One Citizen's View Of America In 2013

Rubinstyn By Rubinstyn, 21st May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article presents some observations about America during the last half of the 20th century compared with the first quarter of the 21st century.

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I was born, raised and educated in South Central Los Angeles (Watts) during the tail end of World War II. My earliest remembrances started in 1948 or around that time period.

Thinking back on that time as a child, it was a wonderful time of learning, exploring and trying to make some sense of my purpose for being here on earth.

I was raised without the benefit of a male presence (Father Figure) in my life during my formative years (2 - 7 years of age) by 4 very strong women.

My Grandmother provided spiritual guidance in the best manner that she could, without ever learning how to read or write because of her situations at the time.

My Great-Aunt (Lula Mitchell) was a Pentecost Minister and reinforced our Spiritual awareness with her knowledge and visions.

My Mother, who has gone on to be with the LORD, was a high school graduate who held down low paying jobs to support our immediate family of 5 siblings. She was very instrumental in teaching all of the children the correct Judeo-Christian Morals of our society and the correct way to behave in public. At that time I thought that she was the "smartest woman" on earth.

Last but not least is my Aunt Nita (Mrs. Juanita Flennoy) who taught "exceptional children" for 30 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Praise God, she is still with us (she celebrated her 96th birthday on December 9, 2012.) She is a long-standing member of the Los Angeles Urban League and the Deltas Sorority and as far as I know still makes contributions to our society.

Formative Years

I was born in a period of American history before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees, and "the pill". There were no credit cards, laser beams or ballpoint pens.

Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.

I can remember until I was 25, I called every man older than me, 'Sir', and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, 'Sir.'

This was a time when homosexuals were "afraid" to come "out of the closet" (sensing rightly that they were an abomination to God), before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed at that time by Judeo-Christian morals, the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. This basic foundation is still in effect in this country to this day unless someone changed the rules and neglected to inform me.

In 2012, I celebrated my 68th birthday and I still use the terms "please", "Thank You", "excuse me" and I do apologize if I realize that I was in error in some way. I continue to teach my Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren these same morals and demonstrate on a daily basis how they are to be used in public and at home.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

Personal Observation

Since the 1960s I have noticed how our great nation has shifted from striving to make this nation a place of opportunity for all men envisioned by those who set forth the documents that are the foundation of our American society (The United States Constitution and The Bill of Rights), to a place of seemingly every negative aspect conceived by man. I have noticed that those who are the most vocal and critical of our way of life in America have not contributed anything positive to correct their perceived flaws within our society except lip service.

Scripture says "no man shows greater love for his fellow man than to lay down his life for him". (Para-phrased) I am a Vietnam-Era Veteran who has "paid my dues" to be here along with my fellow brothers and sisters in arms and for those who have paid the supreme price for our freedoms, I intend to continue to strive towards the American Dream as long as I am on this side of Heaven.

For those who are mal-content, cannot adjust to our way of life here, critical of our policies and procedures, I say to you that, you are here on my "dime" and if you are not willing to participate and contribute to our way of life, sit down and shut up! Better still leave! There are modes of transportation (take your pick) that are leaving here for any destination in the world 24/7 that will take you to a better place if you think that it exist! Adios!

May God continue to bless, protect and prosper America, our troops, our leaders and the same for Israel.


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I am a semi-retired IT Professional. I have recently become a career as a Published Author. Writer. I produce Inspirational & Spiritual articles as the Spirit prompts.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd May 2013 (#)

Frank and patriotic words, Rubinstyn. I am from Asia and I can resonate with your life. We are taking paths with a devil may care attitude and our lifestyles are becoming selfish. We are led to believe today is all that matters - siva

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author avatar Rubinstyn
14th Jun 2013 (#)

Hello Siva,
Thank you for letting me know that I am not the only citizen who feels this way. It seems that we think mostly in parallel. I am happy to have you as a follower.

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