America: “As I Remember Her”

by George T. Weir –

As I see the many changes in America, I tend to write more about the America I remember. Many people my age and older remember seeing the Nation as a simpler and a more energetic America with a future of hope for better things, and the freedom to achieve those dreams. But sadly to say, much of the youth of our day can only awake with the negative news of wars and high unemployment and the ever-reaching strangling hold of socialism which is griping this nation.

Yes, this nation has seen her times of trouble; she has encountered wars, depression and riots in her streets and civil unrest during the civil rights years, but she is now encountering the plague of Political unrest.

No, we have never been a perfect nation or a perfect people, but we seemed to have lost some of the patriotism that made this nation the envy of the world.
I was only a youngster during World War Two, but I can remember the accounts of the war that were showed in the movie theaters during the forties, even the youth of the day could watch, and gain some idea of the seriousness of what the war was all about, and at the end of the war, we were left with a sense of a great victory.

The fifties to me were a time of great enthusiasm, and a time of growing up. These were the days of sleek, chrome laden big cars, and probably gas guzzlers’, but what the heck, one could buy a dollars worth of gas and drive all day. And it was important to keep the car running and looking good, but that wasn’t any problem, in those days we had a a thing known as a (Service Station), one could leave the car, and the attendant would wash, grease and would also fix flat tires, and clean out the floor-board if needed.

Not only was the car important to keep looking good, but in the fifties we boy’s felt it equally important that we look sharp. We sported what was called a (Duck tail) hair cut that was stylists in those days, and we felt it important to look good for the girls. In those days it mattered!

Another thing that left an impression me was the movies. The Hero’s of the day were Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and many other (singing cowboys), and they were always on the side of justice and law and order. And as I remember, at the end of the show, they gave us kids some good advice, such as, be honest and obey our parents.

And in those days, alone came John Wayne, James Stewart, and many other movie hero’s, and they instilled a sense of a (can do) attitude, they seem to always catch the bad guys and sent them to the jail, or somewhere more permanent.

Sometimes I believe I grew up in somewhat of a fairy tell time, I knew nothing of city living, and my parents took me to church each Sunday, and taught me how to put in a good days work, yes, I have seen the best of all worlds.

This story could go on and on, with many more years of good times, but I wanted to take you down a few memory trail, and reflect some of how times were somewhat simpler, and less-trying. It’s hard to say just what brought on the more negative changes we as citizens of this great nation have had to encounter over the past few years, and how to reverse the course that we are on, is even more difficult.

One thing for sure, the fifties will never come back, us old timers are just stuck with our memories of how things were in the (Good ole Days).

Having said that, I do believe that there are a few things we as a people of this great nation can do, such as, educate our children on the greatness of America.
Second, get our own household in order, and resolve to be a good influence to our children.

Third, get involved in the political environment, and teach to our children the United States constitution.

Fourth, and what I believe to be critical,…teach our children to work, and work honestly.

Fifth, teach the youth to respect their elders, I know that sound old-fashioned, but it works.

The list of thing we as citizens could go on and on, but we all know what is lacking in America, and it’s up to all of us to fill in the blanks. “Sometimes it just takes trying”

George T. Weir

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