

And let us not forget what Uncle Ronnie said:


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Ignorance I am very tolerant of, as it indicates a lack of learning and/or experience, proper education will remedy that.

Willful ignorance I despise, as there is no cure due to the "sufferer" reveling in their condition.

 

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Wale County is Raleigh, NC and surrounding area. Panther Creek High School is in Cary, a rich town just outside of Raleigh,
 

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Cherokee County Ga. annual school revenue is about 490 million and Federal Revenue is only 24 million or about 5% of total revenues. That lousy 5% gives the Feds control. Shools should refuse the funds!
 

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Wale County is Raleigh, NC and surrounding area. Panther Creek High School is in Cary, a rich town just outside of Raleigh,
Thank you.

Proper news reporting would give information including the location of where a story takes place. Without that information readers are left to guess. Surprising how many wannabe journalists and editors missed that part of their education.
 

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Thank you.

Proper news reporting would give information including the location of where a story takes place. Without that information readers are left to guess. Surprising how many wannabe journalists and editors missed that part of their education.
To be fair, the source is a local news outlet so the assumption is the readers are local and familiar with the area. It could be argued that because there is an online presence the potential reach is global, regardless I think most journalists write for their primary audience rather than their potential audience, and I personally feel that is the appropriate approach.
 

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Local or not, it is a basic part of journalism. There is a name for the date and location information but the class was so long ago and I misplaced my mental notes and cannot remember what it's called. In some areas local papers can cover a huge area.
 

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Well then the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald, News Sun, and Pioneer Press have been doing it wrong for at least three decades. They all cover the greater Chicagoland area, arguably a "huge area" and rarely if ever include location identifying information especially when naming a school, a school district, neighborhood, etc.

How do I know this? Because despite living here since the 80's, it is not uncommon for me to have to look up the city, town, or neighborhood that a given story revolves around whether they be talking school board controversy, shopping mall event, crime, hot topic local ordinances, etc.
 

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Well, we at least agree on something.
I think we agree on more than one thing... at least I agree with you on most things although that doesn't necessarily mean you agree with me 😉😏 I'm like a fish out of water here in Chicagoland but I'm making the best of it for the time being.
 
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