Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Excuse Me, Didn't You Used To Be America?


"This used to be a hell of a good country and I can't understand what's gone wrong with it?" - Dennis Hopper to Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in the movie "Easy Rider" (1969).

America, despite all of it's problems and shortcomings used to work. I mean, we used to make things here in America. We made big cars and we manufactured televisions and major appliances. Our business model was the blueprint that the other nations of the world copied. If we look past the racial and gender intolerance of the last century and just look at America, it worked. Even when the economy went into the toilet in the 1930's, it righted itself in a few years. After World War II, 1950's America emerged lean, mean, and strong... like a fast new Cadillac rolling off an assembly line in Detroit. America moved man... brrrooom... brrrrooom!

What happened America? How did we, as a nation, come to this? Most of our banks and financial institutions were in hock to foreign interests in the first place and now as one bank after another collapses, we are about to take the entire world down the toilet with us. Again, I ask... What happened?

Germany and Japan makes better cars than we do (or at least enough people think they do)... so much so that BMW, Toyota, Nissan, etc. are all doing well while Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors, once believed to be "recession proof", have come to Washington, DC (in hybrid cars, no doubt) with hat in hand, asking for the same bailout that the government gave the financial institutions.

Of course, you know they have to do it... because so many jobs are generated by the auto industry and so many other jobs feed off of it that, not bailing them out could cause an economic catastrophe. If you remember, a few months ago, I said the exact same thing about the financial institutions.

What happened America? You used to work. You used to be the "big boss man". Everybody on the world block used to get out of your way when you came running down the street. Now, they
just turn their heads and snicker.

Now, we are borrowing money from China to fund two wars that we are fighting simultaneously. This is what you get when a frat boy who only wanted to play baseball but, is a great guy to
have a beer with, becomes the leader of the free world. Yeah, I know... I know. He's almost outta here and why should you kick a man when he's down but, damn! What happened to America? We used to make things here? Now, all we make is debt! This used to be a hell of a good country and I just can't understand what's gone wrong with it.

26 comments:

James Perkins said...

Wow-Hell of a powerful post Keith.

Anonymous said...

If John McCain had of been elected,
this wouldn't have happened.lolololol I'm surprised you didn't invoke the name of the
new Black Savior, Barack Obama..lololololol.

Keith said...

@anonymous- What are you, John McCain's illegitimate son or something? It's funny that you often critize me for mentioning Barack Obama so much on this blog
(Which I should remind you is MY BLOG to do as I please.)yet you are the only one who has been bringing him up lately. I think you really need to start a blog of your own..but you probably are too stupid to understand the simple instructions...Maybe you're George Bush's illegitimate son.

Simon Bastion said...

That's tellin him Keith-lololol-
I really dug this post too. It's a
shame what happened to this country.

Toni said...

Powerful post Keith, you go from making me cry one day to making me think the next.

Angie B. said...

I don't want to say what everybody else said..but that was a powerful post brother Keith.

Tate2 said...

Way to drop science Keith!

Grover Tha Playboy said...

@Tate2-lololol-"Dropping Science"That's an old school term
young un, what you know about that?

You did drop some science Keith.

Jazzy said...

You doin the damn thing over here Keith...Don't let the haters (anonymous) get to ya. You got people.

SunFlower said...

Preach! You said a mouthful here
Keith..That's why I love your blogs.

Lisa said...

lolololol-you really told anonymous
off Keith. This was a great post just the same ,don't let the haters slow your game down keith.

Vanessa said...

This was a very powerful if not sad
post Keith...So true..So true..This used to be a Superpower , now America appears to be on the decline. Let's Hope
Mr.Obama can bring this great nation back to where it was.. Did you read that "anonymous"..you coward??

Anonymous said...

You people are delusional. That's
all I have to say.

Halo said...

Looks like you've got a blog stalker Keith...This has been happening on a number of blogs I've been reading..It's why I stopped blogging..but don't you stop..I think you can handle yourself.. Great Post Keith.Don't worry about haters, we got your back!

Keith said...

@James, Simon, Grover, Toni,Lisa,Angie B. Ness, Halo, Lisa,Tate2 and Sun- Thanx for your daily support of my blogs..and I'm not worried about whoever the anonymous poster is...Somebody with too much time on their hands I suppose.

Shorty said...

Keith, while I agree with your comment about our lovely frat boy, I must also say that our auto dilemma has nothing to do with our president. It has to do with CEO's and other richies running the car manufacturing companies not concerning themselves with the best technology and being competitive with other countries. I believe the mentality of a lot of rich Americans is, "Hey, why fix it when it isn't broke? We're making tons of money so let's keep doing what we're doing." Those company leaders have been digging this hole for years, and it's a shame that the people who've dedicated their lives to working for them and supporting their enormous salaries are the ones having to fit the bill now, so to speak.

Keith said...

@Shorty- Point Taken!

Swaggie said...

Another great post.

Rita D. said...

Great post, sad but true. Made me think...

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

Greed!

12kyle said...

funny how we went from being the big bully to where we are now. greed and arrogance will do that to you. good post

Breathless said...

Enlightening post. Makes you think.

Mizrepresent said...

One word - GREED!

And to ANON - lol, you have really fallen off the stupid bus...it's the John McCains, George Bush's x 2, Reagan's and the like who always get us in this mess...check your history, and WAKE-THE-HELL-UP! you are living in Disneyland...or perhaps you still in Alice's hole!

freemanpress said...

We decided we wanted Wal-Mart. Business will supply what the people want and what you want is cheap stuff. So in order to make it cheap you have to go where the labor is cheap. That leads to people not building anything over here. That leads to the collapse of the country because we get everything from every place else. After Obama gets through this it'll go back to being business as usual. Right now it's the season for feeling bad about the situation when things are good you'll be back at Wal Mart saying they have plant pots for 99 cent. WOW what a Deal!

CurvyGurl said...

Looks like everything has already been said, so I won't repeat. It's definitely a sad state of affairs...and it will get worse before it's improves.

TestKing said...

Yeah! John McCain's illegitimate son or something? It's funny that you often criticize me for mentioning Barack Obama so much on this blog.




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