America’s Golden Age: Slaves to Its Glory

Have you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to make your co-workers, friends, parents and peers, aware that America is a shadow of what it once was?

By Joe Joseph

That it has been co-opted by a very small yet powerful oligarchy intent on bringing this once bastion of freedom, liberty and prosperity to its knees?  You need look no further than history to understand why people romanticize of those by-gone days of innocence, a strong national moral fiber, and a nation that could recover through even the toughest of times.

It’s important to define the generations and the eras in which they were born to understand the times they lived through.  Only then, can you gain an understanding of why it’s so hard for them to come to grips with reality.

The Greatest Generation

The “G.I. Generation” is a term for those Americans who fought in World War II, as well as those who kept the home front intact during it.  Some of those who survived the war went on to build and rebuild the industrial sector of the United States in the years following the war.

The “Silent Generation” was the generation born between the two World Wars, and were too young to join the service at the start of WWII.  Many had fathers that served during WWI.  In the November 5, 1951 issue of TIME, it was defined as people born between 1923-1933 whose characteristics as grave and fatalistic, conventional, possessing confused morals, expecting disappointment but desiring faith, and the women desiring both a career and family.

The Baby Boomers

The “Baby Boomers” was the generation born after WWII, a time that included a 14-year increase in the birth rate worldwide.  “Baby Boomers” in their teen and college years were characteristically part of the 60’s counterculture, but later became more conservative, eventually giving birth to “Generation X” and “Generation Y”.  Most academic and demographic literature use 1946 to 1964 as the cutoff years of the “Baby Boomer” generation.

The “Hippie” subculture was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960’s, but spread throughout the world.  The people created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution, and used cannabis and LSD to explore alternative states of consciousness.

Generation X

“Generation X” is the generation born between 1964 and 1980 and is connected to the pop culture of the 1980’s and 90’s they grew up in.  The term has been used in demography, the social sciences, and marketing, though it’s most often used in pop culture.  Other names used interchangeably with “Generation X” are the “13th Generation” and the “Baby Busters”.   Most of this generation are the children of the “Baby Boomers” and the “Silent Generation”.  Those born before 1973 spent most of their teen years in the 1980’s.

“Baby Busters” is a term which is used interchangeably with “Generation X” and the “13th Generation” to describe those people born between 1965 and 1979.  Awareness of this generation began in the early 1990’s with cultural touchstones like the Lollapalloza Festival, Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and TIME magazines 1990 cover story “Twentysomething”, signaling the advent of a new generation coming of age.

Generation Y

“Generation Y”; sometimes referred to as “Millennials” or “Echo Boomers”, refers to individuals born between 1982 and 1994.  These are usually the children of “Baby Boomers” and people in early “Generation X”.  “Generation Y” grew up with many world changing events including the rise of mass communication. the rise of the Internet, and an explosion in State sponsored terrorism.

Generation Z

“Generation Z” is the generation of people born between 1990 and 2001.  Several other names have been given to this generation including the “Google Generation”,  “The New Silent Generation”, “The Internet Generation”, and the “Homeland Generation”.  “Generation Z” has grown up in an era of increased State control and tumultuous economic activity.  They have also experienced the breakdown of the family structure and the implosion of American exceptionalism.

It used to be that Dad could go to work and provide for his family, while Mom stayed home, raised the children and maintained the household.  A household could be sustained on a modest income and Dad could retire from his factory job with a nice pension that would provide into the golden years.  During the 50’s and early 60’s, people trusted their government (especially with the rise of Communism and the Cold War).  Even during the race riots of the 60’s and the Vietnam War, Americans experienced a level of prosperity not seen in any other part of the world.

The mid-70’s to the early 80’s saw a spike in interest rates, unemployment and energy prices, but we had the means, methods, and mode to overcome these downturns in the economy because we were only still in the process of being looted and plundered by the Oligarchs and Wall St. Banksters.

Fast forward to present day and the reality of our situation is vastly different to that of any time in our history post-WWII.  Our national debt stands at roughly $17 trillion, we’ve embarked on becoming the “strong arm”to the Bildebergers, the Banksters, the CFR, and special interest groups that entice our non-representing Representatives with lavish gifts and donations to their re-election campaigns.

Income levels in the United States are at 1995 levels as globalism and free-trade agreements like NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and CAFTA (United States/Central American Free Trade Agreement) has decimated our manufacturing sector and caused the United States to become a nation of consumers vice producers for the first time in our nation’s history.  On our present course, there is no remedy to situation that we are in.  Our economy stagnates because we spend 40% more than we bring in on the nanny state, the police state, an imperialist foreign policy, and ever increasing inflation.  We are choked by high energy prices even though we have the resources to be self-sustaining and possess the technology to provide low cost energy solutions to every single American.

People of the “Silent Generation”, “Baby Boomers”, and some of “Generation X” still live in the past, holding on to the memory of better days and more innocent times.  We as Americans need to come to grips with the fact that those days are behind us unless we all band together and accept our current reality.  It’s time to deal with the critical issues facing this nation or we will surely fade away into obscurity and slavedom.  The top 1% currently hold 40% of the world’s wealth and during the last economic downturn, we saw the biggest transfer of wealth from the low/middle class to the upper class in our nation’s history.

It’s time to pull our head’s out of the sand and come to grips that “Sequestration” won’t solve our problems.  The only way to solve our problems is to re-discover personal responsibility and the values and virtues that made America strong.  Only then will be able to finally dig ourselves out of the hole we’re in.  God save us.

References:

^http://www.esds1.pt/site/images/stories/isacosta/secondary_pages/10%C2%BA_block1/Generations%20Chart.pdf

^http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Boomers

^http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_generations#List_of_generations

^http://www.ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/cafta-dr-dominican-republic-central-america-fta

^http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2005-12-11/the-myspace-generation

^http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601511105,00.html

^http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601900716,00.html

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Joe Joseph is the Program Director of Unbound Radio and the host of The Freedom Link. Joe’s been doing internet and terrestrial radio since 2008 and is dedicated to fighting corporate and government corruption that is running rampant in the world today. Joe is a veteran of the US Navy and a civil servant who takes the oath he took very seriously.

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