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Old 08-18-2016, 08:09 AM   #11
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This all goes back to no personal responsibility.. if little Johnny fails in English it is the teachers fault.. Instead of a first place trophy everyone gets a participation medal. I fear for the world if this continues..
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:27 AM   #12
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"Kids these days."

Has there ever been a generation that has not said the next generation will be the ruin of America?

Wasn't Elvis going to be the ruin of America? Wasn't Rock and Roll going to be the ruin of America? Wasn't Alice Cooper, the Beatles, Ozzy Osborne, Beavis and Butthead, long hair, X rated movies, R Rated Movies, The Exorcist, the Moral Majority, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, the Internet all going to be the end of America?

Seems we are still trucking along...And whatever today's end of America is going to be will be laughed at 25 years form now as not being the end of America...
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:06 AM   #13
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I remember my father saying the anti-Vietnam war kids in the 60's were going to cause the end of America as we know it.
They did
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:29 AM   #14
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Truth is, every generation has "caused the end of America as we know it". That's the nature of the beast. Things change, ideas change, cultures change, it's human nature. In many cases, it's for the better; in some it's for the worse.

I have some faith in my Gen X and Gen Y cohorts. Most of the people I associate with (perhaps that is part of the problem with my perception) are raising their kids much like depression-era kids. We went through quite a recession in our "formative" years. Many of us were un- or under-employed. It was, and in a lot of ways, still is hard times (And what caused a majority of this? Oh yeah, the previous generation, but that's a different discussion.)

My point is (at least insofar as many of my interactions) there is somewhat of a resurgence in individual responsibility, innovation, and raising kids with some level of respect and independence. I can't change the way others raise their kids, but I can raise MY kid right. And hopefully, this tactic will spread and other parents will raise their kids right, and so forth and so on.

I know there are problems, and lots of people think it's doomsday for us all (Chicken Little anyone?), but I still have faith that we'll be okay. Just don't let a couple bad apples define the entire batch; there are a lot of us out there still fighting the good fight.
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:35 AM   #15
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What is rolling coal?
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:38 AM   #16
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What is rolling coal?
Search it on YouTube. It's truly idiotic IMO.

Basically, modified diesels blowing clouds of black smoke all over other drivers, just for the "fun" of it.
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I had never heard the term "rolling coal" until now, but I did see black smoke pouring from the vertical semi-style exhausts on a crappy pickup on our last trip. I felt sorry for the guy because his truck was apparently (to me) running poorly. Had no idea it was deliberate.

Back in the 70s I knew a Harley rider who had a bit of a temper and little patience for idiot drivers who cut him off or pulled out abruptly in front of his bike. He had a leather sunglasses pouch on his windshield in which he kept very large steel ball bearings. When someone endangered him with their driving, he'd fling a ball bearing or two at their car. I always thought that was a bit nuts, but I do admit that there have been a few occasions when I've been riding that it was good that I did not carry those metal missiles.
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And yet a lot of politicians preach entitlements, free cell phones, free college, free this free that etc. etc.

I'll just leave it at that.....
To me this is a problem! I see a bunch of the new (younger) folks that are being hired in my profession with this sense of entitlement. When they ask why they don't have something or didn't get something, my response has always been "Why don't you try earning it first!"
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My parents used to have 2 cars. One was a full size Bonneville 4 door with a big V8. The other was a VW beetle.

When driving the former people would slow down and pull over for them. In the latter, they would try to run them off the road.

That was 40 years ago. Nothing has changed.
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