Thinking back to my childhood and growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I can remember how different things were back then as compared to now. I tell my kids and they always say “Oh no. Here he goes again.”
But it goes without saying that back in the 60′s and 70′s times were a lot better than they are today. Contrary to what you read, not all of us were bogged down in trying to “Change America” in the hippie movement. Some of us were busy being kids and enjoying life.
There used to be a time where you could leave your bike in the front yard and no one would steal it. Locking the house for the night meant closing the screen door. Get this . . . you could leave your garage door open all night without fear of it being emptied out while you slept.
Today, you can’t leave your garden hose out front without a band of miscreants coming through your neighborhood and stealing it. Out here in LA, fire hydrants have PVC caps on them. Why? Because since the invasion from the south, people steal the brass caps and recycle them.
Nothing is sacred anymore. Bands of pirates roam the streets at night going from neighborhood to neighborhood looking for anything to steal. Even brass commemorative plaques in front of churches and city halls are stolen and recycled.
I know some of you are not old enough to remember this, but there was a time and a day where getting a new toy out of a box didn’t require an Exacto knife, a wire cutter and a pair of scissors.
Now on the holidays we spend more time getting toys out of the packages then we do putting them together. Its ridiculous. But you need to understand the reason for this. Because unlike when I was a kid, people will steal ANYTHING that they can.
Back in my day, an act of vandalism was wetting paper towels and throwing them on the ceiling of the restrooms. Today it involves destroying everything and painting graffiti all over it when your done.
I was once in a public restroom doing my business when I heard a band of pirates approaching. Not knowing how many and how old they might be, I finished up and was getting ready to walk out of the stall when one of them kicked the door in and broke the latch.
As I came out of the stall, the others were trying to smash the sink off and kicking the paper towel dispenser. Two others were spray painting graffiti on the walls. Mind you that they had obviously came there to destroy the place.
Not one of these kids ( and that’s what they were, kids) were older than fourteen years old. Unfortunately, they were all Hispanic. I started yelling at them and they beat feet out the door but not before I had the chance to call the cops and give them a full description and told them which direction they ran.
I waited for almost an hour before a police cruiser showed up. The police officer didn’t seem too concerned. I asked if they had caught the kids and he said no. I asked if they had even looked for them and he said “This happens all the time.”
I gathered that he meant “Whats the point?” I guess they figure that there is no point to catch these kids because nothing will be done about it anyway.
That’s really what it all comes down to. We have people living in America that teach their kids to be criminals. They are fourth and fifth generation gang bangers and tell their kids that its part of their culture. Its sickening.
When you point out the disparity of behavior today and that of when I was a child you are always met with the same sorry excuses, but the reality is that the people that created this mess are the same idiots that are running America today.
The hippies of the 60′s and 70′s are to blame. The day that we were no longer able to give our kids a good slapping for bad behavior was the day that the kids began to rule the roost. The idea that smacking your kids makes them violent is absolute nonsense.
If one were to look back before the sixties, one would find that violent crime was a mere fraction of what it is today. That’s because when kids acted out they took a beating. Plain and simple. Now kids as young as twelve are routinely arrested for murder. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that its because parents are no longer allowed to discipline their children.
I know there is a lot more to this then just the inability to discipline our kids, but it all starts at home. My father used to smack me around when I acted out. Today, if you so much as look at your kids cross eyed, they tell their teacher, who tells the principal who calls the cops on you.
With all of this comes the fact that no one seems to care anymore. No one really tries to make a stand for right over wrong. If you try to address the issues in our group think society, you are ostracized by your peers.
Come out and say that illegal immigration is wrong and your a racist. Tell someone that you use corporal punishment on your kids and your a child abuser. Dare to say that you think that people should be responsible for their own actions and you are labeled a Nazi.
That’s America today. People are so concerned with the way others perceive them that they are willing to sell their souls to the devil to be part of the group. To fit in. Too be accepted. Its all such bullshit.
All I know was that when I was a kid you could walk home from school and not have to worry about being kidnapped. You could go out in the dark of night and not worry about being robbed or killed. There weren’t a bunch of thugs outside of the store waiting to shake you down for a couple of bucks for daring to shop there.
When will it end? Never as long as we allow it to happen. One day the good people of America will rise up and stop this nonsense. But until that day comes, lock your doors and load your guns. JD