EDITORIAL FROM THE 1960’s, Today’s America?

Posted on July 20, 2010


With 50 years and two generations passing since this editorial was originally published, are we continuing in a downward spiral? Have we failed as a nation and people to heed the lessons from history?  The answer lies within each one of us. The solution also lies within each of one of us, and, it begins today. pv.


Editorial published in the 1960’s by the “North Canton (OH) Sun,” newspaper
Recounted to Me by Alice M. DeVore

Some day in the not too distant future, historians and scientists will look at the physical and written remains of our present-day civilization and shake their heads in total disbelief, unable to comprehend how an advanced culture such as ours could totally disintegrate in a mass of crime, social strife, wars, welfarism and total lack of involvement of the people in their own destiny.

You would think in our present state of confusion, both national and international, we would take heed of the lessons of history. History does repeat itself and we are going thru a phase of permissiveness, self-gratification, racial disintegration, violence and moral destruction that can only lead to self-destruction on a scale unparalleled in history.

Isn?t it about time we stand up and be counted? Do we want the kind of country where it is considered square to be patriotic, stupid to be honest, insane to follow the golden rule, where you are considered establishment if you work hard, raise a family and pay your bills? Is it wrong to be clean, literate, thrifty and have a short haircut? Is it wrong to like conservative music, tunes that have a melody, lyrics that say “I Love You,” rhythms that want to make you dance with a partner, or are we square because we don?t like ear-shattering, wild psychedelic sounds with obscene lyrics and clothes to match?

This nation wasn?t made great by unwashed lazy hippies, cry baby welfarism or racial minorities, greedy aliens begging for a hand out. This nation was built on honest hard work, thrift, guts, desires and needs of Irish, Jew, Negro, Mexican, Chinese and endless other people of all races, creeds and nationalities, people with one common bond — freedom. In their hearts they must have known that America was the last stand for the individual, the last chance to justify man?s existence on Earth.

Is it wrong to ask that our communications media be a little more impartial in its treatment of things patriotic? All too often, it seems our news media will not report anything they label as patriotic or controversial, but will turn around and report anti-establishment opinions all day long. Is it controversial to say on record that you like being an American, are proud to be an American and that you will fight to the death for the chance to continue being an American?

Why should capitalism, free enterprise and conservatism be dirty words? Is it wrong to want to make a profit on honest endeavors? What is wrong with making money and reinvesting it in a strong America? This great nation wasn?t built on a cradle-to-the-grave philosophy, nor will it survive with the government always acting as Big Brother. Remember, Uncle Sam is your uncle — not your dad!

Well, I insist on being counted. I?m four-square for Mom, Apple Pie, the Bible and the Flag. I?m for free enterprise, capitalism, do it yourself guts, less government in private enterprise, and last but never least, I?m for freedom. A kind of freedom the whole world envies, a freedom that allows us the strength to have inscribed on the Statue of Liberty:
“. . .Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your
teeming shore. Send these, the homeless tempest-tossed
to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

(Emma Lazarus, 1883)*

This article was sent to me on the net and I thought it had a lot to say 50 years later. SHAW