So many things have changed during my life and I am uncertain about what my grand children will see in their future. I have known so many things that I liked and felt were good and then see them tossed on the trash pile of history. I saw our country fight a true world war and fight it gallantly and bravely. Japan, Germany and Italy found that it was not at all a good idea to kick the 800 pound gorilla in the tail. Bin Laden also found that picking on the U.S. was not at all a great idea. I have seen our country become something less than what I would like and see no reason to hope that it will turn around soon. As a grand parent and father I am concerned about our future as a country and what my grand children will inherit from my generation and their parent’s generation. I sincerely hope they do better than either of our generations did.
I hope that my children and grand children indeed find that their life will be better and easier than mine or my children’s but at the moment I have my doubts. Each generation has done what they felt was the thing to do. At times it was good but also many times it was bad. Our country and my family have lived through many bad times and hopefully they will do the same with the situation our country now faces.
As I have done things wrong so has our country. Over time we have gone from self sufficiency to dependency on the Federal Government. For some things that is not all that bad, but for many others, it is really not good. We have lost the incentive to do for ourselves and now expect others to take care of us. We have so many things our forefathers did not even think of, Social Security, Medicare, unemployment to mention a few. We have lost our sense of direction and hopefully Brennan’s generation can get us back on track and back to the country we need to be.