Maybe we need to take a step back

Discussion in 'The Drivers Lounge' started by suzy1052, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. suzy1052

    suzy1052 Active Member

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    This morning I stopped at a truck stop for a coffee break before getting to the barn ending the week. As I went inside I passed by several other drivers who didn't acknowledge me or each other. Not even a head nod. Most had their heads down not wanting to make eye contact. Now Iv'e been driving for 26 years and it used to take you ten minutes just to get off the fuel island after you chatted with drivers you didn't know or would ever see again. I know that cell phones and computers have limited social interaction between people and a quieter c.b. is actually welcomed by most but at what cost ? What the hell has happened to us drivers and a society ? Are we also riding the crashing wave of moral decay that permeates our culture today ? I remembered a speech I heard as a young man and not giving it any heed or pondering its warning. Just another old fool predicting gloom and doom and who was " Just not with the times. " as I rolled another one LOL .It was a speech given by Ronald Reagan well before he was president. Some of you have probably heard it but now as a grandfather it really hits home so here it is and lets hold our heads back up and what we know to be true spoken without shame or fear !

    “… Rome had known a pioneer beginning not unlike our own pioneer heritage, and then entered into two centuries of greatness, reaching its pinnacle in the second of those centuries, going into the decline and collapse in the third. Yet, the sins of decay were becoming apparent in the latter years of that second century.

    “It is written that there were vast increases in the number of the idle rich, and the idle poor. The latter (the idle poor) were put on a permanent dole, a welfare system not unlike our own. As this system became permanent, the recipients of public largesse (welfare) increased in number. They organized into a political block with sizable power. They were not hesitant about making their demands known. Nor was the government hesitant about agreeing to their demands … and with ever-increasing frequency. Would-be emperors catered to them. The great, solid middle class—Rome’s strength then as ours is today—was taxed more and more to support a bureaucracy that kept growing larger, and even more powerful. Surtaxes were imposed upon incomes to meet emergencies. The government engaged in deficit spending. The denarius, a silver coin similar to our half dollar, began to lose its silvery hue. It took on a copper color as the government reduced the silver content.

    “Even then, Gresham’s law was at work, because the real silver coin soon disappeared. It went into hiding.

    “Military service was an obligation highly honored by the Romans. Indeed, a foreigner could win Roman citizenship simply by volunteering for service in the legions of Rome. But, with increasing affluence and opulence, the young men of Rome began avoiding this service, finding excuses to remain in the soft and sordid life of the city. They took to using cosmetics and wearing feminine-like hairdo’s and garments, until it became difficult, the historians tell us, to tell the sexes apart.

    “Among the teachers and scholars was a group called the Cynics whose number let their hair and beards grow, and who wore slovenly clothes, and professed indifference to worldly goods as they heaped scorn on what they called ‘middle class values.’

    “The morals declined. It became unsafe to walk in the countryside or the city streets. Rioting was commonplace and sometimes whole sections of towns and cities were burned.

    “And, all the time, the twin diseases of confiscatory taxation and creeping inflation were waiting to deliver the death blow.

    “Then finally, all these forces overcame the energy and ambition of the middle class.

    “Rome fell.

    “We are now approaching the end of our second century.”
  2. othertrucker2001

    othertrucker2001 Living from direct deposit to direct deposit.

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    Sadly it’s not just truckdrivers. It’s a way of life for most. BUT!!! Two weeks ago while visiting our new grand babies at Duke University Hospital, a lady in a wheel chair...HELD THE DOOR FOR ME.
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  3. 20_yrs_2_go

    20_yrs_2_go So we got that going for us, Wich is nice

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    “Themoralsdeclined. It became unsafe to walk in the countryside or the city streets. Rioting wascommonplace and sometimes whole sections oftowns and cities were burned.

    “And, all the time, the twin diseases of confiscatorytaxation and creeping inflation were waiting to deliverthe death blow.

    “Then finally, all these forces overcame the energyand ambition of the middle class.

    “Rome fell.


    The above reminds me about the time George w bush took over

    Not exactly Julius Cesar but close

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