What happened to the old America? By the old America, I mean Post-WWII America. Despite current economic turmoil, America was once booming economically after the conclusion of World War II. Believe it or not, Americans were actually once proud to be American; patriotism was once found in every home with an America First attitude! So how does our current American society compare? According to tradingeconomics.com in May of 2012 the national unemployment rate was 8.2% where in Post-WWII it was around 4-5% according to the Washington Post. Nowadays many people are out of work and barely scraping by or living simply pay check to pay check.
However, it isn't just our economy that is out of wack. It is the way society behaves, with the unfortunate advancements in gadgets such as iPhones, iPads, etc., people are getting away from what is most important in life such as God and family. Society is also moving away from its strong blue collar background. This nation was built upon hard work from blood, sweat, and tears; it is what made us unique and united. From what I have seen there is little respect for the electricians, plumbers, landscapers, farmers, construction workers, even our own military. This is shameful to think that important jobs like these are frowned upon by the educational system. It is no longer deemed acceptable and honorable to go to a trade school or vo-tech. Schools only now push college and don't talk about the military option for post high school.
It seems to me that if you don't drive a Mercedes or Audi or live in a $400,000 house or make over $150,000 a year your not deemed successful. It is very possible to live happily and comfortably with only making $40K or $50K a year. America has become too dependent upon technoogy and worries about what other people think of them. What happened to the time when hardwork, family values, and faith were worth more to a person than a new car?
Take a moment to look back on your life; do you really need all the new expensive things to be happy. Or be thankful for what you have and help those who are not as fortunate and struggling in these economic times. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, donate food to a family barely scraping by. We are Americans, we are a nation where we help one another to suceed. It is that quality that made us united and great! Yet we are drifting away from that.