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Talking 'bout my Generation

We were going to fix things, boy were we mistaken.  We were post Watergate.  Nixon was gone.  The system works, but does it.  In a way we are still all paying for Tricky Dicky, and the greed of my generation is partially to blame.

I was about to enter College on August 8, 1974 when Nixon resigned.  This is it, we'll get rid of the crooked Republicans.  We'll elect an honest man.  So in comes this ex Georgia Governor, who made his money as a peanut farmer.  Here's an honest man.  And he was,  but he was also incompetent..  Imagine if Watergate never happens.  Ed Muskie defeats Nixon in1972 and is running for re-election in 1976.

Without Carter, Reagan would be barely more than a punchline.   We're paying for Reaganomics now.  It was a credit card, buy now, pay later economy and we're paying for it.  Reagan also deregulated a lot of industries.  Among them the Mortgage industry.  Without deregulation the adjustable, negative amortization mortgages would not have existed.  Deregulation created the market.  It created a product that couldn't exist before deregulation.  Now people could qualify for a mortgage based upon the first months payment. It didn't matter that a month or a year later they couldn't afford the mortgage.  They closed,  the mortgage was immediately sold to FNMA or FHLMC and the rest is history.

 So why do I blame my generation?  We turned out to be as greedy and myopic as all the rest.   Many in my generation voted for Reagan for the bucks.  Many more voted for W for the same reason.

Without Watergate we never have Carter,  without Carter Reagan is just a bad ex-actor and Governor,  Papa Bush is never elected and Junior is unknown. 

Somewhere Nixon is laughing.


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Sep. 21st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, I, too, have thought of Nixon in all this.

What I am starting to see though is that the Bush family has been crooked a long time, and their involvement in WWII and what happened to Jewish people is not pretty. I think they've been doing some behind the scenes manipulating for a long time. People were enticed into spending so they could get the power they desire. Ronald Reagan played his part. People thought he cared as he lied just like the McPain's do today.

I find it ironic that those who espouse Christianity are so the opposite of anything Christ might have stood for, and, of course, those espousing and using it are laughing all the way to the bank.

I see now that the GOP finds people they perceive as attractive, Reagan, Palin and baby Bush and uses them as puppets.

I think that people expect their leader to lead. They can be tricked, and the manipulation through television and advertising these days is obscene and it is happening around the globe.

Rent the movie I mentioned, The Story of the Weeping Camel. It is slow and the ending will make you cry for all that is lost.
Sep. 21st, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking more about "The Great Dictator."
Sep. 21st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking of Hitler since Bush assumed the presidency in 2000. Those I know who had to flee Germany say it is just like those times.

Now, I read about the movie The Great Dictator. I've never seen it. It sounds like a must-see.
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
I just ordered it and I will watch the youtube.

Sep. 21st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
This is great. I LOVE IT!! Thank you!!!
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Chaplin made this movie before they knew about the camps. He said that if he knew, he could never have made the movie. I think baased on the time that it was made, it may be one of the most important movies, as far as making a statement, that has been made.
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
It certainly sounds like it from what I am reading. I look forward to watching it as a family. It sounds important for all.
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
When I first saw it, I was a senior in High School. 34 years ago. I thought it was hilarious.

I've seen it many times since. And each time, although Chaplin's genius hasn't diminished. It gets sadder.
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I suppose that is his genius and our increasing wisdom.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Welcome to the SF Genre of Alternative History. Sometimes it is a good read, but sometimes it is worse than reality.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that I understand what you mean.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
You have just become a science fiction author! Alternate History is a sub-genre of science fiction where the author takes a point in time and postulates a different outcome from the 'real' historical one - and then follows the results through some range of time to see where it might have gone. One classic example is what would have happened if the South had prevailed at Gettysburg. One (very good, IMHO) author has built an alternate history of the Western world from that point through WWII - but the rub is that the South takes the role of Nazi Germany though the oppression and death camps of Blacks, with England's help while the US is allied with the Kaiser's Germany.

You've taken Watergate as your difference point and projected one possible future.

Sometimes the result is better, sometimes worse, but often it doesn't matter in the grand scheme (except to the affected). But it usually makes for interesting thought.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. You're right. That was a common theme in the Twilight Zone and Star Trek.
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