The Age of Innocence

Posted on November 26, 2015 by Robert Ringer

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There’s something about Thanksgiving that brings back memories of my childhood, more so even than Christmas. I consider myself to be blessed to have lived in America when it was a symbol of stability and freedom to people everywhere.

As the world continues its sociological supernova, I find myself increasingly saddened by the fact that none of my children will ever have the opportunity to experience the America of my youth. Make no mistake about it, computers, smartphones, and all the other space-age technology that we take for granted are wonderful tools. They make things so much more convenient and entertaining, but, as with everything in life, there’s a tradeoff.

Actually, there are many tradeoffs, but the most glaring one is the loss of innocence. I’ve long maintained that the 1950s were the pinnacle of America’s greatness — not militarily, but sociologically. And looking at it more objectively today, I believe a big part of that innocence was made possible by ignorance — blissful, mind-numbing ignorance.

Of course, there were many people who didn’t share my experience — e.g., not all minorities had the opportunities they enjoy today. But this article isn’t about minorities, justice, or politics. All these are important subjects, to be sure — and millions of articles have been written about them — but they just don’t happen to be the subject of this particular article.

This article is about life as viewed through the eyes of a semi-privileged white kid who believed that Columbus, Ohio was the center of the universe and that both life and youth were eternal. In the 1950s, everything stood still and every day was predictable. My parents, my siblings, my friends, my house, my school, Ohio State football — nothing was ever going to change. Life was static.

It would be impossible for today’s youth to imagine, or understand, the innocence of the 1950s. As far as I knew, drugs didn’t exist in my little version of Peyton Place. Nor was there such a thing as political correctness. And as to gay issues, the only time I ever recall hearing the word gay was in the verse “Don we now our gay apparel.”

Girls? I guess there were a few who were a bit on the risqué side, but the vast majority of them could fit comfortably into a Dick Clark audience — well groomed, prim, and proper. In retrospect, they were almost like automatons — cashmere sweaters, saddle shoes, and short, sculptured hairstyles featuring soft curls and waves.

For me, going to school every day was like walking into a candy store, and I had a really bad sweet tooth.

 

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A couple examples of typical Peyton Place High School girls.
I’m sorry to say that I never got very far with either of them.

Had a girl come to school with an earring attached to any part of her body other than an ear (none ever did), she would have been expelled from school. Pregnancy? The thought never occurred to me until a sophomore girl got pregnant and created one of the biggest scandals in our school’s history. Her expulsion was swift, and it was a one-time event.

Finally, along came Elvis, who unknowingly laid the foundation for the sexual and cultural revolution that was to explode onto the scene in the sixties, and things have never been the same since. But those of us who were raised in the Age of Innocence tended to ignore the steadily increasing base behavior of the sixties, seventies, and eighties, because we were focused on getting ahead in life.

Then, in the nineties, there seemed to be a slowdown in America’s cultural disintegration as the dot.com hotshots — led by Bill Gates and Steve Jobs — became the rock stars of a new generation. But in the new century, Americans and the rest of the Western world took the good life for granted and, as a result of the Internet, became so knowledgeable about their “rights” (both real and imagined) that every law, every institution, and every certitude became a protest target.

So here we are, well into the 21st century, and the number-one product America produces is grievance. And it’s greatest collective demand is for more and more “diversity.” These are the two phenomena that most separate the protected little fantasy world I grew up in from today’s unstable, angry, entitlement-based world.

Diversity is a commodity that was in short supply in the fifties, and, as a result, America was a pretty peaceful place. Whether someone was born in Italy, Ireland, China, or India, he assimilated into American culture because he loved the idea of becoming a true American.

I remember one kid in our school who was of Egyptian descent, and he was as American as I was. Ditto with a Chinese classmate of mine who was culturally in synch with everyone else in the class. It was a true melting pot, not a diversity pot.

Now, I can just “hear” some readers thinking, “But doesn’t a lack of diversity make life boring? Why would you want everyone to think alike?” I’m not advocating that people think alike. I’m just saying that when a large majority of a population believes in a generally accepted code of conduct, it results in a more peaceful, more civilized, happier society. That’s a self-evident reality.

By the same token, within a society’s generally accepted code of conduct, it’s fine for everyone to think their own thoughts and have their own opinions — but back in the day, the foundation of most thoughts and opinions was a broad consensus on American values.

That said, as much as I love the life-saving benefits of modern medicine, as much as I love computers and cellphones, as much as I love the instant knowledge at my fingertips via the Internet, I am obliged to admit that I’d give it all up if I could climb into a time capsule and go back to the fifties ─ and most people I’ve talked to from that era have expressed similar sentiments.

The people I feel sorry for are those who never had the opportunity to experience America’s Age of Innocence. Perhaps someday the United States will rise from the ashes and make a comeback that will take it through a similar period all over again. And perhaps our children and grandchildren will be the beneficiaries.

In the meantime, Thanksgiving is still a very special day, so let’s enjoy every minute of it.

Robert Ringer

+Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

41 responses to “The Age of Innocence”

  1. Bill says:

    Wonderfully written. Captures exactly my experiences growing up in the fifities through today. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jon says:

    Spot-on, Robert! I was born the same year as Elvis so I, too, grew-up in the 50s. The only contact we had with government was the Post Office and occasionally a nod-and-smile from the cop walking his beat. The worst trouble we got into in school was to run in the hallways or chew gum in class. We behaved because we faced real punishment at home if we didn't behave.

    The "Me-Generation" Boomers followed us and became the most self-centered, self-privileged, arrogant, overbearing group of "I want what I want when I want it" folks ever. After Woodstock, it was game-over for our culture. The "Code of Conduct" you so correctly identify ceased to exist. Is it really any wonder that we're in the pickle we face today?

    • Robby Bonfire says:

      Actually, Jon, Elvis was born the same year that you were born, and as Elvis is gone now, you could say you are one up on The King!

  3. Terry says:

    Although I was born in 1957,I have an awareness of what you speak. I found pockets of Missouri that resonated that same energy when I was out there 6 years ago. The resonance was generated in a large part due to lack of cell towers and sparse populations. It was like traveling back in time to the 1960's.

  4. Terry Bowlng says:

    Thank you for a most thought provoking post, Robert, one of your best!

  5. Mike O'Donovan says:

    Wonderful article Robert! For me as an Irishman raised abroad in South Africa, I found growing up in the 50's to be a singular blessing! I long for a restoration of such a day of cultural decency and integrity! The extent and acceleration of Western cultural decline took us all by surprise.

  6. greercn says:

    What a wonderful post! I moved around a lot more than you did, but I do remember having a feeling that everything was going to get better and better. There was always a nuclear threat – I remember drills at school – but each kitchen appliance offered an improvement and more women were working and allowed to work, talk and think. I didn't have to fight for an education. Of course, what you and I write is only true of middle class kids, but it did have a happiness and security inherent in daily life that's a long way from how kids feel now.

  7. Trudith says:

    Robert, Those two women, were not in your school, you should identify them – one is Gina Lollobrigida, and the other is Elizabeth Taylor they are adults; not teenie boppers from your era. I think by law you must identify them, and have permission to use their likeness.
    The word is earring, not erring.
    There were drugs back then, the book "The Valley of the Dolls" came out in that era. There were girls that got pregnant, they were sent back East to have the baby, continue with their schooling, and joined us the next year. I take issue with the word used to describe myself and female friends as Automotons, I certainly was not one. I think you are too Nerdy to have really paid attention to what really went on, you were not aware . The word for gay at that time was 'queer'.
    One thing you left out in your reminiscing is that we could be outside into the night, safely playing away from home, never worried of being molested, or kidnapped . We didn't lock our doors on our houses, or cars. We didn't have perverse sexual predators. Heroin, was virtually unknown. The Vietnam War caused the change, varieties of pot came back in cassette cases in the 60's from 'Nam. We were introduced to drugs from that Sector of the world. I know I was in the USAF.
    We wore gloves, hats to church – our head covered out of respect. We were taught to be polite, always saying 'Thank You,' 'You Are Welcome', etc. Manners were part of our lifestyle, girls wore dresses, skirts, no pants, or boyish attire, unless riding a horse. The biggest worry for me today is the proposed "Wave of Syrians refugees and others" coming to our Shores. This scares the Hell out of me. I am thankful that I am an American, and proud of my Heritage.

    • Whit Warner says:

      The only difference between "the age of innocence" and modern day is the exposure of the same behaviors that went on back then and still do today. The exposure comes via outlets like this blog.

      All the doom Mr. Ringer speaks of is no different today than it was then. If anything, there is a way of being more tightly knit by realizing that many other Americans, and people in general, share very similar life stories.
      That is unifying. That is cultural identity.

      Valium was the housewife's best friend as were Dexies (Weight loss speed pills). Smoking cigarettes on planes…back alley abortions, homosexual expression (Stonewall, et. al.).

      Innocence just means not getting caught or exposed. It represents insincerity. Yes, ten years went by where people could hide their dirty little secrets but now that my generation talks freely about these things, it makes the "Innocent" generation uncomfortable.

      • Common Sense says:

        "Innocence just means not getting caught or exposed". That's upside down. As Robert explained in the article, it means ignorance, i.e., not BEING exposed to that stuff.

        Stuff happened in those days, (nothing new under the sun) it just wasn't nearly as pervasive as it is today.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Sounds to me like we agree on almost everything, Trudith – but, with all due respect, you need to lighten up a bit. I think even Liz would have chuckled at her place in this article, and Gina still would even at age 88.

      • Paul Herring says:

        Yes, bit of licence here. But they did look a bit like the girls of the 50s here in Australia. Good post, Robert – thanks.

    • Robby Bonfire says:

      You are correct as regards what was "Thank you." Today it is pathetically and reluctantly stated as "No problem." NO ONE says "thank you" any more.

  8. Common Sense says:

    Even though I was born in 1954, I got to experience some of that innocence, because I've read that the 50's cultural innocence extended until 1964, when the Beatles came to the US. I remember a girl in 5th grade who was aghast that a couple of other students in our class had played "Spin the bottle." (1964-1965 school year). Then, in high school (1968-1969 school year) I myself shocked an innocent who had transferred from a religious private school to a public high school by saying out loud, "If You See Kay" something I'd heard a few years previously. She told the teacher several times and got basically no response from her. She probably got a better response from her parents, because she was gone the following year from that immoral public high school.

  9. Avery Horton says:

    What we found to be shameful is now applauded. Self pride is a thing of the past, along with respect, manners, and other courteous behaviors. Happy Turkey Day, Robert.

  10. Richard Lee VDV says:

    As a writer, I cannot help often writing about… how things were back then. I am a True child of the 50s. High School, Army and B.A. . And then came the 60s, and everything changed, and not for the better. It iks said that all things are cyclical, so I plan on "looking down from…" to see how things are going, or coming… It will be interesting to watch. But, I can't say I miss pounding my mechanical Smith-Corona laptop TYPWRITER. I tried one a a yard sale and wondered at the strength I must've had back in college days typing all those papers. Socially, however, I fear and pity how things have become. I was the son of a hard-working automobile factory worker, Detroit, so it took some doing moving up in life. But, I did it! And envied the middle-class kids who "appeared" to have an easier time of it. But, of the Class of '54, I did better, in my opinion, than any of them, except one. His Polish background taught him to work hard and "go up", and he did. But, I would NEVER attend a Class Reunion again! We were all the same kids we were all over again in that context, just older and crankier in most cases. And, we related in the same patterns as we did back in high school. What an odd feeling! In any case, I find now at this age looking back, and reviewing til now, that it was quite a trip! And, thank God I don't have to go back and do it all over again!

  11. Thomas says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. I alwaays enjoy you emails.
    I wish you he best and a great 2016. TJack

  12. Brian Hintz says:

    Thanks Robert…. i remember them as well…. Happy Thanksgiving……

  13. John says:

    As Rodney Dangerfield once said of today's youth, "when a girl says she won't be home until after 10, she's not talking about time!" Kids are being uber-sexualized at such young ages that they should have birth control pills shaped like the Flintstones.

  14. Phil says:

    Wonderful post, Happy Thanksgiving! It was not so bad growing up in the 70s either. There was still some of the cultural capital of the 1950s in evidence.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Yes, the seventies were great as well – at least compared to today. I enjoyed the seventies because I was pretty much oblivious to what was going on around me – at least until late in the decade when I started realizing that America was undergoing a fundamental transformation.

  15. Smucko says:

    The combination of Grievance and Diversity shows itself today as RESENTMENT by holders-of-diverse-ideas that Traditional Americans will not accept their immoral ways, and they will attack you unmercifully to get you to "compromise". I remember an episode of The Phil Donahue Show about 30 years ago in which host Phil told guest William F. Buckley Jr., "That is my opinion, and you have to respect it". Buckley calmly replied, "I respect the fact that you are entitled to your opinion, but I don't have to respect it". We need to re-discover that difference. Contrary to popular belief, God did command us to "judge righteously".

    Diversity, as practiced in America today, is where nations go to die. The Baby Boomers have a lot to answer for in this world and the next, and they better get on the stick while there is still time to repent for what they have become, and pass on to their children the lessons of history.

  16. Gary says:

    Trudith, Trudith, Trudith,

    You sound like a person lacking in joy. I suggest you attempt to dump your fear and anger and learn some gratitude…not just today, but everyday.

    Robert’s article wasn’t meant to be a historically correct document…it’s a sharing of his own experience; an experience I too shared as I spent the first decade of my life 1950’s Detroit. His reflection is of the time is very similar to mine, and apparently yours too, given your statement about not locking house or car doors, playing outside after dark without fears of kidnapping, etc. The key there is lack of fear. The media didn’t report such things as profusely as they do now as a tool to build fear. Indeed; molestations, kidnappings, rapes, etc. were just as rampant then…and throughout human history. I personally knew had friend whose father began sexually abusing her at age 11. Such things were “just not talked about”. Heck, just look at the Catholic church and the vast amounts of child abuse there! It’s certainly not a phenomenon that has just recently occurred.

    Shall I spend a little time “correcting your paper” as well?

    Heroin unknown in the 50s? How about Billy Holiday, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Lenny Bruce and a host of other entertainers from the 50s and before? And these are just the highly visible examples. Ever see a movie called, “Man with the Golden Arm”? It was in theaters in 1955, and portrayed Frank Sinatra as a heroin addicted musician…yes, a white guy! Wow, imagine that! My father…a middle class white guy… had a neighborhood friend who after high school became addicted to heroin; this was back in the early 40s.

    Neither was marijuana unknown or unused in the 50s. In fact, there was a time when not only marijuana, but heroin, and cocaine were used widely in the U.S…AND WERE LEGAL – AVAILABLE IN TO ANYONE IN PHARMACIES! THE U.S. WAS NOT INTRODUCED TO DRUGS VIA THE VIET NAM WAR! Drugs came to the U.S. from all over the world…places where the plants used to make the drugs were most easily grown. And had been coming here for much longer than a century before the Viet Nam war started.

    As for women’s attire: I don’t think “Rosie The Riveter” and her fellow women factory workers…who wore pants and shirts…spent her time riding a horse. Nor did Amelia Earhart, and a host of others.

    Covering hands and head for church? Sounds like Muslims, or Jews, or Sikhs, or Hindus or many other religions. And they do it for the same reasons…respect for the Creator, Master, Enlightened One they worship (and in most of those religions, men do too!). Again, something practiced for millennia…not just in 50s America.

    As for Robert’s remark about women being LIKE automatons (notice the word “like”…meaning that TO HIM they gave the appearance of, but were not automatons), I agree! I would have used the term “Stepford Wives”; another Hollywood creation which directed attention to the same phenomenon. Women have been exploited throughout human history. Certainly in the 1940s, 1950’s, but also by information media in nearly every era. Women were indoctrinated by magazines, radio, TV, etc. to fit the mold to which Robert refers (it was a lousy thing to do, but better than the violent ways women were treated in past centuries for the same reasons). By the way, “Valley of the Dolls” while exposing abuse by women of pharmaceutical drugs (so popular to women they were called “Mother’s Little Helpers”) further emphasizes how women were indoctrinated into such abuse by following what was “popular” and not only accepted, but expected. Robert’s reference was not accusative, it was merely an observation and an opinion…one with which many would most heartily agree. Look at any advertisement from the era, and you’ll see women all looking the same and not only encouraged, but expected, to follow what was portrayed as the norm. And of course, women weren’t exclusive to this indoctrination.

    Already more time than I normally would spend here, there are volumes that could be written. I no longer have the desire, nor recognize the need to spend time on such trivia. However, I had to reply not for the purpose of exposing the limitations in your comments, Trudith, but to make sure others as well learn allow people their opinions. Sure, it’s good and acceptable to comment on them via your own opinion, but please don’t try to correct someone else feels and observes about parts of their own life. So what if a word is misspelled! Does that in any way make someone less thoughtful or instructive? I thnk not! Robert isn’t trying to change your thinking…he’s just expressing his own thoughts. To paraphrase Jesus, “don’t criticize someone for the splinter in their eye, when there’s likely a log in your own”.

    Chill out Trudith! Don’t worry about the small stuff. Check history before attempting to correct someone’s comments using broad brushes, or attempting to give instruction without doing some reasonable homework.

    And please lose your fear of Syrians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Asians, Russians, Chinese, terrorists, etc. En masse, they are all good people. Only a select few mean harm. Governments and their sycophant media lackeys are responsible for fomenting your fears. Live mindfully in the moment. Embrace the joy in your own self brought about by the good health, and whatever abundance you have now. Remember “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Watch who it is that forces that fear upon you, and don’t participate in their games.

    Happy Thanks giving to all!

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Thanks for saving me the trouble of explaining it in this kind of detail. Bottom line that many don't get: Observations are not opinions.

    • Walker says:

      "Terrorists, etc. En masse, they are all good people." I'm sure you don't mean this. We would have to be insane to lose our fear of terrorists. "Only a select few mean harm." Only a select few terrorists can wipe out not just 3000 Americans but perhaps the next time it will be 300,000 Americans or maybe 3 million Americans. (do you think ISIS terrorists won't use nuclear or biological or chemical weapons if they can get their hands on them?) I agree that as Christians we should never give in to our fear but as responsible adults we need to be aware that some fears of our fellow man are justified. Trust me, FDR was afraid and so were the men and women he sent into battle. Sometimes a lack of fear just indicates a lack of common sense or in some cases experience. Teenagers make good soldiers because they haven't got sense enough to be afraid. They think they are indestructible. They aren't and neither are we.

  17. ramankuppuswamy says:

    Great reply, Gary.

  18. Paul Herring says:

    Yes, beginning with the 60s the world seems to have taken on a darker meaning. There's always a reason for those things.

    As a regular commenter on this forum it's been my privilege to try to add a Biblical perspective as to why things are as they are. Having lived a few years too I've seen many different viewpoints and those who offer them come and go. But the Bible's explanation of matters like these is always worthy of consideration even though its writing was completed over 1,900 years ago.

    On the point at hand, the Bible explains from Revelation 12:9-12 that the Devil was expelled from heaven and has come to down to the earth. Once there he would wreak havoc. He's done just that. Since the time this expulsion took place, about 1914, the Bible prophesied that we'd see a gradual decline in our world. It's accelerated now because the same passage just quoted (vs 12) states that the 'Devil knows he has a short period of time'. What happens after that 'time' is up? Well, you'll have to read the Bible to find out.

    But, it's an explanation no one else has been able to deliver with such clarity and authority.

  19. Albert says:

    Wonderful post Robert! Although I grew up in the 70s, I can tell you that my childhood was reminiscent of much that you wrote about. Was it perfect, by no means, but overall it was fantastic. I can remember going fishing early mornings with friends, playing tag in fields and hide and seek at neighbors's houses, building tree forts, riding bikes and delivering news papers. In many ways it was the quintessential North Amercian kid's youth, and looking back, I loved it and treasure those memories. It's sad, but I don't think many kids can relate to this any more. Nowadays, it's walking around with ear plugs in their ears and scouring the internet for filth and mindless "entertainement" garbage. It's a sad day indeed. My father said before he passed on, "Apres moi le deluge" or "After me the flood." With each passing day, I realize more and more that he wasn't joking…

    • Phil says:

      Fishing was so much fun! Nothing fancy, just catching bluegill and catfish in the pond near the house. Sometimes I think that buying some rural land with a pond on it, depending upon where we are in the next several years, might just be the ticket. At any rate, kids are missing so much wholesome diversion. Maybe that is one reason why the culture that is developing with these latest generations just does not feel quite right.

  20. larajf says:

    I missed it all being born in 67 and growing up with a nihilistic sense of doom and mistrust. I have tried to provide a good atmosphere for my kid, but ultimately, she has to learn to cope in the world out there. I laughed so hard at your line that our number-one product America produces is grievance. It's so sad that it's so true.
    I worry that we've become so segregated. I hope some day we get back to a melting pot and kindness is the order of the day.

  21. Helen Roberts says:

    "My parents, my siblings, my friends, my school…nothing was ever going to change…life
    was static"…..this really started the tears flowing, because those are my exact memories of
    that time. And I am so thankful we had them. Beautiful article, and Gary,thanks much for
    your reply to Trudith. PS – earring was spelled correctly (still can't get used to seeing them
    on guys….but that's ME!).

  22. Snubbed Rubric says:

    Robert it was everything you said it was, and it was the pinnacle of America culturally.

    Walker's response to Gary is reality, Gary is correct in that we should just live our lives regardless.

    Islam is the final world power as indicated in the Bible. What you are witnessing now is the Islamic strategy of flooding the West with illegal migrants in order to dilute and eventually remove Western culture from the world. This is the same type strategy they use such as Terrorism, or their policy of lying to infidels in order to promote the Islamic caliphate.

    The West is full of ignorant, naive and gullible fools who haven't a clue about Islam or how Terror works. Having worked in the top intelligence department in America, I can say without hesitation that the Western way of life is slowly becoming defunct and will be replaced with a horrifying result – Communism.

    Islam is no way even remotely like Christianity, it is the Anti-Christianity, yet most Westerners see no difference. Islam is rotten at its core, and can never be a legitimate religion. It is not a peaceful religion, it is a Death Cult. I could give you dozens of verses from the Quran to show you this, and I could read the intel to you about the religion, but it forever falls on the deaf ears of Western Stupidity. Here's one anyway – "Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood." (9:123)… And you want to invite this evil into your neighborhoods? How dumb can America get and breathe air…

    Should we be blaming weak Western policy for America's downfall, or just the Democrats? Establishment Republicans have become just as bad in allowing this destruction – so it is just a matter of time and the whole house of cards falls down. Thinking that we can get the old America back again is unfortunately a fools errand and will never be, as we have allowed multiculturalism, vulcanization, and political correctness to take control of America. And that is, my friends, the final stupidity…

    • Paul Herring says:

      Thank you for your comments. On a point though: you state that "Islam is the final world power as indicated in the Bible". Would you mind please pointing out where in the Bible it says that? Incidentally, I'm not looking for a doctrinal fist-fight here, but having been a student of it (the Bible) for 45 years, I've never seen that in it or any inference that way.

      Thank you. Otherwise a interesting commentary on Islam. I didn't know it encouraged war on 'infidels' in the Koran. I felt all of the terrorist-oriented cults have simply apostatised from pure Islam. Not all Muslims are extremist such as ISIS, the Taliban or Al Qaeda are of course.

      • Snubbed Rubric says:

        Nice to see a Westerner interested in Islam and what it stands for. According to my interpretation of the Bible, Islam is indeed the final spiritual power that surges to prominence in the final days. Revelation speaks of this when it reveals the seals and their roles at the end of days. The Bible uses symbols and ceremony that need verification by either inside or outside evidence. One reveals the evidence by past events with future implications. These signs then are plugged into current events which verify the evidence. This needs to be done with each single symbol or sign which when all taken together lead to the puzzle being completed.

        Most read with no understanding or desire to prosecute the symbols which Jehovah has placed there for those who truly have a detective heart. This does not mean that each conclusion I have is set in stone, for I continually leave the cement wet in case future evidence comes to light. There are few things as sure as the saving grace of Yeshua.

        As far as Islam and the war on infidels, ISIS is the true Islam, practicing the "religion" the way it should be as stated in the Quran. Those Muslims who are not terrorists are not doing it correctly. They are behaving like most who say they are Christian, but who do not practice their faith to any extent. For that we can be grateful when it comes to Islam. But as we see, this can be changed easily as the twenty something Muslim men who are looking for glory, like every twenty something kid, find it in the pathological groups who are recruiting them. This gives credence to their psychopathic tendencies which lead to murder and mayhem – all with permission.

        So how do you fight this: "Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them." (2:191). "Kill the Jews and Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay the Jizya tax." (9:29). "Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable." (3:85). "Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam." (5:33). "Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Quran." (8:12). "Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies." (22:19)…

        These verses could on until I run out of ink. This "religion" has no business being in Western society. It is an anathema to all that is good and free. Why do we want a people here who are not allowed by their religion to befriend any infidel, but only to look on us with disgust and hatred, waiting for the day they can rob you of your land; while using you the whole time until the day of reckoning. All Islamic refugees are dangerous, all. Just look at the Boston bombers for all the evidence that is needed. A refugee mother with those two boys came here and we saw the results. Refugees are the ultimate Trojan horse. It is a tactic in their strategy to use the Wests "humanity" against them. They are not grateful when they come here, they just think we are fools for so easily giving away our peace. They think if we are stupid enough to let them in, we deserve to lose our country to them. Do you understand this America?

        You would think 9/11 would have cemented the facts, but since then we have sped up the process of letting Islamists into America. That event had no effect whatsoever on the Wests ignorance. Didn't change a thing, but only has led to even more problems being immigrated. With America's current attitude of apathy and ignorance, America is not long…

        • Paul Herring says:

          The Islamists of today which you describe in par. 4 of your comments aren't unlike the Inquisitions of the Catholic Church several hundred years ago – esp. the Spanish Inquisition. Truly horrible and an indelible stain on that Church's history.

          As one of Jehovah's Witnesses I hold a different view from you of the Revelation, but I'm sure we can disagree without being disagreeable. One thing is certain: the end of our man-made system through Armageddon (mentioned only in Revelation) are getting closer daily. It then behooves us to take decisive action so that we can do what God (Jehovah is his personal name) want us to before it happens. Thanks for your comments.

  23. Robby Bonfire says:

    The mantra as regards "diversity" has been exposed as a sham, Mr. Ringer. It morphed into what it was intended to become, from the start – a POWER GRAB. So that now we cannot even band together to defend our national security, our rights, and our liberties, vs. the onslaught of the infidels from across the sea, without being chastised as "homophobic," and "racist."

    Be careful of the power you share as "equality" that you confer upon the formerly disenfranchised. In time you will come to rue that day – as YOU and your nation's foundational values become disenfranchised.

    • Snubbed Rubric says:

      You forgot "Islamaphobia". They recognized, like you, what a simple way to stop the infidels in the politically correct West in their tracks, via our own new cultural policy! Stupid is as stupid does…

  24. Allen says:

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  25. Adam Durnham says:

    Intriguing article with some thought-provoking ideas about conduct and culture. Sadly, in the inpatient rehab centers I work for the older people there tend to have a similar longing.

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