America, then and now - a better place?


Jack goes quail hunting before school,pulls into
school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.**

1958 -* Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's
shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2008 -* School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled
off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in
for traumatized students and teachers.


Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.

1958 -* Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake
hands and end up buddies.
2008 -* Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark.
Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.


Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

1958 -* Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the
Principal Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2008 -* Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin Becomes a zombie. Tested
for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a


Jimmy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a
whipping with his belt.

1958 -* Jimmy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college,
and becomes a successful businessman.
2008 -* Jimmy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster
care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she
remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.
Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.


Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1958 -* Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.*
2008 -* Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations.
Car searched for drugs and weapons.


Pedro fails high school English.

1958 -* Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes
to college.*
2008 -* Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear
nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for
graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state
school system and Pedro's English teacher. English
banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing
lawns for a living because he cannot speak English


Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July,puts them in a
model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red
ant hill.

1958 -* Ants die.*
2008 -* BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny
charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings
removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror
watch list
and is never allowed to fly again.


Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his
knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort

1958 -* In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.*
2008 -* Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.
She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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I love it, billy. Right on target & great examples of how great this country used to be (and why), and a bit of how it ended up so screwed up (and why).

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