America 1956 vs. America 2016 – Who Wins?

Is America a better place today than it was back in 1956?  Of course many Americans living right now couldn’t even imagine a world without cell phones, Facebook or cable television, but was life really so bad back then?  60 years ago, families would actually spend time on their front porches and people would actually have dinner with their neighbors.  60 years ago, cars were still cars, football was still football and it still meant something to be an American.  In our country today, it is considered odd to greet someone as they are walking down the street, and if someone tries to be helpful it is usually because they want something from you.  But things were very different in the middle of the last century.  Men aspired to be gentlemen and women aspired to be ladies, and nobody had ever heard of  “bling”, “sexting” or “twerking”.  Of course life was far from perfect, but people actually had standards and they tried to live up to them.

So how did it all go so wrong?

Could it be possible that life in America peaked back then and we have been in decline ever since?

Before you answer, I want to share with you a list of comparisons between life in America in 1956 and life in America in 2016…

In 1956, John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world.

In 2016, our young people look up to “stars” like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

In 1956, Americans were watching I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show on television.

In 2016, the major television networks are offering us trashy shows such asMistresses and Lucifer.

In 1956, you could buy a first-class stamp for just 3 cents.

In 2016, a first-class stamp will cost you 49 cents.

In 1956, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.

In 2016, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has gotten so far out of control.

In 1956, children went outside and played when they got home from school.

In 2016, our parks and our playgrounds are virtually empty and we have the highest childhood obesity rate on the entire planet.

In 1956, if a kid skinned his knee he was patched up and sent back outside to play.

In 2016, if a kid skins his knee he is likely to be shipped off to the emergency room.

In 1956, “introducing solids” to a baby’s diet may have meant shoving a piece of pizza down her throat.

In 2016, we have “attachment parenting” which advocates treating children like babies almost until they reach puberty.

In 1956, seat belts and bicycle helmets were considered to be optional pieces of equipment, and car safety seats were virtually unknown.

In 2016, millions of us are afraid to leave our homes for fear that something might happen to us, and if something does happen we slap lawsuits on one another at the drop of a hat.

In 1956, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked.

In 2016, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at all-time record highs.

In 1956, about 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.

In 2016, more than 40 percent of all babies in America will be born to unmarried parents.

In 1956, one income could support an entire middle class family.

In 2016, approximately one-third of all Americans don’t make enough money to even cover the basics even though both parents have entered the workforce in most households.

In 1956, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.

In 2016, the federal government systematically redistributes our wealth, and two communists are fighting for the Democratic nomination.

In 1956, there were about 2 million people living in Detroit and it was one of the greatest cities on Earth.

In 2016, there are only about 688,000 people living in Detroit and it has become a joke to the rest of the world.

In 1956, millions of Americans dreamed of moving out to sunny California.

In 2016, millions of Americans are moving out of California and never plan to go back.

In 1956, television networks would not even show husbands and wives in bed together.

In 2016, there is so much demand for pornography that there are more than 4 million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.

In 1956, the American people had a great love for the U.S. Constitution.

In 2016, “constitutionalists” are considered to be potential terrorists by the U.S. government.

In 1956, people from all over the world wanted to come to the United States to pursue “the American Dream”.

In 2016, 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

In 1956, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

In 2016, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

And there is one more thing that I would like to share with you before I wrap up this article.

This is what the New York skyline looked like on March 31st, 1956…

New York Skyline 31 March 1956

And this is the kind of thing that we are seeing displayed on the Empire State Building these days…

New York Skyline Kali

For those that don’t know, that is an image of the Hindu goddess of death, time and destruction known as Kali.  And next month a reproduction of the 48-foot-tall arch that stood in front of the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria is going up in Times Square.

So now that you have seen what I have to share, what do you think?

Has America changed for the better, or has it changed for the worse?

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

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  • JohnDille

    LIKE I SAID…. YOU LEARNED YOUR POINT OF VIEW FROM OBSERVING FANTASIES AND LISTENING TO THE MENTALLTY ILL RIGHT WINGERS WHO SEEM TO BE YO9UR HEROES!!! OR YOU JUST HAVE YOUR HEAD SO FAR UP YOUR REAR END THAT YOUR VIEW OF REALITY IS GROSSLY DISTORTED!!! WHY THE HADES DO YOU THINK THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING???? IT SURES AS HECK IS NOT BECAUSE IT IS FULL OF DEAD BEATS AND IDIOTS!!! ITS BECAUSE THE RICH HAVE GOTTEN SO GREEDY AND SELFISH AND OWERFUL THAT THEY HAVE DESTROYED THE SYSTEM THAT USED TO PROVIDE JOBS AND REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO… NOW… ARE MOSTLY FORCED TO FLIP BURGERS AND THAT SORT OF THING, JUST TO SURVIVE!!! IF YOU LIVED ANYWHERE NEAR THE REAL WORLD, YOU WOULD BE VERY VERY AWARE OF THAT FAIRLY NEW REALITY!!!

  • Mike

    What silliness….. Virtually everything got better from 1932-1980…. The title should be, “Are you better of today than you were in 1980? And the answer is NO! Reason? We let the Republicans back into power with the Republican Revolution….. Since then individual wealth has dropped some 40% while the richest 3% who pay off the GOP have gotten incredibly rich….. Last time the 3% held more wealth than the 97%? 1929 after another period of Republican Domination……

  • Joe Cabot

    Just by watching the world around me. Those that have no marketable skills or skills that set themselves apart from the masses tend to have low paying jobs or to spend their time on the internet whining about their lack of success in the employment market. Those that have said skills, can market themselves, and work hard to obtain good employment generally do get good jobs. Or, better yet, they become entrepreneurs and start new, innovative businesses.

  • JohnDille

    AND YOU LEARNED THESE FANTASIES FROM…. AYN RAND???? OR FROM SOME OTHER MENTALLY ILL RIGHT WINGERS????

  • Joe Cabot

    If one chooses to not become educated, develop no marketable skills, or to do nothing that sets them apart from the rest of the rabble in the employment market, they are choosing to work for low wages. A large paycheck is earned, not demanded.

  • JohnDille

    SO… WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR ROOM ALL DAY!!! COUNT ALL THE MONEY YOU HAVE STOLEN FROM YOUR FELLOW MAN!!! I MYSELF MOSTLY SIT AT MY COMPUTER… BECAUSE I NO LONGER AM ABLE TO DO MUCH OF ANYTHING ELSE!!! TOO MANY YEARS OF HARD AND OFTEN DANGEROUS WORK HAS PRETTY MUCH DESTROYED MY BODY! BUT MY MIND IS STILL SHARP ENOUGH TO TAKE ON YOU RIGHT WING MENTAL AND MORAL MIDGETS…. EXCEPT WHEN THE PAIN IS TOO BAD FOR ME TO THINK STRAIGHT!!! OOOOOPPPPSSS… I FORGOT… JOE CABOT IS TOO SELF IMPORTANT AND SELF RIGHTEOUS TO UNDERSTAND THAT TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIVE IN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE TOO HORRIFIC AND UNPLEASANT AND NIGHTMARISH FOR THE HIGH LIVING JOE CABOT TO EVEN BE ABLE TO IMAGINE!!! I GUESS OLD JOE CABOT IS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON…. HE IS SO RICH THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KISSING HIS REAR END ALL OF HIS LIFE… SO HE LOOKS AT THE WORLD THE SAME WAY THAT THE DICTATOR WHO RUNS NORTH KOREA LOOKS AT IT…. YOU BETTER AGREE WITH JOE CABOT… BECAUSE HIS VIEW OF THE WORLD IS THE ONLY VIEW THAT COUNTS!!! IN HIS FANTASY WORLD, NO ONE HAS ANY FLAWS EXCEPT THOSE THAT ARE SELF IMPOSED!!!

  • JohnDille

    NOBODY CHOOSES TO WORK FOR LOW WAGES!!! NOBODY!!! JUST LIKE VERY FEW… IF ANY… SLAVES BACK IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN CONSERVATIVES RAN EVERYTHING, ACTUALLY CHOSE TO BE SLAVES! PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO JUST TO SURVIVE… BUT YOU HIGH AND MIGHTY RICH A HOLES SEEM TO FORGET THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE FORCED… AND YOU CAN SPIN IT ANY WAY YOU CHOSE… BUT THE PROPER WORD IS… FORCED… TO ACCEPT ANY OPPORTUNITY THAT IS AVAILABLE TO THEM…. AND MOST OPPORTUNITIES ARE OF THE KIND THAT YOU SPECIAL AND PRIVILEGED RICH PEOPLE WOULD NEVER TOUCH WITH A TEN FOOT POLE!!! ALL THIS TIME, AND YOU STILL CANNOT UNDERSTAND JUST HOW EXTREMELY ARROGANT AND SELF CENTERED AND SELF RIGHTEOUS YOU ARE!!! AND YOU WONDER WHY I CALL YOU MONUMENTALLY STUPID… OR A REPUBLICAN…. WHICH TO ME IS EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!!

  • JohnDille

    I GUESS YOU ARE RIGHT…. A LOT OF THOSE OLD TIMEY CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS… MOST OF WHOM ARE NOW REPUBLICANS, DID WORK HAND IN HAND WITH ACTUAL REPUBLICANS TO HELP DESTROY AMERICA!!! BUT… MOSTLY THAT WAS 20 AND 30 AND 40 YEARS AGO…. NOW, THE AMERICA HATERS ARE MOSTLY ALL SOLIDLY REPUBLICAN!!! BUT, THERE ARE STILL A FEW DINO’S OUT THERE, NO DOUBT! A COUPLE OF THEM WERE AND ONE STILL IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

  • Joe Cabot

    Yep, having social acumen and getting to know people is part of a solid skill set. Sitting in your room all day ranting about the bad hand that life dealt you is not.

  • JohnDille

    THERE ARE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF HIGHLY EDUCATED AND HIGHLY SKILLED PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO ARE UNDER EMPLOYED OR EVEN UNEMPLOYED! I GUESS THE REAL SKILL SET ONE NEEDS IS THE ABILITY TO KISS UP TO THE RIGHT RICH GUY, OR TO HAVE WEALTHY RELATIVES WHO HAVE THE CONTACTS ONE NEEDS TO GET A DECENT JOB!!! OF COURSE… YOU ARE RIGHT… IF EVERYONE WORKED HARDER AT GETTING THE RIGHT SKILLS AND EDUCATION… WE WOULD HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF HIGHLY SKILLED FARM LABORS AND FACTORY WORKERS AND JANITORS AND BURGER FLIPPERS… INSTEAD OF MERE MILLIONS OF SUCH FOLKS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    If you are one of millions that have chosen to have a $7.00 per hour skill set, that’s on you, not on the business owner.

  • Joe Cabot

    Those of us who have developed a valued skill set haven’t had any trouble overcoming the dimwitted acts of the republicans and democrats.

  • JohnDille

    IS THAT WHY THE KOCK BROTHERS ARE SPENDING A BILLION DOLLARS ON GETTING REPUBLICANS ELECTED THIS YEAR… BECAUSE THEY ARE CONTROLLED BY DEMOCRATS???? THAT IS MORE THAN EVERYONE ELSE COMBINED PLANS ON SPENDING…. UNIONS AND INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS,,, ALL COMBINED!!!

  • JohnDille

    BACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG… ANYONE WHO WANTED A JOB COULD GET ONE… AND JOBS THEN PAID PRETTY GOOD, RELATIVE TO THE COST OF LIVING. SO… I NEVER ONCE WORRIED ABOUT GETTING A JOB… I WORKED STEADILY FROM THE TIME I WAS 6 YEARS OLD UNTIL I WAS INTO MY 20’S….UNTIL I WAS WELL INTO MY 20’S, AND REPUBLICANS HAD BEGUN TO DESTROY THE US ECONOMIC SYSTEM… AND THE MIDDLE CLASS!!!

  • JohnDille

    SO… IF SUPPLY AND DEMAND DICTATES THAT WAGES ARE TOO LOW FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO LIVE AS WELL AS DOGS DO…. YOU ARE OK WITH THAT??? OBVIOUSLY YES, BECAUSE THAT IS THE REPUBLICAN VIEW OF THE MATTER, AND YOUR ARROGANCE AND SELFISHNESS MARK YOU AS A REPUBLICAN… NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU PROTEST AGAINST BEING CALLED THAT!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Leslie, you don’t seem to understand one whit about economics. Wages are determined by supply and demand, not simply by demand. Whenever you and your band of dolts toss tantrums and get these wages increased by some ignorant politicians, the affected companies then increase prices on their products, thus leaving you with a bigger paycheck but with a matching increase in goods and services, thus leaving you in the same spot from which you started. Quite a conundrum, no? See, in reality, the only way to increase your wages without affecting your expenses is to actually increase your skill set by which you maker yourself more valuable to society, thus EARNING a bigger paycheck instead of stomping your feet and demanding one.

  • Joe Cabot

    Back when you were young and dreaming of life as a nuclear scientist and published economist, but were actually preparing for a life of poverty during which you could only anonymously make up tall tales of being a nuclear scientist and published economist?

  • Joe Cabot

    Rather ironic then, that democrats have been utilizing, supporting, and voting for these republican policies over the same time span. Or maybe republicans have been utilizing, supporting and voting for these policies which came from the democrats. Or, most likely, there are not democrat and republican policies, but rather big government policies supported by both wings of the big government party that is masquerading as a two party system.

  • daniel1154

    Everyone knows the corporations, and firms like Goldman Sachs, have bought the Democrat party lock, stock and barrel. That’s why they have fixed the system so crazy Bernie can’t win, no matter how many votes he gets.

  • JohnDille

    SO… YOU ARE ADMITTING THAT RICH REPUBLICANS AND THEIR GIANT CORPORATIONS ARE ESSENTIALLY COMMUNISM FOR THE RICH???? WE LIBERALS ARE SO GLAD YOU HAVE FINALLY CAUGHT ON TO THE TRUTH!!!

  • daniel1154

    Yes, communists always destroy the middle class. Just like they did in this country.

  • JohnDille

    WHAT…. YOU DIDN’T GET HURT AT WORK, OR ON THE WAY TO OR FROM WORK, LIKE MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS DO EVERY YEAR??? YOU WERE NOT WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND GOT ATTACKED BY DOGS… LIKE SOME WOMAN HAD HAPPEN TO HER JUST LAST WEEK HERE??? YOU WERE NOT RIDING YOUR BICYCLE TO WORK AND GOT HIT BY A CAR, LIKE HAPPENS TO MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR??? YOU DIDN’T EAT SPOILED FOOD… LIKE MILLIONS OF LOWER INCOME PEOPLE DO ROUTINELY… AND GET VIOLENTLY ILL??? YOU DIDN’T GET RAPED AND BEATEN UP… LIKE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN DO EVERY YEAR??? GEE, EILEEN…. YOU HAVE REALLY BEEN AN EXTREMELY LUCKY WOMAN, HAVEN’T YOU??? AND OBVIOUSLY, EVEN IF THOSE THINGS HAPPENED TO YOU, YOU ARE WEALTHY ENOUGH TO JUST WRITE A CHECK TO THE DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THE NECESSARY TREATMENT!!! MY MY MY, BEING RICH SURE CAN MAKE A PERSON LIKE YOU SO VERY VERY SELF RIGHTEOUS AND ARROGANT, CAN’T IT???

  • JohnDille

    The middle class may be the foundation upon which the United States was built, but a number of recent studies suggest the working class is being left in the dust.

    A study from the Pew Research Center in December showed that middle-class Americans are no longer in the majority. Whereas in 1971 middle-class Americans totaled 80 million, and lower- and upper-income classes combined equated to 51.6 million, the 2015 data looks far different. As of last year, 120.8 million adults were in the middle class, but this figure now takes a back seat to the 121.3 million combined lower- and upper-income households. Aggregate wealth for middle-class households is also shrinking, according to Pew’s research, from 62% of all wealth in 1970 to just 43% as of 2014.

    A number of other publications also concurred with the idea that the middle class is in decline, including publications from Brookings, Fortune, and The New York Times.

    However, one report released last year highlighted a middle-class statistic so shocking that you’ll probably do a double-take.

    One chart every middle class American needs to see
    The 2015 Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS) Global Wealth Report is now in its sixth year of examining and analyzing wealth across the world in order to get a better understanding of wealth creation, consumption, saving and asset allocation. Every year Credit Suisse picks a specific wealth topic to focus on, and in 2015 it was the middle class.

    Having the largest GDP of any other country, it’s not surprising to find that the middle class in the U.S. also has the highest total wealth in U.S. dollars at $16.85 trillion. The next-closest are Japan, China and the U.K. at $9.72 trillion, $7.34 trillion and $6.19 trillion, respectively.

    Now here’s where things get interesting…

    Credit Suisse also looked at what percentage of wealth the middle class made up within a country. Of the 21 countries individually examined, here were the results:

    No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. As a percentage of total country wealth, the U.S. middle class accounted for the lowest share of wealth among developed countries, such as Germany and France, as well as emerging markets like China, India and Brazil.

    Why middle-class wealth is withering away
    Why do U.S. households have so little net wealth relative to the total wealth of the country as a whole? It looks to be a number of factors at play.

    First, the housing bubble from late last decade really sapped the net worth out of middle-class households. Although home prices have recovered from their lows, some areas have recovered slower than others.

    Second, access to credit is arguably easier in the U.S. than in many other regions of the world. During the housing boom in the mid-2000s, this was a great way for middle-class families to grow their wealth. However, the housing bubble, combined with high debt levels, have chipped away at middle-class household wealth.

    A third issue? Stagnant wage growth. Pew Research pointed out that in spite of nominal wage growth of 727% between 1964 and 2014, in constant 2014 dollars (meaning when taking inflation into account) real wage growth has totaled just 7.8% over 50 years. College tuition, medical care and even fuel costs have risen at a faster pace, thus diminishing the buying power of the middle class.

    Fourth, there’s quite an income gap between the richest Americans and the middle class in the United States. According to CNN, the U.S. has 42% of the world’s millionaires, and basically half (49%) of all people with $50 million or more in assets. These super-rich Americans certainly skew the results.

    IN OTHER WORDS…. REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC AND OTHER POLICIES OVER THE LAST 35 TO 45 YEARS HAVE ABSOLUTELY DECIMATED THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS… AND HAS ALLOWED THE RICH TO ESSENTIALLY ROB THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS… AND LOWER INCOME AMERICANS, AS WELL… TOTALLY BLIND!!! NO SURPRISE TO DEMOCRATS AND INFORMED AMERICANS… BUT APPARENTLY A HUGE SHOCK TO BRAINLESS REPUBLICANS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    In 1956, politicians and bureaucrats for the most part still understood that they were employed by we the people and they honored the contract. Now they want to run our lives down to the smallest detail and, in a display of outrageous and unearned arrogance, actually believe that they can run an economy. The results say that the narcissists that infest the democrat and republican parties, along with their henchmen, paid-for economists, yes-men, and data manglers have pulled off a failure of epic proportions.

  • Eileen

    I didn’t go to the doctor last year because I ate right and took care of myself.

  • daniel1154

    I like it when Michael says “two communists are fighting for the Democrat Nomination”. I’m sure you like the fact that they are, don’t you comrade Dillie?

  • JohnDille

    John – Next week, I’m going on strike – and I need you with me.

    I work at UPMC, the biggest hospital system in Pittsburgh and the biggest private employer in our state. For years, we’ve campaigned for $15 an hour. My bosses called it “not realistic,” but we kept fighting.

    And last week, as underpaid people across New York State and California won $15 an hour, we won $15 for EVERY worker at UPMC, too.

    This fight is bigger than me and my coworkers achieving $15 an hour. It’s about all workers. It’s about respect. It’s about union rights.

    It’s about turning every McJob into a REAL job – whether it’s at a fast-food restaurant or in a hospital.

    On April 14, I’m going on strike for union rights. I’m protesting for the millions across the nation that still make just $7.25 an hour – not nearly enough to live. Join me.

    I know firsthand just how hard it can be to earn too little and face too much. A couple years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a heartbreaking moment for me and my family. I was scared, I was nervous – and, because of my low pay, I had no idea how I’d ever pay for treatment.

    I very nearly did not go to the doctor – because I simply can’t afford medical bills. I finally did go, and fortunately, they were able to treat me, successfully…. but now, I owe tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills! Millions of low wage Americans have the exact same problem!!!

    No one should be forced to choose between paying for groceries and paying for cancer treatment, or any other kind of medical treatments. Shouldn’t happen in this country, shouldn’t happen anywhere in the world.

    That’s why I’m standing up on April 14. Why I’m striking. Why I’m asking you to join me and the #FightFor15 and help us take the streets on 4/14!

    Thanks for standing with us.

    Leslie Poston
    Unit Secretary at Presbyterian Hospital, UPMC
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fight for $15

  • JohnDille

    Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Trading Report.

    LET’S BE FAIR, NOW!!! BACK THEN, CONSERVATIVES REALLY DID NOT UNDERSTAND JUST HOW SELF RIGHTEOUS AND IMMORAL THEY REALLY WERE…. BECAUSE, BACK THEN, THERE WERE NOT VERY MANY LIBERALS TO REMIND THEM OF JUST HOW IMMORAL AND CORRUPT CONSERVATIVES REALLY ARE! THOSE WERE THE DAYS OF INNOCENCE…. WHEN ONLY THE WORST RIGHT WING MONSTERS… HITLER AND TOJO AND STALIN BEING THE BEST EXAMPLES FROM THAT ERA… WERE SEEN AS TRULY EVIL!!! SADLY FOR RIGHT WINGERS AND REPUBLICANS, DANG LIBERALS HAVE GAINED A LOT OF INFLUENCE IN RECENT DECADES…. AND THOSE DANG LIBERALS DO NOT MIND POINTING OUT JUST HOW EVIL AND CORRUPT RIGHT WINGERS REALLY ARE… ESPECIALLY SINCE THE LIBERALS ARE JUST PRACTICING SELF DEFENSE!!! RIGHT WINGERS HAVE ALWAYS VICIOUSLY ATTACKED LIBERALS… AND NOT JUST VERBALLY!!! BUT, IN RECENT DECADES, LIBERALS HAVE GAINED THE ABILITY TO FIGHT BACK, AFTER ALL THESE THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF MOSTLY CONSERVATIVE CONTROL OF HUMAN CIVILIZATIONS!!! BUT… WHEN THE OIL RUNS OUT AND THE WORLD BECOMES VERY POOR AGAIN, THE LIBERALS WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE ECONOMIC CLOUT NEEDED TO HAVE A SOCIAL OR POLITICAL CLOUT, AND CONSERVATIVES WILL RULE THE WORLD, YET AGAIN!!! WHICH EXPLAINS WHY CONSERVATIVES ARE CENSORED HADES BENT ON PUMPING UP AND DIGGING UP AND BURNING UP ALL THE OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND COAL!!! ONCE ALL THOSE FUELS ARE GONE, CONSERVATIVES WILL BE ABLE TO DICTATE LIFE TO ALL THE REST OF US… MOST OF OUR GREAT GRANDKIDS BEING THEIR SLAVES… FOR MANY THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO COME! THAT AND THE VAST PROFIT MOTIVE FOR DIGGING UP AND BURNING UP ALL THOSE FOSSIL FUELS, OF COURSE!!! AND ALL THE MONEY TO BE MADE FROM RUNAWAY GLOBAL WARMING…. AS CONSERVATIVES STOP BASHING SOLAR ENERGY… AND GAIN TOTAL CONTROL OF IT BY SPENDING THEIR VAST VAST VAST FOSSIL FUEL PROFITS TO DO SO!!!

  • JohnDille

    Don Blankenship faces sentencing today, which makes this a day that many people have wanted to see for a long, long time. However, even if Blankenship gets the maximum sentence for ignoring safety rules—a year in prison along with a $250,000 fine—it won’t be enough. Not nearly enough.

    Six years after 29 miners were killed in a West Virginia coal dust explosion, the man who ran the mining company like a fiefdom — a coal baron and power broker who earned millions of dollars a year — will learn on Wednesday whether he goes to prison.

    Blankenship didn’t just ignore safety regulations. He actively told his supervisors and workers to break the rules. In a memo to mine superintendents he directly instructed them to stop work on addressing problems with safety and “run coal.”

    “If any of you have been asked by your group presidents, your supervisors, engineers or anyone else to do anything other than run coal (i.e.—build [ventilation] overcasts, do construction jobs, or whatever), you need to ignore them and run coal,” he wrote.

    The “construction jobs” in this case would be building stoppings and hanging plastic curtains, both of which are used to control ventilation. What caused the explosion that took the lives of 29 miners? Ventilation problems. If there’s such a thing as corporate murder—and there should be—Don Blankenship is guilty. He not only did it, he did it willfully, with full knowledge of the risk. One year and $250,000? Why that’s less money than Blankenship spent taking a Supreme Court justice to Monte Carlo for hookers and gambling (in exchange for a little help with overturning a $50 million jury verdict). Blankenship spent $3 million just getting another justice elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court so he could get the outcome he wanted. And he did.

    You want to think that men like Blankenship don’t really exist. First, because you want to think that no one could be this selfish, merciless, abusive, and vile. Second, because you want to think that such a monster wouldn’t be allowed to not simply operate, but flourish, despite flouting the law and squandering the lives of his workers. However, it probably won’t surprise you that Blankenship is a big contributor to Republican candidates, including his fellow worker in the war on safety and the environment, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

    Update: Blankenship has been sentenced. His judge, herself the daughter of a coal miner, handed down the maximum sentence.

    Former coal executive Don Blankenship has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $250,000 for conspiracy to violate mine safety standards in the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades.

    So Blankenship should get to spend a little quality time away from his giant castle on the one mountain he defaced with his own face rather than mountaintop removal mining. He deserves worse, but at least both the jury and the judge saw this man for what he is and did what they could.

    AAAAH PURE UNFETTERED REPUBLICAN STYLE CAPITALISM!!! TRUE IMMORALITY… FOR MASSIVE PROFIT!!! AND YET, REPUBLICANS STILL CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THEIR GREED IS DESTROYING AMERICA AND PERVERTING ITS MORALS!!!

  • GALT

    Well now, that was quite a collection of “things” seeking a
    conclusion……The American “Delusion” is simple enough to
    understand…..a U.S. Economy that produced 50% of World
    output. To go back, you would need to kill 4.2 billion people
    and destroy almost all foreign manufacturing….the dead would
    include 150 million americans. The delusion was over by 68,
    although most weren’t paying attention….many still aren’t.
    “You can’t get THERE……from HERE!!!!!”

  • Locutus

    And let’s not forget the wonderful halcyon days of segregation, when the Negro knew his place, and not to question it…in fact, one of our “biggest stars”, John Wayne, was known to be a driveling racist–but he was OUR racist! Parents were expected to regularly beat their misbehaving kids; many such parents were under the nightly influence of alcohol (like my own father, and many others in the community at the time), but after all, that’s what kids were for. Abused spouses (overwhelmingly mostly women) were expected to grin and bear it, staying in their hellish marriages since divorce (without community scandal and condemnation) was not an option. Let’s not even get into what was expected of a typical “good wife”, who was roundly chastised when she failed at her wifely duties. There was no such thing as Medicare; those too poor to afford needed medical care knew their duties were to die and get out of the way–after all, it was strictly their own faults that they were impoverished, to start with. Yesireebob, thems was the days, thems was!

  • votedemout

    What a bunch of driveling nonsense. You need to go take your meds and learn to unlock your cap key.

  • JohnDille

    MOSTLY BALONEY…BUT, A FEW PRETTY GOOD COMPARISONS OF HOW THINGS USED TO BE WAY WAY WAY BACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG… VERSUS THE WAY THEY ARE TODAY!!! AND THESE COMPARISONS SHOW JUST HOW BADLY REPUBLICANS AND THEIR GREED AND SELFISHNESS AND ARROGANCE AND SELF CENTEREDNESS AND THEIR CORPORATIZED DICTATORSHIP HAS VIRTUALLY DESTROYED AMERICA!!! BECAUSE… ALLOW ME TO REMIND THE READERS… DEMOCRATS ALMOST TOTALLY CONTROLLED AMERICA… FROM TOP TO BOTTOM… FROM THE 1930’S INTO THE EARLY 1970’S… AND A LONG PART OF THAT PERIOD REALLY AND TRULY WAS AMERICA’S GOLDEN AGE. OUR WORST PROBLEMS WERE GETTING SOLVED, AND THINGS WERE GETTING BETTER FOR ALMOST ALL AMERICANS, AND THE UNITED STATES WAS BY FAR THE WORLD’S RICHEST AND MOST POWERFUL NATION! THEN, IT ALL BEGAN TO CHANGE AS SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS REBELLED AGAINST MAIN STREAM LIBERAL AND MODERATE DEMOCRATS AND THEIR WARS ON POVERTY AND ON CIVIL RIGHTS DISCRIMINATIONS AGAINST WOMEN AND BLACK PEOPLE…. BACK THEN THERE WERE NOT THAT MANY BROWN PEOPLE, BECAUSE REPUBLICANS HAD NOT YET STARTED HIRING ILLEGALS BY THE MILLIONS!!!! SO… THE RIGHT WING DEMOCRATS BECAME RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS, AND THEY HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY… AND THE RESULT IS…. AMERICA IS FALLING APART!!! THANKS REPUBLICANS…. YOUR HARD WORK HAS MADE COMMUNIST CHINA THE MOST POWERFUL NATION ON EARTH… OR AT LEAST IT SOON WILL!!! AND MOST YOUINGER AMERICANS WILL NEVER REALIZE THAT THE RICH AND INFLUENTIAL REPUBLICANS THAT THEY VOTE FOR… SHOULD MOSTLY BE TAKEN OUT AND SHOT, OR LYNCHED!!!