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Once Upon A Time In America

Once Upon A Time In America
By Chuck Baldwin
January 17, 2006

The America that our children are growing up in today in no way
resembles the America our Founding Fathers bequeathed to their
posterity. The America of our ancestors had no IRS, no ACLU, no
NEA, and no BATFE. In our fathers' America, children could pray
aloud and read the Bible in school. Divorce rates were practically
unknown as was child abuse.

In America of yesteryear, it didn't cost billions of dollars to
educate our children, and when they graduated from grammar
school, they had a better education than most high school
graduates (and even some college graduates) today. Then again,
that was during a time when teachers enjoyed parents' support in
maintaining discipline in the classroom. Imagine that.

In our once great America, virginity and chastity were popular
virtues, and one could live to old age and never be exposed to the
abominations of homosexuality and adultery.

There was a time in this great country when, except for a few
certain morally corrupt large cities, the most egregious gamblers
hung out in bingo parlors, and anyone who even whispered his or
her support for state-sponsored gambling would be run out of town
on a rail.

Once upon a time in this great land, it only took a father's
paycheck to comfortably support his family. This was primarily
due to the fact that local, state, and federal taxes were not stealing
nearly half of his income. Beyond that, when he bought a piece of
property, no one could take it away-not even the government. After
all, he was not then required to pay squatter's rent (property taxes)
in order to keep something he had already paid for.

There was also a time in the once noble America when physicians
actually made personal visits to the homes of their patients. You
see, doctors then truly went into their profession for the purpose of
helping people and not to get rich.

Furthermore, at one time in our once wonderful country, Sunday
was universally regarded as "The Lord's Day," and one would
look long and hard to find even a dime store (remember those?)

I even remember when Americans were free to order firearms from
the Sears and Roebuck or J.C. Penny catalog. Then again, I well
recall that as a boy I could leave home on my bicycle (with
instructions to be back at a certain time) and never entertain the
first thought that I was in any danger.

I also remember going to the Saturday matinee unsupervised (it
was unnecessary) and never hearing God's name taken in vain or
any other profane speech, for that matter. There was no rating
system then, of course, because virtually every movie was suitable
for the entire family.

Furthermore, some of us can even remember when farmers were
free to plant whatever crops they chose and in whatever quantities
they chose. And they did not have to "give the farm away" in order
to purchase the needed equipment, either.

However, the America our children are growing up in today is
much different. Today's children are daily exposed to all manner
of moral deviancy, risk becoming a victim of sexual predators, and
attend schools that more resemble detention centers than
institutions of education.

Today's children are growing up in a world where their federal
government has become a ubiquitous snoop, where freedoms are
only granted piece-meal, and where most of their life's activity is
controlled and regulated by the great Nanny State.

Americans need to face it: freedom, as envisioned by America's
Founding Fathers, is dead! Today's America is some kind of
hybrid collection of fascism, socialism, and international
capitalism, and where the difference between Democrats and
Republicans isn't worth a plug nickel! Neither do the terms
"liberal" nor "conservative" hold any meaning today. On the
whole, neither group has the slightest understanding of America's
founding principles.

No, today's America holds no resemblance to the once great nation
for which our forebears fought and died. And given the rapidity
with which America has forsaken its heritage, can you imagine
what it will look like 50 years from now?

Chuck Baldwin


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