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Dear America

July 28, 2013

You are known as the most powerful nation on Earth. Your closest competitors for that distinction are Russia and China. It is a title earned after World War I....

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USABorn

Jul-28-13 2:25 AM

Excellent letter Mr. Backman.

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Tgrammiex4

Jul-28-13 3:34 AM

Awesome Letter.

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Garben78

Jul-28-13 6:27 AM

Should say Dear China you are our new country

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CarlHiller

Jul-28-13 6:41 AM

Fantastic letter!

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Ritty77

Jul-28-13 7:15 AM

Great letter, Mr. Backman.

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CMReeder

Jul-28-13 7:58 AM

What is so great about the old days are better than today?

There is so much that is wrong with this letter.

Let's start with the fact that social media has exposed the failings of people in our society not the media. There is also the fact that many of these people exposed themselves.

During WWII the media was censored by the military in it's coverage of the war. The public was not privy to information until after the fact and even then it was limited in what could be reported. In order to get support for the war they made people involved in the war larger than life. The public was presented an image not the person.

There were people that argued against getting into the war against Nazi Germany even after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

The dissent against war in America did not start with Vietnam that is when it was given coverage by the media.

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CMReeder

Jul-28-13 8:13 AM

I notice he left out Douglas MacArthur, I guess that he doesn't fit into his image of America of old.

He also left out how Asians and black could sacrifice their lives for America in WWII and then be expected to go back to the way things were before the war. How women could enter the work force and worh long hours in the jobs of American industry to only go back into the kitchen after the war.

WWII did not just make America powerful, it woke it up and has changed what America is . It changed people in this country, you are not going to make them go back to what it was before.

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DavidBross

Jul-28-13 8:59 AM

"The public was presented an image not the person." "WWII did not just make America powerful, it woke it up and has changed what America is . It changed people in this country, you are not going to make them go back to what it was before." Chuck makes excellent points. The author was selective in describing the past. It was a good letter, certainly worth reading and considering. But, the points Chuck brings up must be considered along side the letter.

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philunderwood

Jul-28-13 9:06 AM

A nice piece of work Mr. Backman.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-28-13 9:15 AM

Patriotism is a fading paradigm. This letter reminds us of it.

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CMReeder

Jul-28-13 9:54 AM

America is known more for being a world leader, other nations look to America to lead not for her power. People do not differentiate between power and leadership. They think that they are one and the same. America does not use her power to lead.

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CMReeder

Jul-28-13 9:56 AM

"Patriotism is a fading paradigm"

That is not true.

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MrShaman

Jul-28-13 2:22 PM

"I fear for your continued existence as the America so many have given so much to protect. Are you able to once again rear citizens capable of meeting the challenges of today's world?" - John E. Backman

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Not to worry.

We've always considered it a work-in-progress...and, there's been quite-a-bit to clean-up, to-date.

Show some patience....

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See:

Activism: The Legacy of the Hippie Movement in the Sixties

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MrShaman

Jul-28-13 2:42 PM

"What is so great about the old days are better than today?" - CMReeder

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It was much-easier feeding people "manufactured"-History, then...and "shielding" them from "troublemakers".

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See:

Mark Twain, Literary Giant & Eloquent Anti-Imperialist

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MrShaman

Jul-28-13 2:50 PM

"I notice he left out Douglas MacArthur, I guess that he doesn't fit into his image of America of old." - CMReeder

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HEY!! Get back, in line!

Texas has made every effort to provide all the History you "need".

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See:

Texas Conservatives Win Curriculum Change

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MrShaman

Jul-28-13 3:17 PM

"Patriotism is a fading paradigm." - ToTEXASfromPA

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No...it's Changing. It's becoming more-mature...or, maybe, more CONSISTENT!

During the 1950s, there were QUITE-a-"few" of us, who actually BOUGHT the whole "All men are created equal."-trip. When we were told "No one is any better than anyone else." & "We're all equal, in God's eyes."...we actually BELIEVED all that!!

As time went-on...and, we got older...the hypocrisy became more-and-more evident...that, those who TOLD us "All men are created equal.", never actually lived it. What made things most-difficult was...in most cases...it was our parents. We made every effort to live the "truth" they sold us...and, we'd "noticed" they couldn't be bothered with (actually) living those lessons.

By the mid-to-late '60s, we'd decided it was TIME to "rattle the cage"...and, we had the NUMBERS to get the job done!!!

Unlike our parents, we'd figur

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MrShaman

Jul-28-13 3:19 PM

How 'bout that? Our kids are pushin' the "hip"-culture...and, don't even know it!!!

YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA!!!!!!!!!

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MrShaman

Jul-28-13 3:21 PM

Unlike our parents, we'd figured-out CONSISTENCY was the best-policy...especially for OUR kids.

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valves

Jul-28-13 10:08 PM

CMReeder

Jul-28-13 7:58 AM

Let's start with the fact that social media has exposed the failings of people in our society not the media.

What is it about the 'social media' that makes them not 'media'? Is 'media' not a noun modified by the adjective 'social'? Or was this another lame attempt to separate the 'social media' from the so-called 'mainstream media'?

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valves

Jul-28-13 10:42 PM

Additionally, the 'social media' are not new. The American 'social media' traditionally included mainly Bell Telephone and the US Mail, though Western Union had its heyday, too. Technology merely expanded the content and composition of the 'social media'.

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CMReeder

Jul-29-13 7:52 AM

It just shows valves that you really are that stupid.

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WKnapp

Jul-29-13 7:10 PM

CMReeder

Jul-29-13 7:52 AM

It just shows valves that you really are that stupid.

Huh? Well...OK...I guess stupid is as stupid does.....

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WKnapp

Jul-29-13 7:20 PM

It was simply a statement of the obvious. And grammatically correct, too, I might add, unlike the one calling me stupid!! Thanks for shedding light and reminding us all what stupid is!

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