America's decline into chaos

The United States appears to have fallen into a period of chaos. Photo: public domain

MISSOURI, November 5, 2013 – The United States appears to have fallen into a period of chaos.

During the era of the roaring twenties, the United States was in a period of relative balance. The country went through the industrial revolution and most Americans were prosperous and happy.


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The 1930s brought chaos. Banks closed and the stock market crashed, coinciding with the depression. People jumped out of buildings to their death. Others approached strangers asking if they could do some work in exchange for a meal. People starved, and those who were lucky had bologna sandwiches and ate mush during the week.

World War II and December 7 – a day that will live in infamy – started with tragedy but resulted in balance. The United States attained that balance because the country had a common world view, united to defeat the evil axis. The country worked together and displayed patriotic pride, making personal sacrifices on the home front to support the war effort.

After the war, opportunities were abundant. Veterans went to college under the G.I. Bill and people were again able to buy homes. The United States entered the Information Age with the invention of punch cards.

Now we are in a period of chaos. Americans have lost many freedoms and we seem to have forgotten the Constitution. We are suffering economically, politically, financially. There are trade problems and stagnation. Additionally, we have become a service country as indicated by the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries just to satisfy the “Bottom Line.”


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Our country is mired in scandal. There is Fast and Furious, the IRS, NSA, Obamacare and loss of global respect for our country. Uncertainty is creating discontent and confusion.  

Sometimes, it all seems hopeless. But despite the problems, the American people always rise to the occasion, and we will certainly soon return to a cycle of balance.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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