TO ALL THE BIKER KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s !!
After you read this you will get a new perspective on life.
Unfortunately today's society is filled with too many wimps and "yes men" who have overdosed on political correctness and forgot how to have fun and live life!
What happened to common sense?
Keep in mind the great quote by French social commentator and political
thinker Charles de Montesquieu... "Useless laws weaken the necessary
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Sure, the projected average life expectancy will eventually be 100+ years old, but what good is that while you are poor, bed-ridden and stuck in your diaper with very little (if any) real quality of life?
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had NO HELMETS, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Remember how much fun you had rolling around in the back of dad's station wagon?
If we went to a restaurant and we didn't want to be bothered by smoke, we sat somewhere else or went to a different place. We did NOT try to force our views on people who did smoke. We didn't need Smoking Bans on indoor AND outdoor facilities!
Hit and run accidents almost never happened. If dad saw someone on the side of the road he would always stop to help, without the fear of being sent to prison because he had a glass of wine with dinner.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
People respected other people's property. The neighborhood punks knew Dad would not think twice about using his fists or his shotgun to protect his family and property. In today's world, it is not uncommon for drug-addicted thieves to actually WIN lawsuits claiming this "excessive force" caused them severe and permanent injuries, relentless pain, and loss of earning capacity.
Our parents and grandparents could make living selling or making AMERICAN products at competitive prices. Free Trade has failed us! We need to bring back policies restraining trade through methods such as tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, and strict regulations to discourage imports and prevent foreign take-over of domestic markets and companies. Yes, THIS is where the government actually CAN be useful.
Our parents worked hard for many years for good American companies that took pride in rewarding them with a well-deserved retirement plan in their golden years. We're broke now and we can't properly help our Seniors, Veterans and Orphans anymore. The US Congress still gets free health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, and unlimited paid sick days! The government now provide BILLIONS of dollars in foreign aid to countries like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Africa, Israel, Sudan etc. The Senate voted to allow 'illegal' aliens access to Social Security benefits. However, our Social Security may officially go bankrupt within the next few years and the United States National Debt is now over $14 TRILLION! Theodore Benna, creator of the 401k, stated: "The 401k was never designed to be the vehicle meant to carry people through their retirements. It was only meant to be nothing but a cash supplement to pensions, not a replacement of them." I guess your best bet for a REAL "Economic Stimulus" payment is to go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute you met at a yard sale and drink beer. These are the only American businesses still actually operating in the U.S.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-Aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING !
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day and we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts and mini-bikes out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
Our parents told us not to Jaywalk! When we played or walked in the street, we knew it was dangerous, we did it at our own risk, we respected traffic AND we quickly moved over when we saw or heard a car coming. Look both ways before crossing the street – that’s a no brainer; wait for a signal to indicate it’s safe to cross at intersections – fair enough; always use the crosswalk, never jaywalk. Get off your lazy ass and get a job so that when you are 16 years old you can buy a car!
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 300 channels on cable or satellite, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, Iphones, Ipads, Ipods, no personal computers, no texting, no Internet or chat rooms.
Suicide was something we did not talk about. If Uncle Joe was a miserable bastard every day of his life he would just have a little "gun cleaning accident" and we all moved on.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We very rarely heard about people whining about depression, bipolar disorder, dementia or alzheimer's. They were just crazy and we left them alone.
Same Sex Marriage meant Dad had to settle for the Missionary Position every night.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
We might have smoked a few joints here and there as teenagers but VERY few people were addicted to hard drugs or (even worse) prescription drugs. Richard Nixon's 1971 "War On Drugs" has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
Our mother's taught us to be MEN and not to piss on our hands! We didn't need a little garbage can under the restroom door handle so we could toss away the little paper towels that protected our little germa-phobe feminine hands.
If we did something wrong we got a good slap on the ass. We learned early that there were consequences for our actions. This helped us remember NOT to do it again.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Accidents were accidents. We grieved, we moved on and we didn't try to send everyone to jail or create new useless "knee-jerk reaction" laws named after someone's daughter to punish people for doing anything that we didn't agree with. Love and take care of your kids NOW. Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.
Could it be that the only people that seem to be picketing and whining about the need for more laws are unemployed and have nothing better to do with their time?
There some dirty little secrets that the government purposely keeps from the
Our government still hasn't learned from past mistakes. Prohibition in the
1920's was a catastrophic failure. The War On Social Drinking
in the 21st Century is failing as well. It is another government "cash
grab". The federal laws that encouraged local officials to lower the legal
threshold for drunken driving have little effect on public safety. Instead, it
shifts law enforcement resources away from actively patrolling to catch heavily
intoxicated drunk drivers, who pose a risk, to harassing responsible social
drinkers, who don’t (via checkpoints). Statistics have shown that more
accidents (fatal and non-fatal) are caused by other distracted driving
activities like parents distracted by their children, using a cell phone, eating
and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading maps, using a PDA or GPS,
watching a video or changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player. Laws
requiring DUI/DWI offenders to pay for installation and operation of an IID
in-car device (Ignition Interlock Device) that prohibits use of a vehicle by
anyone testing positive for alcohol are nothing more than financial boons to
local governments and hundreds of businesses selling, installing and monitoring
these devices. Dramatic findings in a recently released study by the Department
of Motor Vehicles show that interlock devices had no statistically significant
effect in preventing subsequent drunk driving convictions, but they increase
their users' general crash risk by 130%. There use has proven to be more for
financial gain than for safety.
Here is a great quote by Jay Leno:
“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks….Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”
Americans are great! It does not matter what religion, nationality, faith or race you belong to. The only thing that matters is how much love and compassion you have for one another. EVERYONE should feel welcome to come to the United States! Learn the English language, as immigrants have in the past! Live by our rules, get a job, pay your taxes. No welfare or public assistance! No Social Security until you have earned it and paid for it.
Overly Politically Correct Holiday Card:
HIGH SCHOOL - 1977 vs. 2007
Scenario 1: Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls
into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
Scenario 2: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after
Scenario 3: Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts
Scenario 4: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his
Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
Scenario 5: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to
Scenario 6: Pedro fails high school English.
Scenario 7: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the
Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red
Scenario 8: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes
his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
Stop Accepting. Start Rejecting. Stop Complying. Start Defying. Wake Up,
Life is too short to not take chances.
The only way we can get our lives into proper perspective is to realize they won’t last long. This is key to living the kind of lives we are meant to live – that without this understanding, we will squander our time, waste the moments we have been given, allow precious opportunities to slip through our fingers. We have limited time on this earth, that our days are numbered. Life’s Too Short to play it safe; carry a grudge; work all the time; live in the past; worry about the future; follow the crowd; and go it alone.
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers
and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned.
If YOU are one of them . . . CONGRATULATIONS!
You also might want to share this with others
who have had the luck to grow up as
We must all become strong believers in CHOICE and "different strokes for
We must believe in God and the freedom of religion, but don't push it on others.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?
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