I spent many hours concurrently horrified and fascinated watching the many archives of Great Depression videos on youtube. The more I watched, the more I saw amazing similarities between our government Then and our government Now.
The other thing that struck me is, America is nowhere near as dire as America was back them. At least not yet. But it could happen–especially if we repeat past behaviors.
I’ve decided to do some posts on this era. I promise not to do too many of them too close together, as they are most definitely depressing and oten infuriating to watch. What I hope to achieve here is to have you all watch these videos and think about what’s different today about People and Government and what’s eerily similar, so we can discuss.
Many of us have or had parents and grandparents who survived this American tragedy, and they did it with dignity, hope, resolve and perseverence. And with amazing good humor as well. While their stories always rivited me, I never really understood how they did it, leading me to believe they were most definitely stronger and better people than I could ever be.
These were people whose families saved dimes in banks for years, only to find their money gone. They were people like you and me, there were great jobs that were suddenly lost, leading them to eventually working at anything to survive, until even the most basic of piece of temporary work dried up as well. These were families, home owners, business owners, hard working responsible people, children — and they lost it all through no fault of their own. Our relatives of the Great Depression endured as children and as parents, and most of them rebuilt their lives, many of them successfully, after a time when their very survival had been severely tested. Personally, I am not so sure I inherited their grit!
Get some coffee. You are about to be glued to your screen and experience a myriad of emotions, including, but not limited to sadness, tears and anger. Remember the times you kind of rolled your eyes when your parents or grandparents told you about how they put sugar on a piece of stale bread as a treat? Perhaps you might want to rethink your reaction after you see this–and then, just maybe, we should all thank our lucky stars that our hard times aren’t like this, which threw me straight out of my Whine mode after seeing it: