The times they are changing

September 30, 2013 

It seems difficult, almost impossible, for conservative writers of a certain age (78 to 85) to deal with today's world. Talk radio and Fox TV loves to scare these folks and it's easy to do.

For people born in the late 1920s or even the early 1940s, things do seem scary because we can't frame them in tune with our past beliefs and experiences. Expecting someone to do so would be like expecting that some people born in 1828 to have found navigating through the dispute about slavery, the Civil The times they are changing

It seems difficult, almost impossible, for conservative writers of a certain age (78 to 85) to deal with today's world. Talk radio and Fox TV loves to scare these folks and it's easy to do.

For people born in the late 1920s or even the early 1940s, things do seem scary because we can't frame them in tune with our past beliefs and experiences. Expecting someone to do so would be like expecting that some people born in 1828 to have found navigating through the dispute about slavery, the Civil War, the invention of the telegraph, the rise of the railroads, electric lighting, the telephone and the automobile easy. It was not. Genocide of Native Americans over gold and land was not a proud moment.

Folks in that age group now have had to adapt to the advent of television, Pixar, computers, iPhones, texting, corporate farming, urban sprawl, consistent unemployment and politics in a world view because the oceans do not protect us.

It can be really tough to get past an era of segregation to the point that we have a black president. Old biases die hard. It's hard to accept if you haven't been paying attention or there is a Tea Party that wants to drag us back to another day in the past that no longer exists.

Joseph M. Reichert

Belleville

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